The GAA could be in line to make a whopping €1.5 million from a bumper weekend of football and hurling action. Twelve matches are up for decision, including three provincial finals, this weekend and if the weather is kinder than it has been in recent weeks then over 100,000 people are expected through the turnstiles of GAA grounds the length and breadth of the country.
The highlight of today’s action is the triple header of qualifiers in Semple Stadium which the GAA anticipates will draw a big crowd to Thurles. The action gets underway with the football qualifer between Tipperary and Wexford while both of this weekend’s hurling qualifiers, Wexford v Cork and Limerick v Clare will follow.
The biggest crowd of the weekend is expected to be found in Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Munster hurling final clash between old rivals Tipperary and Waterford. The GAA is anticipating up to 30,000 people to attend what is expected to be a fiercely contested game.
In Connacht, more than 25,000 people will watch Mayo attempt to put the Conor Mortimer controversy behind them and add even further glory to their provincial role of honour by beating Sligo in the Connacht final in Dr Hyde Park.
This round of football qualifiers has thrown up some mouth watering clashes and all eyes are expected to be on Breffni Park tomorrow as Kildare attempt to get their bid for All-Ireland glory back on track against Cavan. Speculation about whether or not Seanie Johnston will line out against his home county for Kildare will ensure a large crowd in Breffni Park.
Counties who regularly feature in the last eight of the football championship are also in action tomorrow, including Kerry and Tyrone, and their presence is expected to add to what is the hottest weekend of GAA action all summer.