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General View ofthe redeveloped Pairc Ui Chaoimh South Stand from the North Stand, Cork. EEXXjob 17/07/2017 Picture: Jim Coughlan.
General View ofthe redeveloped Pairc Ui Chaoimh South Stand from the North Stand, Cork. EEXXjob 17/07/2017 Picture: Jim Coughlan.
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Big crowd expected as Blarney and Valley Rovers clash to mark the re-opening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh

A HUGE crowd is expected in Páirc Uí Chaoimh tonight for the first game at the revamped venue.

Blarney face Valley Rovers in a Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship clash at 7.30pm in the new-look Páirc, which will act a dry run for the stadium ahead of two All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals this weekend. On Saturday it's Clare and Tipp at 3pm, preceded by Clare and Galway in a minor quarter-final, while on Sunday Wexford face Waterford at 4pm. 

Cork take on Kilkenny at 2pm in the All-Ireland intermediate final as well that afternoon, with the Rebels straight into the decider because there was no Munster series in that grade this summer, though the Cats did beat Wexford in the Leinster final.

The redeveloped South Stand. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
The redeveloped South Stand. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The Blarney-Valley Rovers tie offers an opportunity for Leesiders to sample Páirc Uí Chaoimh ahead of the influx of hurling fans for the quarter-finals. Entry on Wednesday night is free for U16s and €10 for everyone else, with the Páirc open from 6pm to allow supporters the chance to walk around the stadium and through the terraces.

While there was heavy criticism of the Cork County Board when the Páirc wasn't ready to host the Munster football and hurling finals, social media has been buzzing with pictures and video clips this week as various stakeholders were given a look at the state-of-the-art venue.

The new dressing rooms at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
The new dressing rooms at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Meanwhile, there was late drama in the SHC tie at Páirc Uí Rinn, when a goal by Waterford native Ryan Grey gave CIT a 1-18 to 0-21 draw against champions Glen Rovers.

The college side had stunned Douglas in round one before losing to Newcestown, but showed their bottle again to reel in the Glen, who had lost to Sars but pipped great rivals St Finbarr's in the last round. 

Patrick Horgan was the Glen's top scorer, with 0-8, three from play, while Cork panellist Dean Brosnan hit five point from midfield, while Conor Dorris managed 0-4.

Grey shot 1-6 for CIT, with Cork sub keeper Patrick Collins shooting 0-3, two frees and one from play. CIT's team included Matthew Bradley (Aghabullogue) and John Looney (Aghada) who were Cork minors in 2016.