FAN ATTENDING GAMES IN THE MUNSTER Senior Hurling Championship this weekend have been warned not to take flares and smoke bombs to games.
Limerick will play Cork in the Gaelic Ground on Sunday, while Tipperary will take on Waterford on the same day.
A statement from Munster GAA was released on Friday warning supporters that they will be refused admission to stadiums if they are found with smoke bombs and flares this weekend
The statement said: "In advance of Munster Championship Games, and particularly Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling fixture between Limerick and Cork at the TUS Gaelic Grounds, Munster GAA and An Garda Síochána wishes to remind supporters of the dangers of igniting flares and smoke bombs within grounds.
"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 will face criminal prosecution by An Garda Síochána.
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— Limerick GAA (@LimerickCLG) May 25, 2023
"With an expected attendance of 40,000+ supporters in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday Munster GAA want to ensure the safest possible atmosphere so that all can enjoy the games."
Munster GAA Operations Manager John Brennan also commented: “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."