Cavan venue to host International Rules Test

Kingspan Breffni Park, the home ground of Cavan GAA, has been selected as the venue for the first match in this year's International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia.

Cavan venue to host International Rules Test

Kingspan Breffni Park, the home ground of Cavan GAA, has been selected as the venue for the first match in this year's International Rules Series between Ireland and Australia.

The first Test will be played at Breffni Park on Saturday, October 19 with the Series concluding a week later in the familiar surroundings of Croke Park.

This will be the first time that an Ulster stadium has hosted an International Rules game since the Series was revived in the 1990s. The Cavan County Board beat off stiff competition from Derry's Celtic Park in particular.

International Rules Tests have been held outside of Dublin in recent years. 35,000 spectators watched Ireland beat the Australians in the 2006 first Test at Pearse Stadium in Salthill.

When the Australia team last visited these shores in 2010, the tourists won the opening fixture of the Series at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick in front of a 30,117-strong crowd.

Ireland are the current holders of the Cormac McAnallen Cup following their runaway 130-65 aggregate win in the 2011 Series Down Under. Earlier this month, Roscommon legend Paul Earley was confirmed as the Irish manager for the upcoming Series.

Meanwhile, GAA President Liam Ó Néill has congratulated all involved with Cavan’s successful bid to stage the first Test.

“Confirmation of Kingspan Breffni Park as the venue for our first Test later in the year will no doubt come as a boost to the people of Cavan town and the county of Cavan too," he said.

“It is an acknowledgement of the facilities that the Cavan County Board, with the support of others, have developed at the venue.

"I have no doubt that its location will prove popular with supporters not just from Ulster but from Leinster and Connacht too. I hope it will be an occasion to remember for what was is a famous venue."

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