GAA president supports “vaccine passports” for match-day crowds

Larry McCarthy has said the GAA will introduce vaccine passports for crowds if they are “allowed to do it”.

The president of the GAA has said vaccine passports might be needed to allow crowds attend matches in the near future.

Talking to Red FM’s Big Red Bench, Corkman Larry McCarthy said such a system might be hard to devise, but that the GAA would find a way if they are allowed to use a vaccine passport.

“We’d be happy to see anybody in the stadium. But it depends on what we’re allowed to do. I don’t know how you’d manage that either,” McCarthy said.

“I don’t know have we got a vaccination passport — if that is something that has been created.

“I’ve seen something along those lines in the travel business. But how do you identify whether somebody has been vaccinated or not? It would probably be difficult to implement.

“But if we’re allowed do it, we’ll do it. We’ll find a way.”

The organization suffered a €34 million deficit last year, as other sporting bodies around the world try to find ways to re-open the significant revenue stream of ticket sales.

“Empty stadiums, empty Páirc Uí Chaoimhs, empty Croke Parks, empty Limericks — it’s not what we’re about,” McCarthy said.

“Even if you do pipe in the noise, it still doesn’t make it.

“The whole camaraderie of going…half the enjoyment of going to matches is the camaraderie and the socialisation around it.

“I’m not underestimating what happens out on the field but it’s the buzz of being in a large crowd at events and we clearly all miss that.”

McCarthy, who was reportedly vaccinated in advance of becoming GAA president in late February, was closely associated with New York GAA before taking the reigns at Croke Park.

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