TG4 All-Ireland Finals Day Tickets Now on Sale
“A feeling like no other.” That’s what it’s like to play at Croke Park on TG4 All-Ireland Final Day, according to Dublin star Carla Rowe.
In front of a record 50,141 attendance at Croke Park last September, Rowe scored two goals as Dublin retained the All-Ireland Senior title and the Brendan Martin Cup. “The excitement and nerves are unbelievable – and to be able to go out and play in front of so many people is just brilliant,” says Rowe. “I started playing football when I was 13 and from the age of 14, I realised this was something I could do one day. I made that my goal – to one day play at Croke Park.”
Dublin experienced the heartbreak of losing senior finals in 2014, 2015 and 2016, all against Cork, before defeating Mayo in the 2017 decider, and Cork in 2018.
The difference between winning and losing at Croke Park is “chalk and cheese,” explains Cork captain Doireann O’Sullivan. “I’ve lost one All-Ireland Final at Croke Park and won five.
Given the loss was the most recent final, we are more determined than ever to get back on top and get back to winning.”
“Winning in Croke Park is unbelievable – it makes every tough training session and sacrifice made throughout the year worth it,” says O’Sullivan. “That moment when the final whistle blows is indescribable. You’re so emotionally drained from the build-up and the match itself, you’re almost too tired to celebrate. It’s just a combination of happiness and relief.”
“Losing in Croke Park is a lonely place – it’s a combination of jealousy and regret. You’re jealous of what you’re missing out on and what the opposition team has achieved. You regret every mistake you made and replay those mistakes over and over in your head for months to come.”
TG4 All-Ireland Finals Day is the annual highlight of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association calendar, and the day when the All-Ireland Junior, Intermediate and Senior champions are crowned.
You can be part of the action by getting your tickets for the Finals on Sunday, September 15, now. They are available online at lgfa.tickets.ie, at all usual GAA outlets, and by contacting the Ladies Gaelic Football Association office on 01-8363156 or [email protected]
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