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Sunday 15 September 2019

No new 'Páirc' surface in the short term as directors probe costs

GAA president John Horan. Photo: Sportsfile
GAA president John Horan. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The playing surface of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will not be replaced in the short term, but remedial work will be undertaken so that Cork can stage their home league fixtures at the redeveloped venue.

This was confirmed after a scheduled meeting of the stadium's board of directors which took place on Monday evening and was chaired by GAA president John Horan (above).

Last week Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna indicated that the pitch at the venue would have to be relaid within 12 to 18 months.

Two of the directors, well-known local developer Michael O'Flynn and Dubliner Tom Gray, have been tasked with clarifying just how much the cost of the project has over-run by.

Last week McKenna suggested the finished product could be as high as €110m but over the weekend Cork GAA chairperson Tracey Kennedy stuck by the €86m figure presented last year which, she said, was in accordance with the latest set of accounts.

The company that runs Croke Park, headed by McKenna, have taken over the running of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and both Horan and Kennedy made positive sounds in a joint statement yesterday, striking a different tone to McKenna last week.

"I am delighted that the GAA has such a positive asset in Cork and I am optimistic about the future of what is a state-of-the-art facility," said Horan in his statement.

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