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Saturday 16 December 2017

Fans turn backs on McCarthy's men

Limerick's crisis over Justin McCarthy's tenure as manager will contribute to a drop of over 10,000 on the normal figures for a Cork v Limerick Munster hurling semi-final.

While apathy on Shannonside cannot be entirely to blame given the slide in attendances nationwide, a crowd of only around 20,000 is expected in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.

The last time the sides met in a Munster semi-final was 2004, when 31,700 showed up. Advance ticket sales have been very slow in Limerick, leading officials to make plans for a drop of more than a third.

"We have to expect that attendances will be down because that is the trend nationally. We saw that in Cork for the football replay and in Croke Park last Sunday. It's to be expected in the current climate," said Munster Council PRO Jim Forbes.

"The Limerick situation may also be a factor, but Limerick is a proud hurling county and there will be support there."

The Munster Council are already suffering after just 11,028 turned up for the Waterford v Clare semi-final on the June bank holiday Monday, in Thurles.

Irish Independent

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