Desperate Donegal fans hoping to get their hands on a ticket for their county’s All-Ireland football final against Mayo on Sunday will be disappointed after the GAA revealed they have no more tickets left.
County Board secretary Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh told local media outlets that their request for extra tickets from Croke Park had been denied and that they could get no more tickets.
“We made a request last week after coming under pressure for more tickets. However, we have been told we have received our allocation and there will be no further allocation,” O’Fearraigh said.
Donegal received their allowance of 14,715 tickets over the weekend and the vast majority of these have been distributed among the county’s 39 clubs. However Mr O’Fearraigh said that even 200 hundred more tickets would be enough to relieve the pressure on the hard pressed county board but these were not forthcoming.
The scramble for tickets has been extraordinary in both counties as the unique final pairing means that the clash of Mayo and Donegal is one of the most hotly anticipated finals in recent years. County boards and clubs are under pressure as fans hunt for tickets as rare and as precious as Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets.