The live screening of Ulster football championship games has been cited as one of the reasons for the decline in crowd numbers at this year’s competition to date.
Many followers have been happy to settle for the comfort of their armchairs to follow the action to date, although the 18,000-strong crowd for last Sunday’s Tyrone-Donegal semi-final marked an upward curve in the attendance graph.
Yet it is doubtful if any television audience so far will match that which will tune into Sunday’s showing of the Kerry v Cork Munster final.
And while the result will be of interest, the actual performances and tactics adopted by both sides will be digested in detail — and with good reason.
Derry boss John Brennan and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness, who lock horns in the Ulster final on July 17, share the theory that both Cork and Kerry will be in at the death in the All-Ireland series and both naturally hope that their own sides will also have a say on just where ‘Sam’ comes to rest.
“Obviously Cork and Kerry form a major threat to all those other sides who fancy their chances. Sunday’s Munster final will give us all an insight as to just where they are at,” observes McGuinness.
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte, whose team will meet Longford in the All-Ireland qualifiers tomorrow week, concurs with the belief that Cork may be difficult to separate from the biggest prize.