Páirc Uí Rinn has €40k facelift for championship showdown

Cork GAA chiefs have spent close to €40,000 readying Páirc Uí Rinn for Sunday’s Munster SFC semi-final clash — the first championship game to be played at the Boreenmanna Road venue in 16 years.

The establishment of a wheelchair area, the installation of 1,500 seats in the main stand, upgrading both the VIP and press areas, the placing of rubber mats at the entrance to the pitch and the laying of artificial grass in front of either dugout have all been finalised this week ahead of the Cork-Clare fixture.

Sunday’s game is only the second senior provincial championship fixture to be staged at Páirc Uí Rinn since Cork GAA acquired the venue in 1989 — the first being the 1999 Munster football semi-final involving Cork and Limerick.

“Páirc Uí Rinn will be the premier home for Cork teams over the next two years so we have to make sure it is up to scratch, the work that has taken place over the past five months hasn’t be geared solely towards Sunday, but the next two years,” said Cork GAA senior administrator Diarmuid O’Donovan.

“Artificial grass, costing in the region of €9,000 has been laid inside the entrance to the pitch, in front of either dugout and where the umpires will stand.

“There is a lot of traffic in these areas on match-day and the artificial grass will wipe out the maintenance costs to these areas.

“We’ve taken 1,500 seats from the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh and so the entire bottom area of the stand is now seated.

“We’ve hired a wheelchair-friendly toilet and have laid rubber mats from the dressing rooms all the way to the entrance to the pitch so to ensure no players slip on the concrete.”

O’Donovan doesn’t expect a crowd in excess of 5,000 for this weekend’s clash and says Páirc Uí Rinn could be in line to stage the Munster U21 hurling decider, junior football and intermediate hurling finals next month.

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