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Mayo ticket allocations ‘very similar’ to 2016, says secretary

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A BUSY MAN Mayo GAA secretary Vincent Neary. Pic: Conor McKeown

Daniel Carey

THE ticket allocations for next Sunday’s All-Ireland final are ‘very similar to last year’, Vincent Neary told last week’s meeting of Mayo GAA Board.
Neary, the County Board secretary, said the initial allocations for junior clubs was 38 stand tickets and 30 terrace tickets; for intermediate clubs, 48 stand and 40 terrace; and for senior clubs, 58 stand and 50 terrace.
In each case, the batch of stand tickets included two apiece for the club chairman, secretary, treasurer and County Board delegate. Neary said those eight tickets would not be in separate envelopes but would be ‘ring-fenced’, ‘quite distinguishable’ and explained in a cover letter accompanying the tickets. “We will not be enveloping them this year,” he added.
The initial allocations were distributed to clubs at four divisional venues (Crossmolina, Breaffy, Kiltimagh and Hollymount) last Thursday.
Bonniconlon clubman Neary explained that fundraising packages – the so-called ‘bump-up’, though that term now appears to be out of favour – would be available on similar terms to last year, where clubs gain the right to buy additional tickets in exchange for a contribution to the County Board.
“For €1,000, you get ten stand [tickets], ten terrace. And again, for an additional €1,000, there’ll be additional tickets too,” he added. It later emerged that second batch is largely made up of terrace tickets.
There would, he continued, be additional tickets – 25 stand and 25 terrace – for each of the three main urban areas (Castlebar, Ballina and Westport), and ten additional terrace tickets per player for clubs who have anyone on the official 31-man squad.
“We’re also going to reward ten clubs for sales in the County Board Draw,” the ESB employee continued. “They’ll be made up of four senior clubs, three intermediate clubs, and there junior clubs. The top four senior clubs – Castlebar Mitchels, Kiltane, Claremorris and Ballintubber – get 15 terrace tickets. The top three sellers at intermediate [level] were Kiltimagh, Louisburgh and Tourmakeady, and they’ll get an additional 15 terrace [tickets]. And the top three junior [sellers] – Cill Chomáin, Moygownagh and Ballycastle – will get an additional ten terrace tickets.”
Responding to separate questions, Neary said tickets for past Mayo players who have represented the county in the championship would be ‘included in the club package’, but that unlike last year, there would not be tickets set aside for clubs who participated in Scór. Nor were any tickets exchanged with Galway and Waterford, who contested this year’s All-Ireland hurling final.
Expressing concern that ‘tickets that clubs get are not very good’ ones, Pádraig Prendergast (Ballina Stephenites) said officers and delegates are ‘entitled to fairly good quality tickets’. The County Board secretary replied: “They will be the best we have”.
Responding to a request from East Board secretary Mary Prenty, Neary agreed to email clubs the breakdown of tickets. He also reminded delegates that ‘all levies’ should be paid at the time clubs are collecting their tickets. Treasurer Kevin O’Toole said assistant secretary Dermot Butler had a ‘sheet for every club’ with itemised levies listed.
Replying to a question from Ollie Dillon (Ballintubber), Neary said: “On top of what I’ve said there, there’s a total of 37 groups that will be entitled to tickets, [including] clubs, delegates, referees, different committees, executive, right down, and whatever’ll be left after that, they’ll be the second allocation.”
“We’re working off last year’s lists,” County Board chairman Mike Connelly added, while Neary clarified that there may be ‘additional referees’ or ‘additional stewards’ since 2016. “There’s no difference, really, Ollie – and the amount we’re getting is pretty much the same,” said Connelly.
“There’s 3,700 season ticket-holders,” Neary concluded, “so they’re all getting a ticket ... That’s an extra 70 tickets, roughly, coming into every club.”

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