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Munster Rugby will be watching GAA decision on Pairc Ui Chaoimh

MUNSTER Rugby will be keeping a close eye on developments in the Liam Miller testimonial venue issue over the next 24 hours. Should there be a loosening of the law concerning playing games, other than those under the auspices of the GAA, in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, then the pathway may be created for Munster to grace that hallowed ground at Leeside for major rugby games such as Heineken Cup ‘home’ semi-finals.
While Croke Park continues to be an option for other sports, one wonders why the recently-developed state of the art Cork GAA venue fails to meet the criteria of the organisation’s sometimes complex rule book. Being submitted as part of the IRFU’s failed bid for Rugby World Cup 2023, is also baffling.
In the midst of what is a tremendously successful GAA season of hurling and football, the organisation could do without the negative publicity it is now getting from the public. Within the next 24 hours there may be a statement released, but it is unlikely that they can wriggle out of a rule without a Congress decision.
Should the GAA decide to allow the game to go ahead, then there will be nothing to stop Munster, for instance, seeking permission to play a Heineken Cup semi-final at the Cork venue. The provincial side’s record in semi-finals has been their downfall for almost a decade. Playing in the relative comfort zone of Leeside would certainly be attractive and provide a handsome payday at the turnstiles of the 45,000 capacity stadium.
If no solution is found, then the GAA should contribute a healthy chunk of the gate receipts of the Cork v Limerick hurling semi-final next Sunday to what is a very worthy cause.

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