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Vincent Whelan

Limerick GAA slammed as 'tone-deaf' for selling €150 jersey to fund team holiday

Limerick GAA have been labelled 'tone-deaf' for launching a new jersey at a cost of €150 with the intention of it helping to fund a team holiday for their All-Ireland winning hurlers.

Anyone who shells out that amount for the training kit will get their name emblazoned upon it as well as a thank you letter from manager John Kiely and captain Declan Hannon.

Yet it's fair to say that hasn't pacified many supporters as they vented at the idea after it was publicised in a social media post on Wednesday.

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Andrew said: "Asking the public to pay 150 quid in the current economic climate in order to crowd fund a lads holiday is honestly one of the most tone-deaf things I've ever heard."

Shane agreed: "All funds raised will go directly to contributing to the Senior hurlers holiday fund' - At a time when there is a cost of living crisis ye are asking for money for a holiday fund for the lads. Talk about being absolutely tone-deaf."

While Maggie added: "I am astonished at this. I'd rather give €150 to a charity or use it to buy a holiday for my family.

"Isn't the sponsor of the team a multi-millionaire and you are asking supporters who don't even have the luxury of a holiday for ourselves with rising costs to send you on holiday. This is so cheeky."

Lastly, Esther said: "I’m sure the GAA could sponsor a holiday for the boys. €90 per ticket for the All Ireland, not to mention all the other games too!"

In the Treaty post itself, the full backstory behind the kit was laid out.

The post in full (@limerickgaa_official)

It read: "Limerick GAA launch Training Jersey to support Senior hurlers Holiday Fund

"Limerick GAA and O’Neills have teamed up to launch a unique opportunity where supporters have the chance to get their name on a specially commissioned training jersey, which will be worn by the Senior Hurlers during their warmup of Munster Hurling League games in 2023.

"The initiative has been launched by Limerick Senior Hurlers Cian Lynch, Diarmaid Byrnes and Kyle Hayes.

"Speaking at the launch player Diarmaid Byrnes said 'We know Limerick supporters are the best in the country and we have never been found wanting in terms of fundraising events. We hope you can support us and become part of our team'

"Limerick County Board Chairman John Cregan said 'This is a great opportunity for Limerick GAA supporters to get something back, as each jersey will have the names of all subscribers in the fabric. All funds raised will go directly to contributing to the Senior hurlers holiday fund. Everyone is getting the very unique opportunity to have their names on this new Limerick training jersey.'

"The cost of this new training jersey will be €150 and included in that is the training jersey with names of all subscribers, together with a Limerick GAA Logo beanie hat and a personal letter from Limerick Hurling Manager John Kiely & Captain Declan Hannon.

"These training jerseys are on sale now at and the closing date is 14th October 2022."


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