Croke Park to rock to a Limerick beat on Sunday

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Clash of the counties: Miss Limerick Rachel Birdthistle and Miss Clare Lauren Guilfoyle get ready for the big match. Picture Michael Cowhey
THE HOPES of a county rest on the shoulders of two teams who this Sunday afternoon will realise the dream of every young boy and girl who ever held a hurley in their hands.

THE HOPES of a county rest on the shoulders of two teams who this Sunday afternoon will realise the dream of every young boy and girl who ever held a hurley in their hands.

Over 30,000 men, women and children from Limerick will make the trip to Croke Park this weekend to witness their minor and senior hurling teams do battle on the hallowed sod against the Tribesmen from Galway and the Bannermen from Clare.

Cars, buses, and mini buses will line the M7 from the crack of dawn on Sunday carrying people from every nook and cranny in the county – all hoping that their side can pull off a unique double.

And if last Sunday’s game between Cork and Dublin is anything to go by then a fascinating encounter awaits!

Limerick County Board secretary Mike O’Riordan estimates that between 60,000 and 65,000 will make the trip to Croker for the decider.

“There are approximately 53,000 tickets sold at this stage,” he said.

“It is going to be an unbelievable spectacle and a great day to be from Limerick. People are really getting behind both teams as is reflected in the ticket sales,” he said.

Estimates have suggested that between 30,000 and 35,000 fans will travel from Limerick.

The minor game (throw-in 1.30pm) and the senior game (3.30pm) will be televised on RTE with commentary also on Limerick’s Live 95FM.

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