Kerry chairman Patrick O’Sullivan said they could not get accommodation for the hurlers from Adare to Dublin. The same issues are facing Kerry supporters, who may also have to commit to same-day journeys as they are being priced out of staying in Dublin or the surrounding areas.
O’Sullivan said Kerry have used a number of hotels in the Dublin area over the years but all are unavailable, forcing the hurlers to fly up on Saturday week, play Antrim at 5pm and then take a bus back to Kerry that evening.
“From Adare to Dublin we couldn’t find anything available for the party required to be together,” he said.
The footballers play Limerick in tomorrow’s Munster final and if they win, the €13,000 they’ve committed to paying won’t have been in vain as a quarter-final place will be secured.
“There is no guarantee we will be involved that weekend but if we are, it is the only way we can be assured of accommodation for a party of 45.
“It’s working out at twice the price we would be used to paying. If we don’t qualify, we lose that money. In some cases we were being quoted three times the normal price.”
O’Sullivan said he hoped Croke Park could provide assistance for counties facing such accommodation dilemmas.