Fans feel price of match tickets were a ‘rip-off’

The Leitrim footballers gave everybody in the entire county a huge lift with their victory in Markievicz Park on Sunday last, but reports suggest Connacht Council’s controversial pricing policy left many unhappy and had an impact on the number who were there to witness the occasion.

The Leitrim footballers gave everybody in the entire county a huge lift with their victory in Markievicz Park on Sunday last, but reports suggest Connacht Council’s controversial pricing policy left many unhappy and had an impact on the number who were there to witness the occasion.

By Philip Rooney

Entry to the stand in Markievicz Park was €30 while a ticket for the uncovered terraces, on what was a very unpredictable day weather wise was €20. Discounts were available for OAP’s and students while tickets for U-16’s were priced at €5.

Reacting to criticism of the pricing policy Leitrim County Board Chairman offered the lack of a meaningful opening match as one cause for unhappiness with the ticket prices but expressed his hope that the Connacht semi-final in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, which will be broadcast live on television, will have a significant curtain-raiser, possibly the Connacht Junior Championship final.

A question posed on the Leitrim Observer Facebook page last week sought views from the public in relation to what they thought about the prices and the response from the public was firmly against what was perceived as overly inflated prices.

Comments ranged from “rip off, won’t be going,” to “Nothing ‘amateur’ about their pricing structure!”

Other comments were even more direct in their criticism with one poster saying, “I think the Connacht Council should be ashamed of themselves, has nobody told them that this country is skint and we’re being ripped off enough through our taxes and our salary charges,” while another commented, “It’s day light robbery without the violence. No need to charge these prices.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.