Murphy expects Páirc plan to be unveiled ‘in very near future’

The Cork County Board hope to submit a formal planning application for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh in early 2013.

In his report to next Saturday’s annual convention, secretary Frank Murphy confirmed the process had been delayed by the finalisation of a master plan for the City Marina Park adjacent to the stadium.

“It is however intimated that this will be finalised and adopted in the very near future and will include decisions on the interface between our project and that of the city council,” Murphy added.

“At this point only may our design team be in a position to advance to pre-planning and to a formal planning application early in the new year.

“A comprehensive draft business plan has been prepared setting out the roadmap for the initial financing and future revenue streams for the stadium development.”

The board intend contributing the majority of the €67m funding towards the stadium’s reconstruction and their accounts released for 2012 shows them to be in relatively good health.

The board’s surplus for the year was €384,653, down over €100,000 from 2011, although their total assets including stadia come in at €20.948m, almost €400,000 up on last year.

In his report, Murphy admits this year’s senior hurling and football county championships were run off too quickly and had significant repercussions.

“The only adjustment for the 2012/’13 series was that the divisions and colleges teams play in an open draw competition with provision for a second chance.

“The later start to the championships and the delays caused by inter-county activity led to the concluding stages being far too cramped.

“This is having a detrimental effect on attendances and finances, especially in the senior championships in which a total of 36 games had to be played in the period from mid-August onwards.

“While teams were very co-operative, the imperative of players having to play twice over the one weekend with club and division/college was not a satisfactory situation.

“Serious consideration must be given to reverting to an earlier start to the championships.”

As a means of resolving that issue, Carrigaline as well as Nemo Rangers and St Nicholas’ in a combined effort have put forward motions regarding the scheduling of the All-Ireland senior football and hurling finals.

Carrigaline are calling for the football final to be played on the second last Sunday in August with the hurling decider staged two week prior.

Nemo Rangers and St Nicholas’ are requesting the football final take place on the second Sunday in September and the hurling equivalent fixed for the last Sunday in August.

Murphy also expressed his disappointment with the standard of this year’s senior football county final between Castlehaven and Duhallow.

“The final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, was one of the poorest deciders for many years. There was a lot of aimless football. Castlehaven just deserved their victory on the basis of being that bit more direct and enterprising, but overall the game greatly disappointed.”


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