Munster Council chairman Sean Walsh last night welcomed the return of the provincial ‘Supporter of the Year’ competition, in association with the Irish Examiner, for this season’s inter-county senior championships.
“We’re delighted to launch the initiative for a second year and particularly to be in partnership with the Irish Examiner. It gives us the chance to honour and recognise those supporters who devote a large amount of their time to support their county’s teams. Supporters can nominate either themselves or another supporter throughout the championship. They can do this by sending a picture to the Irish Examiner facebook page which is up and running for this competition.”
Last year’s inaugural winner was well known Cork fan, Cyril Kavanagh, instantly recognisable with his Mexican cape and sombrero. However Kavanagh isn’t just an “occasion junkie” — he’s a frequent visitor to Cork training sessions.
Walsh added: “The Supporter of the Year is running right throughout the Munster senior championships but we also have an early bird opportunity for supporters that if they nominate someone before Jul 1, they can be in with a chance of winning two VIP trips to the Munster senior hurling and football finals.”
After the Munster SFC kicked off last Sunday with the meeting of Limerick and Waterford in the Gaelic Grounds, the hurling action begins tomorrow in Semple Stadium with the clash of Tipperary and Limerick which is preceded by a football showdown between Tipperary and reigning champions Kerry.
“People always talk about how they would love if the championships began with a bang and I think tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for that to happen,” added Munster Council deputy chief executive Enda McGuane. “Both matches are televised live, while I think the unique nature of the double-header will draw a very good crowd. The good weather is another factor in that. We’ve a number of initiatives to add to the occasion with a big screen at the venue, free face-painting in the respective county colours being available and also Munster guides, who are young people who will be on hand to greet supporters and welcome them to the venue.”
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