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Páirc a sell-out for Miller match

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 4:36pm

A sell-out crowd is heading for Páirc Uí Chaoimh in September for the Liam Miller tribute match. The tickets, which went on sale on Monday morning at 10am, were confirmed to have completely sold out by lunchtime on Tuesday meaning all 45,000 tickets had been snapped up.

Previously, 7,000 tickets were on sale was when the game was due to be held at Turner's Cross, however following the intervention of the GAA and the agreement to use Cork's GAA headquarters for the game, an extra 38,000 tickets were made available on Monday.

The 7,000 fans who had previously purchased their tickets before the venue was changed will be accomodated with tickets for the South Stand of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Michael O’Flynn, Chairman of the Organising Committee, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that so many people are supporting this wonderful event in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. We would like to thank everyone again for their fabulous support.

“It’s a ringing endorsement of the GAA’s decision to donate the use of their stadium and we thank them wholeheartedly. This will be a unique sporting occasion in Cork, not only because of the calibre of the soccer stars who will be taking part, but also because it will feature both soccer and GAA sports at the same time.

“It will be a fantastic tribute to Liam Miller who was one of Cork’s sporting heroes and a great celebration of sport in Cork.”

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn said: “What fantastic news that the Liam Miller charity event sold out in just a few days. It must be such a source of comfort for Liam’s wife, kids and family members that he is still thought of in such high regard and I’m delighted for them. Well done to Michael O’Flynn and his committee for bringing this from a plan to reality and I for one can’t wait for an event that has so captured the imagination of the public.”

Cllr Finn continued: “The GAA has played its role in ensuring the funds will be maximised for the Miller family, Marymount Hospice and some other charities so kudos to them for agreeing the venue change. I also hope the game can be broadcast to an even wider audience. Hats off to all those who purchased tickets in support of such a special event that will showcase Cork to the sporting world.”

The full squads for the Liam Miller Tribute Match, which is taking place on 25 September, were announced last week. The Manchester United squad includes Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand while the combined Republic of Ireland-Glasgow Celtic selection includes Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Neil Lennon.

The one-off game is takeing place in support of the late Liam Miller, who passed away earlier this year at 36.

Proceeds from the game will be used to help Liam’s wife Clare and their three children, with Marymount Hospice among the charities also benefiting from the day. For further information see liammillertribute.com.

Meanwhile City are in Norway for today's (Thursday) second leg fixture against Rosenborg in the Europa league. City need to overturn a 2-0 deficit after conceding two goals against their Norwegian opposition at Turner's Cross last week.

Earlier this week City recorded a 5-1 win over Home Farm in the FAI Cup and will now face Maynooth in the second round at Turner's Cross.

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