Sunday 22 July 2018

Gardai to target street drinkers ahead of Dublin and Tyrone match

Cans and bottles expected to be confiscated on the streets around the ground. Stock picture
Cans and bottles expected to be confiscated on the streets around the ground. Stock picture

Ryan Nugent

GARDAI are set to clamp down on fans drinking on the streets ahead of tomorrow's crucial All-Ireland semi-final clash between Dublin and Tyrone.

Croke Park is set for a full house for the Boys in Blue with 82,000 descending on GAA Headquarters, and thousands more expected to hit city centre pubs for the match.

The clash will be the second big game in the stadium over the weekend, with Mayo taking on Kerry today in a replay of the first semi-final.

Similar garda operations will be in place for both matches.

A number of pubs around the Croker vicinity are willing to allow supporters to drink outside using plastic cups, but it is unclear whether this will be permitted, with cans and bottles expected to be confiscated on the streets around the ground.

A spokesman for the force said: "Patrons are advised that gardai will not permit the consumption of alcohol outside public houses, while walking along the street or in any other public place.

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"Patrons are asked to have consideration for local residents and refrain from anti-social behaviour such as on-street drinking and urinating."

Further clampdowns will also be in place around the stadium with gardai banning large flags and air horns from being taken into the stadium.

"A garda cordon will be in place prior to turnstiles opening," a spokesman added.

"All patrons entering the cordon will be the subject of a ticket check by stewards and search by gardai. Any offensive articles, glass bottles, air horns or large flagpoles, will be seized."

Last month, the GAA announced a number of new stadium safety measures at Croke Park in response to terror attacks in Manchester and London. The new regulations only permit small bags and flags inside the stadium.

Supporters going to either game this weekend are advised to get to the stadium within an hour of throw-in, in case of large queues.

Gardai have also advised fans to keep all their belongings secure while going to and from the ground.

"Patrons are advised to be aware of their own personal safety and security while attending the event," the spokesman said.

"They should ensure the security of personal belongings while travelling to and from the stadium: purses, wallets, tickets, mobile phones.

"Patrons who arrive by vehicle should also ensure that property is not left exposed in parked vehicles. They should ensure that car windows and sunroofs are correctly closed."

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