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60% of Irish TV viewers tuned in to yesterday's epic hurling semi between Limerick and Cork

An average audience of 543,000 watched Limerick and Cork’s titanic tussle.

Limerick fans celebrate as their county book an All-Ireland final place.
Limerick fans celebrate as their county book an All-Ireland final place.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

LIMERICK AND CORK’S extra-time classic was a huge TV hit for RTÉ — with 60% of Irish viewers tuned in to the thrilling All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

Figures released on Monday showed that Limerick’s epic win drew an average audience of 543,000.

The opening act on an unforgettable weekend of hurling — Saturday’s first semi-final between All-Ireland champions Galway and Clare — proved to be only marginally less popular in sitting rooms across the country.

An average of 454,000 watched as the sides went to extra time but still couldn’t be separated, the game finishing in a nailbiting 1-30 to 1-30 draw.

Those figures accounted for just under half of the available audience — a 47% share.

Both games were also available on the Sky Sports platform for subscribers in Ireland.

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