Venue confirmation for Limerick v Cork Munster SHC final still days away

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

The Limerick and Cork teams during the pre-match parade in the Gaelic Grounds last Summer
THE wait for confirmation of the venue for the Munster hurling final could continue into next week.

THE wait for confirmation of the venue for the Munster hurling final could continue into next week.

Although Limerick owe Cork home advantage, the Munster Council still haven’t rubber-stamped Pairc Ui Chaoimh as the venue for the July 13 decider.

This Tuesday a health and safety audit is to take place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, which will confirm the capacity for the Leeside venue.

Varying sources suggest the capacity could be anywhere from 32,000 to 40,500.

Confirmation of the capacity at the lower end of 30,000 would leave 10,000 disappointed supporters.

It is now thought that the venue confirmation might not arrive until early next week or indeed until after Limerick play Cork in the Munster minor hurling semi-final on Thursday June 26 in the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick GAA officials have confirmed that they have not made any official representation to provincial council chiefs but concerns surrounding the capacity have been public since last week’s Limerick County Board meeting.

“I presume what is exercising their mind (Munster Council) is that Pairc Ui Chaoimh can only hold, and I am not wholly sure on this figure, 34,000. There were 43,000 in Limerick last year. If the game was in Pairc Ui Chaoimh there are a lot of people who wouldn’t be able to go to the match. That is a matter for the Munster Council,” outlined Limerick GAA chairman Oliver Mann.

“At the end of the day we have a home and away agreement with Cork. Cork honoured that last year and so the Munster final is due to be played in Cork this year. That still has to be sanctioned by the Munster Council. If the game is fixed for Pairc Ui Chaoimh we would have no problem with that, but if the game is in Pairc Ui Chaoimh there will be Cork and Limerick people without tickets.”