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Power rankings: Irish sports grounds

Were does your team’s stadium rank?

1. Croke Park

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Capacity: 82,300

Undoubtedly the country’s best stadium, GAA HQ is arguably Ireland’s only world-class sports ground. Are there many things better than travelling out to Jones’ Road to watch your county on a summer’s day?

2. Thomond Park

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Capacity: 26,500

The home of Munster rugby, redeveloped in 2008, will also house Airtricity League Premier Division newcomers Limerick FC this season while Markets Field is redeveloped.  On a good night, the atmosphere at Thomond is unrivalled by Munster’s rival provinces.

3. Aviva Stadium/Lansdowne Road

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Capacity: 51,700

Lansdowne Road, the Aviva Stadium… call it what your want, it’s our main international venue and one of the oldest sports stadiums in Europe. The home supporters have received a fair amount of stick in recent weeks and many argue that new North Stand looks out of place but it’s ours and we love it.

4. Semple Stadium

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Capacity: 53,500

Ireland's second largest stadium capacity-wise, the ground formerly known as Thurles Sportsfield is the top hurling venue. Who remembers Féile?

5. Dalymount Park

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Capacity: 7,955

Dalyer may have seen better days and is rarely full when Bohemians host Airtricity League games but those lucky enough to witness the glory days when 40-odd thousand would pack themselves in for an FAI Cup final or an Irish international will tell you how special the nights were.

6. Tallaght Stadium

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Capacity: 6,000

It may have taken an age to build but the ground which ended Shamrock Rovers' homeless spell is currently the best the League of Ireland has to offer.

7. Ravenhill

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Capacity: 11,400

"Nothing like Ravenhill of a Friday night," according to one of TheScore.ie writers. Currently undergoing major refurbishments which are due to be finished in 2015.

8. St Tiernach's Park, Clones

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Capacity: 36,000

An extremely atmospheric stadium when full to capacity.

9. Fraher Field, Dungarvan

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Capacity: 15,000

In Durgarvan, Co. Waterford, Fraher Field is far from the biggest but the picturesque backdrop sets it apart.

10. Páirc Uí Rinn


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Credit: 16,440

Formerly a soccer ground to a number of teams named Flower Lodge, it was purchased by the Cork County Board in 1989 and named after Christy Ring.

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