So sad that a genuine Galway fan missed out on All-Ireland tickets due to casual sexism
"The buzz has started to come on and the hunt for tickets is well and truly on."
As a former All-Ireland winner with the Galway Minors and the current Connacht captain, John Muldoon would have been expecting to get his hands on tickets for this weekend's final easily enough.
That was not the case as tickets for the big game were scarce on the ground. It was not until Tuesday evening that Muldoon struck gold.
All-Ireland fever has caught hold in both Galway and Waterford as both counties seek to end decades' long waits for the Liam MaCarthy. The Déise have to go back to the 1950s for their last taste of glory while The Tribesmen last triumphed in 1988.
Anyone and everyone is looking to get up to Croke Park, from lifelong fans to newcomers who have fallen in love with the game.
Cathríona Heffernan is one of the former - a young woman who has followed the county's hurlers for as long as she can remember.
Heffernan runs an Instagram dedicated to Galway and GAA, and has steadily grown its' following thanks to her frequent and engaging updates about all the intercounty sides - men, women and underage.
Her grandfather is a proud Waterford fan and has taken her to a number of games this year. So, with the big game approaching, she was thinking about doing a good deed and getting them both tickets.
She stuck out a post asking if any hurling fans were selling spare tickets or knew of anyone she could get in touch with. Within 20 minutes, she was contacted with an offer or a pair of tickets. That is where her luck ran out.
After sending a couple of messages back and forth, it soon became apparent that she would not be getting the tickets any more. Her crime? Being female.
After sharing the screenshot above on the Galway GAA Instagram page, the lad that reneged on his offer first claimed his friend had accessed his account to send the rude, dismissive messages. He then threatened to get his 'legal representative' in touch with Heffernan if her post was not removed but she did not comply.
Heffernan told SportsJOE:
'Girls quit sports everyday because of comments like these. I'm so happy that 99% of the responses to my post have been so positive.'
The keen Galway fan was fortunate enough to secure tickets for the final later in the week so it is a case of all being well that started well yet included some insensitive and needless messages.