Something fishy as website of Limerick GAA club turns Japanese

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

GAA FANS are famous for their fondness of a ham sandwich but for one local club it could be prawn sambos they’re chewing on from now on!

GAA FANS are famous for their fondness of a ham sandwich but for one local club it could be prawn sambos they’re chewing on from now on!

The website of Ballylanders GAA club has been taken over by a Japanese frozen food company which specialises in ‘delicious’ prawns and crab claws.

The website ‘www.ballylandersgaa.com’ turned Japanese after the domain name was transferred to another company.

“There was a renewal date on it and we actually renewed it that day I think it was,” explained Mark Lane, chairman of Ballylanders GAA Club.

“It’s claimed that it wasn’t on time and so on. Then, as a result, the domain name was taken over. The frustrating thing was we did actually pay the hosting fee and then we lost our domain name,” he added.

Mark wrote to the company who had taken over the name and it turned out that they were based in Australia. How a Japanese company came to feature on the site remains somewhat of a mystery.

“Basically, if you paid them I think it was €150 or €200 they would reinstate your domain name and then you would have to get back onto this hosting company again. There was a procedure there but to be honest about it, they made it so complicated that we just left it,” he added.

The club officers have discussed the issue and have now decided to change the website address to www.ballylandersgaa.ie

“We lose the ‘.com’ but to be honest the ‘.ie’ would probably be better,” said Mark.

“A member of the club designed the website for us initially so he has all the information. It is something that people will come up against,” Mark added of the website take-over.

The Ballylanders website was a reference tool for GAA supports both at home and abroad providing up-to-date information on GAA games and fixtures as well as featuring team photographs and contact numbers.

Visitors to the website are now greeted with realms of information on frozen foods in Japanese as well as pictures of smiling children holding packets of the foods.

The Ballylanders footballers won the county senior football championship in 2007, which was the last of their three titles.