MINISTER for Sport Shane Ross said he was hopeful Páirc Uí Chaoimh will host matches in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
The stadium was officially opened yesterday, with two senior county finals taking place in front of a crowd of 16,226.
Minister Ross said: “Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been included on our long list of stadia in the bid for the Rugby World Cup and here’s hoping that we will see this wonderful stadium host matches in the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
“Of course, aside from the sporting significance, I know that there are already many non-sporting events planned for the venue which will bring a significant boost to enterprises throughout the city and its environs.”
Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, who officially opened the stadium, said it was a wonderful example of people of vision coming together to produce something magnificent.
“Pairc Uí Chaoimh is a world-class venue,” said Mr O Fearbhaill, “and people deserve it.
“Our games are the most popular in Ireland and it should be remembered that Gaelic games have been played on or near the site of this new stadium for 130 years.
“Today, our games have a wonderful new home with facilities that are comparable to any. We are indebted to Government for their support for this project and for the tremendous efforts of many people who have brought it to fruition,” he said.
Cork County Board chairman, Ger Lane, said it had been his privilege to work with an executive and Steering Committee who never lost sight of the finishing line.
“Their dedication to see this project to fruition was total and never wavered even in the most difficult situations.
“I wish to single out our County Secretary, Frank Murphy, for the painstaking way he nudged this project forward from initial purchase of additional land, through planning, financing, design and completion. Frank had a vision and we have it here before us today.”