Tickets - not one to be had!

John Knox

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John Knox

Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny) is chased by Andrew Smith (Galway) during the Leinster senior hurling final in July. The duo will cross swords again this weekend when they compete for the Liam MacCarthy Cup at Croke Park on Sunday. Photo: Eoin Hennessy
The great All-Ireland hurling final ticket rush is on big time in Kilkenny.

The great All-Ireland hurling final ticket rush is on big time in Kilkenny.

The Cats may be contesting their 14th final in 17 seasons, but the fans determination to support Cody’s heroes is stronger than ever.

“It looks like some Kilkenny followers could be left without tickets,” a County Board official suggested.

“We are going to come up short.”

The County Board sent an SOS to Croke Park during the week in a bid to get an additional supply of stand tickets for Sunday’s big shoot-out with Galway in Croke Park.

However, the lines of communication were complicated because the Croke Park staff was trying to deal with the distribution of 82,000 tickets for the replay of the Dublin/Mayo All-Ireland football semi-final.

The Kilkenny supply situation was hampered by the fact that the minor hurlers missed out on qualifying for the final when beaten by a late, controversial goal by Galway in the semi-final.

If the minors were involved on Sunday, the county would have received an additional allocation of 1,500 tickets, which would have been a big plus.

“This is one time we are hoping tickets will come on the market late, but right now we are under pressure to cope,” the ’Board spokesman confirmed.

Tickets were distributed to clubs late last week, and the ’Board had hoped to issue a second tranche this week. That won’t happen now, however.

The success enjoyed during the reign of manager, Brian Cody - 10 All-Ireland victories - is unprecedented, and the fans’ loyalty to the team grows by the season.

A huge number of Kilkenny followers have taken advantage of the GAA Season Tickets package in recent years. Being involved in this assures them of a ticket on All-Ireland final day.

Kilkenny, the MacCarthy Cup holders, will round off their training with a final session in Nowlan Park on Friday evening. Training will be open to the public.

The Supporters Club shop will be open at the ’Park from 6.30pm for those who want to stock up on the last bit of black and amber colours.

The post final banquet will be in the City West Hotel on Sunday from 8pm. Tickets cost €60 each.