Sunday 17 December 2017

Premium tickets cancelled as GAA hits touts

Former Miss Mayo Maire Hughes (right) and proud Dubliner Rachel Wallace are going head to head and hoping for a big win for their counties, and also to promote the EuroMillions €45 million jackpot tonight
Former Miss Mayo Maire Hughes (right) and proud Dubliner Rachel Wallace are going head to head and hoping for a big win for their counties, and also to promote the EuroMillions €45 million jackpot tonight
Dublin fan Valerie Mullen from London who attends all Dublin matches but can't get a ticket for the final during a protest over ticket allocation
Dublin fans Maria Farrell from Kilbarack with Marley the dog during a protest over ticket allocation for Sunday's All-Ireland football final
Chris Duffy and David Gallagher are hoping to secure tickets for the All-Ireland final
All-Ireland fever has taken over the country and tonights (Friday 20th September) EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated 45 million. Former Miss Mayo Maire Hughes (right) and proud Dubliner Rachel Wallace are going head to head and hoping for a big win for their counties but most importantly a big win for one lucky player in Ireland in tonights draw!
Dublin fan Peter Wall from Summerhill during a protest over Ticket allocation for Sundays Championship football final between Dublin & Mayo outside the GPO on O' Connell Street, Dublin
Sisters Nicole [15] and Elisha [13] Gannon from Westport practise their song " This Is The Year" which Nicole wrote for the Mayo team ahead of their All-Ireland Football clash against Dublin
Divided Loftus house .... Dubs fan Damian Loftus pictured with sons Stephen [13] John [3] and Daughter Alannah [10] are avidly following the Dubs as mother Noelle shows her support for Mayo with daughters Soairse , seven and a half and Aoibheann [5] at the family home near Westport yesterday.
Dublin fans during a protest over the ticket allocation for Sunday's All-Ireland final
Jimmy Finn Principal of St Colemans College in Claremorris pictured with 1st year students, Luke Coen [12] whose brother Darren plays for the Mayo Senior team and cousin Stephen plays for the Minors, Dean Guilfoyle [12 ] whose cousin Matthew Flanagan plays for the Mayo Minors, and Paul Killeen whose cousin Robert Hanley plays for the Mayo Senior team, pictured with their class mates at the school yesterday.
St Coleman college students Adam McDonagh [14] with JJ Connelly [14] and Daniel Jennings [14] prepare a few Mayo posters for the upcoming All Ireland final during a break in their 2nd year Art class at St Colemans College in Claremorris
Sylvia Spain with her son Jason, aged 5 her hand painting football fan shoes for family and friends at her home in Foxford, Co. Mayo before the All Ireland Football Final.
Dublin manager Kevin Heffernan at the final whistle in the 1983 All-Ireland final
Dublin fans (L to r) Paul Barnes from Finglas, Robbie Henry from Coolock & Stephen Hilliard from Finglas during a protest over ticket allocation
Dublin fan Marley the dog during a protest over the ticket allocation for Sundays Championship football final
18 September 2013; Former Dublin footballer Brian Mullins, left, and former Mayo footballer Liam McHale in attendance at a Vodafone All-Ireland Final Special at Paddy Cullens Bar, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Dublin's Paul Casey celebrates with the Sam Maguire cup as team-mate Kevin McManamon is overcome with emotion in 2011
Martin Trench with Ulster Bank and Kerry GAA stars, Darran OSullivan and the Sam Maguire Cup at the final live broadcast of the 2013 Off the Ball Roadshow with Ulster Bank in Vicar Street on September 19
'Mayo for Sam Maguire' songwriter 15-year-old Dearbhaile Roe with lead singer Gearoid Clesham (19) have had 20,000 YouTube hits and counting.
Grafton Lounge Bar Manager David Ennis, Owner Noel Anderson and Bar Manager John Ennis
Grafton Lounge Bar Manager David Ennis, Owner Noel Anderson and Bar Manager John Ennis
Dub fan Barry Fennell and Dub manager Jim Gavin
Dublin captain Bryan Cullen lifts The Sam Maguire Cup in 2011
The Thats My Dress Shop at Ballina, Co. Mayo
Claire Louise Cullen pictured with Aidan McLoughlin, PRO Mayo GAA Co Board and Vice Principal, Moyne College, Ballina yesterday
Claire Louise Cullen pictured at 'Little Mayo@ Longford
Mayo captain Andy Moran lifts the Nestor Cup
18 September 2011; Dublin captain Bryan Cullen, centre, celebrates with David Henry, left, and Declan Lally after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kerry v Dublin, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Dublin supporter Cian Burgess, a Raheny GAA club member, from Killester in Dublin with an old piece of the original Hill 16 which he hopes will bring the Dubs some luck on Sunday.
At Leinster House Deputies Leo Varadkar, Alan Kelly and Michael Ring play Gaelic Football in Dublin and Mayo jerseys.

THE GAA has stepped up its war on ticket touts ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland football final.

In a clampdown on black market activity, Croke Park chiefs have cancelled corporate tickets they acquired after they ended up in the hands of touts trying to cash in on the game.

One company had its premium package deal cancelled as a result.

Amid reports of tickets going for thousands of euro, the GAA also moved to crack down on touts getting tickets through 'special schemes'.

In one instance, a supporter in a special scheme, where members can purchase tickets if the premium holders are not using them, has been struck off the list for black marketeering.

The company, whose long-term premium ticket was touted for sale, had its deal cancelled immediately.

Michelle McGinty from Achill and her boyfriend Tommy Walsh from Bonniconlon, taken in Whangarei Falls, New Zealand.
Michelle McGinty from Achill and her boyfriend Tommy Walsh from Bonniconlon, taken in Whangarei Falls, New Zealand.
Claire Mc Namara supporting the DUBS from Everest Base Camp
Alan Stynes sent us this picture of Calum and Libby
Deirdre Prendergast sent us this picture from New York of Declan age 6, Pearse age 8, Maeve age 4, and Eamonn, age 9
Jenny & Derek Graham from Ballina, County Mayo in the Gaza Strip, Palestine
Even the birds in far north Queensland are sporting the red and green with Conor Puri, Cairns, Far north Queensland, Australia.
All-Ireland Champion piper Eamonn Walsh from Ballina playing "Moonlight in Mayo"
Tatiana Serrano sent in this Mayo supporter photo before Sunday's clash.
Jim Healy sent this photo in - they 'Mayo-bombed' a Dublin supporter's office desk.
His Father is a staunch Dub fan and his Grandfather is a dyed in the wool Mayo Man... so Jonnie Doyle (4 months) has chosen to go with the Dubs!
The Black sands of New Zealands west coast is supporting Mayo (Picture: Arvind Puri)
It might be a week away yet but Clare man Dermot Tubridy from Cooraclare has to get a mention for his efforts!
Derek Wheeler and daughter Samantha are cheering for the Dubs in Tenerife.
Padraic Walsh has the Mayo jerseys hanging out at Niagara Falls, NY. The jerseys originated in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo.
Aoife and Conor Puri, at Cornet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand. Mum Orlagh is from Crossmolina, home of the legendary Mick Loftus.
Brenda Nash is supporting her teams on their New York office front.
Picture on landing at Ireland West Airport Knock this morning were Pilot Billy McCarty and First Officer Raymond O’Donnell. The pilots were showing their support for Mayo after piloting a Ryanair flight from Milan to Ireland West Airport Knock
The Kelly twins, Michael and Jackson from Glasnevin, divided over who will win on Sunday.
Who needs the Naked Cowboy when you have Mamadu, Mayo's biggest supporter in Times Square! Dressed by Ballyhaunis native, Helen Moran
Aoibhìnn Fahy supporting the Dubs!
Mike Kelly showing his true colours on the beach in Sagres, Portugal
"Up the Dubs!" from Laura, Dav and Mr Sna in Cambodia.
Claire Walsh from Straide, Mayo and Karen Healy from Killala, Mayo, sending their support all the way from Busan, South Korea
Tara Forde flying the flag for Mayo at Mount Everest base camp.
Co Down man Sean flying the Mayo flag in Thailand on the bridge over the river Kwai.
The Mayo Haka: Claire (3) & Tom (7) Nestor, children of former Mayo player, David Nestor, now living in Switzerland.
Jack from New Jersey / Ballyhaunis getting the Germans behind Mayo!
Aoibheann O'Beirne, aged 9 months, is a true Mayo supporter
"Where the streets are called Mayo" - The Farrell family (Gerry, Lorcan, Darragh, & Aoife) on Mayo St. in Raleigh, North Carolina after watching the semifinal. The boys are lucky enough to be heading to Croke Park for the final.
Killian Duffy from Crossmolina, Co Mayo flying the flag for the boys in red and green at the finish line after winning WRC rally Australia on Sunday 15th of September.
Up Mayo from Sydney! Anita Cafferkey, Aisling Carey and Lisa Geoghegan flying the flag at Sydney Opera House Australia
Baby Anthony Walsh AKA Willie Joe Padden from Brussels, Belgium
Mayo for Sam taken at the Salt Flats in Bolivia. Pictured: Sinead Browne, Dearbhla Brogan and Eveann Kennedy. All from Ballina, Co. Mayo
Ben Thornton (14) is flying the flag for the Dubs!
3-year-old Alfie White from Clonliffe Road in Dublin is one of the luckiest boys in the country - he lives on the doorstep of Croker
Jacinta Mc Hugh, Miriam Conway and Marie Heneghan at the Full Moon party in Koh Phangan Thailand
Stephen Togher from Mayo set this picture up on a construction site in Hong Kong.
'Dublin on top of the world in Alaska', from Darren Butler, a true blue who brought his jersey on a cruise
Marie Heneghan's dog Belle waiting for Sam.
The family that goes to Croker together...The Cassidys are True Blue supporters.
Kiltimagh businesses supporting Mayo team 2013. Woohoo!
Arch bar in Killala supporting Mayo – photos/signwriting by Merrick’s Ballina
Shouting for Mayo, Nathan O'Neill - living in Chingford, London but travelling to Swinford in Mayo to watch the match with his parents Martin and Noelle
Jeanette Walsh's 5 week old niece Lucy Duffy in her signed mayo jersey & her grandfather Michael Walsh from Claremorris.
David Cunningham and Mark Kelly from Glasnevin, Dublin shouting for Boys in Blue
Martin sent us this picture of his dog supporting Mayo
Jim Higgins Mayo MEP (L) and Gay Mitchell Dublin MEP (R) have their bets on for Sunday's clash.
Eimear Cantwell, Jennifer Cox, Fiona Mullins....Croke Park.
Laurena Kelly on her horse Jack who's wearing his county colours
Jason O'Neill sent us this from Macchu Picchu in Peru.
Grainne Furlong's puppy Bruce proudly wearing his Dublin colours.
Eimear Cantwell, Jennifer Cox and Fiona Mullins.
Debbie with her sister, nephew & niece
Carmel English sent us this picture of her family
Breege McGinty in Croke Park.
Aidan Beirne takes to the sky to wish Mayo well.

Alan Milton, head of media relations for the GAA, assured anxious fans it was doing everything it could to stop tickets being sold on for massive profits.

"By cancelling company premium tickets, we're sending out a clear message that we expect people to be very careful about where their tickets end up," said Mr Milton.

"In the interests of fairness to the many genuine people who would love to get All-Ireland tickets, it's up to those lucky enough to get one to make sure it does not end up on the black market if they are not using it ."

Mr Milton warned people who have bought tickets on the black market they could be refused admittance at the turnstiles.

"Tickets that come to our attention on the black market will be cancelled, so it doesn't matter how much they have cost, they will be useless at the turnstiles. The message is simple: don't buy on the black market because you may be wasting your money," he said.

Demand has intensified in recent days with as much as €3,000 being sought for premium-level tickets on some websites. Yesterday afternoon stand tickets were offered on eBay for up to €800 each – a 10-fold increase on their face value price of €80. Two tickets for the Cusack Stand Upper fetched €850 on eBay.

Some fans vented their anger with a protest outside the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street. Dublin fan Peter Wall, from Summerhill, was among those aggrieved over the ticket allocation.

But Mr Milton said: "If Croke Park was twice the size, we'd have a good chance of selling it out, based on the demand. There are thousands of people returning from overseas for this game while demand here – and not just among Dublin and Mayo people – is huge."

Former Dublin star Ray Cosgrove said the demand for tickets was "mental".

"There will be some very disappointed people who have supported Dublin all summer," said the Kilmacud Crokes man.

He said more should be done by the GAA to ensure that those who can show their ticket-stubs to prove they were at a large volume of the county's summer matches can get tickets. "There should be a way for a genuine fan to get in," he said.

By Martin Breheny and Louise Hogan

Irish Independent

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