Crunch clash is sold out

Trevor Spillane

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Trevor Spillane

Battle of the red heads! Tommy Walsh comes out with the ball after winning this challenge with Dublin's David Treacy during Saturday evening's Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final replay at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Pic by John McIlwaine
THE meeting of two of Ireland’s fiercest hurling rivals has sent the country into a ticket frenzy.

THE meeting of two of Ireland’s fiercest hurling rivals has sent the country into a ticket frenzy.

It took just over 24 hours, but Saturday’s Phase Two All-Ireland qualifier between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Nowlan Park is already a complete sell-out.

“The Ticket Office at Croke Park confirmed that the game was completely sold out by 5pm on Tuesday,” Co Board PRO Seamus Reade told the ’People. “Tickets had only gone on sale from 4.30pm on Monday, but they are now completely gone.”

Demand has outstripped supply for the tickets. Since early Monday morning Supervalu and Centra outlets in both Kilkenny and Tipperary have reported queues as people flocked to buy tickets.

“This game will be like an All-Ireland,” Mr Reade said. “The demand to see this game is incredible. There has been a huge take-up from the clubs in the county, which means that plans to hold a public sale of leftover tickets was scrapped.”

Seats for Saturday’s game are unreserved, with supporters encouraged to arrive early in order to get the best vantage points. Car parking will be available in O’Loughlin Gaels and MacDonagh Junction. There will be additional car parks at St Canice’s Hospital on the Carlow Road and just off Orchard roundabout on the Ring Road.