The venue for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals has been confirmed by the GAA today.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh will play host to the clashes of Tipperary vs Clare and Waterford vs Wexford as the eagerly anticipated new state of the art stadium will finally be unveiled.
However, there will not be a double-header for the quarter-finals, as has been the case in recent years. Instead, Tipp and Clare will face off on the Saturday, before Wexford and Waterford clash on the Sunday.
All Ireland SHC Quarter-Finals:
Clare vs Tipperary, Saturday July 22nd, 3 p.m. – Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Wexford vs Waterford, Sunday July 23rd, 4 p.m. – Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
It is being reported that the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh will see its first match take place this weekend for a Cork club championship game between Glen Rovers and CIT this upcoming weekend.
On the inter-county stage, although the much talked about new stadium was initially pencilled in to play host to yesterday’s Munster SFC final but had to be postponed, July 22 and 23 will see a feast of top class action on the banks of the Lee.
Tipperary looked back to their very best against Dublin on Saturday night, clocking up 4-26, Seamus Callanan with a staggering personal haul of 3-11. They will be expected to brush Clare aside, who have failed to impress so far this summer. Key man, Tony Kelly needs to rediscover his mojo if the Banner are to have any chance of progressing here.
The meeting of Wexford and Waterford sees Davy Fitz come up against a county he used to manage.
The Déise’s enthralling win over Kilkenny in Thurles after extra-time on Saturday should give them an incredible amount of momentum coming into this quarter-final.