No guarantees that Hyde Park would host Connacht semi-final

There is no guarantee that any possible Connacht SFC semi-final game between Roscommon and Sligo will be played at Dr. Hyde Park in Roscommon town next month.

  That’s according to the secretary of the Connacht Council of the GAA John Prenty who was speaking at the launch of the 2016 Connacht Senior Football Championship at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday.

  There was huge controversy throughout the FBD League, the National Football League campaign and the Connacht U-21 football championship as several high profile games due to be held at Dr. Hyde Park were moved to other venues because the pitch was unplayable. Roscommon County Board have announced that they are to upgrade the pitch following any possible Connacht semi-final game against Sligo.

 John Prenty told The Roscommon People on Wednesday that any bad weather in the run-up to the game could that mean it will not be played in Dr. Hyde Park. If Roscommon and Sligo is the fixture, then it is down to be played on Sunday, June 12th.    

  “We hope that the remedial work at Hyde Park will be started as soon as possible,” Mr. Prenty said. “However if we get bad weather the week of any possible game between Roscommon and Sligo, we will have to look at it. It will be up to Croke Park ultimately but it is something that we will have to look at on Monday week after the game between Leitrim and Roscommon. But we cannot be calling off or re-fixing a championship game at the last minute.

  “If Roscommon and Sligo is a fixture we will be deciding where it will be played on the 23rd of May.

  “I felt very sorry for Roscommon all year losing games. It is a huge decision to have to take a big match out of a venue and a town but this is the championship and we have to do the right thing,” he concluded.