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Brian O'Driscoll Went On Wild Goose Chase For All-Ireland Tickets

Brian O'Driscoll Went On Wild Goose Chase For All-Ireland Tickets
By PJ Browne Updated

Brian O'Driscoll must have leapt from his seat when Cillian O'Connor kicked an equalising point to send last year's All-Ireland final to a replay.

O'Driscoll had expected to be had the game but had to settle for watching it on TV instead. The former Ireland captain was promised tickets but like many who will have gone through the same experience this week, they never materialised.

I got let down for tickets, for the first one. I was promised 12, got zero. Then I was cheering on the draw and got it. Then got the replay and got looked after.

Speaking to Dave McIntyre on Friday night's Off The Ball, O'Driscoll detailed the odyssey which he went through last year.

Missing out himself wasn't as major a blow as it was for his friend - and his seven-year-old - to whom he had promised tickets.

Some cowboy that I'd never met before [was offering the tickets]. I chased it for like ten days, he was leading me up a garden path.

When you reflect - a bit like the Celtic Tiger - it was a bit too good to be true.

I had a friend who had tickets and I said, 'No, no, I've got great tickets. Give them back.' He gave them back having told his son that he had tickets. They couldn't go to the final.

I got replay tickets and the son was within touching distance of Sam. Paraic Duffy, the GAA very much looked after me.

The offer of tickets initially came through his work with BT Sport.


He came via BT, the Rugby Tonight guys; it was tentative contact with them. Sure he had 12, he had more than 12.

He was offering 12 to the Rugby Tonight guys. They sent out a WhatsApp going, 'Are there any takers?' No one bit so I went, 'I'll have them all.'

He kept us going for a week. I was sending someone who works with me out to meet him in town and no show for like three hours.

Thankfully, I hadn't offered too many of them out. There was only my friend and his seven-year-old, and a couple of my pals, it doesn't matter about them.

O'Driscoll added that he will not be attending tomorrow's game as he would feel guilty having not seen much of Dublin in this year's Championship.


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