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GAA happy with crowd behaviour

GAA officials have expressed their delight at the absence of a pitch invasion at the end of the All-Ireland SHC final between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Fans remained in the stands as the Liam McCarthy Cup was presented to Tipp captain Eoin Kelly. A number of measures were undertaken in a bid to end the tradition of post-match pitch invasions, including the erection of a Perspex wall at Hill 16.

"We are delighted that everything went according to plan. It was due to a combination of factors - the support from the fans, the GPA, the players, management, gardai and the stewards," said GAA communications chief Lisa Clancy.

"We had done a huge communication campaign nationally and locally to achieve this. It was a massive effort and everyone was committed to it being a success. And thankfully it was.

"It all meant that the winning team got to enjoy a celebration that was unique while the losing team was able to leave the field without been swarmed by opposition fans."

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