Waterford GAA 'exploring all possibilities' in Fraher Field venue debate

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Waterford GAA 'exploring all possibilities' in Fraher Field venue debate

Waterford GAA 'exploring all possibilities' in Fraher Field venue debate

A spokesperson for Waterford GAA has refused to be drawn on the venue debate currently surrounding the county's participation in the 2019 Munster Hurling Championship. 

With the county's traditional home ground of Walsh Park set to go under construction for a €5 million development, the county is on the look-out for a suitable venue to host their 'home' games in next year's provincial championship. 

In 2018, Waterford played their 'home' games in the new round-robin system in Limerick and Tipperary as Walsh Park was deemed inadequate. Waterford endured a torrid time and limped out of the Munster Championship in last place. 

National media reports this week quoted Waterford chairman Paddy Joe Ryan as saying it would be 'Fraher Field of forget it' for the Déise's home games in 2019 with the Munster Council remaining tight-lipped. 

The stance would be similar to Kildare's 'Newbridge of Nowhere' campaign from the summer of 2018 where St. Conleth's Park was eventually agreed as the venue for Kildare's 'home' All-Ireland qualifier game with Mayo. Kildare went on to the win the game and secure a place in the Super 8s.

When asked to clarify the county's position in the venue debate by Waterford Live, a Waterford GAA spokesperson refused to be drawn.

"Waterford GAA have no statement at this time regarding the venue for our home games in the Munster Championships in 2019 as we still in the process of exploring all possibilities," the spokesperson said. 

It's understood talks are continuing between Waterford GAA and the Munster Council to confirm the venue for next year's home games in the next few weeks. Fraher Field in Dungarvan was considered unsuitable last year but remains the board's preferred venue for 2019.