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Almost half of neutrals want Kilkenny to lose today

Ireland’s in two camps: 43% want Kilkenny beaten by Tipp, and nearly as many think it’ll end quickly. Have your say!

Ireland is most certainly in two camps as to whether it wants Kilkenny to win again tomorrow.
Ireland is most certainly in two camps as to whether it wants Kilkenny to win again tomorrow.
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A SURVEY OF GAA FANS has revealed that the public are split almost perfectly down the middle as to who people would like to see win the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

The survey – commissioned by travel website lastminute.com – has shown that 43% of respondents would rather that Kilkenny didn’t lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup for a fifth consecutive year.

Many fans – possibly those supporting Kilkenny and believing the game to be a cakewalk – also think that the game will be decided well before the final whistle.

40% – two in five – believe the result will be a foregone conclusion well before the end, with just 16% – one in six – believing it could be decided by a score late on.

Female fans, meanwhile, are divided about whether they supported the GAA’s rules on compulsory helmets, with 38% saying it “takes care of the ugly” but 33% saying it “hid the handsome”.

The survey also asked how fans would react if they were the referee and had to make a controversial late call, as Diarmuid Kirwan of Cork had to do in last year’s final, that was later proven incorrect – as Martin Sludden was after the Leinster football final.


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Just under half said they would visit the affected county in person to apologise, while 32% said they’d do no such thing and merely do so over the airwaves.

What do you think – forget what you think will happen, and tell us: do you want to see Kilkenny clinch the five-in-a-row, or do you want Tipperary to skin the Cats?

Poll Results:

I want Tipperary - they were robbed last year and have earned it. (3)
I want Kilkenny - they're the best ever and deserve it. (2)
I don't know! I just want a good game. (1)

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Gavan Reilly

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