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Monday 14 October 2019

Thurles pitch improvements force schools to go to Tullamore

A view of Semple Stadium in 2018. Photo: Sportsfile
A view of Semple Stadium in 2018. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Semple Stadium will be closed until mid-May to allow repair work to take place on the pitch.

The Thurles venue played host to Clare's come-from-behind win over Tipperary in the final round of the NFL on Sunday afternoon which was the 11th game to be played there in nine weeks, stretching all the way back to an All-Ireland club IHC semi-final clash between Charleville and Graigue-Ballycallan on January 19.

Sine then the ground has played host to national hurling and football league matches as well as senior hurling and football club semi-finals. The Tipperary ladies football team also played there last weekend as a curtain-raiser to the men's football game.

However, that heavy schedule has taken its toll on the surface with the venue closed until Liam Kearns' Premier football side tackle Limerick in a Munster SFC quarter-final on Saturday, May 11.

Semple has traditionally hosted the All-Ireland senior post-primary schools final but that will now be played in Tullamore next Saturday when St Kieran's, Kilkenny take on Presentation Athenry.

The Division 1 league final - regularly staged in Semple which would normally be the host for Sunday's decider between Waterford and Limerick - will be played in Croke Park this time around.

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