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Thursday 16 August 2018

Why there's such an unholy scramble for tickets to the Final and what you can do

FINALLY they've made it but the majority of ardent Dublin supporters are more likely to be watching the All-Ireland showdown from their living-room and not GAA headquarters.

The unfortunate news is that the scramble for those precious golden tickets has already begun in earnest and the most likely to prevail are those with connections and/or money.

The first port of call in getting tickets should be your local GAA club, but by this stage the club secretary has probably gnawed his fingernails to the bone having heard every hard luck story in the history of the GAA and is tentatively teetering on the brink of madness.



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Like the Lotto ad in which a man reveals he would walk over hot coals with firelighters between his toes carrying his mother-in-law, Dubs fans will resort to any means to pass the turnstiles this Sunday.

I, like hundreds of thousands of others, have joined the desperate scramble, but am left with a limited number of choices: finding someone in the know, paying seven times over the ticket price or waiting for divine intervention and the grace and charity of others.

The one sure fact about desperation and fear is the fact that money can be made from it and those willing to part with their precious tickets can make lots of cash.

Looking at needaticket.ie this morning would almost bring a tear to your eye, €400 to stand in the Hill and an extra €300 for the pleasure of sitting on a plastic seat.

And this at a time when everyone is strapped for cash and you delight at the "final reminder" bills because you think they've finally given up.

One in seven Dub fans are on the dole, €204 a week, meaning that poor Blues fans would have to live on a diet of baked beans and rainwater for two weeks for Hill 16 tickets.

Many tickets have begun appearing on eBay with the bitter bidding process underway but you may need Clint Eastwood's nerve to be successful here.

Thankfully there are those men -- you know them and if you don't consult someone who does -- who always have tickets and part with them with enough persuasion (polite persuasion I hasten to add).

These GAA men operate under the radar so you'll have to go digging but they are out there and willing to help.



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If you are saying to yourself, 'this is not fair, I had no hassle getting tickets for the Donegal match'. You're right. It's not fair.

Unfortunately, Sunday's game is not just a clash between Dublin and Kerry, it's also the GAA showpiece of the year.

Every club in all 32 counties will receive All-Ireland tickets, to be divvied out by a lottery among its members.

That's thousands of tickets that won't find their way into hands of deserving Dublin and Kerry fans.

This is a travesty of monumental proportions. Both these counties have traversed their way to the final by blood, sweat and tears with their supporters sharing every hit, every wide, every score. Who would argue if the GAA spilt the 80,000 between Dublin and Kerry? Plenty, I imagine but wouldn't the world be a better place?



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The initial allocation of tickets to the Dublin County Board was a meagre 8,000, this will rise but nowhere near enough to satisfy the baying masses.

Spare a thought for the Dublin minor team because their appearance in the final got the capital an extra 3,000 tickets. God bless you boys.

Finally, to the lucky ones who already have their tickets, cherish them, keep them well hidden (taking a peek now and then to make sure you're not just having a wonderful dream) and try not to be too smug.

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