Cllr. Grogan – Calls for Thurles Munster Final to Celebrate 125 years of the GAA

dsc_6162Thurles Town Councillor Michael Grogan has strongly backed a motion that the newly revamped ‘Field of Legends’ Semple Stadium should play host to the 2009 Senior Munster Hurling Final.

Monday’s Munster Council GAA meeting received a motion from outgoing Tipperary chair John Costigan that Thurles would be the venue for the final to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in the Cathedral town.

Munster Council Chairman, Jimmy O’ Gorman of Waterford is said to be “strongly considering” the request and a response is expected in the near future.

Speaking to Thurles. Info Cllr. Grogan said:

“We have a facility for the game of hurling that is second to none in the country. I would go as far as to call on the Munster council to issue a regulation that, where possible, that the Munster hurling final would be played every year in the home of hurling here in Thurles. The current stadium chairman Con Hogan and his team have done a fantastic job and have built on the work of previous stadium committees done through the years. We now have a stadium that is the envy of counties the length and breadth of the country, and one that generates a lot of money for the town and the local economy. In Thurles we have the history, the town facilities, the hurling tradition, the passion and the capacity for such an event.  I feel that the majority of the general GAA public would be supportive of the notion that Thurles would hold the Munster Hurling final annually. Every hurling fan enjoys the pilgrimage to Semple Stadium, and I feel that it would be an unbelievable boost to the town of Thurles if the Munster hurling final was held here every year.”


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