Liam Miller tribute match to be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

The GAA reversed its decision this morning

Liam Miller tribute match to be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Liam Miller playing for Ireland against Montenegro in 2009 ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Updated 12:05

The Liam Miller tribute match will take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh after the GAA relented this morning.

The decision was made following a meeting of the GAA Management Committee and Central Council.

The body was widely criticised over its refusal refused to allow the game to be played at the newly revamped 45,000 seater stadium in Cork – citing rules against playing non-GAA sports at its venues.

Some 7,485 tickets for the charity tribute game, originally due to be played at Cork City’s turners Cross stadium, sold out within hours of going on sale - leading to calls for it to be moved to the larger venue.

The GAA originally said it was “prohibited in rule” from hosting non-GAA games in its stadiums.

It said this could only be changed at its Annual Congress which takes place in February each year.

That decision was reversed this morning.

In a joint statement this afternoon, the match organisers and the GAA confirmed that the event will take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday September 25th.

The match will now be preceded by a GAA event – with the details to be finalised in the coming weeks.

The statement said: “The GAA would like to wish the family of Liam Miller and the organisers every success in their efforts.”

The tribute match organisers thanked the GAA for their support.

More details about the event and tickets – including those already purchased for Turner’s Cross will be released on Monday.

The match will feature an Ireland/Celtic XI taking on Manchester United XI with the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs expected to play.

Proceeds

Miller left behind two young sons and a daughter and proceeds from the game are due to go towards Marymount Hospice and his family.

Some of the proceeds are also now likely to go towards a fund for seriously injured GAA players.

Miller played 21 times for the Republic of Ireland and also represented Celtic, Manchester United and Sunderland at different stages in his career.

He also played Gaelic football before his professional career got underway.

He died in February at the age of 38 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.