Galway GAA to foot dry-cleaning bill after dozens of spectators’ clothes spoiled by wet paint on seats at Tuam Stadium
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File this one under ‘Only in the GAA’.
The term ‘red arse’ is commonly known as a playful yet still painful form of punishment in playground circles after a game of football yet it took on an entirely new meaning during the Galway county football semi-finals in Tuam two weekends ago.
According to the Connacht Tribune, at least 25 fans that travelled to watch Corofin play Milltown and Barna take on St. Michael’s were left with red arses of their own after paint that had been applied to a number of seats in the famous ground failed to dry in time and left unwanted stains on the clothes of those affected.
The Connacht Tribune reports that, having originally kept schtum on the matter, the Galway County Board have agreed to fork out compensation and foot the dry-cleaning bill for supporters affected, no doubt leaving them vulnerable to fake claims from mischievous supporters with cans of red paint eager to make a few bob off the county administrators.
Corofin were comprehensive victors over Milltown in one semi-final played at the stadium on the day, although we imagine that the gloss was taken off the victory for any Corofin fans affected by the slow-drying oil-based paint.
As for fans of St. Michael’s and Barna, who finished all-square in the other last-four encounter (St. Michael's won the replay yesterday), we can only imagine that they were in a glass case of emulsion afterwards.
In case you’re wondering, we’ve already got our coats.