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Dublin footballers will play their first championship match outside Croke Park since 2006 when they face either Laois or Wicklow in Kilkenny's Nowlan Park next summer.

The decision to take the All-Ireland champions out of the capital for the Leinster Championship quarter-final was made at a meeting of the Leinster Council this evening.

Laois and Wicklow meet in a Leinster first-round clash, with the winner awarded the dubious honour of facing Dublin, who will be seeking their sixth provincial title in a row.

Calls for the Dubs to forego what has been seen as their unfair home advantage at Croke Park have been growing in recent years.

Earlier, GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail echoed those calls when he said he believes it is "important" Dublin are taken out of Croke Park to spread the game and boost provincial venues across Leinster.

The match will take place on 4 June, exactly ten years since Dublin last played an away championship match when they faced Longford in Pearse Park.

Leinster senior hurling champions Kilkenny will play Dublin or Wexford in a provincial semi-final on Saturday, June 11. If Dublin qualify for the semi-final the match will be in Portlaoise. If it is Wexford, the game will be in Wexford Park.




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