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Open thread: What's your favourite GAA ground?

We want to know were you like to call home away from home.

Corke Park is the obvious choice but we'd like to know which other GAA grounds you love.
Corke Park is the obvious choice but we'd like to know which other GAA grounds you love.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

WITH THE ALL-IRELAND Football Championship really kicking into gear this weekend – with apologies to Mayo and New York supporters – and the hurling under way in Leinster the last few weeks, fans up and down the country will be planning trips to grounds they either love or hate.

With that in mind, we asked some of the contributors to TheScore.ie and TheJournal.ie what their favourite inter-county grounds are with the one condition being that nobody could mention Croke Park.

Here’s what they had to say.

I’m going to go for Nowlan Park. Outside of the dilapidated charm of Conleth’s Park in Newbridge, it’s my favourite inter-county ground as I’m always there as a neutral so – unusually for a Kildare fan – can’t lose.
Semple Stadium was always more magical for me. It meant there was an excursion (from Kildare) and that – more than likely – I was watching a great game of hurling. And sometimes it meant a diversion to the McDonalds in Roscrea, which everybody knows is the best one.
Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, the setting for brilliant games between Cork and Kerry in many Munster football finals.
Fraher Field in Dungarvan. Great little ground adjacent to water and the scene of the brilliant breakthrough by the Clare hurlers in 2009 when they won the county’s first Munster U21 title
Semple Stadium for me. Us Dubs don’t get out of the capital too often but my favourite memory growing up was the Trip to Tipp in 2001 — the craic in the car on the way down, hoofing a ball around Liberty Square, Dublin’s brilliant comeback in the final 15 minutes and then one moment of breathtaking magic from Maurice Fitzgerald.
It’ll be an unpopular choice, but Parnell Park has a certain appeal to me. For me it means the Dublin Senior Club Championships, lovely staff and excellent hot dogs. It’s not fancy, but it’s got its charms.
Would have to be Cusack Park in Ennis. Great memories of the Roscommon minors there in ’06. To say we were all ecstatic that day would be an understatement. But anyway, when you’re used to the Hyde it doesn’t take much to impress you.

But that’s enough about us, we want to know what your favourite is? Let us know in the comments below.

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