A county councillor has denounced the cost of tickets for the All-Ireland Hurling Final as a “thundering disgrace” and accused the GAA hierarchy of being “out of touch” with ordinary Gaelic games fans.
At South Tipperary Co. Council’s meeting on Monday, Labour Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald condemned the GAA’s decision to increase the cost of All-Ireland Final tickets by E10.
The Carrick-on-Suir councillor said it was a “thundering disgrace” to charge E80 for a stand ticket, particularly for a child. This meant a trip to the All-Ireland cost a family with two children E320 before diesel was put in the car or food was bought.
Cllr Fitzgerald expressed amazement that the GAA could impose a 14% increase in the price of final tickets in these harsh economic times. He said the GAA leadership was totally out of touch and they needed to go back and ask why the organisation was founded in the first place.
“And for Tipperary GAA County Board PRO Ger Ryan to say that no one brought up the issue with him; I would like to bring him down to Carrick-on-Suir. It has become a rich man’s game,” he declared.
The Council meeting opened with Co. Council Chairman Cllr Michael Fitzgerald saying the Tipperary senior hurling team had done the county proud over the past three years and had come up against one of the greatest hurling teams he had ever seen.
He said the team had raised the spirits of the people of Tipperary not only in September over the past three years but also during the Munster Championship season.
Cllr Fitzgerald said the county was proud of their achievements and the example they had given to the younger generation. “From seeing their commitment, dedication and honesty, I know they will be back. While they are feeling hurt today they will bounce back. Kilkenny did so last year when we stopped them on their march for the five-in-a-row.”
Cllr Fitzgerald closed the Council meeting by sending best wishes to the Tipperary Minor Football team in their quest to beat Dublin in the All-Ireland Minor Football title at Croke Park on Sunday week.