GAA and CCPC issue warning over unsafe helmets being sold online

GAA and CCPC issue warning over unsafe helmets being sold online
Stock image, not of helmets concerned

The GAA and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) have released a warning over unsafe helmets being sold to Irish customers.

It comes as a number of unregulated helmets have begun to appear online for a fraction of the price.

Wearing an unsafe GAA helmet can mean a serious risk of injury if a player is hit by a hurley or sliotar. 

Pat Kenny of the CCPC, warns that the price tag is an indicator of the quality. He outlines what players should be looking out for when buying a new helmet:


"Look for the CE mark before you purchase and make sure you buy from a reputable trader", he says.

"When it arrives make sure that is well constructed and fully assembled; there are no rough edges or screws sticking out.

"That's a dead giveaway that this is not a proper helmet, because this couldn't be protecting you."

To lower the risk of a serious accident such as concussion, facial or eye injury, the advice from the GAA and CCPC to consumers is to be aware of the following safety checks when purchasing a helmet:

  • Assembled helmet: A safe helmet should arrive already assembled. You should not need to attach a faceguard 
  • CE Marking: If there is no CE mark, don’t buy it. Also look out for any signs of poor quality, such as misspellings on the branding 
  • Obvious dangers: Watch out for sharp edges, sharp points, rough surfaces, or protruding screws. Do not wear your helmet if you find any of these dangers 
  • Modification: Do not modify your helmet in any way after you buy it. Do not cut a hole in or remove the faceguard 

Some further tips when purchasing a GAA helmet include:

  • Reputable retailer: Buy from reputable and trustworthy retail channels 
  • Caution if purchasing online: Be particularly careful if you are thinking of buying from an online marketplace or social media platform 
  • Safety marks and information: Once the helmet is delivered, make sure the product displays the CE mark and the name, location and contact details of the manufacturer 
  • EU Business: Where possible buy from a business based in the EU for stronger consumer rights if there does turn out to be an issue with your helmet