Sunday 23 September 2018

Angry Dublin fans to seek refunds after game moved at last minute

Dublin's Emmet O Conghaile in action against Roscommon Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin's Emmet O Conghaile in action against Roscommon Photo: Sportsfile

Angry Dublin football fans have said they will be looking for refunds after their side's clash with Roscommon was moved at the last minute yesterday.

Hundreds of fans had already begun their trip west yesterday morning when the game was switched to Carrick-on-Shannon after the pitch at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon town was ruled unplayable.

Some fans had stayed over night in Roscommon ahead of the encounter while others travelling on public transport also found themselves in the wrong town.

Special complimentary buses were put on to ferry the Dubs fans to and from Carrick-on-Shannon.

However, Roscommon GAA denied claims that fans were charged for those buses.

"No person was charged to travel on the bus service provided by Roscommon GAA," they said.

"Roscommon GAA has, however, discovered that other people hired buses from Roscommon to Carrick-on-Shannon. We hope the matter is now closed."

One fan returning to Heuston Station last night told the Herald that he did not even get to see the game because of the confusion.

"I want to get a refund because the whole thing was a joke," he said.


Dublin manager Jim Gavin said more could have been done to accommodate travelling fans.

"I think we all had an inkling that it was going to be switched to Carrick-on-Shannon, and I think the lesson to be learned from this is to make those calls early," he said.

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