Cork GAA will receive €20million from the GAA towards the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it has been confirmed.
The announcement was made at Saturday’s Central Council meeting and had been expected by board officials. The funding is €5m more than what Croke Park are contributing to the £80m reconstruction of Casement Park in Belfast, £65m of which is being funded by the Northern Ireland Executive.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh will have a larger capacity than the Belfast venue — 45,000 to Casement’s 40,000 — and will cost approximately €70m, €30m of which will come from a Government grant. Combined with the GAA’s offering, the Cork County Board will need to contribute €20m and they have already earmarked €10m of savings for the project.
They intend raising the remaining €10m via 10-year tickets and possibly concerts, which may take place at the stadium when it is expected to open in early 2017.
The building process is set to commence in the new year following final appeals to An Bord Pleanala. Cork chairman Bob Ryan reacted positively to confirmation of the GAA’s funding: “It’s superb and will give a fantastic boost to Gaelic games in Cork.”
As revealed at Central Council at the weekend, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, along with Casement Park and Semple Stadium, will be part of the Hawk-Eye roll-out on completion. The venue will benefit from the score detection technology providing a motion is passed at Congress in February. There is also the live possibility the Ballintemple stadium will host both All-Ireland football and hurling quarter-finals. Assurances are understood to be given to Cork that depending on the participants Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be the venue for such high profile games.
Meanwhile, Ryan would not be drawn on speculation current minor hurling coach Mark Landers will replace Kieran Kingston as a selector and trainer with Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s senior side. The 1999 All-Ireland winning captain under Barry-Murphy is expected to come on board with an announcement made before the end of this week.
“I would prefer not to comment on it at the moment,” Ryan said. “In fairness, that’s a matter for Jimmy and that’s where it stands.”
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