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The 2016 GAA season will wind down with interpro finals fixed this week

Munster dominate the hurling roll of honour, while Ulster lead in football.

THE FINAL GAMES of the 2016 GAA campaign take place his week as the interprovincial championships are concluded.

A lone spectator looks on A lone spectator looks on during the Ulster-Munster football semi-final on Sunday. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The times and venues for the football and hurling deciders have been announced by the GAA.

The small ball game is taking place on Thursday night, while the Gaelic football is on Saturday afternoon.

  • Interpro hurling final: Munster v Leinster, Semple Stadium (Thursday December 15 at 7.45pm)
  • Interpro football final: Connacht v Ulster, Carrick on Shannon (Saturday December 17 at 2pm)

Munster lead the hurling roll of honour with 45 titles, with current holders Leinster in second on 29. Leinster have won four of the last six installments of the competition, with Munster winning the other two.

In football, Ulster’s 31 interpro titles leaves them sitting at the top of the tree, while their opponents Connacht have been crowned champions just 10 times.

Eoin Donnelly with Gary Brennan Munster's Gary Brennan in action against Ulster player Eoin Donnelly. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Connacht are the current holders of the football competition, and their victory in 2014 was their first since 1969. Prior to that, Ulster completed a three-in-a-row between 2009 and 2013.

Interprovincial GAA roll of honour
Hurling
  • Munster: 45 titles, last win in 2013
  • Leinster: 29 titles, last win in 2014
  • Connacht: 11 titles, last win in 2004
  • Ulster: 0 titles, last final appearance in 1995
Football
  • Ulster: 31 titles, last win in 2013
  • Leinster: 28 titles, last win in 2006
  • Munster 15 titles, last win in 2008
  • Connacht: 10 titles,  last win in 2014

In its heyday back in the 1950s and 60s, the competition attracted large crowds to the games but since then the club finals took their slot on St Patrick’s Day in the GAA calendar.

The interpros have been moved around the calendar regularly over the past few years, and have been cancelled on a number of occasions, including due to bad weather in 2015.

There were paltry attendances at the semi-finals over the weekend, with less than 100 people taking in Ulster’s football win over Munster in Parnell Park.

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