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Donegal clubs learn All-Ireland final ticket allocation

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BY CHRIS MCNULTY

DONEGAL has received just 16,088 tickets for the All-Ireland football final.

On Sunday-week, Donegal face Kerry in both the minor and senior finals, but despite the presence of both teams on the big day the county has received just 1,373 more tickets than in 2012 for the senior final against Mayo.

The process of distributing the tickets to the clubs is expected to get underway by the end of the week, with a number of clubs unhappy with their allocation.

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Overall, the county board has expressed dissatisfaction at what it believes to be an inadequate number of tickets to meet its needs.

Clubs are, however,  allocated 1.2 tickets per adult member. 13,518 tickets have been allocated to the clubs – 84 per cent of the total.

“We are all disappointed in the allocation we have received,” said County Chairman Sean Dunnion.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Donegal County Committee in Ballybofety, the Naomh Ultan delegate, Terence McGinley, said that the allocation from Croke Park ‘shows very little respect to people who want to support the minors’. However, Central Council delegate Niall Erskine said the allocation was the same as that given to Kerry and in line with the number given to competing counties in the hurling finals.

“We have made numerous enquiries and we are told that there will most certainly not be a second allocation,” warned the county secretary, Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearraigh.

“The only hope is if other counties return their allocation and I doubt if that is likely.”

The remaining 2,506 tickets will be divided among various strands of the association in Donegal: 1,141 to players, management, support teams, county board and referees; 512 between the main sponsors; 294 to elected representatives, former county players residing outside the county, media; and 64 to be given to members of the 1992 All-Ireland winning panel. Tickets will also be given to the members of the 2012 All-Ireland winning panel no longer on the county squad.

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Mr Ó Fearraigh said: “It is very much in line with 2012, but we are under severe pressure with our contingency tickets. We have over 400 in 2012, but now we only have 200.”
6,033 of Donegal’s tickets are for Hill 16, while 107 have ‘restricted views’ in the Upper Davin and are priced at €40.

Of the 800 season ticket holders in Donegal, less than 400 have matched the 60 per cent attendance to qualify for an All-Ireland final ticket.

The after-match banquet for both the senior and minor teams will be held at the City West Hotel in Saggart. Tickets for the full banquet will be available at €80 with the after banquet tickets priced at €20. A total of 2,000 tickets will be available for the full banquet with a further 1,000 allocated for the after event.

DONEGAL’S CLUB ALLOCATION

Aodh Ruadh            233
Ardara                460
Buncrana                364
Bundoran                223
Burt                    195
Carndonagh            295
Cloughaneely            450
Convoy                259
Downings                286
Dungloe                573
Fanad Gaels            339
Four Masters            412
Glenfin                405
Glenswilly                461
Gaoth Dobhair            464
Kilcar                330
Killybegs                477
Letterkenny Gaels        365
Malin                396
Milford                234
Moville                301
Na Rossa                327
Naomh Brid            244
Naomh Colmcille        119
Naomh Columba        551
Naomh Conaill            351
Naomh Muire            390
Naomh Padraig, Lifford    156
Naomh Padraig, Muff    232
Naomh Ultan            203
Pettigo                65
Red Hughs            322
Robert Emmets            225
Sean MacCumhaills        373
Setanta                64
St Eunan’s            844
St Michael’s            397
St Naul’s                436
Termon                343
Urris                    354

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