Wednesday 28 September 2016

Mother of Irish Olympian: I had to get tickets from a Norwegian website to see Finn in Rio

Published 22/08/2016 | 14:44

The mother of an Irish Olympian has claimed that she was forced to buy tickets for the opening ceremony on a Norwegian website after the official Irish team ticket seller couldn't help her.

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Grainne Adams, mother of sailor Finn Lynch, told Newstalk Breakfast that after unsuccessful attempts to purchase tickets through Pro10, the official ticket seller for the Irish team, she resorted to buying a packet of seven tickets, including passes to the opening ceremony.

“I found it difficult even to figure out how to get tickets," she said.

"I worked out that it was Pro10, I rang and rang and rang and every day, several times a day, you’d just get straight through as if to voicemail and then it would say that voicemail was full.

“I was getting a bit desperate. I Googled Pro10 a lot and found some person’s name with a phone number.

“I phoned them, said this is the trouble I’m having. The person I rang didn’t have anything to do with tickets or the Olympics, but he said he would let them know and they would get back to me. Which they did the next day and said that all of Ireland’s tickets had sold out in January, they had a few tickets left for the athletics.

“What I was looking for were tickets to the opening ceremony because sailing isn’t the easiest sport to watch from the land. I had my heart set on seeing Finn walking with the Irish team under the Irish flag. I thought that’s it as there was only one race where it would be easy to see him.”

Lynch's mother also claimed that despite a 'friends and family' ticket scheme that entitled parents to two tickets to the event their child was competing in, Pro10 told her that they didn't have any sailing tickets.

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