GAA To Parade Replay Money Around Croke Park On Tractor Before All-Ireland Hurling Final
AHEAD of this Saturday’s mouth watering All-Ireland final replay between Kilkenny and Tipperary comes to the news that the GAA has resurrected a long dormant but the integral tradition within the organisation.
The ‘parading of the replay money’ will take place just before kick off and will be soundtracked, as it was in previous years, by the Artane boy band.
The vast sums of cash amassed by the GAA in the event of a replay have for some time caused cries of derision with the finger of suspicion pointed at the likelihood of a fixed result. Despite this GAA supporters of yesteryear always enjoyed being allowed see such riches paraded at a safe distance from the grassroots supporters.
“We’re all about upholding traditions and being true to those GAA traditions so we’re glad to bring back this particular one,” explained head of the GAA Liam O’Neill.
The first parading of replay money occurred in 1903 and was done so using a donkey cart, but this particular part of the tradition is no longer in place.
“Ah Jaysus we couldn’t get a donkey to pull a couple of million, the thing would be dead by the time it got to the hill,” added O’Neill.
A tractor will be used to display the money with the speaker system used to count each euro alongside several people laughing maniacally.
“In the years since the tradition ended, we used to just roll around in it, to tell you the truth, we used to do awful, awful things with that money. Best not to repeat it,” explained O’Neill.