Tuesday 25 July 2017

Security at Croke Park to be reviewed ahead of its hectic summer schedule

The GAA are reviewing security arrangements in Croke Park ahead of a hectic four-month period when more than 750,000 people will attend games and concerts in the stadium. Photo: Sportsfile
The GAA are reviewing security arrangements in Croke Park ahead of a hectic four-month period when more than 750,000 people will attend games and concerts in the stadium. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

The GAA is reviewing security arrangements in Croke Park ahead of a hectic four-month period when more than 750,000 people will attend games and concerts in the stadium.

It comes in the wake of the Manchester Arena atrocity where 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber last month.

"We are continuously modifying and enhancing our security plans. We work very closely with gardaí and the other statutory services at all times," said Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna.

GAA action resumes in Croke Park on Saturday week with the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher cup finals and will continue until the All-Ireland ladies football finals on September 24. It will also host sell-out concerts on Saturday, July 8 (Coldplay) and Saturday, July 22 (U2).

While the threat of a terrorist attack in Ireland is regarded as relatively low, Croke Park will have the highest possible security detail without being overly intrusive on patrons.

"We are always very conscious of security and will be enhancing that approach, but you have to be sensible in these situations as well. We plan for every eventuality that we possibly can but in a sensible way. We certainly don't want people to be fearful. We need to keep all this in context.

"The public can rest assured that our security arrangements are the very best they can be. A lot of what goes on is behind the scenes so people won't be aware of it. They come for a day out - whether it's a match or a concert - and we don't want the occasions to be spoiled by intrusive levels of security. That won't happen but we'll still have the stadium as secure as we possibly can.

"The great thing about Croke Park is that it's very family-friendly - we don't want to change that. It's part and parcel of the experience. Having said that, we have never been complacent about security. It's always under review and will continue to be," said Mr McKenna.

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