Dublin manager Jim Gavin clearly remains unhappy that concerts are allowed to go ahead at Croke Park at the height of the inter-county season.

Westlife played two sold-out gigs at GAA Headquarters just a week before the start of the All-Ireland quarter-finals in football and hurling.

He voiced his concern about this practice last year and he hasn't changed his mind following the Dubs' 5-18 to 1-17 All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8s win on Saturday at Croke Park.

Gavin walked the pitch before throw-in, paying particular attention to the Hill 16 end of the ground that was dug up to make way for the Westlife stage and then replaced. It appeared that players were losing their footing more easily on this part of the playing surface.

When quizzed about his feelings on the matter following Dublin’s 13-point win he said: "I’ll leave that to Croke Park to answer that question.

"It’s obvious, you could see at ground level that the new sod that was laid, probably a few days ago, which I’m sure the ground staff, who are doing a great job, under very challenging circumstances.

"I’ve expressed that before and it’s one for the stadium manager to answer. We’ll leave it at that."

Concerts are a huge money spinner for Croke Park and the GAA and they are unlikely to close the doors to the world’s biggest music acts, even if it means digging up parts of the pitch and replacing it mid-season.

After the 2017 Leinster final win over Kildare, Gavin said: "It wasn't great for both teams, and it's probably something the GAA need to have a little reflection on.

"Going into a provincial final is that the right thing to do to be replacing that part of the pitch, probably a fifth of the pitch?"

He continued: "I could see both sets of players slipping in that part. It was very hard, that's one thing I'd say about it. It's not a fault of the groundsmen - they were put in a situation to turn the pitch around - so it's probably for the management of Croke Park to have a look at it.

"A provincial showcase football game in Leinster, is that the right thing to do?" He expressed similar sentiments 12 months ago.

There were plenty of positives to emerge on the pitch besides the result against the Rebels, including Jonny Cooper's return from injury as a substitute for his first Dublin appearance since March.

"Jonny has been really diligent in his recovery, it’s just about getting the timing right, and he has been training away really well in the last couple of weeks. He played well when he came on too," said Gavin.

"He put his head down and worked hard at his recovery. The medical team gave him great support, but it’s all down to the player and his mindset and he’s one tough man and mentally very strong."

Dublin’s next game is against Roscommon at Croke Park on Saturday, the so-called 'neutral’ second round of the Super 8s All-Ireland quarter-final stage.