While I'm at it ...
IT'S surely a sign of the times, but I can never remember a year as quiet for ticket requests. I've been involved with Tipp since 2001 and you'd always be asked if there were any spares knocking about before big matches. Walking down the street on the morning after a Munster semi-final and you'd hear that familiar refrain: "Lar, don't forget me for a ticket for the final." It's not like that this time. I haven't had a single request yet for the Waterford match on Sunday week.
I wasn't asked for one ticket for the Limerick game and Cork was the same. People knew they could get them at their ease. People asking has never bothered me. I'll look after relations and friends and it's simple economics. If I happen to have 10 tickets, when the 10 are gone, they're gone. If someone asks then, I'm not fobbing them off when I tell them that I've none left.
Now, it appears that the demand is simply not there. If you ask any of the businesses around Liberty Square in Thurles, they'll tell you the recent Clare-Waterford Munster semi-final was the quietest match that they can remember. And those memories stretch back to the 1960s. You could drive through the town that day and if you weren't there for the match, you'd never have known that one was taking place.