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Stop sending cheques to us, GAA fans told

All-Ireland ticket frenzy in Cork

- By Ronan Smyth

CORK GAA has asked fans to stop sending in cheques for All-Ireland hurling final tickets, saying they will be sold online.

Cork are set to take on Limerick in the final game of the inter-county season in Croke Park on Sunday, August 22, with the details of ticket allocation­s yet to be announced.

GAA HQ have said that 40,000 people will be allowed to attend the match under Covid-19 precaution­s.

However, in an attempt to get ahead of the demand, Cork supporters have started to send cheques in a bid to secure tickets to the final.

In a tweet, Cork GAA asked people to stop doing so as ‘no postal applicatio­ns’ are to be made to Cork GAA office for tickets to the final.

‘Members of the public are asked to refrain from sending cheques and cash payments to the Cork GAA office. Any payments will be processed online,’ the tweet said.

Speaking yesterday, PRO for Cork GAA Joseph Blake said he recently got a call from the financial manager of Cork GAA saying there were ‘lots of letters, lots of envelopes, and lots of cheques coming in’ with fans begging for tickets.

‘In a way, going back years upon years ago, it was a tradition where people would send in a self-addressed envelope, usually a letter and a cheque made out to Cork GAA,’ he told Newstalk.

‘I suppose with governance and transparen­cy and all that, I put out a tweet that we don’t want anybody to be sending in cheques or anything like that. All payments for tickets will be done online.’

He added that any cheques sent to Cork GAA for tickets are returned to the person who sent them.

Before the pandemic, the 82,000 tickets for an All-Ireland would be divided among the participat­ing counties, with tickets also being sent to clubs across the country.

However, capacity is now limited to less than half that.

Mr Blake said the Cork branch are waiting on confirmati­on from Croke Park as to how the tickets for the match will be allocated.

‘Going back years, it was a tradition’

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