Councillor says All-Ireland semi-final clash makes no ‘better days’ for Dermot Kennedy fans

Dermot Kennedy will play for three nights in July in Limerick's Thomond Park.

SUNDAY July 9 would be a ‘better day’ for Limerick’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final tie, one local representative believes.

Independent councillor Fergus Kilcoyne says he has contacted Limerick County Board to try and get the big game moved for a very specific reason.

The City West representative told the Limerick Post that he has called for the fixture to be changed from 5pm on Saturday July 8 to Sunday July 9 at 2pm as “there is an upcoming three-day sell-out event for Dermot Kennedy playing in concert in Thomond Park”.

Cllr Kilcoyne explained that “many of Limerick’s supporters will not be able to attend both events on the Saturday, whereas if the semi-final is moved to Sunday, these supporters will still be able to attend the semi-final and also be home in reasonable time for the concert.”

The City West representative said that he has asked the County Board for a commitment this week, claiming that the matter will be brought to the Central Competitions Committee in Croke Park.

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Cllr Kilcoyne says he also wants to be kept appraised on the progress of his request.

Irish pop singer Dermot Kennedy will play two sold out shows in Thomond Park on Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8, with some tickets still remaining for his performance in Munster Rugby’s spiritual home on the Sunday (July 9).

Famous for hits such as ‘Power Over Me’, ‘Kiss Me’, and ‘Better Days’, Kennedy follows in the hefty footsteps of superstars like Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Ed Sheeran to perform at Thomond Park in recent years.

And if Dermot Kennedy fans are going to miss his Limerick shows due to an all-important All-Ireland semi-final clash, one thing is certain: Limerick hurling supporters will be in as fine a singing voice as Dermot himself in Thomond Park when the boys in green take to the pitch in Croke Park next month.

There was no response from the GAA at the time of going to print.