THE CORK FOOTBALLER"S HAVE RECEIVED backing from one of its senior members over their refusal to play their Munster semi-final against Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.
The tie has been moved from Páirc Uí Chaoimh to Kerry after singer Ed Sheeran's concerts were announced for the 7th of May.
Munster GAA didn't go with Pairc Ui Rinn, the nearest venue in Cork, but instead moved it to Kerry, prompting the stance from the Cork footballers.
Their view from the GAA was that the capacity in Pairc Ui Rinn would not be up to standard.
The venue holds around 11,000.
Cork GAA chairperson Marc Sheehan has backed the footballer's in the fight to get it switched back to Cork.
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Sheehan made the comments on RTÉ's Allianz League Sunday,
"Since Wednesday night we’ve been talking to our team management and players," he said.
"We had an executive meeting on Friday evening and we have formally corresponded with the Munster Council requesting that this decision is revisited and that Páirc Uí Rinn is reinstated as the venue for the Munster senior football semi-final on 7 May.
"We are fully aligned in Cork around that decision to write in, and also the enabling works that are required, which had been flagged for quite a number of weeks by the Munster Council in the run up to this.
"Those enabling works will be completed well in advance of 7 May and we will have safe capacity for 11,000 patrons on that night."
Sheehan was also asked about Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosting the Ed Sheeran concerts on the 7th of May in between the Championship season and said that it had been decided before the split-season arrangement.
"That is certainly a major factor here," he said.
"All our lives have been on pause in terms of the Covid situation and during that time we had the de facto split-season which has become the formal split-season.
"The Ed Sheeran concerts scheduled for late April are part of a world tour and they came into the diary prior to the split-season. That essentially is the crux which has brought about this situation
"But ultimately we are appealing to the Munster council to reconsider their decision of last Wednesday night, for very good reasons.
"I think they will look at that, hopefully, very quickly and that the matter will be resolved and that the match will go ahead in Páirc Uí Rinn."