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Cork Hurlers To Face Tipperary In Thurles As Páirc Uí Chaoimh Won’t Be Ready In Time

Redevelopment Of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork 29/12/2015 A view of Pairc Ui Chaoimh being redeveloped Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Cork hurlers will concede home advantage to reigning All-Ireland senior hurling champions Tipperary next summer as the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will not be completed in time for the fixture.

The tie was one of the standout fixtures made in Thursday’s 2017 All-Ireland Hurling Championship draw and there were some initial suggestions that the match would be the ideal way to launch the redeveloped ‘Páirc’.

However, speaking to Cork’s RedFM on Friday morning, Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane said that bringing forward the completion date was “not an option for such a big project”.

He explained: “It is a tight schedule anyway and a great achievement to have it open in July. The match will likely be in May so it is out of the question to host such a fixture six weeks in advance of when project is due to be completed at this stage.”

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He did move to reassure Cork GAA fans that there would be some pay back from the champions in the future, adding: “Thurles is a fantastic venue and it just means we’ll be owed another game by Tipperary in the coming years.”

Having to give up home advantage to the defending All-Ireland champions, given the form the hurlers from the Rebel County have showed in recent years, is far from ideal, so any hopes of a spectacular reopening for Páirc Uí Chaoimh have been dashed – at least for now.

The winner of the Cork v Tipperary clash will face Waterford in the semi final of the Munster Championship with Limerick and Clare in the other half of the draw. Cork were also drawn at home in the Munster Football Championship but the quarter-final clash with Waterford will likely be held at a smaller venue.

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