A SPATE of smash-and-grab raids have hit cars at GAA club matches across the country.
Parked cars have been targeted in Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick over recent weeks with thieves using local notes to assess which matches will attract the largest crowds.
More than 20 robberies have taken place since mid-August.
Clubs have now been forced to issue public warnings that anyone attending matches should park their cars in easily-observed areas.
In some cases, clubs are providing volunteers to regularly check on car parks.
Cork GAA officials said the robberies are "very disturbing" given the family nature of the events involved. The robberies follow a spate of thefts on cars parked at cemeteries.