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Fans left 'marooned' in mishap at stadium

GAA officials were left red-faced after a close encounter with county colours left some fans fuming.

Up to 25 Galway GAA fans had their clothes covered in paint after taking their seats at Tuam stadium, which had just had a bit of a makeover.

Stall seats at the ground had been given a new splash of colour, but a mix-up saw a number of fans take the deep maroon home on their clothes after the county football championship semi-finals.

Those affected were quickly alerted to their new hue by other supporters, according to local reports.


Tadhg O'Conghaile, the chairman of the Galway Football Committee, said the issue was quickly fixed.

"We painted the seats and we should have used a water-based paint but it turned out to be an oil-based paint, so while the seats looked completely dry some of them were still wet underneath," he said.

"It takes a lot longer for oil-based paints to dry, but it was only a small number of seats affected. Some people ended up with a bit of paint on their clothes."

Mr O'Conghaile said most people had been good-natured about the mishap.

"We had less than half-a-dozen complaints. For those people who couldn't get the paint out, we reimbursed them.

"It was a storm in a tea cup. It was maroon, so it was the right colour for Galway at least!"