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Páirc is ready for action

Thursday, 13th July, 2017 9:14am

The All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Finals between Tipperary and Clare, followed by Wexford versus Waterford, will be held on the weekend of 22 and 23 July.

They will be the first intercounty matches in the stadium since July 2014.

Clare and Tipperary will play on Saturday 22 with throw-in at 3pm, while Wexford and Waterford will meet on 23 July at 4pm.

Cork hurler Mark Coleman will have the opportunity to test out the new facilities next Wednesday at a prequel to the weekend fixtures, when his club Blarney take on Valley Rovers in the first competitive game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

“We now have a stadium comparable to the very best of which the GAA community and the city can be proud,” said Cork County Board Chairman, Ger Lane.

“Not only will it be a state of the art venue to showcase Gaelic games, it also incorporates a centre of excellence which will house playing and training facilities for our county teams, including a floodlit, full scale all weather pitch, performance assessment and rehab facilities.”

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran has also announced a third additional date for his set of Páirc Uí Chaoimh gigs on Sunday 6 May 2018. Sheeran sold over 300,000 tickets for his Irish stadium tour last Saturday, the largest number sold by any artist in Ireland in one day. Tickets for Ed’s last date will go on sale on Saturday 15 July at 9am.

Labour local area representative Peter Horgan has called for a comprehensive traffic management plan for the Blackrock and Ballintemple area ahead of next May’s three concerts. “What we need to see now is movement from the authorities to implement a comprehensive traffic management plan for the entire suburb, not just the immediate residential estates,” said Mr Horgan.

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