The GAA have confirmed that they will allow Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh to be used as a venue for September 25’s Liam Miller memorial match.
Earlier in the week, the Irish Times reported that a proposal has been put forward by senior GAA officials at a meeting on Friday evening that would see a portion of the proceeds going towards long-term injured GAA players, with the added proviso of a GAA challenge game taking place before the main fixture.
This would mean that the entire event would go ahead as a joint-venture between the GAA and the committee who organised the tribute to the former Manchester United man.
With Cork’s Turner’s Cross the venue that was originally scheduled, the fan demand for the star-studded matchup far exceeded the 7,000-capacity offered so naturally, using Pairc Ui Chaoimh – which would offer 45,000 seats – was pegged as a more suitable spot.
Unfortunately, the GAA refused to allow the event to take place there – something that earned them near-unanimous disgust from the general public.
Thankfully, after meeting with the committee, the GAA have decided to give in to the pressure and allow the memorial to be hosted in the larger stadium.
The Liam Miller Tribute Match will take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday September 25th
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 28, 2018
Their statement can be read in full below:
The GAA and the Organising Committee of the Liam Miller Tribute Match can confirm that following meetings of the GAA’s Management Committee and Central Council, the event will take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday September 25th.
In agreement with the Committee the day will also include a GAA event in advance of the Tribute Match. The details will be finalised in the coming weeks.
Further information relating to arrangements and ticketing for the game – including those purchased already for Turner’s Cross – will be finalised at a meeting of the Committee and Cork GAA on Monday and made public shortly afterwards.
The GAA would like to wish the family of Liam Miller and the organisers every success in their efforts.
The Committee of the Liam Miller Tribute Match would like to thank the GAA for their support with this event.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena