Wednesday 21 February 2018

Five recent Irish sporting events that had higher attendances than Ireland-Georgia clash

The scene from the Aviva Stadium before kick-off
The scene from the Aviva Stadium before kick-off

Barry Lennon

ONLY 27,200 turned up to see Ireland play Georgia at the Aviva Stadium last night - a small crowd considering how much the match meant for the country's Euro 2016 hopes.

The game had grown in importance over the weekend after Scotland's slip-up against the Georgians on Friday.

This should have made qualification and the task of selling the fixture easier. 

Indeed, the FAI advertised tickets on the airwaves over the weekend, hoping to attract punters with adults offered entry from €25 and children from €10.

However, the tactic failed to work with many fans not buying and left the stadium half-full.

Here are five other Irish fixtures that out-sold last night.

1) 36,262

International Rules Test, Saturday November 22, 2014

Patterson's Stadium: Australia 0-17-5 Ireland 2-9-7

International rules last year had a strong attendance in Perth after it was reduced to one test following questions about its popularity.   

Aidan O'Shea and David Moran with Australia's Luke Hodge in Perth

2) 29,752

SHC and SFC club finals, Tuesday March 17, 2015

Croke Park: Ballyhale 1-18 Kilmallock 1-6

Croke Park: Corofin 1-14 Slaughtneil 0-7

Despite a flat performance from Killmallock and Slaughtneil's implosion, the St Patrick's day fixtures drew a large crowd at GAA headquarters in March.

Ballyhale Shamrocks players Tom Coogan, left, and Henry Shefflin lift the Tommy Moore Cup after the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final in 2007. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

3) 49,861

Pre-season friendly, August 8, 2010

Aviva Stadium:League of Ireland XI 1 Manchester United 7

Manchester United almost sold-out the Aviva for this friendly, making many League of Ireland club envious as they would struggle, at best, to attract such a number.
Park Ji-sung

4) 48,840

Leinster SFC final, Sunday July 12, 2015

Croke Park: Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6

Dublin fans are clearly not weary of a trip to Croke Park after they turned up to see the blues take their 10th Leinster title from the last 11 Championships.

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey accelerates away from Westmeath’s Dennis Corroon in the Leinster SFC final.

5) 51,700

Pro 12, Saturday March 29, 2014

Aviva Stadium: Leinster 22 Munster 18

Despite the tournament's poorly attended fixtures, the tie between Munster and Leinster was always going to sell out and was the highest attended match throughout the competition.  

Brian O'Driscoll, Leinster, and Paul O'Connell, Munster, share a moment after the game. Celtic League 2013/14, Round 18, Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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