Warning to GAA fans ahead of Munster SHC

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AUTHORITIES are warning fans heading to Sunday’s massive Munster Senior Hurling Championship tussle between Limerick and Waterford that flares and smoke bombs are prohibited from the Gaelic Grounds.

 In a statement, Munster GAA said: “These items are illegal and present a serious safety risk to supporters. Any person caught in possession will be refused admission to the ground by stewards and security staff. It is a criminal offence to ignite a flare in a crowded area and anyone who does so will be subject to ejection from the venue and may face criminal prosecution by An Garda Síochána.”

Added Munster GAA Operations Manager John Brennan: “These devices are extremely dangerous, particularly when used in a confined space, such as a terrace with thousands of fellow supporters present.

“Flares can burn at a very high temperature and present a serious safety risk to those holding them and to those in the general vicinity, especially young children. Smoke bombs also burn at high temperatures and can be dangerous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. Munster GAA ask that the small number of supporters who do bring these items to our games refrain from doing so.”

He continued: “Also, in the interests of safety, patrons are asked not to enter the playing area after the games, please follow the ground regulations, safety announcements at venues and the direction of stewards. Munster GAA want to ensure the safest possible atmosphere so that all can enjoy the game.”

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