Breaking: Huge anger as scores of people get parking tickets at Tipp Cork NHL game

Noel Dundon

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Noel Dundon

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Gardai

Gardai have been criticised for issuing parking fines during the Tipp vs Cork NHL game.

Fixed fine notices are dropping in the letterboxes of 'victims' who parked on a footpath on the Holycross road

Scores of hurling enthusiasts who attended the Tipperary vs Cork National Hurling League game in Semple Stadium on Sunday March 11th are hopping mad after being issued with fixed charge notices for parking on the Holycross road, near Dew Valley Foods, with two wheels on the footpath.

Despite not blocking the road, footpath or impeding gateways, the vehicles were issued with the fines, notices for which are dropping in the letter boxes of Tipperary and Cork supporters this week. And, this new departure of issuing fines for people parking at this location, without warning, has left people seething, especially when visitors to Thurles co-operated fully with Gardai and stewards when it came to parking arrangements around Semple Stadium. But, these fines were issued almost a mile away from the stadium at a location where motorists were advised to park by officials.

On the day, the usual car parks were not in operation due to the fact that land was very wet and with no bollards or signage advising patrons not to park along the left had side of the road as you travel towards Holycross, people parked there and were penalised. Motorists have been parking along this roadway for many many years without any sanction, so why now? Surely leniency could be applied when large crowds are attending big events, provided vehicles are parked responsibly?

There has been much furore surrounding the parking of cars on match day in and around Semple Stadium with residents up in arms as the the roads and gateways were regularly blocked and green areas parked upon. Gardai came in for heavy criticism for not policing the area adequately on match day, and a plan of action was devised which resulted in the public roadways being shut completely, at much inconvenience to Massgoers in Bohernanave Church - a number of whom have also been issued with parking fines, we understand.