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21st Jul 2018

Liam Miller fundraiser reportedly confirmed to take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Niall McIntyre

Sense appears to have prevailed.

It didn’t matter if you were a football fan, a GAA fan or a rugby fan because over the last few days those of all sporting interests the length and breadth of this country were united in the quest for fairness and what is right.

From Cork to every other county in Ireland, they lobbied and they campaigned for the GAA to overturn their initial decision to deny the fundraising game in memory of Liam Miller access to Páirc Uí Chaoimh. In the end, fairness has won out as reports from Cork’s leading local paper the Evening Echo claim that the game has now been finalised for the recently renovated GAA grounds.

The reason there was such a groundswell of support for the game to be held in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, rather than Turner’s Cross is due to the GAA grounds having the potential to hold almost 40’000 more spectators.

Seeing as it is a fundraiser, that would obviously be of benefit to the honest cause of the Miller family.

The GAA had previously claimed that they had to abide by the rules and that those rules could only come under examination, debate and votes at Congress. The next GAA congress won’t take place until February.

Rule 5.1 of the GAA guide states that all GAA property shall ‘be used only for the purpose of or in connection with the playing of the games controlled by the Association’, with the exception of Croke Park.

Former Derry footballer and barrister by profession Joe Brolly had tweeted on Friday night that the GAA could easily turn a blind eye to these rules.

However, RTÉ journalist Stephen Murphy has claimed that these revelations are as of yet unconfirmed, and that negotiations are still in place.

Updates to follow…

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