Croke Park have had responsibility for all venues for National League games since 2009. This information was relayed to the annual GAA Convention on Sunday when discussion took place on why all three games in the upcoming National League will be played in MacCumhaill Park.
The Central Council delegate, Niall Erskine, explained that Croke Park had not got involved in venues but due to the increased number of insurance claims that were coming in each year, they were taking an active involvement.
“Maybe it’s a compliment that Croke Park believe we will attract big crowds to these games,” said Erksine, who it wasn’t an ideal situation, but the same problem could arise with the Tyrone championship game in Ballybofey, which is under review because of crowd capacity there.
The issue was raised by the Aodh Ruadh and St. Eunan’s delegates, John Travers and Connie Maguire, after it emerged recently that neither Fr. Tierney Park or O’Donnell Park would be used in the coming league campaign.
“We find it strange that we are asked to undertake work at the ground and then are excluded from staging games,” said Aodh Ruadh’s John Travers.
Connie Maguire said that they had heard rumours that they would not be staging games this year and was looking for an update.
Co. Development officer, Michael McMenamin, said that the grounds had recently been visited by Slattery and capacity levels were issued to Croke Park for the three county grounds in Donegal. He said that the decision must be based on expected increased levels of support because Donegal are now the reigning All-Ireland champions.
However, he also warned that Croke Park would be making decisions as regards venues in the future for all National League games.