Delegates not happy with tickets

Delegates not happy with tickets
Those who go on line or buy tickets in outlets like Centra, often get a much better quality ticket than supporters who get their tickets to clubs, it was claimed at the monthly county board meeting.

Those who go on line or buy tickets in outlets like Centra, often get a much better quality ticket than supporters who get their tickets to clubs, it was claimed at the monthly county board meeting.

A number of delegates voiced disquiet at the limited view that some supporters had in the two front rows of the Gerry Arthurs and Pat McGrane stands at the Ulster final in Clones.

Killybegs delegate, John Cunningham, said that some of his club members had tickets along the sideline and they could not see into the Town goal.

He added that people could get better tickets from Centra and said it was “poor policy”.

Ardara delegate Mary Kelly said that people were buying tickets on line and this was a problem.

Naomh Brid delegate Matt Gallagher said there seemed to be no answers to this problem and it was if people did not care.

“It is hurting clubs and many of our members seemed to be all up against the fence.

“This means that people might not pay for their tickets through the clubs”.

Kilcar delegate Michael McShane came up with the novel suggestion that the Ulster Council should stagger their prices from the front rows right up to thr back of the stand.

He said that people would not mind paying a bit more for a better view rather than paying the same price for an inferior view.

Donegal County PRO Ed Byrne said the county was assured at a pre final meeting with the Ulster Council that the best seats available were going to be given to the clubs.

“We can raise it again”.

County Secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh said there were a limited number of tickets on line.

He said they could ask the Ulster Council about how they allocate the tickets and the Council should be able to do this for Donegal.

County chairman Sean Dunnion said they were assured that the clubs allocations were ring-fenced first and there were a very limited number of covered tickets.

Central Council delegate Niall Erskine said the county should plot the number of tickets they got at first and then come back to the Ulster Council.

Ulster Council delegate Pat Conaghan said there was an element of Ulster Council “bashing” here.

He said the Gerry Arthurs Stand was not a very large stand.

The delegate said he had got four tickets for his family and they were “stuck at the wall”.

“Clones is what it is and we will be moving to Casement and hopefully it will be better.

“When there is a capacity crowd, sometimes some people don’t get the best view.

Chairman Sean Dunnion said they could take the matter up with the Ulster Council but the stadium was at full capacity.

He added that many on line tickets were in corners.

Lowest prices

The Ulster Council has the lowest admission figures of all the provinces in Ireland, the monthly meeting of the Donegal county board meeting was told.

Ulster Council delegate Pat Conaghan said that even though stand prices had gone up to E30 this year for the provincial final, the province still was cheaper than the rest.

He was responding to a query from Convoy delegate Oliver Prunty who queried the increase this year as “very expensive”.

The council delegate added that this was the first increase by the organization in five years.

Meanwhile the board was asked to look into reports that some children could not see the match as some adults came in late and stood on the aisles, blocking their view.

Delegate Conaghan told the meeting it had been brought to the attention of stewards but nothing happened.

It was being investigated, the meeting heard.

In a separate matter the County Boaard are anxious to trace the whereabouts of the old Dr Maguire Cup.

Chairman Sean Dunnion said if anyone had any information, they should contact the Board.