As an event, yesterday’s ladies football All-Ireland final was a complete success.
Cork won the match, with controversy coming after Carla Rowe appeared to kick the ball over the bar, but the umpire waved it wide. The Rebelettes went on to win by a single point, meaning that this decision proved to be crucial.
Should this have been a point for Carla Rowe and Dublin? Waved wide by the umpire (Credit: TG4) pic.twitter.com/20pK56F37u
— The42.ie GAA (@The42GAA) September 25, 2016
Nonetheless, it was a great occasion, with a record-breaking attendance for the three finals.
A whopping crowd of 34,445 descended on Croke Park for the triple-header, and this shows that ladies football is rising in popularity.
Today, the news has emerged that TG4 posted positive viewership numbers for the tie, as reported by HoganStand.
The game was viewed by an audience of 235,000 throughout, with a total reach just short of 500,000. The TG4 share of the national TV audience for the duration of the match was almost 27%.
These numbers are hugely promising for a sport which has certainly taken a step forward in 2016, after sponsorship campaigns to get people talking about women’s sport in Ireland.