Sunday 18 March 2018

Cork GAA boss slams Kieran Kingston ticket rumour as 'utter nonsense' and reveals €16m over-run on Pairc Uí Chaoimh

Diarmuid O'Sullivan embraces Kieran Kingston during this year's Munster final
Diarmuid O'Sullivan embraces Kieran Kingston during this year's Munster final Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork GAA chairman Ger Lane has dismissed rumours that Kieran Kingston stepped down as the county's hurling boss in a row over having to pay for All-Ireland final tickets.

There was surprise in the Rebel county after Kingston opted to step down at the end of the season despite leading his side to a Munster title after a dismal campaign in 2016.

He has since been replaced by John Meyler but rumours have been circulating that Kingston chose to walk away after he was asked to pay for match tickets.

"We were obviously very disappointed that Kieran chose to step down, and that some of his selectors went with him. His decision was based purely on personal and work reasons," Lane told The Irish Examiner.

"I am aware of that rumour but it is utter nonsense. I met with Kieran on a couple of occasins and discussed these rumours.

"Kieran bought tickets for the All-Ireland hurling final in the same way as any of our inter-county managers or members of the executive purchase tickets. I suspect the person he was providing them for might have been more put out at having to pay for them more than Kieran."

Meanwhile, Lane has revealed that Cork GAA have been left with a debt of €23m from the redevelopment of Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

The final cost is €86.4m, that represents an over-run of €16m.

Cork GAA plans to sell land a 20-acre landbank at Kilbarry, on the northside of Cork city, for development after it was rezoned. The land has been valued at over €15m

"With the sale of the land and a number of other initiatives, we are very comfortable with the financial position we are in."

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