'Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be ready for quarter-finals' - Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane
Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane has rubbished reports that Páirc Uí Chaoimh won't be ready to host the All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals on July 23.
Officials will officially receive the keys to the revamped venue on Friday - and Lane insists that it's full steam ahead for a double-header later in the month.
Lane said last night: "Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be ready for the All-Ireland quarter-finals on July 23. It's just a question of pairings and those will be teased out over Saturday and Sunday."
Wexford will be there for an All-Ireland quarter-final, along with three from Tipperary, Dublin, Waterford, Kilkenny and Munster finalists Clare and Cork.
In the meantime, Lane is predicting another huge travelling support from Cork for Sunday's provincial decider with the Banner County.
He said: "Munster Council are expecting a full house.
"We're reported to have had 22,000 fans in Thurles the last day against Waterford.
"I would say upwards of 30,000 plus will be present this time."
Cork hurling is currently riding the crest of a wave, with the minors beating Tipperary on Monday to ensure that they too will represent the county at Semple Stadium next weekend.
The scene is set for a minor and senior double-bill with Clare but Lane stressed: "We have nothing won yet at the same time but certainly, both teams are in with a chance."
Meanwhile, Liam Cahill has called time on his four-year term as Tipp minor manager in the wake of Monday's defeat, having presided over two Munster crowns in 2015 and 2016, along with an All-Ireland title last year.
Cahill and his Cork counterpart Denis Ring were both critical of the move to introduce an U-17 grade next year to replace minor. "I don't think the same quality and intensity will be there from a spectators' point of view," Cahill said.
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