GAA CHARGES FOR CHILDREN
Sir, - I refer to a letter in your edition of June 25th from David Gilligan in regard to the admission of children to Croke Park. Mr Gilligan says he is a "St Patrick Athletics fan" and that he is normally allowed to bring his two-year-old child in a buggy into Richmond Park. He makes comparison with Croke Park as a "genuine fan" who was not aware that everybody, including children, required a ticket for a game in Croke Park.
I do not know where this "genuine fan" has been for the last decade. Under health and safety regulations all games where the attendance is expected to be in excess of 75 per cent of capacity must now be all ticket. In this scenario everybody requires a ticket, including children. These arrangements are continually publicised in match arrangements in the public press, on the GAA website and on Aertel.
Mr Gilligan could, of course, have bought a family ticket whereby his child would be admitted for the day for €5. Over 5,000 of the 60,000 people who attended used this facility.
There are many senior GAA club grounds closer to him than Croke Park where his whole family would be admitted free to games. - Yours, etc.,
DANNY LYNCH, PRO GAA, Croke Park, Dublin 3.