Dublin to begin 2017 All-Ireland and Leinster defence outside Croke Park

Their first fixture will either be at Wexford Park or O'Moore Park

BY Raf Diallo 21:25 Wednesday 16 November 2016, 21:25 16 Nov 2016

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The Leinster council have confirmed that Dublin will begin their All-Ireland defence outside of Croke Park in the 2017 football championship.

They make their 2017 Leinster championship debut at the quarter-final stage and will face the winner of the first round match between Wexford and Carlow.

If Wexford are victorious, then the game will be staged at Wexford Park.

If Carlow are victorious, then Dublin will face them at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

In the 2016 championship, the Dubs began the campaign outside Croke Park for the first time in a decade as they took on Laois at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

They won 2-21 to 2-10 on that occasion.

Speaking before that match this year, Bernard Brogan told Newstalk that it was something he had been looking forward to.

"It's exciting. I've probably played [more than] 40 games and all of them in Croke Park, so it's something new for me. I was on the bench in 2006 when we played in a sunny day in Longford and just about got out of jail. So I'm delighted to get out of Croke Park and go down and test the atmosphere down in Nowlan Park," he said at the time.

The Leinster Championship begins with three first round matches on Sunday, May 21st.

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