A GROUP of Corkonians who travelled to Dublin for the All-Ireland quarter final last weekend have said they were refused entry to Croke Park because of their bodhrán, drum and flags.
Donnachadh Seward, a Cork GAA stalwart who travels to every game, and a group of friends got the bus to Dublin on Sunday for the clash with Kilkenny.
The Rebel County ended up on the losing side of a 2-27 to 3-18 scoreline but Donnchadh and his companions missed the whole entertaining affair.
He said he is worried about being turned away again in future and is unsure whether or not to attend Cork’s upcoming clash with Tyrone in the second round of the football Super 8s this weekend.
“We travelled as usual with our bodhrán, drum and flags which we’ve brought to stadiums across the country, including Croke Park in the past two years,” Donnachadh told The Echo.
“We got through the first part of security no problem but when we got to the second round, we were told we wouldn’t be allowed in with the equipment.
“When we asked why, the security said because of the bodhrán and that.
“We explained that we’d never had an issue with them before and that we brought them to every game but they wouldn’t let us in and the seven of us ended up missing the game.”
Donnachadh said it is one of the first times in the past 40 years that the particular bodhrán, famous among the Cork faithful, was not present at a Cork GAA game.
“It’s a huge part of getting the crowd and the players going — they all look for it in the crowd.
“It could’ve drove the lads on in the final minutes.
“What makes it worse,” said Donnachadh, “is when you look at the photos from the Dublin game the day before, what do they have only drums, bodhran and big flags.
“It seems to be one rule for Dublin and one for the rest of us,” said Donnachadh.
“It was a total shambles.”
Donnachadh added that he has raised the issue with the Cork County Board and is hoping for their support on the matter.
The board declined to comment on the issue saying it was a matter for Croke Park.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Croke Park said no supporters were refused entry from the game but that some were advised that equipment they had would not be permitted.
“No supporters were refused entry from the games at Croke Park last weekend because of items they had in their possession,” he explained.
“A small number of patrons were advised that items they had with them would not be permitted in the stadium.
“The rules and regulations around stadium entry exists for the comfort safety and security of all fans and no distinction is made between the supporters of any of the counties who attend games at Croke Park.”