An open-top bus reception is being considered for the Dublin GAA teams homecoming on Sunday.

Dublin City Council management is meeting with city centre interests tomorrow to discuss the idea.

It follows criticism of the ticket-only plan for the homecoming event in Merrion Square.

But assistant chief executive Richard Shakespeare told a meeting of councillors that this is being done for health and safety.

"I make no apologies for putting safety first," he said. 

A total of 15,000 free tickets will be issued for the event in Merrion Square on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, the city council said the decision to make it all-ticket was made on health and safety grounds.

The council's allocation of 3,500 were taken up within an hour of being available online at 7am today.

The remainder are being distributed by the Dublin County Board and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association through their clubs.

A spokesperson for the city council said that the capacity in Smithfield was only 7,000 and Sunday had emerged as a suitable date after discussions between the council, the county board and the ladies association.

The event will take place between 1.30-4.30pm featuring live performances from Keywest and Eoin Thomas and the Rising Sons, a video presentation, and the five-in-a-row men's and three-in-a-row women's All-Ireland senior football champions appearing on stage.

The council has advised that there will be road closures in the vicinity and that no alcohol will be allowed at the event.

In a post on his Facebook page, Dublin Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe added that the Phoenix Park was not available on the day as it was hosting the Great Dublin Bike Ride and that over 11,000 tickets had been distributed to clubs "to ensure those who play the game, people who don't have access online and genuine fans have a priority.

"Obviously some people may be disappointed but every length has been taken to ensure the maximum number of Genuine fans are accommodated."

Additional reporting Eoin Ryan