A West Limerick photographer became the unwitting centre of attention during this Wednesday’s Harty Cup schools hurling match when she was angrily confronted by a member of one of the management teams.
Freelance Marie Keating, Raheenagh, was taking pictures of the action in the game between West Limerick Colleges and Thurles CBS in Claughaun GAA grounds when a member of the Thurles management team began shouting at her to move from where she was standing.
She claimed that the man then ordered his substitutes to stand in front of her, preventing her taking photos of the match.
“I was taking photos at the Harty Cup match at Claughaun when I started getting abuse from a member of the Thurles management team,” Ms Keating said.
“He insinuated that I was deliberately standing in front of his subs, but they were spread out all over the sideline and I was just trying to get photos from different angles.”
“I think he was a bit agitated,” she added.
The fact that the photographer was wearing a Limerick GAA jacket seemed to provoke the man’s aggressive response.
“He make reference to my jacket as if I was deliberately standing in front of him,” she said.
“He was saying to ‘move it on’ and being a bit aggressive.”
Ms Keating – who has played camogie for Limerick – admitted to being shaken after the incident.
“It shocked me a bit, to be honest,” she said. “I have never experienced anything like it in years of photographing sport.”
Ms Keating said the altercation occurred shortly after the start of the match.
“He stood in front of me and then got his subs to move so that they were blocking me too.
“At one stage, I was trying to take photographs over his shoulder,” she added.
The incident was witnessed by a number of spectators at the game who were also critical of the man’s behaviour.
Afterwards, one of those present at the match, Jimmy Dillane, tweeted: “Disgraceful behaviour from one of the Thurles CBS managers towards photographer on sideline at Harty Cup match in limerick ... embarrassment!
“I have never been involved in an altercation with any manager or player while I was taking photos at a match,” the Raheenagh-based photographer commented.
The match ended in a draw, 1-15 to 3-09.
There was no answer at Thurles CBS this Wednesday evening when contacted by the Leader.