A LOCAL businessman is urging the people of Limerick to wave their green and white flags as Limerick face Cork in the Munster hurling final this Sunday and the minors take on Waterford in their decider.
Michael Gleeson, owner of Michael Gleeson Shoes, says it is evident that the Limerick fans are eager to show their home colours as the championship final draws closer.
“I would say the Limerick supporters have been dying to get the opportunity to support the Limerick team.”
However, Mr Gleeson says support from local enterprises has been poor since the Minor team started their championship campaign.
“I would love to see the city businesses show their colours more. I have been flying my colours before the Tipperary match. I noticed other businesses weren’t flying their colours and I was very disappointed. Really, last week, they should have been doing that,” he says.
The businessman added that support for local GAA has been dampened by increasing support for the Munster team over the years.
“Rugby has taken over. I am not an anti-Munster man, though. I think it’s great. You can even see the City Council showing the Munster colours all over the streets whenever the Munster team are playing. I always felt Munster were getting bigger support from the city.”
Laura Ryan, head of Limerick communications office, says there is great enthusiasm coming from the city’s main streets and that she encourages all businesspeople to get behind Limerick’s campaign.
“The weekend of the Munster final is going to be a bumper few days in Limerick with thousands of GAA fans arriving for the big match. You can see the GAA flags already flying in O’Connell Street in Limerick city and we want to encourage all businesses to get behind the campaign to turn Limerick Green ahead of July fourteenth,” she says.
Ms Ryan says the support for the team at the Gaelic Grounds should match backing the Munster team get at Thomond Park which will benefit the team.
“I’ve no doubt that if we all turn Limerick green it can only benefit the players, who will know the entire city and county of Limerick are behind them.”
Meanwhile terrace tickets have been in high demand for Sunday’s big game since the remainder of stand tickets are no longer for public sale.
According to Limerick GAA, the total amount of tickets sold ranges between 8,500 and 9,000.
County Board Secretary Mike O’Riordan says that all the remaining stand tickets have been distributed to local GAA clubs in Limerick.
The event’s sponsors Centra and SuperValu are no longer selling stand tickets as they been sold out, but are still selling terrace tickets.
“It’s going to be a sell-out. It’s looking like a full house at the moment,” O’Riordan says.
Terrace tickets can be purchased from the Gaelic Grounds office and from the clubs. They can also be purchased online on Tickets.ie.