MAYOR Michael Sheahan has confirmed that ticketless fans will be able to watch the Munster Hurling Final on a big screen in the city.
The plan is to erect the screen beside the Milk Market, and people are encouraged to arrive well ahead of the 4pm throw-in to ensure a good vantage point.
The mayor has confirmed that he has put a financial package together with City of Culture, Limerick GAA, City and County Council and the city traders to stump up the cash required to erect the big screen.
“I just need to tie up a few issues around planning and health and safety. But a big screen will be in place,” said the mayor.
With other City of Culture events going on this weekend, he wants to see the city turn green.
“With the Milk Market in full swing, the match on a big screen, and City of Culture programme going on, it should, all in all be a great weekend for families.”
He added: “Come out, wear your green to complement the lovely green flags the local authority is putting on, and be proud to support the boys in green,” said the former Monaleen GAA chairman.
The idea of erecting a big screen was set in train by the mayor after it emerged that Limerick’s minor and senior hurlers would be facing Waterford and Cork respectively in the reduced capacity Pairc Ui Chaoimh, which holds just 32,000 fans at present.
This means that up to 10,000 Limerick fans are now facing disappointment.
While many of these will travel without tickets to the Rebel County, far more will be forced to watch the big match on RTE.
This is in stark contrast to this time last year, when thousands of Treaty fans packed into the 42,000 capacity Gaelic Grounds.