Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Munster get a munching

It’s not often than an Ulster football semi-final eclipses a Munster hurling semi-final in terms of spectator drawing power.

But that’s what happened last weekend when 24,200 fans, despite the recession, flocked to Casement Park, Belfast to see All Ireland champions Tyrone overcome Derry.

Indeed, not only did the huge crowd mean a 10-minute delay to the start of the match for health and safety reasons but it also led to major traffic congestion in west Belfast and on the M1 afterwards.

Yet the Munster Council would have been quite happy to have found themselves confronted with such problems with a disappointing 20,783 crowd attending the Tipperary v Clare hurling semi-final in Limerick.

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