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International Rules test set for Ulster

An Ulster venue will host one of the two International Rules games next October, it has emerged, as the GAA continue their recent policy of taking one of the games out of Dublin.

Pearse Stadium in Galway hosted the first 2006 Test and when it came back to Ireland in 2010, the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick was the initial host.

It has been established that the GAA are ready to take the series north for the first time, with a number of prospective venues in the pipeline. However, Casement Park in Belfast is understood not to be on that list.

It is due for reconstruction later this year but would not have been considered anyway due to the specific demands of the series. It would have been the preferred venue if it had been brought up to modern standards by now.

Pairc Esler in Newry, the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan and Healy Park in Omagh will be considered, while Celtic Park in Derry may also be in the running in the year UK City of Culture for 2013.

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