GAA president, John Horan, insisted that a Croke Park double-header involving the Cork senior footballers and hurlers was not feasible this weekend.
Both teams are set to head to HQ this weekend with the footballer’s facing Dublin on Saturday evening in phase one of the super 8s while John Meyler’s hurlers face old rivals, Kilkenny, on Sunday.
Many thought it would have made sense to put the two games on side by side in order to prevent fans having to pay into Croke Park twice but speaking at the launch of the All-Ireland hurling series on Tuesday, John Horan, expressed that it would have been desirable to put the two games together but ultimately not many supporters will be affected.
“It would have been more desirable if you could put them together. But when you talk about the Cork supporter, and I think we all know the Cork football supporter will be a different cohort to the Cork hurling supporter. For the guy that bridges both then these things are unfortunate,” as reported by John Fogarty of the Irish Examiner.
“It is positive from a Cork point of view that they are doing so well but you just can’t fit everything in.”
“If you were trying to put three fixtures on a Sunday, where would you put a Dublin-Cork game? Are you going to put it on at 12 o’clock to get them all in? That’s the unfortunate thing.
“There will always be an appetite to have a game on a Saturday night and a Dublin game is generally on a Saturday night. And for the hurling supporter, the double-header of the hurling on a Sunday does fit in well together. To split it would have been a lot more difficult.”