Sunday 30 April 2017

GAA accused of facilitating touts as demand for Dubs semi final tickets soars

GAA accused of facilitating touts as black market tickets are openly on sale

A tout offering €30 tickets for the semi-final replay for €100 in Dublin this week
A tout offering €30 tickets for the semi-final replay for €100 in Dublin this week
A tout offering €30 tickets for semi-final replay for €100 in Dublin this week
Herald reporter is shown GAA ticket by man selling, right. Parnell Square west, Dublin

THE unprecedented demand for tickets for this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final replay has led to a boom in business for ticket touts.

Tickets to the Dublin v Mayo game on Saturday are now being offered at more than three times their face value. One ticket tout was charging €100 for €30 Hogan Stand tickets.

When confronted by the Herald as to why he was charging this for tickets in the Hogan Stand Lower, he said it was the price paid for them.

In his original advertisement on Gumtree.ie, he claimed that he was selling the tickets because they were bought as a present and he already had his own.

The Herald did not go through with the transaction.

The GAA’s official guidelines state that “any person or party who attempts to sell a ticket for a GAA fixture at a price above face value is a tout”.

The GAA’s main ticket office initially had no limit on the number of tickets that could be bought on Monday morning. A cap of eight tickets was eventually introduced later in the day.

Herald reporter  is shown GAA ticket by man selling, right.  Parnell Square west, Dublin

It comes as Dermot Jewell of the Consumer Association of Ireland said that the GAA had “facilitated touts”.

“That’s foolish, because in this day and age all that it’s facilitating is touting,” said Mr Jewell.

Spokesman for the GAA, Alan Milton, defended their operations.

“No more than a handful of people purchased tickets above the threshold we soon applied, of eight, as per the arrangement that pertains on our online purchasing facilities on the morning in question,” he said.

Meanwhile, some supporters who bought tickets through official website Tickets.ie received two copies of their ticket in the post.


Tickets.ie put the mistake down to “human error” and has sent an email out to all of their customers asking them to destroy the duplicate ticket.

“If you have received a second copy of your tickets please keep one copy in a safe place and use this copy to gain admission to the game.

“Ticket scanning will be in operation for Saturday’s match and only one set of tickets can be used to gain entry.”

A spokeswoman told the Herald last night that the error has affected 20 customers that they are aware of.

Tens of thousands of supporters were left disappointed on Monday when official online ticket seller Tickets.ie crashed.

More than 73,000 fans  attempted to buy tickets from the site, but only a fraction of those were successful.

Separately, website DoneDeal has banned the re-sale of any tickets for the match in an effort to eliminate ticket touts.

“This decision has been taken in the interests of genuine fans,” said a spokesman.

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