The last weekend in September saw three new records broken in Irish sport across GAA and rugby as fans got behind their teams on the biggest of stages.
Scotland missed out on Junior victory in the Ladies Junior All Ireland Football final at Croke Park, but in only their first outing in the competition they will be glad of the record-breaking turn-out at the day’s events. A total of 31,083 fans turned out to watch the three ladies finals, which saw Cork beat Dublin in the seniors and Waterford trounce Kildare in the Intermediate. This broke the previous European record for the most amount of people attending a women’s sporting event; which was 30,7 10 at the ladies FA Cup final at Wembley earlier this year.
The Ireland rugby team also broke a few records with their team and their fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Joe Schmid’s starting XV was the oldest in Rugby World Cup history, with an average age of 29 years and 245 days. A sea of green also ensured that Ireland’s 44-10 thumping of Romania was in front of a tournament record attendance of 89,267 people.