148,000 people watched the Munster final on television
Almost a third of those who watched television on Saturday afternoon watched Kerry’s comprehensive victory in the Munster SFC final against Limerick.
An average of 148,000 people watched the match in Killarney broadcast live on RTÉ2, a share of 32%.
The average for the subsequent Leinster SFC final between Dublin and Kildare was higher at 154,000 but was a lower percentage of total viewers at 21%. The Champions Cup final between Leinster and La Rochelle, which started 15 minutes before the provincial decider at Croke Park, would likely have had an impact on that number.
Meanwhile, Munster SFC attendance is expected to be slightly up from the pre-pandemic figure of 2019. Three years ago, the five games were watched by around 31,000 people in total, while the figure for this year is slightly better, although it does not feature a Kerry-Cork final.
Ulster SFC’s figure will be down though, although the 2019 total did feature a semi-final replay in their number of 134,581. This year’s total is expected to cross the 100,000 mark, but average attendance will reflect a decline.
Elsewhere, this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-finals are expected to take place at FBD Semple Stadium.
Although the participants have not yet been identified, Thurles is ready to host the games on Saturday June 18. Cork will be involved if they beat the Joe McDonagh Cup winners the following weekend, as will Wexford if they beat the second tier final runners. -at the top.
From 2011 to 2016, FBD Semple Stadium hosted all quarter-finals. The 2017 games were held in Páirc Uí Chaoimh which marked the opening of the rebuilt stadium. The 2018 game between Clare and Wexford was also played in Cork and the 2019 games were played at Croke Park.
During the pandemic seasons of 2020 and 2021, only last year’s Cork-Dublin game was played at Thurles, as Tipperary was involved in both years and those fixtures had to be staged for neutral venues.