Kerry GAA seeks to resolve Munster Championship venue dispute by agreeing to play Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn


The dispute over the venue for the semi-finals of the senior football championship in Münster came one step closer to a solution on Friday morning.

At the request of Cork’s senior footballers, Kerry County Board has agreed to suspend the home-away arrangement with Cork for a year to facilitate the progression of play at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The long-standing home-away arrangement between the districts only applies to the Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Fitzgerald Stadium venues.

Kerry has taken the first major step towards resolving the dispute that has raged since the Ed Sheeran concert and venue relocation for the football clash between the Cork’s request for a year-long suspension of the agreement, a board statement revealed old rival was announced first.

The Kerry GAA Board’s decision was made “after consultation with senior football team management”, who were clearly keen for the game to continue regardless of venue as their preparations for the remainder of the Championship would be hampered without them.

Kerry’s move has yet to be approved by Munster Council but with both Cork and Kerry in agreement on the issue one would have to imagine that at this point this will be relatively pro forma – approval would require a majority of six to four in the vote advice required.

The Kerry statement indicated that regular home-away rule would resume in 2023, with potential inter-county conflicts for Fitzgerald Stadium to be resolved.

It was also stated that Cork’s ‘home’ venue in the future thereafter would ‘be limited to Páirc Uí Chaoimh’.

Kerry statement complete

“The Executive of the Kerry County Board, after consultation with Senior Football Team Management and subject to the approval of Munster Council, has decided to grant a motion by the Cork County Board to set the Home aside for only a one year (2022) & Away Agreement between the Counties to allow Páirc Uí Rinn to replace Páirc Uí Chaoimh as Cork’s home ground for that year’s Munster Senior Football Championship game.

“The present agreement would resume in 2023 with a return to Fitzgerald Stadium and under the agreement Cork’s ‘home’ venue would thereafter be restricted to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

“The Kerry County Board recognizes the close relationship that exists between both boards, the importance of protecting the integrity of the Munster Senior Football Championship and the priority for team management and players to prepare for the game now without further distraction.

“It is now up to Munster Council’s Competitions Control Committee to confirm the venue for this game and the Kerry County Board will not comment further on the matter until that process is complete.” Kerry GAA seeks to resolve Munster Championship venue dispute by agreeing to play Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn

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