THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association has confirmed that Cork will play two 2019 Lidl National Football League Division 1 fixtures at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Ephie Fitzgerald’s TG4 Munster Senior champions will lock horns with Munster rivals Tipperary at the famed Leeside venue at 5pm on Saturday, February 23, in a fixture that will create history.
For the very first time, the Cork Ladies Footballers will get the opportunity to play a competitive fixture at Páirc Uí Chaoimh – and it will also be the first time that they line out in a ‘double-header’ alongside their male counterparts, who will take on Meath in Division 2 of the Allianz League at 7pm.
On Saturday, March 16, the Cork Ladies will line out at Páirc Uí Chaoimh once again, this time against Donegal in what will be a repeat of the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Senior semi-final between the two counties.
That game will throw-in at 12pm, and precedes the men’s fixture between the two counties at 2pm.
In recent weeks, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association has been in close consultation with the Cork county board and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, in order to make these truly historic games a reality.
Cork are 11-time Lidl NFL Division 1 champions, and will commence their 2019 campaign against Galway on Saturday, February 2.
This ground-breaking announcement follows hot on the heels of confirmation that reigning Lidl NFL Division 1 and TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin will also play two ‘double-headers’ at Croke Park on February 2 and February 23, against Donegal and Mayo respectively.
Both of Dublin’s fixtures at GAA HQ will be televised LIVE by eir sport, it was confirmed earlier today.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association is also working on confirming a number of other ‘double-header’ fixtures, and will reveal the full list of confirmed games later this week.
Speaking on behalf of Cork GAA, Chairperson Tracey Kennedy said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to host these double-headers in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and hope that the people of Cork show up in numbers to support both our women's and men's football teams on these two very special occasions.” Helen O’Rourke, CEO of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, commented: “This is fantastic news for the Cork Ladies Footballers, who have won numerous honours in recent years. On behalf of the LGFA, I would like to thank Cork GAA for their hard work in ensuring that their Ladies Footballers have such a fabulous venue in which to display their talents.”