Semple Stadium in Thurles will host this year’s Munster Hurling Championship final, it was announced this evening.

The venue was to be determined after the round-robin format, as Cork and Clare advanced to the decider.

The Munster Council have confirmed it will be held at the Tipperary venue on Sunday 1 July at 2.0pm.

Tickets will go on sale towards the end of this week. The late game the same day will be the Leinster SHC final between All-Ireland champions Galway and Kilkenny, which throws in at 4.0pm,

Meanwhile, there was further bad news for Tipperary hurlers following their unexpectedly early Championship elimination.

Tipp failed to make it past the Munster group stage and on Monday it was announced that former All-Ireland winner Brendan Maher will undergo surgery on a serious knee injury.

Maher damaged the cruciate ligament in his right knee in Tipp's defeat to Clare earlier this month, a result that confirmed their exit from the Championship. He is expected to return at some stage in the New Year.