The GAA President, John Horan, said the last week was a sign of “the life we live in” with regards to the social media frenzy which occurred around the Liam Miller tribute match.
Central Council met this morning to discuss the availability of Páirc Uí Chaoimh as a potential venue and to the relief of everyone who has interest in the game and the memory of Miller, the GAA decided that the game will go ahead at the Cork GAA venue on Tuesday, September 25th.
Horan was speaking to RTÉ Radio 1 today and he spoke about the last week and he heavily defended the time it took for the GAA to come to a decision on the matter.
“We sat down with the organising committee last Tuesday with a view to resolving the issue and I think if you look at it, from Tuesday this week to Saturday morning that we got our Management Committee, that were due to meet last night, and we gathered the volunteers that make up our Central Council committee this morning in Croke Park this morning to make the decision,” Horan told RTÉ Radio 1.
“I don’t think anyone can say Tuesday to Saturday was a long time. I think we dealt with our business in a very appropriate manner and with haste but not too much haste.”
Horan also went on to bemoan how social media turned the whole situation into a “frenzy”.
“I think we’re in a different era. I think social media and all these other elements that fed into it really turned the whole thing into a frenzy. That’s the life we live in at the moment.”
Interestingly, Horan admitted that there were some people within Central Council who expressed concern over the decision to allow the match to be played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh while also revealing that the GAA refused an offer from the organisers for some of the money raised to be donated to a GAA charity.
“There will be other beneficiaries but this will have nothing to do with the GAA. This event is being organised by a very genuine committee who are looking at some needs within the Cork community. They did make a generous offer to us that they would give a donation towards a GAA charity but we have actually declined that offer and we will look after the charity that was in mind ourselves in Croke Park.”