Government signs off on €30m Páirc Uí Chaoimh grant

Announcements of senior football or hurling managerial appointments were absent at last night’s Cork County Board meeting, but there was some good news, as the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has given approval to the €30m grant for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

In June, the department sought a cost-benefit plan from the board on the rebuilding of the stadium, but at the meeting in Nemo Rangers’ complex in Trabeg, county secretary Frank Murphy told delegates the plan had received backing and was deemed compliant with the public spending code.

“Minister [Simon] Coveney has signed off on the necessary approval for the grant and we will receive official notification in the near future,” he said.

In addition, it was proposed that a full meeting of the board be held this Friday evening so delegates can be fully appraised of the financial detail with regard to the project.

“The tendering process has been underway for some time,” Murphy said, “and there has been extensive work done by the steering committee with contractors. We are now in a position to bring recommendations before the county finance committee and the full board. Friday’s meeting will allow for the design team to give a full presentation to the board, an opportunity to see what has been done.”

The meeting at 8pm on Friday, most likely to be held at Rochestown Park Hotel, will be open only to accredited board members and will be held in camera. It will be preceded by a meeting of the finance committee at 5.30pm.

With regard to the search for replacements for former football manager Brian Cuthbert and his hurling counterpart Jimmy Barry-Murphy, chairman Ger Lane told those in attendance that the two processes were still ongoing but that “the next few days” should bring further news.

The only delegate to ask a question in response was Willie Coleman of Ballinhassig, who sought clarity regarding the power of incoming managers to choose their own selectors.

“That is and has been the case,” Lane replied. “I’ve heard the rumours being circulated that it’s not, but there’s no truth to them.”

Meanwhile, the trophy presentations after Sunday’s county SHC and Premier IHC finals in Páirc Uí Rinn will take place on the pitch.

Valley Rovers clash with Newcestown in the PIHC decider at 1.15pm, while champions Sarsfields take on Glen Rovers in a repeat of last year’s senior final at 3.15pm. It will be the first senior final to take place at Páirc Uí Rinn.


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