RTÉ have got confirmation from Government sources this afternoon that agreement has been reached in relation to maximum attendances for this year’s All-Ireland semi-finals and finals. 24,000 supporters will be allowed to attend each of the four semi-final matches while 40,000 will be maximum for both deciders.
Given that our semi-final is very likely going to be against Dublin, it follows that tickets are going to be very hard to come by for all supporters. Over the past decade all our shuddering Championship showdowns against the Dubs have been sell-out fixtures and, even in these pandemic times, there’s sure to be exceptionally strong demand for tickets for our semi-final this year against the Leinster champions.
Indeed, with the bulk of the adult population now fully vaccinated, there’s a strong argument for being less cautious in relation to mass gatherings like this, especially when you see what’s being allowed in other countries. It appears, though, that agreement has been reached on the issues and that these numbers aren’t going to change. Good luck with the ticket hunt, all.
In other news, tomorrow’s Nancy Murray Cup camogie match against Tyrone has been cancelled. That game was meant to be played in Tooreen at 5pm tomorrow but it’s now off. Sunday’s Minor camogie Championship match away to Cavan is, though, still on.
Also on is tomorrow’s Rackard Cup decider against Tyrone at Croke Park, as the hurlers aim to win this trophy for the first time since 2016. The final is being streamed live by TG4 on their YouTube channel (the link for which is here) and seeing as it is on YouTube I’ll embed the live stream here on the blog as well, which may make it easier for some to get to see it. Midwest are also providing live radio commentary on the game.
By the way, Mayo GAA have issued another warning about the scourge that is scam links for GAA matches, which bad-minded hoors are apparently posting on Facebook and Twitter. The advice is only to click on official links for games, which kinda makes sense when you think about it.
Finally, Mayo GAA announced earlier today that Stream Sport have appointed at their partner for match streaming services this year. Thirty club Championship matches will be streamed live on the Mayo GAA TV service this year, including all four Mayo SFC quarter-finals, the two semi-finals and the final. The hurling decider will also be on the list.
In this Covid era, streaming of GAA matches has become a staple and it’s something that’s here to stay too, which is a huge bonus for those who can’t get to matches, including those who live outside the county or, indeed, the country. While nothing really does beat being there, being able to watch a live stream is a good second best so it’s great to see that this is a service that Mayo GAA are developing further this year.