Papal mass and TV slots factors in Sunday evening fixture in Limerick for All-Ireland U21 hurling final

THE GAELIC GROUNDS in Limerick has been confirmed as the venue for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final between Cork and Tipperary with a throw-in time of 5.30pm on Sunday 26 August.

Cork and Tipperary will meet for the second time in the U21 championship this year.

Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Semple Stadium has traditionally been the venue for U21 deciders but there was major protests by Galway in having to travel to Tipperary’s home venue when the Premier last contested the final of this championship in 2010.

No agreement could be reached here in Cork and Tipperary entering into a new home and away agreement, which resulted in a neutral venue being required and the Gaelic Grounds was chosen.

Gaelic Grounds will host the U21 decider.

Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

The game was scheduled for the weekend of 25-26 August but the Saturday date was not feasible due to TG4′s live coverage that day of the All-Ireland senior ladies football semi-finals.

The broadcaster has the rights to the U21 hurling championship and thus the Sunday was selected with a later throw-in time to enable television coverage, along with avoiding a clash with the Papal Mass that day in the Phoenix Park at 3pm.

The match will mark the second time this summer that the teams have met at U21 level with Cork winning the Munster final convincingly in early July. Since then Cork convincingly defeated Wexford at the All-Ireland semi-final stage with Tipperary beating Galway in their last four clash last week.

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