The future of Irish sporting stadia must be a shared one

At Sunday’s NHL game between Limerick and Cork in the Gaelic Grounds, a TV camera was perched at the Ennis Road end. Every time that angle was used, you could clearly see the stands of Thomond Park less than a mile away in the distance.

To an outsider, having two major, adjacent stadia must seem such a waste of resources in a relatively small city.

Up until last weekend, the GAA’s approach to the use of its property was encapsulated in Rule 5.1 of its Official Guide: “All property…owned or controlled by units of the Association shall be used only for the purpose of or in connection with the playing of the games controlled by the Association…”

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