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Tommy Conlon


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Football coming home to the home of hurling? Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Football coming home to the home of hurling? Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Football coming home to the home of hurling? Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill TD wants to bring the World Cup to Thurles. That’d be the FIFA World Cup, not the yard of ale world cup. Deputy Cahill (FF, Tipperary) reckons Semple Stadium would be right for a slice of the biggest event in global sport.

Thurles, he said last week, has “top-class rail and road infrastructure”, so spectators based in Dublin for world cup games in Croke Park or Lansdowne Road could “hop on a train” and rock up to Semple Stadium “in an hour and a half or less.” The venue would be “ideal for the group stages. Thurles has a long, proud history of hosting sporting occasions and has a proven track record in this regard.”


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