It’s not too often you’ll see the county finals of one county heading to another, but that’s going to be the case for Kildare in October.
Tuesday night’s county board meeting confirmed details of the upcoming Joe Mallon Motors Senior Football Championship final and The Auld Sheebeen Athy Intermediate Football Championship final with both games set to form part of a doubleheader at Carlow’s Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday 22 October.
With St. Conleth’s in Newbridge still unavailable due to redevelopment works and a large crowd anticipated, the sides will make the short trip to Carlow town to make use of the county grounds. The door for the move was opened earlier this year following the successful transition of the annual Hurling for Cancer Research night from Newbridge after a decade to play to a packed house in Netwatch Cullen Park.
Kildare’s senior and intermediate football championships have just concluded the league stage with the preliminary quarter-finals in both competitions due to take place this weekend.
The same county board meeting also confirmed the ratification of Brian Dowling as the new Kildare senior hurling manager, succeeding David Herity. He’ll be joined on the sidelines by Danesfort native Nigel O’Hara, who had worked alongside Herity, with the rest of his backroom team to be announced in due course.