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All-Ireland champions Dublin set to begin Leinster defence in Portlaoise again

4 June 2016; Dublin supporters prior to the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Laois and Dublin in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

For the third year running, the Dublin senior footballers are coming back to O’Moore Park for a Leinster championship quarter final.

Jim Gavin’s men will face Louth in O’Moore Park at 7pm on Saturday May 25 – the day after the elections and referendum voting takes place.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Leinster Council have decided to take Dublin out of Croke Park for their first championship match of the season.

In 2016, 16,764 turned out in Nowlan Park for the Dublin-Laois quarter final tie.

A crowd of 13,328 attended the 2016 Dublin-Carlow Leinster quarter-final while 11,786 turned out to see Dublin defeat Wicklow by 4-25 to 1-11 last year.

When they came in 2017, they produced incredible scenes which LaoisToday was there to capture.

The remaining Leinster quarter finals will also take place that weekend with Carlow and Meath meeting in Tullamore at 7pm on Saturday May 25.

While on Sunday May 26, Laois and Westmeath clash in Tullamore at 2pm with Kildare taking on Longford at the same venue at 4pm.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.