With the Euros, the Olympics and everything in between, and our sporting attention being diverted of late to international playing fields, the action at home has been overlooked somewhat. Back on home turf, after the wave of international Irish sporting success, it is time to take a break from international sport and draw our attention back to own national sports: Gaelic football and hurling championships. These gaelic championships which draw massive attention with action packed finals due to be played in September are already drawing to a close in both the hurling and football.
With the hurling and football championships in full swing this years national all-Ireland football championships in particular look set to be an exciting and unpredictable tournament with perennial football favourites Kerry sensationally knocked out in the quarter- finals. The four teams left, Mayo, Donegal, alongside the last two winners Cork and Dublin (winners in 2010 and 11 respectively) are all set to meet in the semi-final with winners of both set to meet in the finals. Whatever the result after the semis, this years final on the 22nd September looks set to be action packed and well worth a look as both teams fight it out to get a chance to lift the coveted Sam Maguire Cup and be crowned this seasons national football champions.
Always entertaining and thoroughly nerve wrecking with each set of supporters desperately willing on their county to win, the national football championships final in September at Croke Park are a seasons highlight for sporting fans. Witnessing over 80,000 loyal fans cheer on their chosen county is one of the sporting highlights of the Irish calendar, and offers a great way to witness our national sports in action.
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