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Dublin footballers will hit the road again in 2017 Championship

GAABy Sunday World
Dublin fans in Nowlan Park in this year's Leinster Championship
Dublin fans in Nowlan Park in this year's Leinster Championship

For the second season in succession, Dublin will open the defence of their All-Ireland title outside of Croke Park, with the Leinster Council confirming that Jim Gavin's men will be sent on the road for their provincial quarter-final.

Dublin will begin their quest for a seventh consecutive provincial crown on the weekend of June 3/4, with Carlow or Wexford set to provide the opposition.

If Carlow win the preliminary round tie, they will face Dublin in O'Moore Park in Portlaoise, while Wexford Park will be the venue if the Model County advance to the last eight.

2016 saw Dublin play a provincial encounter outside of headquarters for the first time in ten years, with their quarter-final clash with Laois providing great colour and atmosphere to the Leinster championship down in Nowlan Park.

The Leinster Council obviously thought the arrangement worked a treat, because once again Gavin's charges are pencilled in for what should be another memorable away encounter.