GAA fans make injury complaints after pitch invasion
THREE people have taken personal injury claims against the GAA over the pitch invasion that greeted Limerick's first Munster hurling title in 17 years.
Close to 30,000 spilled on to the Gaelic Grounds in one of the most memorable moments of the sporting year.
However, Limerick GAA could end up counting the cost of the celebrations.
Three fans have lodged legal complaints in respect of "falls or slips".
The move is likely to lead to a clampdown on post-match pitch invasions.
Limerick GAA secretary Mike O'Riordan said: "The pitch invasion at the Gaelic Grounds after the Munster senior hurling final has produced a number of claims against the stadium -- obviously this is very disappointing after what was a memorable day."
Mr O'Riordan confirmed the personal injury claims had been lodged against their insurance.
"To see the scenes after the game was fantastic, in particular the crowd swarming on to the pitch. It really epitomised all that is good about the GAA," he said.
But national GAA bosses have continually expressed concerns about supporters racing on to the field of play and are in favour of pitch invasions becoming a thing of the past.
"What will happen now is that for big games in the Gaelic Grounds, the front row of seats will have to be occupied by stewards and there will have to be more stewarding," said a disappointed Mr O'Riordan.
"The cost of insurance is already substantial and this will only force up the cost to us," added the secretary.
Just last weekend, Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann revealed the fans' invasion was his "image of 2013".
Confirmation of the personal injury claims against the GAA stadium comes just weeks after Limerick was revealed as the highest claiming county per person in Ireland for personal injury claims.
Figures released for the first six months of 2013 indicate that the county of Limerick accounted for 7pc of personal injury awards in Ireland, despite having just 4.2pc of the population.
In total, there were 383 personal injury claims made in Limerick, winning just over €7.9m in compensation.