Leave hurlers alone about tickets, pleas Limerick GAA chief

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

There was a busy day of Limerick GAA club action this Saturday
LIMERICK GAA chairman Oliver Mann has pleaded with GAA supporters to leave the county’s hurlers out of the search for Munster final tickets.

LIMERICK GAA chairman Oliver Mann has pleaded with GAA supporters to leave the county’s hurlers out of the search for Munster final tickets.

The scramble for coveted tickets for the July 13 showpiece in Pairc Ui Chaoimh has been heightened after the Limerick minors once again joined their senior counterparts on Munster final day.

With well over 5,000 Limerick supporters certainly going to be without tickets, the Limerick GAA chairman has spoken of the importance of not detracting from the focus of the players and management.

“There is one thing that I would implore people - there is no pressure to be put on players regarding tickets,” emphasised the chairman.

“Players have one goal and that is to put back to back Munster titles and the only way they can do that is by keeping fully focused,” stressed the chairman.

“We cannot do anything that would detract from that focus,” said Mann, outlining that the players will only get a set number of tickets and do no have access to any more .

“I would ask everybody to bare that in mind - don’t put pressure on players for tickets,” said the Patrickswell man.

It has been confirmed that there will be no public sale of tickets for the final with sponsorship outlets Centra and SuperValu not getting their usual allocation.

Online sales at www.gaa.tickets has also been ruled out as tickets will only be available from clubs.

It is understood that clubs will be allocated their tickets inside the next 48-hours.

Across Limerick clubs have warned that they will not be able to meet the demand of their respective areas.

Limerick are likely to receive an allocation of no more than 12,000. It it thought this would include 2,000 stand, 2,500 uncovered stand and 7,000 terrace.

But these figures pale into insignificance compared to last year when Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds sold 14,750 tickets between public sale and the distribution to the clubs. There was also a sale of close to 10,000 tickets in Centra and SuperValu outlets across Limerick.

That means at least 25,000 supported John Allen’s men in the Munster SHC of 2013. It appears just over 50% of those will be lucky to attend next month.