By Michael Moynihan
CAPITAL of Culture, home of hurling. Europe bestowed the former, a 30th All-Ireland title at Croke Park yesterday re-affirmed the latter. At least for a couple of years.
Cork’s 1-21 to 1-16 final success over gallant Galway gave the Rebels back-to-back titles for the first time since 1978, and provided coach John Allen with a dream finale to his first season in charge.
"As a sportsman this is my proudest moment," he admitted.
There was some consolation for Galway, who took the minor final with a five-point defeat of Limerick.
Meanwhile, Croke Park officials will today investigate why almost 1,000 seats remained empty for yesterday’s All-Ireland final. "We don’t know the full story yet," Croke Park spokesman Fergal McGill admitted last night.
"We will begin our investigation today. Whether it was an administrative problem or not we simply cannot say. First and foremost we extend our apologies to the fans who did not get tickets."