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‘It would be such a morale boost’


Mayo TD and former Mayo star Alan Dillon has called on a limited number of family members to be allowed to attend All-Ireland finals.
Dillon has called for Government to work with the Return to Sports Expert Group and the GAA to allow intercounty players a set number of All-Ireland final passes for their family members to attend the hurling, football and camogie finals.
Mayo manager James Horan and Dublin manager Dessie Farrell both called for family members to be allowed entry after their semi-final wins at the weekend.
Dillon has written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Sport Catherine Martin asking that the Government step in and issue six passes per panel member.
“Playing the All-Ireland final is such a huge moment in many of these players’ lives. They may never get another opportunity in their lifetime. It so important for them that their family members share those moments in the immediate aftermath of the game, I know it would mean a huge amount to these players,” he said.
“Thankfully moving into less stringent Level 3 rules, squad numbers have now increased and I see no reason why a special exemption for a relatively small number of family spectators cannot occur in a modern 82,000 capacity stadium with all Covid-19 protocols around social distancing and mask-wearing etc in place.
“People need to realise, that these players getting to an All-Ireland final requires a massive amount of support in the background. Family members and loved one make huge sacrifices to allow this to happen and from a players’ perspective they’d like to recognize that and they’d love if they were in a position to attend an All-Ireland final.
“It would be such a morale boost for the players to have family members present and for their towns, villages, and their clubs to have some representation at the final and share in the aftermath be it the celebration of victory or consolation in defeat,” he concluded.