A quick update on Croke Park season ticket scanning and attendance problems
Here’s a quick update on Croke Park season ticket scanning and attendance problems. Due to an unprecedented amount of emails and messages over the course of the past 36 hours or so, we wanted to post a quick update on our quest to work with the GAA season ticket office to resolve the problems some of you have been having with your season ticket attendance records. (This is not our first time in this situation – the problem hasn’t gone away you know!)
A short synopsis: Basically lots of you contacted us after the Dublin game either by email, Facebook or Twitter to say that you or a family member had attended the game and scanned your season ticket at the gates, only for your attendance not to register on your record. Upon notifying the season ticket office, most of you were told that as no problems had been reported from the venue on the day, your attendance records would not be manually updated. As the numbers contacting us rose, we started to make a list, and after a few days decided to contact the Croke Park office directly with the names and season ticket numbers of those who were happy to provide them – 21 in total at the time (there have been many more since) – to see if we could intervene on your behalf and show that despite their claims that no issues had been reported from the venue, there clearly was a problem.
We had previously experienced problems (see here for details) and so could understand the position of the office and their reluctance to manually update records after games. However we felt that those who had contacted us were genuine, had attended the game and scanned their tickets in good faith, and ultimately, deserved to be treated fairly in return for their investment in the season ticket (at a cost of €99 per adult and €20 per juvenile).
What followed was a very frustrating exchange of emails, where the season ticket office refused to engaged and repeatedly told us they could not discuss individual accounts with us (at no stage did we ask them to). Ultimately, we got nowhere and the tone of the replies from the season ticket office became more and more irate. They were adamant that each complaint was assessed on a case-by-case basis, and so we had little choice but to advise the people on our list to keep following up with them individually.
On Wednesday on MidWest Radio Paul Claffey read out a letter on his show from a lady who had experienced the same problem, and we followed up with an email to the station last night. Tommy Marren yesterday devoted a substantial portion of his show to the problem – you can listen back on the link below. We have since been contacted by a number of other supporters with the same problem. MidWest Radio will be following this up again next week and are looking for more supporters to speak on air – please contact us with your details if you are willing to go on air and we will put you in touch.
We unfortunately feel we’ve reached the end of the road with the season ticket office – they have made it clear that they will not engage with us further. We are however currently seeking legal advice on the matter and will, with permission, keep a record of the many people who have contacted us with problems and produce it should it be needed at a later stage. If you have been affected by this problem, we would urge you to continue following up with the season ticket office directly. Other avenues of complaint include the following:
There are a couple of things we wish to point out:
Firstly, we feel strongly that the volunteers and stewards at the turnstiles in Elverys MacHale Park do everything in their power to ensure that things run smoothly on match days. This is not the fault or responsibility of any of the people who give their time so generously. Nor is this issue within the control of Mayo GAA, as they are not responsible for attendance records.
Secondly, the season ticket office has in the past explained that fraudulent scanning of tickets is a problem. The bottom line is this: if you turn up on match days with a handful of tickets in your back pocket to give to strangers to get them scanned, you are part of the problem and your behaviour is affecting genuine supporters. Yes, you can hand over your ticket to a friend if you can’t make a game, but the season ticket scheme is a loyalty scheme, designed to reward supporters who genuinely attend games with access to an All-Ireland ticket, should their county reach the final. Your abuse of the system just means that other people have to spend their free time arguing with the season ticket office when they could be doing far more fun things like say, tweezing out their toenails or sticking pins in their eyes. Just saying.
Thirdly, we hear that those fancy Cairde Mhaigheo tickets do not depend on an attendance record to access an All-Ireland ticket should we in Mayo be lucky enough to need one. Yes, they are more expensive, but they also entitle you to entry to club championship games and some sexy Mayo GAA clobber. So y’know, something to think about for next year!
We’ll be back with an update in due course.
Update 19th April 2016
Rob from Mayo Club 51 was interviewed on the Tommy Marren show on Mid west radio with an update on the issues regarding the problems with scanning season tickets. Also in the interview, Tommy reads out a statement from Alan Milton from Croke Park.
In other news – six weeks to London – the countdown is on! Keep an eye on London GAA’s Facebook page for updates on tickets, which we believe are scarcer than feathers on a fish ….
Mayo GAA PRO Paul Cunnane was interviewed on the Tommy Marren show on Tuesday 19th April regarding the situation with the London v Mayo ticket scarcity for Mayo fans.
While most Mayo eyes are firmly on Dr. Hyde Park for Sunday’s crunch showdown with Roscommon, the Championship is already in sight. This year, Mayo GAA travel to Ruislip, the ground of London GAA to kick off their Connacht Championship campaign on Sunday 29th May 2016.
London GAA ticketing arrangments
This year for the first time, the fixture will be all-ticket, and tickets have now just gone on sale. Only adult tickets are available online, and according to London GAA tickets for adults, OAPs and students will be available at Ruislip on the day. However demand is likely to be huge. If the crowd of Mayo supporters that travelled to New York in 2014 is anything to by, there’s likely to be a massive contingent crossing the Irish sea, and of course the occasion will be a huge draw for many of Irish diaspora across the UK.
So if you’re planning on heading over, we would strongly recommend that you book your tickets now. Tickets booked during the week and have already arrived in the post!
Cillian O’Connor converts against London in the 2013 Connacht Final in Elverys MacHale Park
Tickets are currently unavailable online, however we have been informed by Club London GAA that additional tickets will be going on sale online later this week. Tickets will be available from Ruislip from Monday 4th April.
Roscommon vs. Mayo this Sunday
In the meantime, Mayo have a do-or-die fixture this Sunday against Roscommon in Dr. Hyde Park in Round 6 of the Allianz National Football league. Throw-in is at the later time of 3.30pm. Lose, and it’s almost certain relegation to Division 2 for next year, and Roscommon under Fergal O’Donnell and Mayo’s own Kevin McStay have been blazing a trail through Division 1 this year, racking up scores left right and centre. They would be only too delighted to relegate this Mayo team who have been struggling in the League thus far.
Some practicalities – be aware that the Roscommon Easter Parade is taking place at 12.30 and traffic is likely to be heavy. Seating will also be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and the weather is not promised favourable, so if you want to get into the stand get on the road early.
While the arguments could be made that Mayo’s focus justifiably lies elsewhere, and that we have been playing catch-up after a delayed start and a plague of injuries, no-one one wants to see this team lose their status as the longest serving team in the top flight.
It’s the first time this year that the sixteenth man will be needed – we are going into a dogfight, against a well-supported, highly confident team on their home patch, so we as supporters will need to make ourselves count on Sunday. We can’t kick points, but we can let these lads who have given us so many incredible days out know that we are backing them all the way.
We are therefore appealing to every man, woman and child to make some noise and bring a flag on Sunday and let’s revive the famous “Mayo Roar”.
Bring the colour, bring the noise and let’s together get the job done. Maigh Eo Abú!
The fourth round of the 2016 Allianz Football League brings us to Clones this Sunday for the Monaghan v Mayo clash. This match was originally scheduled for Castleblaney, but due to the large attendance expected, it was moved to Clones last week. Thankfully for us Mayo supporters travelling, it makes the journey to Monaghan a little shorter by about 40 minutes.
Traffic and Parking in Clones
This match was originally scheduled for Castleblaney, but due to the large attendance expected, it was moved to Clones last week. Thankfully for us Mayo supporters travelling, it makes the journey to Monaghan a little shorter by about 40 minutes.
There are a few different routes to Clones. A quick search on Google Maps will give you a good idea but it looks like a drive of about 2 and a half hours lies ahead. For those of us who traveled to Breffni to see the Mitchels in their historic All-Ireland semi-final a few weeks back, then there’s the option of a familiar route. If you do choose to take the route via Cavan, just be careful on the road between Edgeworthstown and Cavan – it is absolutely appalling.
Barrett’s Coaches will be running their customary bus service from Mayo on the day – call 097 83544 to book your seat. We’ll post further information on buses as we get it.
After talking to a couple of Farney faithfuls, and a Donegal fan who would be fairly familiar with Clones after their frequent Ulster Final appearances in the last 5 years, they suggested that the best thing to do was to turn the car towards home and park on the side of the road. Otherwise, we’ll be waiting a while to get out, (as we believe happened a good few Donegal & Mayo fans last Sunday in Ballybofey!).
Super Value car park – Fermanagh St
On street parking – “head the car for home”
Pre Match Meet Up
Pre match meet up in the Creighton hotel on Fermanagh St. The match is at 2.30 so there’ll be time for the dinner before hand.
Get in Early
Another bit of solid advice afforded to us by our Monaghan counterparts was to get into the ground early, particularly if the weather is bad. Getting into the stand will be ideal but the first 10-15 rows, apparently, will leave you open to the elements so if you want to stay dry, get in in good time. Hopefully, that won’t be an issue and we get the same kind of weather as we had in Ballybofey last week.
We don’t need to remind you at this point to bring the colour and bring the noise. The Mayo travelling support is quite simply, second to none and we know this Sunday will again be no exception. Weather wise its predicted to be dry with bright spells, but again bitter cold, turning wet and windy. We want to see plenty of those Mayo Bobble Hats and beanies on show!
The Toughest Trade
We got a proper sneak peak at how Aidan O’Shea got on in the States a couple of weeks back training with an American Football team. The results of that experiment will be aired on RTE, Part 1 on the 9th March, and we’ll also see how former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Roberto Wallace got on during his stint at Breaffy!
The 2016 prediction league week 3 results are now in and the battle at the top is fierce! The battle at the bottom however is a different story, with ourselves comfortably in last position with the wooden spoon in our sights!
Mayo Club 51 Leader board — Start Week : 1
Your position: Week 3
T McG,Knocknagoshel – Kerry
Donall OFlatharta,Geraldine Morans – Dublin
Peter Lavelle,Achill – Mayo
patrick breheny,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo
Seamus Gallagher,Achill – Mayo
Mayo Magic,Balla – Mayo
John Fox,Ardnaree – Mayo
Shane Hegarty,St. Joseph’s/O’Connell Boys – Dublin
Trevor Naughton,Lahardane Mchales – Mayo
Six PointsUp,Skerries Harps – Dublin
Helen Fadian,Achill – Mayo
Ian McGarry,Palmerstown – Dublin
Derek Sage,Westport – Mayo
Niamh Roche,Davitts – Mayo
Johnny Lynskey,The Neale – Mayo
Adrian Hession,Tooreen Hurling – Mayo
Croi nahEireann,St. Mary’s – Westmeath
Face TheBall,Mayo Gaels – Mayo
Patrick Boyle,Bohola Moy Davitts – Mayo
John Caulfield,Eire Og – Roscommon
Martin Maheady,Killala – Mayo
John Maloney,Swinford – Mayo
Ciaran OConnell,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo
Peter Lavelle,Achill – Mayo
damien Egan,Ballyhaunis – Mayo
Paul Cunnane,Davitts – Mayo
kieran cawley,Crossmolina – Mayo
Joe Gavin,Claremorris – Mayo
pj hughes,Crossmolina – Mayo
Garryowen McMahon,Davitts – Mayo
Brian Turbitt,Swinford – Mayo
Michael Cuddy,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo
Jason Mcgoldrick,Ballyhaunis – Mayo
Alan Duggan,Knockmore – Mayo
SHANE O’NEILL,Derrytresk – Tyrone
Robert Biggins,Shrule-Glencorrib – Mayo
Declan Gilroy,Crossmolina – Mayo
j Kelly,Eastern Gaels – Mayo
P Sheridan,Ballina Stephenites – Mayo
Cian Mortimer,Shrule-Glencorrib – Mayo
Michael Molloy,Swinford – Mayo
Jason McTigue,The Neale – Mayo
Dan MayoGAA,Belmullet – Mayo
brendan costello,Claremorris – Mayo
Vincent McHale,Ardagh – Mayo
Alan Prendergast,Mayo Gaels – Mayo
Brian Lavelle,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo
Louthand Prouddotcom,Mattock Rangers – Louth
Patrick Lydon,Tourmakeady – Mayo
Neil Masterson,Burrishoole – Mayo
Ben Miles,Kiltimagh – Mayo
Eamon Monaghan,Garrymore – Mayo
Mark McWalter,Balla – Mayo
John Brennan,Claremorris – Mayo
Devel Mayogaa,Kiltimagh – Mayo
Malachy Egan,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo
Mick Hunt,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo
Conor Conway,Annaghdown – Galway
Darragh Dixon,Belmullet – Mayo
Mayo Mick,Swinford – Mayo
Sean Burke,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo
Eamon Dixon,Belmullet – Mayo
Roger Milla,Frankfurt Sarsfields – Europe
Emma McDonagh,Kiltane – Mayo
AnneMarie Flynn,Ardagh – Mayo
Joseph Gibbons,The Neale – Mayo
Lainey Hughes,The Neale – Mayo
JP McLoughlin,Swinford – Mayo
Mark Togher,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo
Damien McCallig,Four Masrters, Donegal Town – Donegal
The Annual GAA Congress 2016 was held over last Friday night and Saturday at the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Carlow. There were 65 motions put forward for discussion from clubs around the country at this years congress. In order for a motion to be passed at congress, it has to be voted by a two thirds majority. Here are some of the more important motions decided upon at this year’s Congress.
Motion 2 – Lost
The controversial proposition of an All-Ireland ‘B’ Football Championship was withdrawn due to lack of support, while motions 56 and 57, which were similar, were defeated. (Motion 56) The Roscommon motion proposes that, after the provincial championships are finished (by the first weekend of July, the proposal states), the competition will divide into two separate competitions, the Tier 1 competition and a Tier 2 competition. In Year 1 of the new proposal, Tier 1 (Sam Maguire) will feature the eight provincial finalists and the eight highest ranked teams in that year’s Allianz Football League (not including provincial finalists where there is a crossover). From year 2 on, the winner of the previous year’s Tier 2 competition will also be included in the Tier 1 competition, along with the seven highest ranked national league sides.
Motion 4 – Passed
This motion proposed the change of the age limits in inter-county minor football and hurling from U18 to U17 from January 1st, 2018 onwards. It also proposed that, at club level, minor players would be aged between 14 and 18 years of age, but it will remain U18s. As with many of the motions, it was a narrow victory for the motion as it passed with 68.2% of the vote.
Motion 5 – Passed
Motion 5 has been passed with 68.6%! That, alongside Motion 4, is a major motion to be passed. From the 2018 season, U21 inter-county football in the months of February, March and April will be no more.
Here’s what will be:
The U21 grade at inter-county football level will be replaced with an U20 grade, with players eligible to be aged between 18 and 20. It proposes no such change to the U21 grade for hurling, or at club level, in either code.
The competition will take place between June and August, with no replays. Drawn games will be decided by extra-time, and, in the event of that not providing a winner, by “the outcome of a sudden-death free-taking competition, the details of which shall be determined by the Central Council.”
Any player on a team list submitted to an inter-county referee for a senior inter-county championship match in that season will not be eligible to compete in the U20 competition. The U21 grade in hurling, and at club level in both codes, will be entirely unaffected by this motion.
Motion 7 – Lost
A very significant motion. This proposed that All-Ireland football finals be played on the first Sunday in September, with the hurling final to be played two weeks prior. The aim of this motion was to provide more space for playing club games in the month of September. Effective from January 1, 2017.
Motion 7 received 60.8 per cent, but not the two-thirds majority, so the motion was lost. Therefore, no changes to when All-Ireland finals are held. That is a major torpedo to the ambitions for a new, comprehensive, calendar year fixtures plan.
Motion 41 – Passed
This motion at GAA Congresss 2016 provided for the introduction of ‘the mark’ in Gaelic football. This is precisely what is proposed:
“When a player catches the ball cleanly from a Kick-Out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the KickOut point, he shall be awarded ‘a Mark’ by the Referee. The player awarded a ‘Mark’ shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b Playing on immediately.
The following procedures shall apply:
(a) A Free Kick
The player shall signify to the Referee that he is availing of and then take the free kick himself from the hand from the point where he was awarded the ‘Mark’.
Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’ the Referee will allow up to five seconds for the player to take the kick. If the player delays longer than five seconds the Referee will cancel the ‘Mark’ and throw in the ball between a player from each side. Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the opposing players must retreat 10m to allow the player space to take the kick. If an opposition player deliberately blocks or attempts to block the kick within 10m, or if an opposition player impedes the player while he is taking the kick, the Referee shall penalise the opposition by bringing the ball forward 13m.
If the Referee determines that the player who makes the ‘Mark’ has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the Player’s nearest team mate to take the kick but he may not score directly from the kick.
(b) Play on immediately (i) In this circumstance the player may not be challenged for the ball until he carries the ball up to a maximum of four consecutive steps or holds the ball for no longer than the time needed to take four steps and/or makes one act of kicking, hand passing, bouncing or toe-tapping the ball.
(ii) If he is illegally challenged, a free kick shall be awarded to his team from the point at which the challenge is made, and this free kick may be taken by any player on his team.”
With 68 per cent, just getting the two thirds, the mark was introduced to Gaelic football.
Motion 43 – Lost
Proposed that all televised inter-county championship games be available on free to air TV. Former President Nickey Brennan speaking with fierce passion about the importance of rejecting Motion 43, suggesting it could contravene EU laws and regulations…. Strong opposition against, and Motion 43 was defeated with just 15.3 per cent of the vote.
So there you have it from GAA Congress 2016. What are your thoughts?
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