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Ranking Ireland's Hurling & Gaelic Football County Finals By Attendance*

Ranking Ireland's Hurling & Gaelic Football County Finals By Attendance*
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

*Before going any further, we've collated all the available attendances from this year's county finals. There remains some unaccounted for as yet, but will be filled in if/when they are gathered. 

With the vast proportion of this year's county finals played out, we've taken a look at just how hungry the people across Ireland's 32 counties are for Gaelic football and hurling.

As was to be expected, far more of you are turning out for the showpiece game of your county's Gaelic football calendar. Yet, it was Cork's hurling county final that brought out the biggest crowd this year; 10,214 turning out to see Imokilly overcome Midleton.

A knock-on effect of Imokilly's numerous moving parts certainly, that the Cork county board settled on a ticket price of €25 for adults leaves one wondering how higher this number could have been.

In the Gaelic football, the county finals in Cavan, Mayo and Tyrone brought out almost 25,000 people between them; Cavan account for the largest proportion of this - 8,469 the crowd in attendance for Castlerahan's monumental win.

Elsewhere, despite their overwhelming advantage in terms of population, the Dublin SHC final could muster an attendance of around 4,000 for the replied tie between Ballyboden St Enda's and Kilmacud Crokes; a crowd shy of what the equivalent finals in Laois, Offaly and Wexford managed, among others.

With a list of the available numbers gathered below, there are plenty of games where the attendances have proved harder to determine. Should you find yourself with some knowledge of how many people attended the SHC county final in Monaghan, or the SFC final between Tourlestrane and Tubbercurry in Sligo, do let us know!

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Ranking County Finals By Attendance

Gaelic Football:

Cavan - 8,469 (Castlerahan 2-11 Crosserlough 1-13)

Mayo - 8,311 (Ballintubber 0-12 Breaffy 1-8)

Tyrone - 7,995 (Coalisland 2-11 Killyclogher 1-7)

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Armagh - 7,132 (Crossmaglen Rangers 0-24 Ballymacnab 1-15)

Dublin - 7,000 (Kilmacud Crokes 2-12 St. Jude's 0-13)

Down - 6,526 (Burren 2-12 Kilcoo 2-9)

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Cork - 6,511  (St Finbarr’s 3-14 Duhallow 2-14)

Kerry - 6,028 (Dr Crokes 1-15 Dingle 0-12)

Donegal - 5,500* (Gaoth Dobhair 0-17 Naomh Conaill 1-7)

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Clare - 5,533 (St. Joseph's Milltown Malbay 0-14 Ennistymon 0-8)

Westmeath - 5,000* (Mullingar Shamrocks 2-12 St. Lomans 1-11)

Monaghan - 4,500 (Scotstown 1-13 Ballybay 0-13)

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Antrim - 4,000* (Cargin 0-5 Creggan Kickhams 0-4)

Derry - 3,700 (Eoghan Rua Coleraine 1-12 Lavey 0-12)

Leitrim - 3,500 (Aughawillan 0-14 Mohill 1-9)

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Tipperary - 2,863 (Ardfinnan 1-7 Moyle Rovers 1-15)

Longford - 2,500* (Mullinalaghta St Columba's 2-14 Abbeylara 1-2 (R))

Waterford - 2,454 (The Nire 0-9 Kilrossanty 0-7)

Limerick - 1,500* (Adare 1-13 Ballylanders 0-12)

Unconfirmed: 

Carlow (Éire Óg 0-9 Palatine 0-5), Fermanagh - (Derrygonnelly Harps 2-16 Ederney St. Joseph’s 0-10), Galway (Corofin 1-8 Mountbellew/Moylough 0-5 (R)), Kildare (Moorefield 2-12 Athy 2-9), Kilkenny (Mullinvat 5-11 Muckalee 2-9), Laois (Portlaoise 2-16 O'Dempsey's 1-13), Louth (Newtown Blues 1-11 Naomh Mairtin 1-10), Meath (St Peter's, Dunboyne 1-11 Summerhill 0-9), Offaly (Rhode 1-18 Ferbane 0-10)Roscommon (Clann na nGael 4-15 St Brigid’s 1-12), Sligo - (Tourlestrane 1-12 Tubbercurry 0-08), Wexford - (Shelmaliers 4-14 Kilanerin 1-7), Wicklow - (St. Patrick's 0-10 Rathnew 0-8)

Hurling:

Cork - 10,214 (Imokilly 4-19 Midleton 1-18)

Kilkenny - 9,145 (Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-20  Bennettsbridge 2-17)

Limerick - 7,526 (Na Piarsaigh 2-22 Doon 2-10)

Tipperary - 7,406 (Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-23 Nenagh Éire Óg 2-13)

Clare - 7,040 (Ballyea 1-20 Cratloe 1-14)

Wexford - 6,980 (Naomh Eanna 2-11 St Martin's 0-13)

Offaly - 5,072 (Coolderry 2-17 Kilcormac-Killoughey 0-17)

Laois - 4,900 (Camross 2-15 Rathdowney-Errill 0-19)

Waterford - 4,275 (Ballygunner 2-19 Abbeyside 0-13)

Dublin - 4,000* (Ballyboden St Enda's 2-15 Kilmacud Crokes 1-15 (R))

Derry - 2,542 (Slaughtneil 2-12 Banagher 0-10)

Westmeath - 1,800 (Clonkill 1-13 Raharney 2-9)

Longford - 400 (Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-11 Clonguish Gaels 0-10)

Unconfirmed:

Antrim (Cushendall 2-12 Loughgiel Shamrocks 0-15), Armagh (Keady Lámh Dhearg 0-16 Middletown 0-13, Carlow (Mount Leinster Rangers 3-10 St Mullins 1-13), Cavan (Yet to be played), Donegal (Burt 3-14 Setanta 1-14), Down (Ballycran 2-13 Portaferry 1-14), Fermanagh (Yet to be played), Galway (Yet to be played), Kerry (Lixnaw 1-16 Kilmoyley 2-11), Kildare (Celbridge 2-16 Ardclough 1-15), Leitrim (Carrick-on-Shannon 2-7 Cluainin 0-7), Louth (Knockbridge 4-12 St. Fechin's 1-9), Mayo (Tooreen 0-15 Ballyhaunis 0-11), Meath (Kiltale 2-18 Trim 0-14), Monaghan (Castleblayney Faughs 6-17 Inniskeen Grattans 0-9), Roscommon (Athleague 2-13 Four Roads 1-13), Sligo (Coolera-Strandhill 2-25 Naomh Eoin 3-10), Tyrone (Yet to be played), Wicklow - (Glenealy 4-10 Carnew 1-12)

*Estimate

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