Wicklow have expressed their deep disappointment at missing out on the opportunity to play All-Ireland SFC champions Dublin in Aughrim after their Leinster clash was confirmed for Portlaosie.

John Evans' men earned a quarter-final swing at the Dubs thanks to a stirring defeat of Offaly on Sunday, but they will not face them in their home of Joule Park.

Leinster GAA announced on Monday that the provincial semi-final will take place at the 27,000-capacity O'Moore Park rather than Wicklow's home ground, which holds around 8,000.

They'll face off on Sunday 27 May, 4pm.

Evans had aired his hope the game would be in Aughrim, saying after the Offaly win: "There is nothing to fear in Aughrim and you're our next door neighbours. Why not help out the next door neighbours in the Leinster championship?

"It's a championship that is sagging at the moment."

His wish has not come true however, and in a lengthy statement on their Facebook page, Wicklow GAA shared their disappointment.

"Dublin are seeking an eighth Leinster title in a row and a fourth All-Ireland on the trot under Jim Gavin and are quite rightly being spoken of as possibly the best squad of players ever to play the game," the statement read.

"They also are the reigning league champions and while they finished top of the pile our Wicklow team plied its trade in the lower reaches of Division 4.

"To many this seems a mismatch and few would argue with Wicklow having home venue to close the chasm somewhat. We are the underdogs.

"The gap between these two on the field is clearly massive but off the field Wicklow has many passionate followers and also a generation of young people who needed to see the best ever GAA team at first hand in Joule Park.

"Wicklow needs these youngsters to be inspired, to dream that they too some day may have a day like this in their careers. Wicklow needed a Dublin to come to Joule Park, the local economy would love it too. 

"A GAA crowd are big spenders and leave a sizeable chunk of cash behind them wherever they go. Aughrim and surrounding areas would be buzzing for the weekend, the atmosphere created inside and outside the ground would be memorable. It would be intangible to Wicklow GAA. 

"The Wicklow players of today also deserved the reward of home venue, being part of the first Wicklow team to face the reigning All-Ireland champions in a championship game is an honour.

"They have worked hard under John Evans and his management team against all the odds to get some recognition for their efforts. Would home advantage be seen as some sort of leveller?"