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Croke Park to deploy a very different hawk eye in upcoming games

Forget seagulls, pigeons are your new aerial threat.

Kerry players and pigeons take to the pitch for the warm up
Kerry players and pigeons take to the pitch for the warm up
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

FORGET SEAGULLS, AS you’ve probably noticed in recent weeks, the greatest aerial threat facing Croke Park are the pigeons taking advantage of the free buffet of grass seeds available.

The birds were especially prominent last weekend during the football quarter-finals and Kilkenny v Waterford hurling semi-final and it appears the GAA are ready to act to protect the playing surface.

Speaking to Neil Delamere on Today FM, stadium director Peter McKenna revealed that a hawk would be introduced to scare the “vermin” away.

“Croke Park is a McDonald’s for pigeons at present. We are putting grass seed down on a continuous basis and they like to drop in for a treat. They obviously find it very tasty.”

“They are a nuisance at any time, let alone on match days. We use a range of deterrents but it can be hard to get rid of pigeons. They get used to the various tricks so we have to keep changing them.”

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