Kildare sports fans face difficult decision

Updated: June 23, 2011

Kildare sports fanatics will face a difficult decision at the end of this month, as they are forced to choose between the Irish Derby or their county’s Leinster football semi-final clash with Dublin.

Leinster Council chairman Martin Skelly has been defending the decision to stage the Kildare fixture the same day as the Derby takes place at the Curragh. He said that Croke Park was unavailable on June 18 and 19 because Take That were performing a concert at the venue. TV commitments also prevented the provincial body from moving the semi-finals.

“There were a number of factors, including TV and with Croke Park not being available for the next two weekends as well,” he told the Irish Sun.

“We have to run the semi-finals off in time for the date we were given for the final.”

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