Munster Final – A Great Day In Killarney

Gaelic Football is the second most well liked game in Munster. All six counties take a role in the Munster GAA Championship – Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Cork. All 6 teams go into a hat – there is not any seeding. It is a winner take all competition and the two winners go to the grand final.

Kerry is the County with the most Munster Titles and Kerry GAA take great pride in the 73 titles won by The County. Winning the Munster Title bestows the privilege of representing Munster in The All Ireland Series. It also suggests the team avoids the new back door system that gives another three games to the team that wants to progress to The All Ireland Final.

Fans of Gaelic football can stay at hotels in Killarney or Killarney B&B when goint to The Munster Final.

Over the years the biggest game in the Munster Championship is Cork V Kerry. The best eventuality is when both teams meet in the final. Both Kerry and Cork revolve venues each other year. When there is a draw the replay is played in the other County.
There’s great competition between both groups and the fans throng to the games each year.

Kerry and Cork fans alike love Fitzgerald Stadium as the place for the Munster Final. Killarney is just a short distance from Cork and the stadium is in the centre of Killarney itself. Killarney is so well set up with accommodation and cafes that it gives fans a great destination for a weekend away.

The fans start drifting into Killarney on the Fri. night before the game and on Sun. at 11.00am the streets are full. The fans wear their County Colours Red and white for Cork and Green and Gold for the Kerry fans. This gives a carnival atmosphere to the streets and youngsters adore it. They get the opportunity to dress up in their hero’s jersey and see him in action on the field. The best jersey to don on the day is the one with your hero’s number in massive colors on the back.

Once the fans leave the streets to stroll to the stadium the excitement builds. On the way one can get a hat, flag or other memorabilia in your teams colors. The banter between the fans is great and the shout of “come on the Kingdom” rings around the stadium.

The entry to Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney on Munster final day is easy. Everyone attending has to have a ticket and there is different entry points depending on the part of the stadium one is seated.

The curtain raiser to the Munster Senior Football Final is the Minor football final. It’s an extra-special day if both teams in the minor Final are from the two counties partaking of the senior Final. This adds to the numbers at the 1st game and showcases the talent coming up. Regardless of if ones county does not win most fans are ecstatic if they have seen an exceptional player for their County. This guarantees they will have good players coming on stream every year.

When the 2 senior groups come on the pitch the roar of the rival fans is superb. The game has not begun. Both set of fans expect to win. The cheers help fans relax. They settle down and wait for the game to begin.

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