It was announced this week that the Munster Senior Hurling final between Clare and Limerick will be held in the TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork was set to host the game until Clare came in with a last-minute interjection.
The Banner county has expressed its desire to host the game on June 11 at the FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary.
However, Limerick’s home ground was then put forward as an alternative by Clare officials and their management team who were keen to avoid going to Cork, and a decision was taken to reconvene the meeting Tuesday.
Both Clare and Limerick have now agreed that the Munster showpiece will be held in the Gaelic Grounds.
Despite Limerick having home advantage, the Ennis Road venue is seen as more accessible for Clare supporters than FBD Semple Stadium or Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
In a statement, the Munster Council said, "This decision follows a request from Clare to the Munster Council CCC on Monday evening of May 29th to postpone making a decision on the venue to allow Clare time to explore the possibility of playing the game at the TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Earlier, Clare had proposed Semple Stadium, while Limerick had proposed Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
"The Munster Council CCC agreed to postpone making their decision, and today Clare and Limerick have confirmed that they had reached an agreement to play the game at the TUS Gaelic Grounds."
TUS Gaelic Grounds for Munster Final: https://t.co/Q79zlVnyEO
— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) May 30, 2023
"The 1:45 pm throw-in time is to facilitate live TV and the possibility of extra time. The Leinster Final throws in at 4 pm. Stand tickets will be distributed through participating County Boards only, while terrace tickets will be going on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 1st, at 12 Noon."
Two-time Clare All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Daly has also welcomed the venue change. "Logistically, it's a good venue for everyone," Daly said in an interview with RTÉ.
"It's 10 minutes from the likes of John Conlon, Diarmuid Ryan, the Shannon lads, the 'Bridge lads. It's a great venue, right on the doorstep - easier to get to for those lads than Cusack Park.
"Clare played them [Limerick] there five weeks ago. What's the big deal? We all saw last Sunday [Limerick v Cork], it's a fantastic stadium. Fifty-fifty on the tickets, bring it on. Let them eat it. They produced an incredible Munster final last year."
The game between Limerick and Clare will take place on Sunday, June 11, and will have a 1:45 pm throw-in.