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Croke Park To Employ A Real Life Hawk To Deter The Greatest Nuisance In GAA

Gary Reilly
By Gary Reilly
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Don't worry Tyrone fans, your players won't be attacked by a hawk every time they do something cynical against Kerry. The greatest nuisance in GAA is of course the 'vermin' that have decided that the Croke Park pitch is the greatest free buffet known to man.


Over the past couple of weeks, the Croke Park pitch has played host to more than just GAA players and Ed Shereen. The football quarter finals and the hurling semi final last weekend were hijacked by a seriously determined flock of pigeons who were anything but deterred by the players on the field.

The pigeons, who are attracted by the grass seed on the pitch, have become such a problem that the GAA have decided that they have to act.

Speaking to Neil Delamere on Today FM, stadium director Peter McKenna, confirmed that the stadium would employ a live hawk over the next couple of days in an effort to deter the pigeons. He also confirmed that no pigeons would be harmed in the process.

What we wanted to do is scare them away. Hopefully they'll move across to Clonliffe College or somewhere like that.

The live hawk will soon be replaced by a 'bird of prey kite' which will mimic the real thing and will hopefully have the same effect on the pigeons, at least until they cop on to that and are back in time for the Championship next year.




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