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Ticket allocation for Mayo clubs virtually identical to 2012

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Ticket allocation for Mayo clubs virtually identical to 2012


Daniel Carey

GAA clubs in Mayo will receive extra tickets for the All-Ireland football final – provided they can raise sufficient money before then.
Mayo GAA Board secretary Vincent Neary told delegates at a meeting held in MacHale Park, Castlebar last night (Monday) that, as in 2012, clubs will be entitled to 20 tickets for every €1,000 they raise and pass on to Mayo County Board. The Bonniconlon clubman confirmed that Mayo clubs’ allocation for All-Ireland Final tickets is virtually identical to last year, meaning senior clubs have the opportunity to receive almost 150 tickets each.
Neary told the meeting that all senior clubs will receive 50 stand and 50 terrace tickets for the game against Dublin in Croke Park on September 22. Intermediate clubs will receive 40 stand and 40 terrace tickets. Junior clubs will receive 30 stand and 30 terrace tickets. Exclusive hurling clubs will receive 20 stand and 20 terrace tickets.
Every club with members on the Mayo senior panel will get an additional ten tickets per player. There will also be additional tickets for clubs with players on the minor panel, but the exact number has yet to be confirmed.
There are eight designated officer tickets for each club – two each for the club chairman, secretary, treasurer and County Board delegate – and two for all referees. Every living player who has ever represented Mayo in the senior championship is entitled to a ticket, but ‘must make their application through the clubs’, Neary told the meeting.
The secretary says the Board ‘hope’ to have an additional 50 tickets for each of the three urban areas in the county (Castlebar, Ballina and Westport). Sub-committee members and members of the Mayo under-21 and junior management teams are also entitled to tickets, added chairman Paddy McNicholas.
“Clubs who have paid their dues are entitled to have fund-raisers,” said Neary, announcing a repeat of a scheme the Board ran before last year’s final. “For every €1,000 they raise and pass on to Mayo County Board, they’ll get ten stand and ten terrace tickets. And if they raise €2,000 they get 20 [stand tickets] and 20 [terrace tickets].”
Regarding that ‘extra allocation’, assistant treasurer Michael Diskin warned: “On no account is a club entitled to sell on [these additional 20 tickets] to private individuals, [as] happened last year”. McNicholas said the Board would be numbering tickets, and would take action if they ended up in the wrong hands.
All members of the Cáirde Mhaigheo supporters’ club are entitled to buy a ticket, and those who renew their membership for 2014 in MacHale Park next Saturday, September 8, will be entitled to purchase another. These two tickets will not be side be side, Neary added – rather, each person who opts to buy two will receive one ticket for the Lower Cusack Stand and one for the Upper Cusack Stand. Membership of Cáirde Mhaigheo rose this year from 788 to 1,300.
Following a question from Ollie Dillon (Ballintubber), Neary said the five clubs which sold most County Board Draw tickets will receive extra tickets – “We hope to match last year’s allocation of 25”, he added. Clubs which supported the County Board quiz and Greenway walk fund-raisers will each receive an extra ‘two or three’ tickets.
Asked by Kevin McDonnell (Kilmaine) what Mayo’s ‘actual allocation’ for qualifying for the minor final was, Neary replied: “We don’t know, believe it or not … I’ve asked several times.” Echoing chairman McNicholas, he added that: “We would not be able to offer a second ticket to Cáirde Mhaigheo members if the minors weren’t in the final.”
Asked when tickets would be given out, McNicholas said: “There’ll be nothing done this week anyway … by early next week, we should have a good idea.”
Clubs have until tomorrow (Thursday) evening to take up their allocation of four tickets each for the post-match banquet, which will be held in Citywest Hotel. Clubs should contact Michael Diskin or email  HYPERLINK "mailto:mayogaabanquet@gmail.com" mayogaabanquet@gmail.com. Any remaining tickets for the banquet will go on sale to the general public after that. Four hundred tickets will also be available for the ‘afters’. The banqueting room can hold 1,760 people, Diskin told the meeting.
Any County Board delegate or Executive member looking to book a room in the Citywest Hotel for All-Ireland weekend should contact County Board vice-chairman Mike Connelly.
Chairman Paddy McNicholas flagged two fund-raisers – an ‘Up For The Match’ event in association with Midwest Radio, to be held on Thursday, September 19 in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, and a dance in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris next Sunday, September 8.
Competitions Control Committee chairman Connelly said a lot of club competitions will be ‘frozen’ until after the All-Ireland final.
Meanwhile, Niall Heffernan’s appointment as Mayo under-21 manager was officially ratified. The Claremorris clubman will be joined by selectors Tommy O’Boyle (Parke) and Dermot Costello (Hollymount/Carramore).
See next week’s edition of The Mayo News for more details on the meeting.


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