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Report: GAA Will Approve Liam Miller Charity Game As Joint Event

Report: GAA Will Approve Liam Miller Charity Game As Joint Event

The GAA are reportedly set to recommend that the Liam Miller tribute game will be sanctioned to take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh but the event will be a joint-fundraiser. A GAA challenge game will take place before the main event and a portion of the funds will go towards a fund for seriously injured players.

The Irish Times confirmed that a GAA management committee including president John Horan, director general Tom Ryan and four provincial chairmen met today. It was at this meeting that the recommendation was agreed. The central council is entitled to its own decision but it is unlikely to go against management's suggestion.

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.

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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.

Should the game now go ahead at the Gaelic games stadium in Cork, it will allow for thousands of more fans to attend the event.

Maurice Brosnan

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