GAA to 'further consider' Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosting Liam Miller tribute match

GAA to 'further consider' Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosting Liam Miller tribute match

The GAA have said they will further consider the proposal to host a Liam Miller tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The association released a joint-statement with the Liam Miller benefit events organising committee after an "open and constructive" meeting between the two groups.

The meeting was attended by senior GAA officials Tom Ryan (director general) and John Horan (president), Cork County Board officers Tracey Kennedy (chairperson) and Frank Murphy (secretary) and organising committee members Michael O’Flynn (chair), Graham Barrett and Ciarán Medlar.

The joint-statement, released at 5pm, marks the first time the GAA have said they're considering opening the newly-built stadium for the game.

It read: "A meeting took place today between the GAA and members of the Organising Committee of the Liam Miller Tribute Match.

"This meeting involved the GAA’s Director General and Uachtarán and the Chairperson and Secretary of the Cork County Committee.

"The Organising Committee was represented by its Chairman Michael O’Flynn, Graham Barrett and Ciarán Medlar.

"Both parties agreed that the meeting was open and constructive and the GAA will now further consider the proposal discussed at the meeting.

"There will be no further comment from any of the parties involved in these discussions at this time."

The September 25 game is currently scheduled for the 7,000-capacity Turner's Cross after the GAA said it was prohibited by rule from permitting the game to go ahead at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Tickets for the game between a Manchester United legends team and a combined Celtic/Ireland side sold out within minutes on Friday.

Pressure has mounted, within the GAA and from political groups, on the association to host the event at the 45,000-capacity venue.

Miller, a former Manchester United, Celtic, Cork City and Ireland midfielder, died of cancer in February, four days before his 37th birthday.

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