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*Peter Duggan loses his hurley but gets away from Mike Casey. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill

THURLES HAS BEEN CONFIRMED as the destination for the Munster senior hurling final between Clare and Limerick.

FBD Semple Stadium will host the provincial decider on Sunday June 5th with the game to have a throw-in of 4pm, it will be broadcast live on RTÉ. Páirc Uí Chaoimh had also been considered as a venue for the clash.

Both counties played out a pulsating draw in Cusack Park on Sunday in front of a packed to capacity attendance of 18,129. Whoever wins next month’s Munster final will be the first side to life the new Mick Mackey Cup.

Tickets will go on sale from Thursday (May 26th). A spokesperson for Clare GAA stated, “Tickets for the Munster hurling final shall go on sale for certain sections of Semple Stadium on Thursday May 26th with the clubs also as normal receiving the bulk of the tickets”.

Prior to the hurling, Tipperary and Waterford will do battle in the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior camogie championship.

In their last Munster Final meeting, Clare were victorious over Limerick in 1995, next month’s meeting will be their seventh time contesting a senior provincial final with the Treaty County victorious in 1918, 1955, 1974, 1981 and 1994, Five of the six previous finals took place in Thurles, with the 1955 final in the Gaelic Grounds.

John Kiely’s Limerick are the reigning Munster champions and will compete in their fiftieth Munster SHC final while Clare last held the title in 1998 and line out in the decider for the twenty ninth time.

This weekend, Brian Lohan and his charges welcome Waterford to Ennis. It is expected that the Shannon native will make changes to the starting fifteen with panellists eager to make an opportunity to impress before the Limerick rematch.

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