Thursday 22 February 2018

Revealed: Numbers show astonishing ladies football final crowd trumped some of Irish sport's biggest events in 2017

24 September 2017; Supporters during the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
24 September 2017; Supporters during the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Much has been made of yesterday's record breaking crowd at Croke Park for the All-Ireland ladies football final - but when you compare the attendance to other Irish sporting events in 2017 it becomes even more impressive.

46,286 packed into GAA HQ yesterday to watch Dublin end their final heartbreak with a win over Mayo, which was over 10,000 more than last year's decider.

Not only was the ladies football final the best attended female sporting event in Europe this year, but it also outdrew some of Irish sport's biggest events.

Writing in today's Irish Independent, Eamonn Sweeney praised the large turnout at Croke Park, and also put the huge crowd into context by comparing it to some other top sporting occasions.

Read more: Eamonn Sweeney: Crowd at ladies final was astonishing - it's just a shame it was ignored by national broadcaster

"46,286 is more people than watched this year's Munster senior hurling final (45,558), and only a couple of thousand less than attended the Munster and Connacht senior football finals combined (50,123). It's 7,000 more than watched Ireland's home world cup qualifying match against Georgia this time last year at the Aviva (39,793), 2,000 more than saw last year's Pro 12 final between Munster and Scarlets at the same venue (44,558), several thousand more than witnessed the clinching game of last year's World Series (38,104)."

The fans in Croke Park were treated to a fantastic finish as Dublin struck three goals - including two from Sarah McCaffrey - to seal their first All-Ireland title since 2010, and their second overall.

Dublin had previously lost three All-Ireland finals in-a-row to Cork by a combined total of four points, but were able to power home and claim a 12-point win to join the men's senior team as national champions.

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