The Irish division of Dutch brewing company Heineken has signed up as a partner of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium in Cork.

The stadium, which hosts Gaelic sports matches, recently underwent a significant renovation project and now has an increased capacity of 45,000.

Heineken Ireland’s sponsorship of the stadium is an extension of the company’s partnership with the Cork Gaelic Athletic Association.

Maggie Timoney, managing director for Heineken Ireland, said: “We are delighted to announce the beer and cider partnership of the newly developed and very impressive Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

“Our support for this iconic and modern stadium is further testimony to the brewery’s commitment to Cork and its social and economic fabric.

“We would like to wish the Cork County board well with the new development and many years of success.”

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is one of 12 stadia that will make up Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup national team rugby union tournament. The redeveloped facility also features an academy for sport.

Gerard Lane, Cork GAA chairman, added: “We are very pleased at the enhancement of a partnership that has historic roots.

“We are delighted that Heineken will continue to support our senior inter-county teams and will also provide significant support for the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Not (only) have they given good employment in our city but (Heineken) have always been to the fore in supporting its local community.

“We are confident that this partnership will be of significant mutual benefit to both Heineken and the GAA here in Cork.”

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