The prospect of the Liam Miller memorial fundraising match being held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has reportedly moved a step closer ahead of Saturday’s vote.
A central committee meeting is set to decide the overall fate and definitive location of the match, but the Irish Times have 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.
As such, it would effectively mean that the event would become a joint fundraiser between the organising committee and the GAA.
Such reports will surely raise hopes that this saga is heading towards a favourable outcome, and that the Páirc will finally open its doors to host the fixture in September. The match is currently pencilled in to be played at 7,000-capacity Turner’s Cross – the tickets for which went in no time at all – but the opening of the prime Cork GAA venue would allow for thousands of extra fans to attend and celebrate Liam Miller’s life and achievements.
Since the issue came to the fore last week, the calls – from high-profile figures the length and breadth of the country (including prominent GAA figures) have been deafening – although the organisation had been hard on their stance initially, it has since softened to the point where the match going ahead at Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a tangible possibility.