O’hAilpin calls decision not to open Pairc Ui Chaoimh for Liam Miller tribute game “a shame”

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Former Cork hurling star Sean Og O’hAilpin has branded the GAA’s decision as “a shame” to not open up Páirc Uí Chaoimh for a tribute match in honour of the late Liam Miller who tragically passed away from cancer earlier this year.

The tribute match between a Manchester Utd XI and an Ireland/Celtic XI will take place on September the 25th with funds raised going to the family of the late Cork sportstar. The game was set for Turner’s Cross, the home of Cork City, but a request was made to play it at Páirc Uí Chaoimh which has a bigger capacity.

O’hAilpin said: “It’s a shame that it won’t be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It makes sense in a lot of ways to have it there. I respect the Association’s ruling not allowing other sports being played on GAA fields and I would be in favour of it. However as a once off goodwill gesture I would have liked the game to go ahead there.”

Miller who played gaelic football in his youth went on to forge a successful career in soccer playing for clubs such as Celtic and Manchester Utd. He tragically passed away from cancer in February just days before his 37th birthday. He left behind a wife and three young children.