The GAA have belatedly come to the right decision and sanctioned the use of Páirc Ui Chaoimh for September's tribute match in memory of the late Liam Miller. The game will be preceded by a GAA event.
The use of the new Páirc for the game was approved at a special sitting of Central Council this morning.
The news was confirmed by a joint statement from the GAA and the game's organising committee.
The GAA and the Organising Committee of the Liam Miller Tribute Match can confirm that following meetings of the GAA’s Management Committee and Central Council, the event will take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday September 25th.
In agreement with the Committee the day will also include a GAA event in advance of the Tribute Match. The details will be finalised in the coming weeks.
Further information relating to arrangements and ticketing for the game - including those purchased already for Turner’s Cross - will be finalised at a meeting of the Committee and Cork GAA on Monday and made public shortly afterwards.
The GAA would like to wish the family of Liam Miller and the organisers every success in their efforts.
The Committee of the Liam Miller Tribute Match would like to thank the GAA for their support with this event.
The charity event had initially been set for Turner's Cross, which has a capacity of 7,000. Calls for the game to be moved to the 45'000 capacity Páirc Uí Chaoimh were initially rejected by the GAA due to rule 44 (previously rule 42) which prohibited non-Gaelic games from taking place with its grounds.
Liam Miller died at the age of just 36 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The former Ireland, Manchester United, Celtic and Cork City player was a beloved figure and a tribute fixture between a Celtic/Ireland legends team versus a Manchester United legends team is set for September 25. Proceeds will go to his family and Marymount Hospice.