It is unlikely to be a one-off affair either. The next time Munster qualify for a big European semi-final and are looking for a venue in Ireland that is big enough to hold it they don’t have to automatically turn to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. They can now host the game on Munster soil, and better still, Cork GAA can get in on the act by taking their share of the gate. Everyone wins.
The second sign that Cork GAA is maturing came on the back of the announcement that former Galway manager Kevin Walsh has been appointed as the new coach of the Cork senior footballers.