Ticket prices let us in on reality
The story, reported in today's paper, that Kilkenny fans are returning tickets for this Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final, demonstrates yet again the impact of the recession on our biggest sporting organisation.
All through the summer the GAA has striven to keep ticket prices at affordable levels. There have been special family tickets which have kept the cost of attending the organisation's flagship games within the reach of most fans. This has been rewarded by excellent attendances at most of this year's Gaelic football and hurling championship games.
However, now that we have reached the finals different rules apply. Anyone attending Sunday's decider between Kilkenny and Tipperary will have to shell out ¿80 for a ticket. While most fans wouldn't have given a second thought to paying this amount in the good times, it's a very different story now.