Kerry pitchers head home after Dublin game due to high hotel rates

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Kerry’s senior Hurling squad returned home on a charter flight from Dublin on Saturday night after being unable to find affordable accommodation in the capital following their game against Antrim at Croke Park.

Kerry Airport in Farranfore, Co Kerry chartered a 72-seater aircraft from Emerald Airlines, the exclusive regional network operator of Aer Lingus, to enable the hurling team, management and officials to return home to Co Kerry before midnight on Saturday.

@KerryAirport chartered an Emerald Airlines flight to bring the @Kerry_Official Dublin’s senior hurling team, management and officials after Saturday’s Joe McDonagh Cup final v @AontroimGAA.
We thank Conor McCarthy & Ciarán Smith, for their help. #UpKerry pic.twitter.com/I5BUiWdqiG

— Kerry Airport (@KerryAirport) June 3, 2022

The team had flown from Kerry to Dublin earlier in the day ahead of the Joe McDonagh Cup final game against Antrim at Croke Park.

Departure of the Kerry Senior Hurling Team @KerryAirport before the Joe McDonagh Cup final against @AontroimGAA at Croke Park today. 💛💚 pic.twitter.com/YwulAN4by7

— Kerry GAA (@Kerry_Official) June 4, 2022

Donal Barry, the host of Terrace Talk on Radio Kerry, said the Kerry team would have been forced to travel to Co Kerry from Dublin after Saturday’s match due to a lack of affordable accommodation in the capital.

Accommodation for the team would have cost around €13,000, the Irish Independent reported.

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KERRY Airport Ireland chartered a flight to bring the @Kerry_Official home from Dublin after Saturday’s Joe McDonagh Cup final.

The team could not find affordable accommodation in Dublin

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— Donal Barry (@BarryDonal) June 3, 2022

Ahead of Saturday’s match John Mulhearn, CEO of Kerry Airport Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Kerry’s pitchers this weekend.

“They had booked a one-way flight to Dublin with Ryanair but the match and return flight times clashed. Instead of facing a five-hour bus trip to Kerry, we’re proud to sponsor a charter flight with Emerald Airlines to get everyone home.

“We sincerely hope this gives them the peace of mind to focus on the matter at hand – to win the Joe McDonagh Cup against Antrim. We wish everyone involved at Croke Park the best of luck.

Kerry GAA Hurling Liaison Officer Ger McCarthy said: “To see someone like John [Mulhern] from Kerry airport behind Kerry hurling and Kerry GAA in general, for the county itself this is absolutely brilliant.

On Saturday, Kerry Pitchers took on Antrim in the Joe McDonagh Cup Final at Croke Park. The Kingdom narrowly lost with a final score of 5-22 (37 points) to 4-24 (36 points) in the thrilling contest at the GAA headquarters.

Kerry Hurlers have been pushing for promotion to the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship for several years, but have fallen at the last hurdle on their previous three attempts.

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