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Munster Final Set For Monster Turnout Not Seen In Thurles For Years

Guinness Munster Hurling Championship Final 25/6/2006 Cork General view of Cork fans at the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Cork and Clare face off in the Munster hurling final on Sunday, in a match-up which few could have predicted at the start of the year.

The Rebels shocked reigning All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the opening round, before seeing off Waterford in the semi-final. Hype is building around Cork hurling at present, with over 30,000 attending each of those matches.

The minors are also in the decider, and with over 8,000 packing out Páirc Uí Rinn to watch them see of Tipp in a replay, interest is peaking ahead of Sunday.

Clare, for their part, are in their first provincial decider since 2008. The Banner have not won the Munster Championship since 1998, and are looking to get back amongst the sport’s elite after three years in the doldrums.

All this makes for a cracker on Sunday afternoon.

Following a record crowd for a Leinster final in Croke Park last Sunday, there is set to be another bumper hurling attendance, with Semple Stadium heading for a sell-out.

Munster GAA have announced that tickets only remain for the Killinan Terrace, with the three other sides of the ground sold out.

The famous stadium has not experienced a crowd this size so far in the decade, with only the 2015 decider between Tipp and Waterford coming close, drawing 43,084.

Crowds of over 50,000 were not infrequent 10 years ago, with the 2006 and 2007 provincial deciders drawing 53,286 and 48,371 respectively.

By all accounts, it appears that Thurles is the place to be this Sunday.

Details about tickets can be found here.


Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we look ahead to the Munster final and discuss all the latest action!

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.