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On the road! Dublin to begin All-Ireland defence away from Croke Park

The All-Ireland champions will make the trip to Wexford Park or O’Moore Park in 2017.

Dublin fans will be making another road trip in 2017.
Dublin fans will be making another road trip in 2017.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

DUBLIN WILL START their Leinster senior football championship campaign away from Croke Park when they face either Wexford or Carlow next June.

It will be the second successive year Jim Gavin’s side begin their summer on the road after the Leinster Council this evening confirmed the venues for 2017′s senior championships.

The All-Ireland champions will play the winner of Wexford-Carlow in the Leinster quarter-final with the Dubs’ quest for a record-breaking seventh provincial crown in a row beginning with a trip to Wexford Park or O’Moore Park.

If Wexford prevail in the first round clash on Sunday 21 May, they would have home advantage for their meeting with Dublin on either 3 or 4 June.

However should Carlow triumph, the game would be played in Portlaoise as Netwatch Cullen Park’s capacity would be insufficient for the championship fixture.

Dublin stand for the national anthem Dublin coasted past Laois in last year's Leinster SFC quarter-final at Nowlan Park. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Dublin played their first Leinster championship tie outside of Croke Park for the first time in a decade last year when they faced Laois at Nowlan Park.

Meanwhile, Leinster senior hurling championship games will begin on Sunday 23 April with the first series of matches in the round robin section involving Laois, Westmeath, Meath and Kerry.

The provincical final will take place on Sunday 2 July while the football decider is fixed for Sunday 16 July at GAA HQ.

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