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Ladies Football Finals Could Set New European Record This Weekend

Ladies Football Finals Could Set New European Record This Weekend
By Sinead Farrell Updated

In a bid to continue promoting the sport, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) has set a very specific attendance target for the triple header All-Ireland finals taking place this weekend.

Over 27,000 people attended the Ladies Junior, Intermediate and Senior finals in Croke Park last year and the ambition for 2015 is to exceed the 30,000 mark and set a new attendance record in Europe.

If achieved, the Ladies All-Ireland finals will overtake the 30,710 spectators who witnessed the Women's FA Cup in Wembley Stadium earlier in the summer and take the number one spot in Europe for women's sport in 2015.

Considering that 33,000 supporters turned out for the Ladies All-Ireland football final back in 2001 and the fact that over 150,000 members are registered with the LGFA, association President Marie Hickey firmly believes that this target is achievable.

We are very ambitious for the future of our games, if we do not aim for progression then we will stagnate and that is not what this sport is about.I firmly believe that supporters of the game will come to Croke Park for this brilliant occasion and for 3 matches that will all be top class encounters.

Significant strides have been made in improving the profile of Ladies GAA in recent years. And the All-Ireland finals this weekend will gauge just how far the sport has evolved in popularity.

Three teams from Leinster, two from munster and one from the UK will make up the three All-Ireland fixtures on Sunday. In the Junior grade, Scotland take on Louth in their first ever All-Ireland appearance. Waterford and Kildare will battle it out in the Intermediate final. And the main bill of the day will be the Senior final between Dublin and Cork.

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