Sunday 19 November 2017

Tipp train there every night but we wanted to play in Thurles - Dan Shanahan

Waterford selector Dan Shanahan
Waterford selector Dan Shanahan

Tomas McCarthy

Waterford selector Dan Shanahan sees no issue with travelling to Semple Stadium for the Munster final against Tipperary on July 12.

The Deise's familiarity with the venue from back-to-back wins over Cork played a key part in their decision.

"We were delighted that the county boards came to an agreement to play the game in Thurles because Thurles is easier for the supporters to get to, plus it's nice for us because we had our own set-up in the Horse and Jockey and the same routine, in the same room."

This will be the third Munster final meeting between the two counties in Semple Stadium, with Waterford beaten in 1958 and 2009, and Shanahan (above) sees it as the ideal venue.

"Thurles is the home of hurling, it's where you want to play. No disrespect to the Gaelic Grounds, it's a lovely pitch and set-up up there but for supporters I think it's a lot easier to get in and out of," added Shanahan, who felt it was important to make an early decision, with Limerick and Killarney also in contention.

"Derek (McGrath) went to the county board and said, 'We want Thurles, see what you can do'. It happened and to be playing Tipp in Thurles is going to be tough. They train there every night but it's where you want to play," he said.

Irish Independent

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