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Monday 5 December 2016

It's a European record ... as 31,000 bathe in Croker sunshine

Dublin fan during the match
Dublin fan during the match

IT MAY have been heartbreak for the Jackies, but a new record for women's sport was won in Croker.

A total of 31,083 people turned out to cheer on the Dublin and Cork ladies as they battled it out for the All-Ireland football title, making it the biggest attendance at a European women's sporting event this year.

Ahead of the final, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association called on supporters to break the attendance record. The previous record was set at Wembley Stadium earlier this year at the Women's FA Cup Final.

Wonderful

Some 30,071 people attended that game to watch Chelsea and Notts County, meaning the ladies comfortably beat the record.

This year there were more than 4,000 extra tickets sold for the game when compared to the 2014 clash between Cork and Dublin.

Speaking after the game, Ladies Gaelic Football Association president Marie Hickey said that the record attendance was a "wonderful achievement".

"[It] says an awful lot about what Irish people feel about women in sport and the regard in which they're held," she said.

It wasn't just GAA fans smashing records, however.

Across the Irish Sea, 89,267 people turned out to see Ireland defeat Romania. The crowd in Wembley Stadium was the biggest-ever at a Rugby World Cup game. That broke a record set a week ago in the same venue when New Zealand beat Argentina.

Wembley glee, page 8

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