Hurlers and Springsteen to get Limerick rocking

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Miss Limerick, Rachael Birdthistle, is right behind our hurlers this Sunday. Picture: Adrian Butler
THE sun raged, Cork were sent packing and The Boss thrilled a heaving Thomond Park ... we can only but hope we awake to such headlines next week.

THE sun raged, Cork were sent packing and The Boss thrilled a heaving Thomond Park ... we can only but hope we awake to such headlines next week.

Limerick is gearing up for its biggest couple of days in recent memory, as first 44,000 GAA supporters descend on a sold out Pairc na nGael for the Munster Final, before on Tuesday night, metres up the road, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will wow up to 30,000 die-hard fans on the hallowed turf of Thomond Park.

The coffers of the region will welcome a swelling as a result of the double boost from both events, with a huge knock-on economic impact for the city and county.

Hotels across the region are reporting full occupancy levels, while city publicans are this Thursday morning applying for a special exemption to keep their pubs open until 2am after the concert.

The exemption, if granted, will enable pubs in the city and city environs “out to areas as far as Raheen and Corbally” to serve alcohol until 2am.

“A lot of people will be travelling from all over the country, certainly all over Munster, and will be staying the night in hotels. The concert won’t finish until 11 or after 11 so we would hate to be closing our doors as they come back into the city, when the city is showing itself off at its finest,” said Mr O’Dea.

A number of other events taking place over the weekend include the Munster Fleadh in Castletroy and the Pig n’ Porter in Rosbrien, all drawing thousands into the city.

Limerick start as slight favourites with the bookies ahead of the match on Sunday, which is heading for a complete sell-out, with a mere handful of terrace tickets still on sale from the Gaelic Grounds public office.

The crunch clash with Cork throws in at 4pm, while the minor match against Waterford starts at 1.45pm. The incredible spell of good weather that has struck the region in the past number of days is expected to hold, at least until Sunday, while no rain is expected next Tuesday.

Gates open at 5pm in Thomond Park, with Springsteen on stage at 7pm. There is no support act.