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43 Photos That Prove The All Ireland Hurling Final Is The Greatest Day You Could Ever Experience

The people, the emotion, the passion

There is something so majestic about Croke Park on All Ireland Final day. Something that gets your pulse racing just as you near the stadium. 

We wanted to capture the magic of the day – the people, the fans, the workers, the build up, the ecstasy, the agony and everything that comes with the big day. 

This year it was Kilkenny and Tipperary who brought the nation to a standstill with skill, excitement and pure unbridled desire. 

The greatest spectacle on earth? We think so...

1. Miraculously the sun was shining on the first Sunday in September

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2. Some got there as early as they could

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3. Not even the experts knew what was coming 

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4. Meeting points were fixed

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5. As expectation grew for a clash of the titans 

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6. They came in their thousands from every corner of Ireland

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7. Dressed to the nines

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8. A quick burger to help settle the nerves

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9. Tickets changed hands 

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10. Some last minute accessories

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11. A quick selfie for those at home

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12. Entrepreneurs sold water to the thirsty fans

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13. The band were there playing as always 

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14. Tactics were discussed

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15. There was always a friendly face to guide you there

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16. The songs rang out all along Jones Road

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17. The collars were straightened 

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18. The sheet music checked twice

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19. The nervous wait for the Artane band

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20. As 82,000 people filled the stadium

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21. The famous red carpet

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22. For our wonderful president

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23. All was set for a ferocious battle 

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24. The teams traded early blows

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25. While some struggled to find their seats

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26. The nerves were intense

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27. On both sides of the fence

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28. Enda watched on 

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29. So did Bertie 

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30. And Gerry

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31. The groundsmen did their work at half time

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32. And then the tide started to turn away from Kilkenny 

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33. As many realised it wasn't going to be their year

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34. Some watching on had seen it all before but still couldn't believe their eyes

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35. Tipp had reached the dreamland 

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36. And the cup was theirs

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37. Even in defeat they gave it their all

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38. But it still hurt so much

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39. The face of a happy player's father says it all

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40. Teammates through it all 

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41. Back to the drawing board for next year

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42. A wonderful moment shared with family

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43. Time for home. The most majestic day

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