A piece of Ireland's sporting heritage is set to be lost forever
with plans by Tesco to open a supermarket on the field where the
first All-Ireland hurling final was played in Birr in Co Offaly 116
Tesco has purchased the famous field at Railway Road in Birr and
is seeking planning permission for a new outlet.
Birr Town Council chairman, Mr Tony McLoughlin, said he hopes the
site's fascinating history is recounted in the new Tesco.
Mr McLoughlin said he will ask town planners to ensure that Tesco
be asked to do something to remember the 1888 final in its new
The first All-Ireland final was played on the field on Sunday,
April 1st, 1888.
It was actually the final of the 1887 championship, but the
decider was delayed until 1888.
Tipperary, represented by Thurles Sarsfields, won by 1-1 to
Meelick of Galway's 0-0.
Tipperary's captain was Jim Stapleton.
In another local link with the 1888 clash, Stapleton's medal was
purchased at an auction some years ago by Birr jeweller, Mr Paul
The local GAA club and Croke Park have all added their voices to
the call for Tesco to erect a meaningful tribute to the 1888
Tesco was unavailable for comment.