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All roads lead to Semple Stadium: Getting there for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final

Your match day made easy

It’s a long way to Tipperary

This Sunday, Semple Stadium will be packed to its capacity of 45,690 for the replay of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final. It will host Clare and Galway, as this two sides bid for a spot in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final. Limerick have already made it to the Final after beating Cork, and after a fierce battle between Galway and Clare, the sides must clash again, as their first match ended in a draw.

Thurles is steeped in history when it comes to the GAA. Semple Stadium is considered the home of hurling in Tipperary and the larger Munster area. We have some helpful advice that will make your journey to Semple Stadium as easy as possible.

Getting there

Thurles is a large town that is located in the mid-centre of County Tipperary, accessible by various forms of transport. Remembering that is a town, traffic on a match days will be hectic.

Throw in is at 2pm, so it will be best to give yourself plenty of time for your journey to avoid any rush or stress. This match is set to be a cracker, so trust us, an early start will be worth it!


If you are coming from Galway, there is no direct train to Thurles. You can take a train as far as Limerick and change over there for Thurles. If you are planning on travelling this route, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time, as the journey time can be between 3 – 4 hours.

If you are travelling from Clare, you can take the train from Ennis, but it also has a changeover in Limerick. Your total journey time will be around 1 hour and 50 minutes and a ticket will cost you between €22-23. You can check the full schedule here.


There aren’t any direct bus services out of either Galway or Ennis, however, Bus Éireann offer a private coach hire service that you can inquire about for match day. You can contact them right here.


Travelling by car from Galway to Thurles normally takes 2 and a half hours, however, it will take longer on Sunday as there will be heavy traffic.

From Clare, it will take a little longer, just over an hour and half. Your quickest route would be to travel on to M18 and join the M7 at Limerick. Of course, your route will depend on what part of the county or country you are travelling from.


If you are travelling by car, you will need to find somewhere to park. Parking normally comes at a price on match day, so make sure you have some change handy.

Parking will be restricted in and around Semple Stadium, so it is best to avoid trying to park anywhere near it. The Gardaí will have any leading roads in the Stadium closed off, so the best option is to park a short distance away and walk for around 15 to 20 minutes. Parking options in Thurles include:

VEC Thurles.

Thurles Greyhound Stadium.

Parnell St Car Park,

Liberty Square Car Park,

Munster Hotel Car Park.

And when you have finally made it there, cheer on your team and enjoy the fantastic experience that is the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final!

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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