The Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport says he disagrees with the GAA’s decision to stage the All Ireland football semi-final replay between Kerry and Mayo in Limerick.
The Gaelic Grounds will host the sell-out fixture at 5pm tomorrow as Croke Park is unavailable due to the staging of the American Football match between Penn State and University of Central Florida.
Every hotel room in Limerick city has been booked ahead of tomorrow’s match and the Limerick City Business Association says the local economy is likely to receive a multi-million euro boost.
However, Minister Michael Ring, who is from County Mayo, says the match should have been played in Croke Park and not Limerick.
“I don’t think it’s right bringing our supporters down there, we have three bottle-necks on the way to Limerick, we have Tuam, Claregalway and Clarinbridge. It’s not a suitable venue for Mayo, it’s not a venue that they know, we’re used to going to Roscommon, Galway, Sligo and Leitrim; People know where to park and where to go,” he said.
Meanwhile, Limerick City and County Council is warning that road restrictions will be in place on the Ennis Road from 2pm tomorrow.
“Match attendants are strongly advised to travel early and to park on and off street in and adjacent to the city centre and to allow ample time to walk to the Gaelic Grounds,” said Rory McDermott of the roads department.