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Roscommon GAA Issue Statement To Clarify Why Dublin Fans Were Charged €10 For 'Free' Buses

Roscommon GAA Issue Statement To Clarify Why Dublin Fans Were Charged €10 For 'Free' Buses
By Gavan Casey Updated

Earlier today we spoke to Hugh Lynn, the PRO of the Roscommon GAA county board, who confirmed that the issue of Dublin fans claiming they were charged to use complimentary buses was being investigated.

Due to a waterlogged pitch at Dr. Hyde Park, the game was switched to Sean Macdiarmada Park in Carrick-on-Shannon over 40km away. Naturally, fans who were charged €10 after boarding what they believed to be free buses to the stadium were left feeling aggrieved.

It would appear Roscommon GAA's official investigation into the matter has now concluded, and they have released a curt official statement which reads:

Following a full investigation Roscommon GAA can categorically state that no person was charged to travel on the complementary bus service provided by Roscommon GAA.

Roscommon GAA has however discovered that other people hired buses from Roscommon to Carrick on Shannon.

We hope the matter is now closed.

And so it appears the buses which charged travelling fans a fare had nothing to do with Roscommon GAA whatsoever; perhaps they were simply opportunist bus drivers - the likes of which you'd see doing the rounds from Inch to Dingle on New Year's Eve, picking lads up along the way and turning over an enormous profit.

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It's doubtful that many Dublin fans who parted with their 10 bob will be overly thrilled by the explanation, but at least their rare venture up the country ended with another win - this time 1-13 to 1-12 - which sealed their 100% league record ahead of their semi-final with Donegal.

In the other semi-final, Roscommon will face a Kerry side who they trumped in Killarney back in February.

An earlier version of this post featured Dublin fans walking in the vicinity an O'Grady's Coach bus. Balls.ie would like to clarify and stress that O'Grady's Coaches did not charge any Dublin fans for transport between Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon.

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