Split season may be GAA's "finest moment"

December 07, 2022

A view of Pairc Ui Chaoimh before the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final between Clare and Waterford. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Cork GAA CEO Kevin O'Donovan has declared his support for the split season model.

Writing in his report to county convention on Sunday, O'Donovan states: "While the split season will require another full year before making a final judgement, it may yet represent the GAA’s finest moment in catering for all her sons and restoring our greatest players back to their communities while there is still life and light in the summer evenings.

"For those who decry the lack of national interest in any particular game being played in some far-off corner of the country, that’s the whole point. It’s a local delicacy. And all the more important to cherish for that."

Elsewhere in his report, the chief executive bemoans the 'legacy debt' from the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"Despite healthy profits this year, the legacy debt from the stadium redevelopment continues to rest well above the €30 million mark," he notes.

"Predictions that the stadium would open debt-free now seem like a distant memory and all efforts must be made to clear the shortfall by those now charged with its management."

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