'Embarrassing' - GAA legend Teddy McCarthy tore up All-Ireland ticket and missed jubilee celebrations after 'shocking' Croke Park treatment
Published 22/09/2015 | 08:00
The only player to win a senior hurling and football All-Ireland in the same year stormed out of Croke Park at the weekend, missing his jubilee celebrations, after what he claims was 'shocking' treatment by security staff.
Cork's Teddy McCarthy made history in 1990 when he was part of the victorious Rebels hurling team that defeated Galway, while also a member of the football side that overcame Meath by two points.
McCarthy was on Jones Road on Sunday as the footballers from the 1990 decider were honoured at the jubilee celebrations, but Billy Morgan stood in for the GAA legend when he left Croke Park after becoming exasperated with stadium officials.
Despite former president Sean Kelly and others attempting to persuade McCarthy to return, McCarthy said he was fed up of the "zoo" treatment and watched the game in a nearby pub.
McCarthy, a columnist with the Irish Daily Mail, told the paper the incident left a "sour taste" and began when he was initially told he was at the wrong turnstile and sent to another part of the stadium. At that point he was told to go back to the initial stile, where again he was told it was the incorrect entrance.
"It got a bit heated when I wasn't being let in," he admitted. "A fella came out, had a look at my ticket, and told me to go away for an hour and cool down.
"You can imagine how that wound me up, telling me to tone it down, not being able to gain access to a luncheon supposedly in honour of the team played on.
"I wasn't a fella coming out of the nightclub who needed to be made jump through hoops by security. It was shocking."
McCarthy tore up his ticket in disgust and went to a nearby pub to watch Dublin's three-point victory over Kerry.
Labelling the incident as "embarrassing", the decorated McCarthy revealed he drove home that evening rather than staying in the capital after the day's events.
Thee GAA said it did not have any comment to make on the matter when contacted.
McCarthy scored three points from midfield in the 5-15 to 2-21 win over Galway's hurlers in 1990 and was an integral part of the football team that retained Sam Maguire with victory over the Royals.