Limerick sports fans face viewing headache

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Steven Lavin of Limerick is challenged by Chris Dunning of Clare in Cusack Park
LIMERICK sports fans will have to make a choice on April 27.

LIMERICK sports fans will have to make a choice on April 27.

At the exact same time the Limerick footballers and the Munster rugby side will take to the field - albeit thousands of miles apart.

While Munster play Clermont-Auvergne in their Heineken Cup semi-final in Montpellier in the south of France, the Limerick senior footballers will be in action in their league final in Croke Park against Offaly.

Both fixtures were set out in the varying master fixture guides of both organising bodies and the clash only became a possibilty on Sunday.

Both fixtures have now been confirmed for 5pm starts on the Saturday evening.

While there would not be many local supporters looking to attend the two games, they will now be prevented from viewing both games live, in their entirety, on television.

The Munster game will be live on Sky Sports, while TG4 have broadcast rights for all four Allianz Football League finals.

It appears that any hopes of the Limerick football game being switched would have resulted in them losing the rare opportunity to play in GAA headquarters in Croke Park.

The Limerick footballers are bidding to win the Division Four title for the second time in four years.

While they will want to collect silverware, gaining promotion with victory over Clare last Sunday was their primary targe.

“Today was the final in our eyes,” explained Limerick football manager Maurice Horan after his side beat Clare in Ennis.

“A match in Croke Park is obviously a major bonus. We were there in 2010 so it’s not unfamiliar territory for us but overall today was the final,” he said.

Limerick’s sixth win from seven games ensured a top of the table finish and automatic promotion to Division Three for 2014.

Next year Limerick will be joined in Division Three by Cavan, Fermanagh, Roscommon, Sligo, Wexford, Longford and Offaly.

“Overall we worked so hard over the course of this league that we felt we deserved to be promoted. We weren’t going to come down here and lie down,” outlined Horan.