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Things got pretty darn loud in Croker yesterday...

The noise levels at GAA HQ were greater than that of a 747 taking off when Dublin’s first goal went in.

Cillian O'Connor scores the equalising point Mayo's Cillian O'Connor kicks the equalising score in yesterday's drawn All Ireland final Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

YESTERDAY’S DRAWN ALL Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo kept its captive audience at the edge of their seats from the first minute until the last.

And the drama was very much reflected in the noise coming from the crowd – noise levels that reached 114 decibels (db) when Dublin (well, technically Mayo) scored the first goal of the game.

The GAA is obviously pretty happy at the wall of sound created by the fans during the decider  - a tweet this morning suggested that the 100 db mark was breached on a number of other occasions also – when the teams entered the pitch, at the very beginning of the game, and for Mayo’s first score.

So just how loud is that?

Well, by way of comparison, it’s louder than:

A symphony orchestra (about 110 db)

BMW LSO Open Air Classics Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

A motorcycle (about 105 db)


A Boeing 747 during take-off at 1,000 feet distance (about 100 db)

shutterstock_430624486 Source: Shutterstock/Andrey Khachatryan

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An indoor rock concert (about 100 db)

Maroon 5 in Concert - Singapore Source: Wong Maye-E

An electric drill (about 94 db)

shutterstock_456387307 Source: Shutterstock/Somchai Jammor

A subway train (about 90 db)


Ouch. Our ears.

The two sides will do it all again at 5pm on Saturday 1 October. Who knows how loud the fans will be second time round.

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