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Jaypers - Over A Million People Tuned In To The All-Ireland Hurling Final Yesterday

By James Fenton

August 20, 2018 at 12:33pm


In the days of mobile phones, iPads and what have ya, it's comforting to know that when it comes to huge national moments, Irish people are still turning on the auld telly.

There hasn't been many bigger moments this year than Limerick ending a 45-year wait for the All-Ireland Hurling title yesterday and people tuned in in their droves to see it happen.

An average of 846,100 were watching throughout the Shannonsiders' clash with last year's winners Galway at Croke Park with a peak of 1,007,500 towards the end when two goals for Tribesmen saw them them come within inches of snatching victory from defeat.

Still, some GAA traditionalists might say we should hang our heads in shame as there was higher peak who watched England lose their World Cup semi-final to Croatia last month (1.12 million).

Interestingly, this year's showdown fell just short of last year's final between Galway and Waterford which peaked at 1.1 million.

Sporting folk shouldn't get too cocky though because at the end of the day, The Late Late Toy Show usually trashes all others when it comes to annual viewing figures. Roll on, December.

(header pic: RTÉ)

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