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GAA should care more for disabled spectators

I HAVE great difficulty watching GAA games. I’m a wheelchair user who loves to attend the games, but my view is constantly obstructed in sportsgrounds by mentors, substitutes and supporters.

On Friday, August 7, I went to see a Cork county intermediate semi-final between Fermoy and Carrigaline in Páirc Uí Rinn.

The wheelchair viewing section was situated between the two dugouts.

This is completely unacceptable due to the various activities carried out in this area, such as warm-ups and substitutions.

When I attempted to draw attention to this situation I was completely ignored. My friend, also a wheelchair user, went to Thomond Park last season for a rugby game and when her view was obstructed, the stewards spotted it and moved her to a different location. I’ve attended matches all over the country and I find Thurles the best ground for wheelchair users as we are situated on the opposite side to the dugout in the new stand with little obstruction.

I would greatly appreciate it if the GAA would investigate viewing areas for wheelchair users in all its grounds.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is being redeveloped soon. This is a great opportunity to get it right and not have us stuck up behind thousands of supporters as is currently the case in Croke Park.

I love the games but would like to be given the chance fully to enjoy them.

Pat Mansell

St Joseph Square


Co Cork


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