Friday, July 11, 2014
Cork fans queuing for tickets in Centra, Carrigtwohill, for the Munster senior hurling final. Picture: David Keane

Cork fans queuing for tickets in Centra, Carrigtwohill, for the Munster senior hurling final. Picture: David Keane

MANY Cork hurling fans were left without Munster Hurling Final tickets yesterday following a computer system glitch.
Tickets for Sunday’s game, which will see Cork take on Limerick, were released online and in SuperValu and Centra Stores yesterday.
However, the system used for their distribution crashed at least twice meaning fans who had queued for up to three hours outside shops, and who had chosen to use tickets.ie were left without tickets.
Up until recent years fans would have been able to get tickets directly from their local club.
The Munster Council apologised to fans for the problems, saying: “We encountered a technical problem that took time to resolve. Once the work was completed all tickets available to us were put on sale.”
The Musgrave Group, who own both the SuperValu and Centra brands, said that the problem was not at their end.
“The Munster Council only made a very limited allocation of tickets available for public sale,” said a statement from the group.
“When tickets went on sale, the level of demand outstripped supply.”
After the controversy hit Twitter, Cork GAA were quick to distance themselves from the problem, as the Munster Council are responsible for organising the final.
Cork GAA distanced themselves from the problem.
Their twitter account, @officialcorkgaa, tweeted; “Cork GAA has no role in today’s sale of tickets. All we are hearing is that demand is so high that the system is struggling to cope.”
Cork GAA chairman Bob Ryan said he would comment on the problems around the match next week. “Our focus in Cork now is winning the match,” he said.
Earlier this week he criticised of the organisation of the Munster Football final, also in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, describing beefed up security measures as “over the top”.
The final will be the last inter-county game to take place
in Páirc Uí Chaoimh (4pm) before it is redeveloped.

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By David Linnane
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