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The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9526 - 01/04/2022 10:55:23    2408802

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
They might be right but why is there a concert in their stadium at the height of the season.

p_play (Tyrone) - Posts: 15 - 01/04/2022 11:10:13    2408807

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I fully support the Cork footballers if they insist on playing game in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and insisting the Cork County Board cancel availability of the ground for the pop concert.

If it is not played in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, it should be played in Killarney. Pairc Ui Rinn is not up to even the very basic standards to hold a big championship match. This has been confirmed by Cork GAAs actions in moving their games to Kerry during the Pairc Ui Chaoimh development instead of Pairc Ui Rinn.

The Cork footballers grief is with the Cork County Board for scheduling a pop concert in their home ground and also allowing Pairc Ui Rinn to fall into its current poor state.

The GAA acted corrected in moving the game.

bad.monkey (USA) - Posts: 4554 - 01/04/2022 11:21:38    2408811

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
Cork's argument is not as strong as Antrim's. Cork GAA knowingly allowed the Ed Sheeran concert to be booked for the weekend that the Kerry match was to be played. They weren't calling to play in Pairc úi Rinn when Páirc Úi Caoimh was being redeveloped?

You can't have your cake and eat it too. Leinster counties are constantly having to play their "home" matches in Portlaoise or Tullamore because their grounds aren't considered to be of a high enough standard.

Cork haven't got a leg to stand on in my opinion.

Victorious87 (Wicklow) - Posts: 564 - 01/04/2022 11:23:32    2408812

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
Completely agree. Why should it matter if it's PuC or PuR Cork have home advantage like you said it's all motivated by money from the Munster council. Most likely still be beaten by Kerry but with our record in Killarney PuR would give cork more of a fighting chance

DuhallowRed (Cork) - Posts: 200 - 01/04/2022 11:23:50    2408814

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I'm really looking forward to seeing how Gaa deal with this..Kildare played in newbridge,ye have got a home game in corrigan park..I am fully in support of these games being played in all these grounds..its not just a money making racket anymore for players,management and supporters..the Gaa will make a lot of money in the rest of year..

CTGAA10 (Limerick) - Posts: 1752 - 01/04/2022 11:26:10    2408816

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They are right.....as it will save them from the mother and father of a hiding.

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 418 - 01/04/2022 11:27:21    2408817

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
Kildare took a much needed stand a couple of years back. It is a joke that the GAA councils are still trying to move game around like that. A request to move the game from Cork should only come from Cork. Moving it is a crazy decision.

Having said that - putting an Ed Sheeran concert on in a GAA stadium in what in now the middle of championship season is an even crazier decision. At this stage Pairc Ui Chaoimh is more a concert venue than a GAA pitch!

brianb (Kildare) - Posts: 191 - 01/04/2022 11:29:01    2408818

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
Well the can't play in Pairc Ui Chaoimh because of an Ed Sheeran concert. Is that not also about Money?

Breffni1969 (Cavan) - Posts: 259 - 01/04/2022 11:38:56    2408821

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
Blame The Cork County Board for allowing Gareth Brooks to use The Pairc. Parc ai Rinn isn't fit for purpose on safety grounds hence the switch.

GreenAndGold74 (Kerry) - Posts: 194 - 01/04/2022 11:45:45    2408823

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
Ed Sheeran concert

GreenAndGold74 (Kerry) - Posts: 194 - 01/04/2022 11:47:45    2408824

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I wouldn't have the Cork situation on the same level as the Antrim one.
Cork are in this situation because of there own money interests, they have there pitch rented out for a concert..
While the other stadium does hold less people, I don't know comparing the attendances from previous years help as I don't know what following Cork would have now, as I doubt they think they will be close to Kerry. I know Cork people will take offence to that but I think its true.
Also, they are trading home advantage for this year with next year so Cork would have home advantage in the next two Kerry games which isn't bad.

So I do think Antrim have got it alot worse than Cork..

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 537 - 01/04/2022 12:00:31    2408830

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Replying To p_play:  "They might be right but why is there a concert in their stadium at the height of the season."
I'd say it just shows how much of a burden the debt on the stadium really is, as a read recently Cork were guaranteed 3 senior championship games in PUC this year and there county board decided to move 2 of them to facilitate the concert, I don't agree with it at all but I think that's the motivation.

bostonredsox (Wexford) - Posts: 4368 - 01/04/2022 12:03:35    2408831

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "The Cork footballers have just stated that they will not play their Munster semi final against Kerry in Killarney. The decision to move the game from Pairc Ui Rinn to Fitzgerald stadium was obviously financially motivated and would have handed a clear advantage to Kerry. We in Antrim also had to take a stand when the Ulster Council tried to move our game against Cavan away from Corrigan Park in Belfast. Will the GAA EVER get the message that many of us are sick, sore and tired of being treated as commodities and numbers in a money game? Well done Cork, every Gael should support them."
how is cork the same as antrim . cork are in this situation because of greed . no sympathy for them and i hope kerry hammer them

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1540 - 01/04/2022 12:08:35    2408832

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its a dangerous precedent, putting gigs ahead of games in my opinion, be interesting looking at the chain of command around that decision, was it a decision made by Cork County Board or a decision taken by the GAA. I know Cork ned the money for the hole they got themselves in with PUC - but if the County Board priotised gigs only games, i think they only have themselves to blame, if its the GAA's decision to hole the gigs then Cork have the moral right.

Sure ideally, we all like the spirit of playing in PUR, but it will be packed to the rafters and there is a little matter of a pandemic still - that said Killarney will probably be the same.

My stance would come down to whether Cork Couty Board made the decision to priortise the gigs over games - if they did id have little sympathy and the beef should be between players and county board, if its the GAA they have a genuine beef.

Seems ridiculous to me, they spent so money on a ground they cant play in - just bananas. Is there no chance of moving the fixture date so it can be played in PUC, there always seem a lag in the Munster Championship compared to other provincials given there arent that many rounds of fixtures - so if any championship might have the flexibility its the Munster Championship. The whole thing seems poorly planned and totally avoidable, with the stadium lying vacant probably on most weekends in the year.

* Edit - seems it was the Cork GAA CEO - who made this decision to have the gigs - so this is on Cork its pretty much an internal matter. The County Board has priotised the finance over sporting integrity and supporting thier senior football team and the players are rebelling - pardon the pun.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 4276 - 01/04/2022 12:08:42    2408833

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Replying To bad.monkey:  "I fully support the Cork footballers if they insist on playing game in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and insisting the Cork County Board cancel availability of the ground for the pop concert.

If it is not played in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, it should be played in Killarney. Pairc Ui Rinn is not up to even the very basic standards to hold a big championship match. This has been confirmed by Cork GAAs actions in moving their games to Kerry during the Pairc Ui Chaoimh development instead of Pairc Ui Rinn.

The Cork footballers grief is with the Cork County Board for scheduling a pop concert in their home ground and also allowing Pairc Ui Rinn to fall into its current poor state.

The GAA acted corrected in moving the game."
It's Cork's home game and they can play it in a field if they want. This game wouldn't be moved if Kerry weren't involved. Just the Munster council being greedy.

Rolo2010 (Donegal) - Posts: 595 - 01/04/2022 12:16:13    2408834

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Surely nowadays CBs nominate their Stadiums for Championship games and the Provincial Councils approve / disapprove them?
If Pairc UI Chaoimh is their nominated venue and they have a concert there well that's their own fault .
Just more unnecessary ***** that could be avoided.
Another Cork strike in the makings. Wonder will the hurlers join them!

Breffni1969 (Cavan) - Posts: 259 - 01/04/2022 12:18:06    2408835

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Replying To tommy132:  "I wouldn't have the Cork situation on the same level as the Antrim one.
Cork are in this situation because of there own money interests, they have there pitch rented out for a concert..
While the other stadium does hold less people, I don't know comparing the attendances from previous years help as I don't know what following Cork would have now, as I doubt they think they will be close to Kerry. I know Cork people will take offence to that but I think its true.
Also, they are trading home advantage for this year with next year so Cork would have home advantage in the next two Kerry games which isn't bad.

So I do think Antrim have got it alot worse than Cork.."
Load of rubbish from the footballers like when the hurlers were going downhill complain about everything its the county boards fault home advantage is being taken from them not the munster councils fault they should play in kerry as fixed beat kerry and then talk all they want.

Tiger1 (Wexford) - Posts: 142 - 01/04/2022 12:26:40    2408836

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I've no issue with Cork in general. But this whole situation has come about due to the lack of foresight, incompetence and greed by Cork GAA, when deciding to hold a concert at Pairc Ui Chaoimh during the Championship season.
Now, to confound the matter, the management team and players have thrown their toys out the pram and are making a mountain out of a molehill by refusing to accept a reasonable solution to a problem created by their on board.
Munster Council should come down hard on them and their antics. Kick them out of this year and next year's Championships if they refuse to play.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1934 - 01/04/2022 12:27:06    2408837

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It is meaningless unless they demand the concert is cancelled so they can play in PuC, otherwise they are hypocrites.

Leitrim_12 (USA) - Posts: 207 - 01/04/2022 12:31:38    2408841

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