GAA club fined for hosting Jamie Carragher soccer camp

A GAA club has been fined €2,000 for hosting a soccer camp run by former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher. Picture by Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
John Monaghan

A GAA club has been fined €2,000 for hosting a football camp run by a former Liverpool captain.

The children's football camp, run by the Jamie Carragher Soccer School, took place in August last year at Drumard GAC in Co Longford.

Organised by the UCL Harps football club, Mr Carragher made an appearance at the event.

However, the club have now been fined after breaching a GAA rule banning any other games being played on its property.

The GAA's rule 5.1 says all property it owns or controls must only be used "for the purpose of, or in connection with, the playing of games controlled by the association".

The rule was temporarily relaxed to allow the Ireland rugby and football teams to play international matches at Croke Park while the Aviva Stadium was under construction.

The news comes in the same week that the GAA said that two Leinster championship games scheduled for May would be moved forward to allow a Bruce Springsteen concert to go ahead at Croke Park.

The GAA said: "Dromard GAA requested a Hearing. At the subsequent Hearing, An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) noted that the Club admitted the infraction and imposed a fine of €2000."

In a tweet, Dromard GAC said it would appeal the ruling: "Following on from the statement released by the Central Hearings Committee, Dromard GAA have decided to exercise their right to appeal the sanction to the CAC.

"The club will be making no further comment on this matter."

The Jamie Carragher Soccer School, and the player himself, have yet to make any comment on the issue.

The fine provoked divided reactions on social media.

Sunday Game pundit and former Kerry captain and All-Ireland winner Tomas O Se tweeted: "Very harsh on Dromard Gaa... Croker made plenty money from soccer/rugby/concerts. Harsh to fine them. Plenty of clubs need to earn revenue."

Sky News correspondent Enda Brady added: "Stunned to hear the dinosaurs @officialgaa fined my father's club @DromardGAA €2k for hosting the Carragher kids camp #stoneage #hypocrites."

However, Chris McCann tweeted: "I see the anti-GAA crowd using this Dromard debacle to put the boot in. Every club in country knows this rule. Only themselves to blame."

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