Kerry agree to travel to Páirc Uí Rinn for Cork clash
In a statement this morning, Kerry GAA said that they are willing to travel to the Ballintemple venue for the game on May 7th.
Cork's Munster Senior Football Championship semi-final meeting with Kerry looks set to take place at Páirc Uí Rinn.
In a statement this morning, Kerry GAA said they are willing to travel to the Ballintemple venue for the game on May 7th.
However, the agreement will have to be approved by the Munster Council.
Officials in the southern province had moved the game to Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, due to Páirc Uí Chaoimh's unavailability as it plays host to Ed Sheeran concerts.
Cork registered their opposition to such a move, stating their intention to forfeit the match unless it took place at their other county ground.
Concern had been expressed over the capacity of Páirc Uí Rinn and its ability to cater for the expected crowd. With remedial works, it's hoped the ground will be able to hold approximately 11000 spectators.
Kerry's statement would appear to bring an end to the issue - but the Munster Council will have to ratify the agreement officially.
Kerry GAA statement
"The Executive of the Kerry County Board, following consultation with the Senior Football Team Management and subject to the approval of the Munster Council, has decided to accede to a request from Cork County Board to set aside for one year only (2022) the Home & Away agreement between the Counties in order that Páirc Uí Rinn may substitute for Páirc Uí Chaoimh as Cork’s ‘Home’ venue for this year’s Munster Senior Football Championship game.
"The present Agreement would recommence in 2023 with a return to Fitzgerald Stadium and on the understanding Cork’s ‘Home’ venue would be confined to Páirc Uí Chaoimh thereafter.
"Kerry County Board acknowledges the close relationship that exists between both Boards, the importance of protecting the integrity of the Munster Senior Football Championship and the priority now for the Team Management and Players to prepare for the game without further distraction.
"It is now a matter for the Competitions Control Committee of the Munster Council to confirm the venue for this game and Kerry County Board will not be making any further comment on this matter until such time as that process is completed."
Read more aboutCork Football GAA Gaelic Football Kerry Munster
You might like