Last week it was announced that All-Ireland ladies football champions Dublin would play two of their National League games at Croke Park and they would act as curtain raisers for the county’s all-conquering men’s team.
Now, Cork have followed suit and announced that Páirc Uí Chaoimh will host two Cork ladies division one encounters that will also act as a curtain raiser for the senior footballers.
The historic move means that for the first time in history a Cork ladies team will take to the field at the iconic stadium for a competitive match.
In recent weeks, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association has been in close consultation with the Cork county board and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, in order to make these historic games a reality.
The LGFA also announced that it is also working on confirming a number of other ‘double-header’ fixtures and will reveal the full list of confirmed games later this week.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to host these double-headers in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and hope that the people of Cork show up in numbers to support both our women’s and men’s football teams on these two very special occasions.” said Cork GAA chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.
“This is fantastic news for the Cork Ladies Footballers, who have won numerous honours in recent years. On behalf of the LGFA, I would like to thank Cork GAA for their hard work in ensuring that their Ladies Footballers have such a fabulous venue in which to display their talents.” said CEO of the LGFA, Helen O’Rourke.
Cork ladies first game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be against Munster rivals Tipperary on February 23rd at 5 pm. That game will be followed by the Allianz Division Two clash between Cork and Meath at 7 pm.
Following this, on March 16th Cork ladies will take on Donegal at 12 pm in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, with the two same counties competing in the men’s game at 2 pm.