Dublin at The Hyde – Take Two!

 

 

Roscommon GAA, local businesses and Dublin supporters won’t need a reminder of the last time the Boys in Blue were due in town for a Division One game. The game on Sunday, April 3rd 2016 had to be moved to Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon at 9 am that morning due to Dr. Hyde Park being unplayable. Dublin edged it by a point despite a spirited Roscommon performance.

  The day will mostly be remembered for the throngs of Roscommon and Dublin supporters making their way to Carrick by any means necessary.

  Following the delayed decision in moving the game, Roscommon GAA redeemed themselves somewhat by making buses available to those Dublin supporters left stranded in Roscommon town.

  The buses, from what this writer remembers, were free of charge and left from the Abbey Hotel carpark. Arriving into the Páirc Seán press box that day, however, it quickly became clear that at least one Dub had hopped on the wrong bus!

  A journalist from Dublin’s 98FM, a man who Giovanni Trapattoni once described as ‘beautiful’, told the station’s listeners that he had been charged ten euros to travel on a “bone-shaker of a bus”. Seemingly, Roscommon GAA had only provided two buses for the travelling legions of Dubs while other fans were ferried to and from Leitrim by at least one very enterprising local firm.

  It must be said though that the vast majority of Roscommon and Dublin fans I encountered that Sunday seemed to enjoy the madness of it all. Indeed, Rossies were quick to offer lifts to those in blue found thumbing on the Boyle Road.

  There’s no fear of a repeat of such scenes this weekend, thankfully. In fact, it’s hard now to remember Dr. Hyde Park without a pristine surface.

  The new pitch, a new manager and a new-look Roscommon team will welcome the All-Ireland champions to the county town on Sunday afternoon, and Anthony Cunningham will be hoping that his players, at least, won’t be as hospitable as the Roscommon supporters and County Board were three years ago.