Sports Minister, Jack Chambers has confirmed that 18,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Leinster Football and Hurling semi finals at Croke Park on July 17 and 18.
Chambers confirmed this news last night, ahead of Kilkenny’s clash with Dublin in the Leinster Hurling decider next week.
That weekend will also see Leinster football semi finals taking place, with Dublin’s footballers facing Meath. Kildare will also play Westmeath in the other semi final.
Chambers also confirmed that 7,000 fans will attend the Munster hurling final between Tipperary and Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 18.
Chambers’ “Return of crowds update”
Check out Chamber’s announcement below.
“Return of crowds: Update – Pleased to announce the following attendances for upcoming GAA games: 18k for @KilkennyCLG v @DubGAAOfficial, 17/7, 18k for Leinster football semi final double header 18/7 and 7k for Munster Hurling Final 18/7”, Chambers tweeted.
“These events will join @FAIreland 6,000 for Bohemian FC v Stjarnan, UEFA Conference League 15/7, 1,500 for Shamrock Rovers v Slovan Bratislava, UEFA Champions League 13/7”.
“As well as further League of Ireland games, and the Ireland v South Africa One-Day International”, he added.
Return of music
Chambers’ announcement follows the return of live music to Ireland for the first time in 16 months earlier this month.
The gig took place at Kilmainham Royal Hospital. 3,500 people were attended this show.
This was part of a number of events supported by the Department of Tourism, Arts and Culture to bring live music back to Irish soil.
The event was hosted by the 2 Johnnies. It also included the likes of Sharon Shannon, Gavin James, Wild Youth, Wyvern Lingo, and Lyra Denise Chailia.
It is fair to say, it did not disappoint. Check out Nova’s report to find out why here!
June also saw singer James Vincent McMorrow play in front of a crowd of 500 people in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. McMorrow was also supported by singer Sorcha Richardson. The event was streamed online for free. More on that here.