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All-Ireland ticket draws should be banned

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The practice of using All Ireland tickets for draws should be banned by the GAA.

If clubs receive tickets particularly those outside the competing counties they should either give them to a member at cost price or return them to the GAA.

If they dont actually want the tickets for themselves they should give them back. Not use the tickets as a commodity and randomly give them out to someone

centerfield (Mayo) - 01/09/2017 16:52:48    2041653

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Replying To centerfield:  "The practice of using All Ireland tickets for draws should be banned by the GAA.

If clubs receive tickets particularly those outside the competing counties they should either give them to a member at cost price or return them to the GAA.

If they dont actually want the tickets for themselves they should give them back. Not use the tickets as a commodity and randomly give them out to someone"
what do mayo clubs do when mayo are not in the final or you just letting of steam as you will get it tight to get a ticket

bulmccabe (Tyrone) - 01/09/2017 17:49:16    2041668

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Replying To bulmccabe:  "what do mayo clubs do when mayo are not in the final or you just letting of steam as you will get it tight to get a ticket"
I havent had an issue getting a ticket for any of the finals and dont forsee a problem this. time either. Plenty of people do though.

find it distasteful though clubs etc from outside the county coming onto Mayo forums saying we have a draw for X number of tickets.

I think its a joke TBH. GAA canceling tickets because there being resold above value yet its okay for someone to have a draw for tickets using it as a revenue generating opportunity

centerfield (Mayo) - 01/09/2017 18:45:41    2041678

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I'd worry less about the draws and just about the ticket system itself.


I really believe no clubs outside of the two counties involved (and the minors, so four) should get any tickets at all. That would free up a few spares.

Give them to every county player from all counties that's fair enough but it's pointless giving them out to clubs outside the counties involved. Especially games Dublin are involved in.

Think of Meath, Carlow, Kildare regions around Dublin. Huge amount of Dubs living in these areas due to for cheaper housing. Yes Mayo will have a few living in these counties too but you only have to have a quick look at the amount of Dub flags in comparison to Mayo to spot the difference. Not an anti- Dub rant here, just simple maths gives Dublin a ticket advantage due to the population spread of Dubs over the country.

GameOfTyrones (Tyrone) - 01/09/2017 19:47:04    2041689

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Replying To centerfield:  "I havent had an issue getting a ticket for any of the finals and dont forsee a problem this. time either. Plenty of people do though.

find it distasteful though clubs etc from outside the county coming onto Mayo forums saying we have a draw for X number of tickets.

I think its a joke TBH. GAA canceling tickets because there being resold above value yet its okay for someone to have a draw for tickets using it as a revenue generating opportunity"
it's a great way for clubs in counties who will never reach an all Ireland in hurling or football to raise a few quid, and it certainly isn't big money raised. All counties and clubs pay fees as members and what tickets go to outside counties is distributed to refs, committee members etc who have to pay for them then the clubs get a few some as little as 2 and maybe 10 at most and you always have supporters from the counties involved ringing contacts they've made over years looking any spares or swapping. so if you do away with outside counties getting tickets that would close an avenue for some fans. But really back to the original post, do you really begrudge a club that gets maybe 6 tickets raffling 2 to raise a couple of quid and those posters writing into the counties involved pages, it's probably windup merchants who've seen an ad somewhere and decided to take the p155 knowing fans are scratching the hair out looking the golden tickets

bulmccabe (Tyrone) - 01/09/2017 20:37:15    2041695

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you should only get tickets if you are fielding teams in that code.to me,given a club in longford or leitrim where a hurl has never been seen tickets for the final is a joke.
have no problem with draws,money isnt easily raised.

perfect10 (Wexford) - 01/09/2017 20:45:25    2041699

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The only issue I have is the 100's in businesses on Facebook asking you to like and share their page or post to win All Ireland tickets....do all these businesses really have tickets? I think a few have been caught out in the past

yew_tree (Mayo) - 02/09/2017 07:11:04    2041743

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Replying To yew_tree:  "The only issue I have is the 100's in businesses on Facebook asking you to like and share their page or post to win All Ireland tickets....do all these businesses really have tickets? I think a few have been caught out in the past"
There are hurling free clubs in Dublin GFC's with their "fair share" of AI Hurling tickets - your right it is a mystery to me too.

arock (Dublin) - 02/09/2017 13:54:51    2041807

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Replying To centerfield:  "The practice of using All Ireland tickets for draws should be banned by the GAA.

If clubs receive tickets particularly those outside the competing counties they should either give them to a member at cost price or return them to the GAA.

If they dont actually want the tickets for themselves they should give them back. Not use the tickets as a commodity and randomly give them out to someone"
I know a club who bought 10 or 20 year tickets,4 of them,they raffle them each year,2 tickets and 100 euros ,2 tickets and 50 euros 1st and 2nd prizes and 3rd and 4th prizes for football final,so the winners get tickets for the price of a book ticktets which is a fiver,tickets are not sold,its a great way for the club to make money to help with their finances,I think last year they sold nearly 900 books,

mooncat (Kilkenny) - 02/09/2017 14:50:42    2041822

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The GAA need to allocate more tickets to the Counties contesting the All Ireland finals, and less to other Counties and especially clubs of different codes.

GaryMc82 (Derry) - 02/09/2017 15:45:48    2041834

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Replying To GaryMc82:  "The GAA need to allocate more tickets to the Counties contesting the All Ireland finals, and less to other Counties and especially clubs of different codes."
there are plenty of genuine fans outside the competing finalists who attend games the length and breadth of the country including provincial semis and finals in both codes because that is their vice/hobby and not the influx of armchair some craic bois who only seem to want/ need tickets if their county is in the final. If not for all the fair weather bandwagoneers there would be plenty of tickets to go around apart from the usual Hogan stand brigade when it's semi/ final day to be seen out. If all these counties had so much genuine support, how is it that their games are never sell out unless it's against the dubs in croker. and yes my own county have the as many if not more of these bois/gals, witness the amount of new gear bought each year come august/sept. regardless as for the football and hurling finals it will always be a sell out, camogie and ladies football will be like playing in an echo chamber

bulmccabe (Tyrone) - 02/09/2017 15:57:18    2041840

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there are plenty of genuine fans outside the competing finalists who attend games the length and breadth of the country including provincial semis and finals in both codes because that is their vice/hobby and not the influx of armchair some craic bois who only seem to want/ need tickets if their county is in the final. If not for all the fair weather bandwagoneers there would be plenty of tickets to go around apart from the usual Hogan stand brigade when it's semi/ final day to be seen out. If all these counties had so much genuine support, how is it that their games are never sell out unless it's against the dubs in croker. and yes my own county have the as many if not more of these bois/gals, witness the amount of new gear bought each year come august/sept. regardless as for the football and hurling finals it will always be a sell out, camogie and ladies football will be like playing in an echo chamber
bulmccabe (Tyrone) - Posts:236 - 02/09/2017 15:57:18


There are very few people like myself who would wander to Omagh, Ballybofey or Armagh etc for McKenna Cup, National league game or U21 game (Work permitting) if my own County isn't playing, not that many do that in truth. And I don't believe that entitles me to an All Ireland final ticket, my point is we should be trying to fit as many fans from the finalists into Croker as possible, makes for a better atmosphere.

I agree if it wasn't for the demand among bandwagoneers, there would be more than enough tickets. But we all know the craic, we know a huge volume of people only get interested when the County team are going well. That's the case for the majority of Counties in Ireland, but sunshine supporters or not, most Counties want the maximum possible turnout of support for an All Ireland final.

GaryMc82 (Derry) - 02/09/2017 19:38:34    2041930

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Replying To centerfield:  "I havent had an issue getting a ticket for any of the finals and dont forsee a problem this. time either. Plenty of people do though.

find it distasteful though clubs etc from outside the county coming onto Mayo forums saying we have a draw for X number of tickets.

I think its a joke TBH. GAA canceling tickets because there being resold above value yet its okay for someone to have a draw for tickets using it as a revenue generating opportunity"
You are absolutely right in regard to GAA canceling tickets, it is totally wrong for the GAA
to cancel a ticket where an unsuspecting buyer of a ticket buys same and goes to the turnstile
and is refused entry because they believe the ticket had been offered for sale at above the
price on the ticket at some point and goes on to offer that same seat to that person
for the €80.00 - I.E. it reissues the ticket again, thereby netting the GAA €160.00 for the seat.
I have no problem with clubs raffling All-Ireland tickets as it is a source of funds for the club.

fainleog (Limerick) - 02/09/2017 21:35:04    2041988

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Replying To fainleog:  "You are absolutely right in regard to GAA canceling tickets, it is totally wrong for the GAA
to cancel a ticket where an unsuspecting buyer of a ticket buys same and goes to the turnstile
and is refused entry because they believe the ticket had been offered for sale at above the
price on the ticket at some point and goes on to offer that same seat to that person
for the €80.00 - I.E. it reissues the ticket again, thereby netting the GAA €160.00 for the seat.
I have no problem with clubs raffling All-Ireland tickets as it is a source of funds for the club."
has your own club or a neighbouring club ever used a ticket to raise funds?

bulmccabe (Tyrone) - 03/09/2017 00:24:50    2042039

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Replying To GameOfTyrones:  "I'd worry less about the draws and just about the ticket system itself.


I really believe no clubs outside of the two counties involved (and the minors, so four) should get any tickets at all. That would free up a few spares.

Give them to every county player from all counties that's fair enough but it's pointless giving them out to clubs outside the counties involved. Especially games Dublin are involved in.

Think of Meath, Carlow, Kildare regions around Dublin. Huge amount of Dubs living in these areas due to for cheaper housing. Yes Mayo will have a few living in these counties too but you only have to have a quick look at the amount of Dub flags in comparison to Mayo to spot the difference. Not an anti- Dub rant here, just simple maths gives Dublin a ticket advantage due to the population spread of Dubs over the country."
But a greater proportion of Mayo people throughout the country are involved in GAA clubs than Dubs exiled to the commuter belt; it's why we've outnumbered them in the past few finals that the counties have faced-off in. It wouldn't have been possible otherwise given the far greater number of Dubs fans, in simple terms.

Gleebo (Mayo) - 03/09/2017 07:43:51    2042055

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Replying To perfect10:  "you should only get tickets if you are fielding teams in that code.to me,given a club in longford or leitrim where a hurl has never been seen tickets for the final is a joke.
have no problem with draws,money isnt easily raised."
But every county has a few clubs which are known for favouring "the weaker code", or perhaps not even fielding in "the stronger code" at all. For example, in Mayo there are probably two clubs in which hurling is a bigger deal than football, one of which has no football teams at all. Given the relative lack of enthusiasm for hurling in that county, it's a much bigger effort for them to promote the game than for someone down in KIlkenny/Tipp/Cork.

Gleebo (Mayo) - 03/09/2017 07:48:05    2042056

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Replying To centerfield:  "The practice of using All Ireland tickets for draws should be banned by the GAA.

If clubs receive tickets particularly those outside the competing counties they should either give them to a member at cost price or return them to the GAA.

If they dont actually want the tickets for themselves they should give them back. Not use the tickets as a commodity and randomly give them out to someone"
How do you decide what member to give them to in a club outside the competing counties? In Westmeath the clubs get 2 hurling and 2 football tickets. How does one decide what member to give them to?? A draw is the only fair way to decide.

Chops (Westmeath) - 03/09/2017 08:47:19    2042063

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Replying To bulmccabe:  "has your own club or a neighbouring club ever used a ticket to raise funds?"
Yes and it is a very good way of raising funds, also creates good interest in the club.

fainleog (Limerick) - 03/09/2017 12:33:19    2042117

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Yes and it is a very good way of raising funds, also creates good interest in the club.
fainleog (Limerick) - Posts:393 - 03/09/2017 12:33:19 20421


In fairness raffling a Solid fuel stove (With backboiler) also generates a lot of interest at local clubs too.

I can understand every County in Ireland having representation at All Ireland finals, but we need to be sensible about this.

GaryMc82 (Derry) - 03/09/2017 13:07:06    2042126

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Replying To Chops:  "How do you decide what member to give them to in a club outside the competing counties? In Westmeath the clubs get 2 hurling and 2 football tickets. How does one decide what member to give them to?? A draw is the only fair way to decide."
It is the same in roscommon. I would far sooner a club raffling 2 tickets off to raise money for a set of balls and jerseys for a underage team then some glory hunter bandwagoner from the competing counties getting them

ROS1 (Roscommon) - 03/09/2017 13:30:21    2042134

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