Munster Council Deputy Chief Executive Enda McGuane has stated that the fact that both Clare and Cork have hurling qualifiers on Saturday night will affect the attendance at the Munster Final between the respective counties’ footballers the following day at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
“There’s no doubt it will have an impact,” he said. ”Cork and Clare have hurling qualifiers on Saturday evening and with our game at two o’clock the next afternoon people have a decision to make. In the current climate, not everybody can be expected to attend both games.”
McGuane said it was too early to know what the attendance would be for Sunday’s provincial decider. ”Both counties have hurling qualifiers on Saturday evening and throw in for the football final is 2pm on Sunday. The weather will also be a factor but the reality is a crowd of 4,186 were in Páirc Uí Chaoimh for last year’s game between Cork and Clare. That game had a 4pm throw-in and there were no competing fixtures against it.”
Speaking to the Irish Examiner; Cork County Board vice-chairman Ger Lane has played down the difficulties face by Cork fans due to the fact that both their season teams are in action within 18 hours of each other over the weekend: “I wouldn’t see it as unfortunate. The fixtures were laid out at the start of the year. This situation has happened in the past and so it has again now. That’s the way the cookie crumbles and we just have to get on with it.”