Wednesday 21 February 2018

GAA confirm that Dublin-Kerry semi is a sell-out

Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Dublin manager Jim Gavin

Hannah Popham

Croke Park will be packed to the rafters this weekend when Jim Gavin's Dublin face Munster champions Kerry after the GAA announced that the game is a complete sell-out.

There has been a scramble for tickets ever since the quarter-final results pitted the age-old rivals against each other with the winners to face Mayo in the All-Ireland decider at GAA Headquarters on September 22.

The game will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Roscommon and Tyrone throwing in at 1.30pm, two hours before the senior teams go into battle.

The GAA have also confirmed that Cormac Reilly will ref the Dublin-Kerry clash despite being criticised for certain decisions he made in Tyrone's quarter-final victory over Monaghan.

Conor McAllister will officiate the minor game.

Meanwhile, Irish Rail has announced that two of its three extra Kerry to Dublin services have sold out ahead of the GAA football semi-final in Croke Park this weekend.

It has also revealed that there are very few tickets left for a third service, with predictions that the remaining few are also soon to be sold out.

Both the 07.10 and 07.45 services from Tralee to Dublin have sold out, with only tickets for the 07.20 train from Killarney remaining.

The company has also revealed that two of the four services to accommodate GAA fans going to the hurling final between Clare and Cork have sold out, with very few remaining rail tickets left.

“It’s obviously a great time of the year for us. There’s a huge interest in the GAA this year and our rail tickets are selling out very quickly” said Barry Keane, Corporate Communications Manager of Irish Rail.

“We’d advise anyone travelling to Dublin for the semi-final, as we will not be selling tickets from the station on Sunday. We expect all tickets to be sold out well in advance of then.”

The selling out of rail tickets on GAA match days is becoming a frequent occurrence for the company: “All of our three extra services for the Mayo and Tyrone match at the weekend sold out days in advance.”

Almost 1.1 million people have watched this year’s championship games, after the Dublin and Cork hurling semi-final surpassed their millionth spectator for this season.

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