Council hails efforts of Semple Stadium staff

There were only “two or three hours” over the weekend when ground staff were not preparing Semple Stadium for the five games it hosted.

Council hails efforts of Semple Stadium staff

On Saturday, the Tipperary footballers beat Louth in the All-Ireland qualifiers, while Dublin put Limerick out of the hurling championship before Cork defeated Clare in the same competition.

The following day, Tipperary won the Munster senior and minor hurling championships, beating Waterford and Limerick respectively.

It was a busy weekend in the Thurles venue.

“The work that would have been done would have focused on fixing the playing surface, cleaning and tidying the stadium, repainting the lines, re-sodding the pitch where needed and cutting the grass,” Munster Council PRO Ger Ryan explained.

“It definitely helped that we didn’t have a downpour on Saturday night. It was wet but more misty rather than heavy rain. The main thing was to get the entire place cleaned up, you would have had the lads forking the pitch — that’s a couple of hours work on its own.”

Every detail had to be attended to, such as the pitch markings.

“The grass was cut twice on Sunday morning before the Munster final itself, and the lines marking the pitch would have been painted,” said Ryan.

“I’d say there were only two or three hours that there wasn’t somebody there working to keep the stadium in top shape.”

Ryan paid tribute to Tom Maher of Semple Stadium, his staff and the voluntary workers who kept the venue in top shape for the five games.

“There’s great credit due to Tom and to the staff, the work they did was fantastic.

A lot of people came in and worked voluntarily to make sure the whole stadium was in top shape for Sunday. Full credit to all of them.”

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