The Rebels booked their place in the decider with victory over Lancashire but the celebrations were short lived when they discovered the theft of items including iPhones, wallets, cash, clothes, iPods and jewellery valued in the region of e3,000.
Greater Manchester Metropolitan Police and Cork officials are investigating the incident which occurred in the Old Bedian’s Grounds in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury.
Cork manager Paul McCarthy said: “It has left a bitter taste in the mouth after a great weekend for us and Cork GAA. We had a top class weekend and really had great craic with us winning, the hurlers winning and it was almost a bonding trip for us in one sense, but when we discovered we had been broken into, it took the shine off it to.
“The dressing rooms were locked when we went out onto the pitch the first time but we don’t know if they were locked after we went onto the pitch for the second half, but the Lancashire dressing rooms were locked.
“The pitch where we played on then was a bit away from the dressing rooms so we wouldn’t have been able to keep an eye on them, there were lots of people around, there was some other few pitches with games and things going on there but you just don’t expect this kind of thing to happen.”
Cork GAA administrator Diarmuid O’Donovan said the club had done all they could and also praised the local police for their actions. “In fairness to the host club they were very embarrassed by the whole affair and did what they could for us. They’re going to try and compensate us for what we had taken and have said they’d stay in touch. The police as well were very prompt.”
Passports had originally been stolen but some were found discarded in the car park, which potentially saved the Cork team an even bigger headache when they arrived at Liverpool airport for their return flight to Cork on Sunday night.