Sunday 17 December 2017

Deise deserve home comforts in Munster

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Waterford's attempt to reinstate an upgraded Walsh Park as a venue for some of their Munster senior hurling championship games, starting against Cork next year, deserves support from the Munster Council.

Granted, Walsh Park will hold a maximum of 17,000 – well below the other main grounds in Munster – but there has to be more to venue allocation than capacity.

Deise hurling is in robust health at present, ticking most progressive boxes, with the exception of being on Munster's venue rota.

As this year's two big Kilkenny v Tipperary games proved (NHL final and All-Ireland qualifier), packed grounds can generate a great atmosphere in towns and cities not used to hosting big games.

Walsh Park is considerably smaller than Nowlan Park but Waterford city still deserves to get a slice of the championship action.

The last Munster SHC game in Walsh Park was in 1996 when Tipperary beat Waterford by 1-14 to 1-11 before a crowd of 15,655.

Irish Independent

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