Five recent Irish sporting events that had higher attendances than Ireland-Georgia clash
Published 08/09/2015 | 17:01
ONLY 27,200 turned up to see Ireland play Georgia at the Aviva Stadium last night - a small crowd considering how much the match meant for the country's Euro 2016 hopes.
The game had grown in importance over the weekend after Scotland's slip-up against the Georgians on Friday.
This should have made qualification and the task of selling the fixture easier.
Indeed, the FAI advertised tickets on the airwaves over the weekend, hoping to attract punters with adults offered entry from €25 and children from €10.
However, the tactic failed to work with many fans not buying and left the stadium half-full.
Here are five other Irish fixtures that out-sold last night.
International Rules Test, Saturday November 22, 2014
Patterson's Stadium: Australia 0-17-5 Ireland 2-9-7
International rules last year had a strong attendance in Perth after it was reduced to one test following questions about its popularity.
SHC and SFC club finals, Tuesday March 17, 2015
Croke Park: Ballyhale 1-18 Kilmallock 1-6
Croke Park: Corofin 1-14 Slaughtneil 0-7
Despite a flat performance from Killmallock and Slaughtneil's implosion, the St Patrick's day fixtures drew a large crowd at GAA headquarters in March.
Pre-season friendly, August 8, 2010
Aviva Stadium:League of Ireland XI 1 Manchester United 7
Manchester United almost sold-out the Aviva for this friendly, making many League of Ireland club envious as they would struggle, at best, to attract such a number.
Leinster SFC final, Sunday July 12, 2015
Croke Park: Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6
Dublin fans are clearly not weary of a trip to Croke Park after they turned up to see the blues take their 10th Leinster title from the last 11 Championships.
Pro 12, Saturday March 29, 2014
Aviva Stadium: Leinster 22 Munster 18
Despite the tournament's poorly attended fixtures, the tie between Munster and Leinster was always going to sell out and was the highest attended match throughout the competition.