Cork board defends ticket prices for county final replay

Cork GAA chiefs have defended the decision to keep ticket prices at €20 for Sunday’s county SFC final replay.

Castlehaven drew with Nemo Rangers last weekend and will meet again in Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday, with a 3.30pm throw-in.

The first game was preceded by the county Premier IFC final while the replay will have the JAFC decider between Bandon and Uibh Laoire as a curtainraiser (throw-in 1.30pm).

At last night’s county board meeting in Nemo Rangers, St Mary’s delegate John Corcoran enquired if there would be a reduction in admission fee on Sunday, following the precedent for recent All-Ireland hurling finals, but chairman Ger Lane replied that this wouldn’t be possible.

“It was something we discussed, but some tickets had already been pre-sold at the prices for the drawn game,” he said.

“Finances are very important to the board at the moment and we haven’t increased prices for a number of years, so it was decided to keep the prices as they were,” he said.

County board treasurer Pearse Murphy said that, were it not for the drawn game, takings for the senior finals would be noticeably down on last year.

“People were saying we were happy with the draw but the gates for the two county finals were down substantially compared to 2014. If there was no replay, there would be a deficit compared to other years,” he said.

“It’s grand for the Munster Council or Central Council to reduce prices for replays but they don’t give a percentage to the competing teams, I think Cork are the only county to do so.”

The county U21BHC final between Watergrasshill and Kilworth will now take place on Friday in Páirc Uí Rinn with a 7.30pm throw-in.

That, and the A final between Blackrock and Duhallow, had been moved to Monday after the senior football draw, but, after representations from the clubs, the B final has been moved. The A final will now have a 4pm start on Monday.

Kilmurry delegate Richard Hinchion congratulated the new Cork hurling and football managers Kieran Kingston and Peadar Healy, but asked that delegates be informed by text regarding new appointments.

“I was at a match in Macroom and an ordinary punter told me who the managers were going to be,” he said.

“If it is widely known, surely it would be good protocol that the delegates are informed by text as we make the effort to come here to the meetings,” he said.

Chairman Lane pointed out that club secretaries were informed by email but said that it would be looked into.

Meanwhile, the Kerry SFC final may be delayed until November 8.

South Kerry meet Kenmare District in the semi-final this Sunday, with a place against Legion up for grabs.

The final is scheduled for November 1 but St Mary’s, who provide players to the South Kerry side, are in Munster Club IFC action that day.

As a result, if South Kerry win the final will be put back a week.

The Kerry champions meet the Cork or Waterford champions in Munster on November 15.


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