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Launch of Munster Senior Hurling & Football Championships
The launch of the Munster Senior Hurling and Football Championships took place on Monday afternoon May 16th at the Mallow GAA Complex.
MUNSTER GAA CHAMPIONSHIP LAUNCH 2011
MONDAY MAY 16th AT MALLOW GAA COMPLEX
Leading GAA figures gathered this afternoon in the impressive Mallow GAA Complex for the official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events, activities and initiatives for the 2011 season.
In attendance were Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh, Guest speaker Ger Loughnane, representatives from GAA Hurling Championship sponsors Guinness, Etihad Airways and Centra, representatives from GAA Football Championship sponsors Supervalu, Ulster Bank and Eircom, as well as inter-county players and managers along with county and provincial officials.
Munster GAA Hurling Championship
Speaking at the launch Sean Walsh said: “The 2010 Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships offered excellent entertainment with the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire Cups coming back to the province last September. The success of Tipperary and Cork in winning All-Ireland Senior titles has raised expectations for both counties this year. In hurling, the mouth-watering clash of Tipperary and Cork on May 29th in Thurles will kick-start the Munster hurling season with Clare facing the winners. Defending Munster champions Waterford will look to retain their title and face Allianz Hurling League Division 2 champions Limerick for a Munster Final place. The competition is likely to be intense with all 5 counties in with a shout for the title.”
Munster GAA Football Championship
Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh said that the Munster Football Championship kicking off next Sunday with 2 Quarter-Finals could prove to be an interesting competition. “All-Ireland and Allianz Football League champions Cork have built up a strong panel and should be in the shake-up for honours with Kerry looking to rebound from what was a disappointing 2010 by their standards. Limerick with home advantage in the semi-final will look to make the long awaiting breakthrough at this level while Tipperary, Clare and Waterford can on their day be a handful for any team.”
The Munster GAA Football Senior Final is fixed for Sunday July 3rd with the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Final a week later on Sunday July 10th.
Munster GAA Match Promotions
Munster GAA’s ticket promotion strategy for the 2011 Munster Championships focuses on value for GAA club members and families.
For ticketed matches, clubs who purchase a minimum of 20 Terrace tickets will avail of a €5 reduction on each ticket, in effect getting 7 tickets free out of every 20 when compared to the normal price. Similarly, clubs can purchase Stand tickets in advance (minimum of 10 per club) and receive a €5 discount for seats in the corner sections of the stand. These ticket offers for clubs will allow our club membership to receive a benefit not available to any other supporters.
Munster GAA will offer attractive Family packages for supporters. In 2010, over 18,000 family tickets were sold for Munster Championship matches. For the upcoming Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final and Semi-Finals, a family package of 2 adults and 2 children will cost €70. The same family package will cost €80 for both of the Munster Senior Championship Finals and an increased allocation of family tickets for all ticketed games will be made available.
Munster GAA in conjunction with our sponsors will provide Family Zones to enhance the experience for both parents and children attending our games. Details will be confirmed in advance of selected matches. Concessions for OAP’s and Students will continue to be available for purchase following the sale of 12,000 Concession tickets in 2010. Juvenile Group tickets will be available for all matches.
Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh speaking at the launch of the Munster GAA Senior Hurling and Senior Football Championships in Mallow GAA Complex on Monday evening said “We believe that the range of packages on offer for the 2011 Munster Championships will demonstrate the commitment of Munster GAA to ensure our games are more affordable to families and our club members throughout the province in these difficult times”
Munster GAA will work through a number of channels to promote our games successfully in the coming weeks through the normal media outlets in addition to in-store promotions through the GAA sponsors Centra and Supervalu. Our games will be promoted via online advertising with Google and Facebook and also through Failte Ireland, Bord na gCon, Shannon Development, Tickets.ie, Ticketmaster and many others.
• Family Packages– 2 Adults and 2 Kids total price €70, (€80 for Final) – Available from All Sources.
• Terrace Group Tickets– Minimum order 20 – Buy 13 get 7 free €10 per ticket, (€15 for Final) – Available from Clubs. Only for ticketed matches.
• Stand Group Tickets – Minimum order 10 – Buy 8 get 2 free €25/€20 per ticket, (€30/€25 for Final)- Available from Clubs Only (Tickets in corner sections)
• Juvenile Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – 20 Kids and 2 Adults €60 (All Matches) – Available from Clubs Only