Mayo pitch invader hunting All-Ireland tickets as ban ends

The Mayo pitch invader banned for 12 months after the county’s All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Kerry insists he has no regrets about his actions.

Mick Barrett from Castlebar was hit with a year-long ban by the GAA after he stormed onto the Gaelic Grounds pitch towards the end of Mayo’s All Ireland SFC semi-final replay defeat by Kerry last year.

Barrett attempted to confront referee Cormac Reilly in their 3-13 to 3-16 extra-time defeat before being restrained by five stewards.

The ban on attending games ended at the weekend.

Barrett was in Dublin at the weekend for Mayo’s incredible All-Ireland SFC semi-final draw.

“I’ve no regrets,” he said about the ban.

“My only regret from last year was that Mayo didn’t beat Kerry that night in Limerick and went on to win the All-Ireland final.

“That Mayo team should have gone all the way except for a few bad calls that night.

“And this current team is every bit as good as that side.

“But it was very tough being banned for 12 months. It meant that I couldn’t see so many Mayo games in the league and championship that I would have gone to normally.

“It was some game on Sunday. My heart is still in my mouth after it.

“But to think that I got a ban from the GAA for what I did and then you see some of the things going on, off the ball in that match...

“I wonder will the GAA be as quick to punish the players involved in that.”

Barrett is still amazed with the number of people who recognise him following his brush with infamy in Limerick last year.

“I never had as many people coming up to me wanting to have their pictures taken with me.

“Of course I was more than happy to do it.

“I have no ticket for the replay on Saturday in Dublin.

“If anyone reading this has one, I’ll gladly take it.

“I wouldn’t say no if they had two either.”

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