Dublin’s Croke Park, home to the Gaelic Athletic Association, has ramped up its security measures by banning large bags at the flagship stadium.

While small bags, measuring no bigger than a piece of A4 paper, will be permitted, they may still be subject to searches.

In a statement, the GAA said it was urging fans “not to bring bags at all where possible.”

The decision to ban big bags and backpacks at Croke Park follows a review of safety procedures with the relevant statutory authorities, according to the Irish Examiner newspaper.

The move is similar to new regulations levied by the Aviva Stadium in Dublin where a “no bag policy” operated for Ireland’s recent international football matches against Austria and Uruguay.

Fans are also being warned that they could be subject to “a full body pat down,” as well as potentially seeing several handheld metal detectors at the gates.

Banned items, which will not be returned once a patron has entered the ground, include alcohol, fireworks, smoke canisters, bottles, glasses, cans, flags, banners, poles, distress signals, laser pointers and selfie sticks.

The ban will be in place when Dublin face Westmeath in the Leinster Senior Football semi-final on June 25.

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