All-Ireland champions Dublin will continue to play their National Football League games at Croke Park next season, according to GAA chief Paraic Duffy.
The move will see the spring series continue at GAA headquarters.
Duffy said, “I think it has been hugely successful. Dublin have four home games and if you play them in Parnell Park you are talking about a total of 35-40,000 people and you are talking double or treble that in Croke Park so it is the right thing to do.
“It gets the year off to a good start, in the past number of years patrons have shown they will come so it wouldn’t make sense for Dublin to go to Parnell Park.”
In other GAA news:
TYRONE boss Mickey Harte has appointed Sean Cavanagh as his new captain for the 2014 season but will have to do without the services of goalkeeper Pascal McConnell who has announced his retirement . . .
KEVIN McGuckin has had a red card rescinded from the Ulster semifinal against Kilcoo and will be free to play for Ballinderry against Glenswilly in Sunday’s provincial club football final . . .
ST. Vincent’s of Dublin will meet Portlaoise in the Leinster club football final on Sunday week. Vincent’s beat Summerhill of Meath by 1-14 to 1-10 in Sunday’s semis when Portlaoise overcame Moorefield of Kildare by 1-9 to 0-8 in the second semi . . .
CLARE’S hurling’s run of success came to an end on Sunday when Sixmilebridge were beaten by Limerick champions Na Piarsaigh in the Munster club final on a 4-14 to 0-8 scoreline . . .
DERRY boss Brian McIver has told ace forward Eoin Bradley he will have to end his time with Irish League side Coleraine if he wants to play for the county team next season . . .
CASTLEBAR Mitchels are the new Connacht club football champions after a 3-13 to 2-12 win over last season’s title holders St. Brigid’s of Roscommon in the provincial final . . .
FORMER Tyrone minor and under-21 footballer Conal McCullagh has switched allegiances to Tipperary for next season after moving to the Clonmel Commercials club . . .
THE Sligo County Board have confirmed the appointment of former Westmeath boss Pat Flanagan as the new manager of the senior football team . . .
CILLIAN Farrell will resume as coach to the Meath senior hurling team next year despite resigning from the position last June . . .
WATERFORD have failed in a bid to play next year’s Munster SHC quarterfinal against Cork on home turf at Walsh Park . . .
LEE Chin is to quit life as a dual Wexford star and will only play for the county hurlers next season . . .
FORMER Antrim captain Anto Finnegan has revealed he is battling motor neurone disease . . .
TOM Howard has resigned as manager of the Kerry hurling team.
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