Problems emerged last month after the European Union were investigating if the €30million granted by the Irish government for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, as it did not appear to fall within the strict guidelines of such grants. This put the rebuilding of Cork GAA’s home, and indeed Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid for 2023, in doubt.
However, fears have been allayed following the news last night that John Sisk and Sons have been appointed as contractors for the project, and the stadium is back on track to be completed by June 2017.
According to the Evening Echo, Cork GAA chairman Ger Lane has stated that work on the stadium will “commence immediately”, and that now there is now a “clear pathway” for work to begin.
“The Cork GAA public deserves top-class, modern facilities to house its games and to meet today’s expectation of players, coaches and spectators alike. The city will also benefit considerably from the economic benefits to be generated by major games and events at the stadium.
“We are very confident that the project will be completed by June 2, 2017. I think there is a great sense of anticipation within the GAA community and among sports people in general about this project.
“The board has worked very closely with Cork City Council and its appointed consultants for Marina Park to ensure that the facility integrates with the public park.”
This is a major boost for Cork City and the Irish World Cup bid. The reported lack of obstacles for building the stadium now pave the way for what promises to be a state of the art venue.
With the Cork hurlers fulfilling their away commitments to Tipperary this coming summer, and the Kerry footballers overdue an away trip to the banks of the Lee, the summer of 2017 could be set to see a series of full houses to celebrate the stadium’s opening.