Dowling feels for genuine fans who miss out on final

Shane Dowling

Shane Dowling sympathises with supporters who will miss out on tickets for Sunday week’s Munster final.

The revised Páirc Uí Chaoimh capacity will mean some fans in both Limerick and Cork won’t be able to attend the game.

But similar to the controversy that followed Donal O’Grady’s exit as co-manager, the Na Piarsaigh man said it’s not an issue for the players.

“Being honest, it’s a sideshow from a player’s perspective because we’ll get our tickets and we’ll be able to get into the ground anyway.

“You’d have to feel sorry for the genuine supporters who are going to miss it but that’s not something that can concern us. So as far as we’re concerned, it’s a beautiful pitch and there’s two sets of goalposts so that’s good enough for us.”

Former Limerick manager Richie Bennis last week said moving the game away from Páirc Uí Chaoimh would have provided Cork with motivation.

But Dowling disagrees: “A Munster senior hurling final, if you don’t have enough motivation for playing that, it shouldn’t make any difference.”

Having won a senior provincial club title last November and playing an All-Ireland semi-final three months later in February, the 21-year-old is happy to see the GAA is seriously considering finishing the club season in the calendar year. It comes after Central Council on Saturday backed the Football Review Committee’s recommendation to finish the championships in December instead of the following February and March.

“I couldn’t agree more,” said Dowling. “For the club player getting to Paddy’s Day, it’s a huge day out and it’s a tradition and the whole lot. But from a county player’s point of view, my God, trying to keep going for that long and keep fresh is extremely difficult.

“I think that’s a huge step in the right direction.”


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