Plain wrong of GAA to block Liam Miller testimonial from taking place in Páirc Ui Chaoimh – O’Keeffe

Published on: 20 July 2018

Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Sport, Kevin O’Keeffe has written to the GAA President, Mr John Horan requesting that Páirc Ui Chaoimh is made available for the Liam Miller Testimonial.

“It disappointed me, as a lifelong supporter of Gaelic Games, that the request for the testimonial to take place in Cork’s premier sporting facility was rejected by GAA Headquarters.

“Liam Miller played soccer with distinction for his country, but in his youth was a proud GAA footballer. His untimely death cut short a very promising career and has left his family heartbroken.

“The GAA has its own internal rules and regulations, and they are entitled to decide who uses their facilities.

“However, I do find it both hypocritical and disingenuous for Páirc Ui Chaoimh and other sporting facilities to be used as venues for music concerts, and in the recent past, as venues for American Football.

“Remembering and recognising one of Cork’s sporting stars following his untimely death is something ordinary, decent members of the GAA undoubtedly support.

“Ireland and its people have long moved past disagreements between GAA and soccer people. We all share and revel in the successes of all Irish people playing sport.

“I have requested Uachtarán CLG to facilitate a change of heart and of mind with regard to this request. If the GAA, a fine organisation which has the support of Irish people the length and breadth of the island continues to block Liam Miller’s Testimonial from taking place at Páirc Ui Chaoimh, it would be just plain wrong. It’s time for common sense and decency to prevail,” concluded O’Keeffe.

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