Newbridge is a kip. It’s like a Leitrim club ground and that says something. There is obviously something rotten in Kildare GAA if that is the best ground they could come up with until now, given the amount of money in the county.
Slane is not a kip. In fact it is a lovely little village.
Aesthetically, the walk out to the TUS Gaelic Grounds / OTnS Páirc na nGael is a most pleasing one. Crossing the majestic expanse of the Shannon over Sarsfield Bridge (the Pont Neuilly II), admiring the impressive Edwardian pads clustered along the leafy stretch before Union Cross, then turning the kink in the road just past past the immaculately kept grounds of Limerick Lawn Tennis Club and cresting the hill outside the old Ryan Hotel, where one can survey the chaos of Munster Championship matchday unfolding in front of you, spilling out of the Woodfield House and across the greens around the ground itself. Iconic.
There is however a serious dearth of pubs on that side of town, and it’s exacerbated by the fact that there is no bar at the stadium.
The relegation scrap tomorrow in the Premier League will be a damp squib despite Sky attempting to hype it up. Everton will beat Bournemouth comfortably enough and the results in the Leeds and Leicester games will prove utterly irrelevant.