Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Munster final may head to Leinster

Next year's Munster hurling final could be played in Leinster.

Waterford secretary Timmy O'Keeffe has proposed Nowlan Park in Kilkenny as a home venue for the county's Munster SHC games if they are forced to enter into a home and away agreement.

In his report to annual county convention, O'Keeffe says Waterford would consider an agreement, provided Nowlan Park is accepted as their choice of venue. Walsh Park has a restricted capacity of 20,000.

"Apart from the prohibitive building and running costs involved, such a project would be a white elephant rarely full and a permanent millstone around our neck," he says.

"We could, however, enter into a home-and-away arrangement with all the other counties if we were to nominate Nowlan Park in Kilkenny as our home venue and play our home Munster senior hurling championship games there.

"Nowlan Park has a capacity of approximately 30,000 and now, with the new motorway from Kilmeaden, it is located within a 30-minute drive of 70 per cent of the population of our county.

"The concept of playing major provincial games outside the province is not new. Just a few years ago the Ulster senior football final was played in Croke Park."

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