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Canadian viewers captivated by All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Tipperary and Galway

Published 19/08/2015

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Closed down: Tipperary's Patrick Maher puts pressure on Conor Whelan of Galway INPHO

The All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Tipperary and Galway will live long in the memory and it appears the game has attracted a new fan base in Canada.

The Tribesmen booked their place in the decider with Kilkenny, a repeat of the 2012 All-Ireland Final, after an absorbing game that was decided by substitute Shane Moloney with the final score of the game deep in injury time on his debut.

Sky Sports and GAA Go has resulted in Gaelic Games being opened up to  a brand new audience across the globe, and Canadian TV channel SportsnetONE's decision to broadcast the thrilling semi-final last night was popular among its viewers if the reaction online is anything to go by.

"I am watching #hurling on TV.  No idea wtf is going on but everyone is very excited. #familyisaway," one user posted on their account.

Galway fullback John Hanbury's decision to unceremoniously haul Tipp's scoring sensation Seamie Callanan to the ground and concede a penalty was also a talking point.

"OMFG...HE JUST PILE DROVE HIM STRAIGHT INTO THE GROUND #HURLING," another user posted.

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