THE new Páirc Uí Chaoimh is set to open its doors next weekend with a couple of club games to be played there, and this exercise will be a used a dry run before one of the All-Ireland quarter-finals will be played there a week later.
Those games will be finalised later, with Cork likely to host Clare v Tipp, while Wexford and Waterford will meet at a venue up the country, but it’s now all systems go now for the state of the art stadium.
Meanwhile, Mayo will provide the opposition for Cork in the All-Ireland football qualifiers next Saturday week.
This will be a huge test for Peadar Healy’s team with a venue for the game to be announced later.
Finally, tomorrow night’s county board meeting is likely to see chairman Ger Lane address an e-mail from the Freemount club on a number of questions that they have posed on the new stadium and other matters relating to Cork GAA.
In an email to the executive and club secretaries, Freemount want to know the final cost of completing the ground is estimated to be given that it's likely to be bigger than the original figure of €78m.
And they've also asked for the number of premium seats sold, the positions regarding naming rights and the appointment of a stadium manager.
Freemount are also critical of the delay in updating the development. “The county committee (comprising club delegates to the board) have received minimal information in relation to Páirc Uí Chaoimh since the development commenced,” the club claim.
The email also called for clarification on the appointment of the next county secretary as Frank Murphy's contract expires later in the year.
“We brought forward a motion to the last annual convention seeking the appointment should be managed by Croke Park so that an annual contribution of €30,000 could be received from Croke Park towards the cost.
“Croke Park have indicated they will need to the start the process of appointing the county secretary by the first week in September if they are requested to do so.
“Consequently, we consider the process will now need to be ratified by the August board meeting at the latest.”