Croke Park takes on commercial management of second GAA venue

The firm that oversees the running of Dublin’s Croke Park has taken on management of commercial operations at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The Irish Examiner newspaper reported that Frank Murphy, outgoing secretary of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Cork County Board, announced a three-year deal between the two venues in a letter to the board’s convention.

Murphy wrote: “A favourable commercial agreement has been entered into with Páirc An Chrocaigh Teoranta to run the commercial aspects of the stadium for a minimum of three years and we thank the personnel who are currently fulfilling this role.”

Cork County Board owns Páirc Uí Chaoimh (pictured), which has a capacity of 45,000. As well as hosting Cork GAA fixtures, the stadium has staged a number of high-profile music events over the years.

In September, the stadium also hosted a tribute match for Cork-born footballer Liam Miller, who died of cancer earlier this year. the match attracted an attendance of more than 42,000 and featured a number of Miller’s ex-teammates.

On the match, Murphy added: “This game was authorised by our Central Council on its interpretation that the basis of the application did not conflict with the association’s rules governing the use of its grounds.

“It is pleasing that the event was a great success and benefited a number of deserving causes.”

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