Well, this is something…
Finally, the newly developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh is set to host its first match next week. Blarney and Valley Rovers have the privilege of playing the opening act in the new state of the art stadium as they clash in the Cork Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship.
— BlarneyGAA (@BlarneyGAA) July 11, 2017
The first inter-county games in the new home of Cork GAA will be the All-Ireland quarter-finals where Tipperary face Clare on July 22nd and Waterford clash with Wexford the following day. It has also been reported that the Clare vs. Galway minor hurling quarter-final will be the curtain raiser for the Tipp-Banner senior clash.
As is well publicised by now, the initial opening and unveiling of the new world class stadium had to be postponed as a result of the failure to complete the renovation on time.
The Munster SFC final on July 2nd which was played in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney was supposed to be the grand opening of this new masterpiece. Given the Rebels performance on the field that day, it is perhaps a blessing in disguise that the historic opening of the new stadium will not go down as the day Cork were embarrassed by Kerry.
The new Páirc was also down to host the provincial hurling decider, alas the project was not fully completed for that deadline either.
In the meantime, the keys of the premises have been handed over to the Cork County Board and it looks as thought there can be no more delays with the stadium’s debut.
Leeside folk were growing so impatient with the long overdue opening of the spectacular landmark that they even took to writing songs about the saga. While we’re not sure the people of Cork will be singing this one at the top of their lungs as they count down the days until the action takes the field in their stunning new home, it is certainly worth a listen for comedy’s sake if nothing more.
Check out the tune put together by Cork’s RedFM in the clip below:
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