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…”

The Rule contained three exceptions to the ban on the use of GAA property for other sports.

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