CORK GAA are looking for a new manager of its multi-million euro Páirc Uí Chaoimh after Bob Ryan announced he was going to resign at the end of the month.
The position is expected to be advertised and the successful candidate will answer to the company running Páirc Uí Chaoimh which is also under the aegis of the county board who will start the process.
In a prepared statement, Ryan said he had been privileged to have been part of the county board project.
“As chairman of the Stadium Steering Committee since its inception, I saw the stadium grow from a concept to the reality it is now.
“Since January 2017, a difficult construction period for the project, I worked on a full-time basis to ensure the completion of the stadium and to ensure Páirc Uí Chaoimh could host major GAA games.
“With the help of my colleagues, the Gardaí and other agencies and with the co-operation of local residents, I think we have proved that conclusively.
“In fact since the stadium opened, 12 major hurling and football fixtures have been held, attracting 220,000 spectators.
“The reaction of all the clubs and counties who have used the stadium has been the same-Cork now has a sports stadium to be proud of.”
Ryan outlined the benefits to the city and county in other spheres, too, like the 130,000 fans who attended the Ed Sheeran concerts.
“It is now a much-favoured location for business meetings and conferences, a visitor attraction and increasingly a facility for local schools and clubs.
“In the years ahead, my hope is that it will be a vibrant resource for our local neighbours.
“I hope the stadium will go from strength to strength into the future and receives all the supports necessary for that to happen. I now look forward to returning to my own business interests.”