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All-Ireland Club Finals On St. Patrick's Day

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With today's announcement of the fixtures for this year's All-Ireland club finals, the football final will be played before the hurling for the first time in a long time.

When was the last time the football final was played before the hurling on St. Patrick's Day?

ah_free_out_ref (Galway) - Posts: 10 - 26/02/2018 16:30:06    2080619

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If Ireland are going for the grand slam in rugby it will impact attendance severely. Could be the lowest attendance in years.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9372 - 26/02/2018 17:11:43    2080645

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Replying To yew_tree:  "If Ireland are going for the grand slam in rugby it will impact attendance severely. Could be the lowest attendance in years."
There wont be anyone from the 4 clubs in question missing these games over a rugby match

tipp11 (Tipperary) - Posts: 318 - 26/02/2018 17:21:44    2080646

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Only right the hurling being on second. It's very difficult to watch a good hurling game after a football game no matter if the football game was very good or not. Football is too slow to be shown after a good hurling game

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - Posts: 992 - 26/02/2018 17:25:09    2080651

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GAA are right to go ahead against the Rugby. Rugby is in Twickers. If it were at home i could understand objections.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1293 - 26/02/2018 17:25:40    2080653

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Replying To yew_tree:  "If Ireland are going for the grand slam in rugby it will impact attendance severely. Could be the lowest attendance in years."
If it does, it won't say much for those staying away. It will be like making an official statement that we are "rugby country".

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1110 - 26/02/2018 17:34:28    2080658

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Of course fans from the clubs and counties will attend but I am talking about the neutral element both who would attend and watch on tv.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9372 - 26/02/2018 18:08:02    2080676

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "If it does, it won't say much for those staying away. It will be like making an official statement that we are "rugby country"."
No it wouldn't. Many neutrals who attend yearly may choose to go to or watch rugby. Myself included.

reffingmad (Roscommon) - Posts: 165 - 26/02/2018 18:11:35    2080679

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Replying To reffingmad:  "No it wouldn't. Many neutrals who attend yearly may choose to go to or watch rugby. Myself included."
Yeah agreed, if there was nothing else on, many neutrals might choose to go to Croke Park, but if Ireland are playing at the same time, they may choose to go or watch Ireland.

Doesn't mean we are a rugby country, just means that many GAA fans can be rugby fans too .

county man (Limerick) - Posts: 1050 - 26/02/2018 22:33:10    2080776

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Replying To yew_tree:  "If Ireland are going for the grand slam in rugby it will impact attendance severely. Could be the lowest attendance in years."
Maybe Scotland will do everyone a favour then :)

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9104 - 27/02/2018 00:11:54    2080810

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In fairness they can hardly change the times of the finals just because there happens to be a rugby match on the TV.

They changed the time of the Leinster Semi-Final between Dublin and Meath because of the Euro Last 16 game v France. Even showed the Ireland game on the big screen I believe before the game. That was the right call but much easier to do at the time because it was only two counties whose supporters didn't have a huge distance to travel to the game.

In this instance putting the game later would probably adversely affect the attendance even more than the rugby will with supporters travelling from Cork, Galway and Limerick.

The Paddy's day finals are part of a lot of people's routines for the day so I'd still expect a decent crowd regardless of the rugby on the TV.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12115 - 27/02/2018 08:09:25    2080827

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "Maybe Scotland will do everyone a favour then :)"
Ah now Ulsterman, don't you know our rugby-loving GAA people will be as devastated as everyone in Dublin 4 if we don't beat Scotland and win the Triple Crown and prove ourselves the best team in that greater United Kingdom that we were once completely a part of. The Triple Crown is a really amazing achievement don't you know....

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1110 - 27/02/2018 08:31:48    2080832

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Maybe from 2019 they could have the finals on a bit later. Try to entice the many of thousands of tourists in Dublin up to Croke Park after the parade to see two cracking games of our fantastic sports. The club finals don't seem to be a part of the St. Patrick's Day festival but GAA is a massive part of of our culture.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 4813 - 27/02/2018 10:16:12    2080849

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Ah now Ulsterman, don't you know our rugby-loving GAA people will be as devastated as everyone in Dublin 4 if we don't beat Scotland and win the Triple Crown and prove ourselves the best team in that greater United Kingdom that we were once completely a part of. The Triple Crown is a really amazing achievement don't you know...."
It is not the greater United Kingdom it is the Home Nations we are part of. Proud members of the Emprie and it's passing of civialisation across the world.

witnof (Dublin) - Posts: 1381 - 27/02/2018 10:19:52    2080852

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Forget the Rugby, there are league games the following day, i would of went up to support Cuala but will be down in Galway for the weekend to watch the Dubs on the Sunday, equally im sure a lot of people from Galway will have to make a decision between Galway and Corofin.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 1893 - 27/02/2018 11:18:52    2080869

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Replying To ah_free_out_ref:  "With today's announcement of the fixtures for this year's All-Ireland club finals, the football final will be played before the hurling for the first time in a long time.

When was the last time the football final was played before the hurling on St. Patrick's Day?"
2007
Cross V Crokes
Ballyhale V Loughrea

222 (UK) - Posts: 471 - 27/02/2018 11:49:32    2080879

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Replying To GreenandRed:  "Maybe from 2019 they could have the finals on a bit later. Try to entice the many of thousands of tourists in Dublin up to Croke Park after the parade to see two cracking games of our fantastic sports. The club finals don't seem to be a part of the St. Patrick's Day festival but GAA is a massive part of of our culture."
You always see a good few tourists around Croker on Paddy's Day.

It's something that is becoming more and more popular, sports tourism. I see a lot of tourists generally in or around Croker on match days come summer. Someone must be doing something right.

Incidentally, German football hipsters love the League of Ireland. You can't go to a game in Dalyer or Richmond without spotting a few Germans!

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12115 - 27/02/2018 12:17:51    2080886

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Replying To MesAmis:  "In fairness they can hardly change the times of the finals just because there happens to be a rugby match on the TV.

They changed the time of the Leinster Semi-Final between Dublin and Meath because of the Euro Last 16 game v France. Even showed the Ireland game on the big screen I believe before the game. That was the right call but much easier to do at the time because it was only two counties whose supporters didn't have a huge distance to travel to the game.

In this instance putting the game later would probably adversely affect the attendance even more than the rugby will with supporters travelling from Cork, Galway and Limerick.

The Paddy's day finals are part of a lot of people's routines for the day so I'd still expect a decent crowd regardless of the rugby on the TV."
It is indeed Mes

I couldn't think of a better way to spend Paddy's Day

It's a family get together for ourselves and we've attended the finals for many a year now, but always better from a selfish point of view when there's a Dublin club in the mix.. the good and the bad days

Cuala looking to make another bit of history for themselves and DublIn GAA

Looking forward to it

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 18699 - 27/02/2018 12:24:42    2080892

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Have they not said that this is the last year that the club finals will be held on Paddys Day?

I have no doubt the attendance figures will suffer as a result of the rugby (regardless of the Scotland result).

I'm not even sure the football and hurling should be held on the same day. Would playing the junior intermediate and senior final of each as 2 triple headers not be a better option?

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 3148 - 27/02/2018 12:31:19    2080893

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i don't know when else people think they should play the games?

perfect10 (Wexford) - Posts: 3045 - 27/02/2018 15:25:46    2080964

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