'Money seems to be the object' for Páirc Uí Chaoimh name change

"It'll always be Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it's just a renowned name"
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.35 16 Jan 2024

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'Money seems to be the object' for Páirc Uí Chaoimh name change

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.35 16 Jan 2024

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Money seems to be the object for renaming Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh as Supervalu Páirc, a former footballer has said.

Larry Tompkins was speaking as Cork GAA is set to rename the venue as part of a €1 million sponsorship deal with the owner of the supermarket brand.

County Board delegates are being asked to ratify the deal at a meeting this evening.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cork GAA confirmed it is in discussions with Supervalu regarding the naming rights for Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
"While no matter had been finalised prior to the meeting of delegates to the County Board on Tuesday evening, both sides have been conscious of the public debate that followed recent speculation in the media," it said
"SuperValu and Cork GAA remain committed to continuing their engagement, as both parties share a common interest in supporting Gaelic games across the county, and discussions are continuing," it added.

Mr Tompkins told The Hard Shoulder sponsorship seems to be the way things are going.

"It'll always be Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it's just a renowned name," he said.

"It's just a structure that you'd say could never go.

"You could have a situation where a number of other counties - in Cavan you have Kingspan Breffni Park - everything is evolving as regards money.

"It was different in from day, there was no sponsorship, there was no teams getting sponsored.

"Now it just seems to be the way to go."

Mr Tompkins said he believes the GAA Central Council in Croke Park have "set the tone" for the rest of the country.

"If it's the way forward and it's the way to make money, and money seems to be the object now, but I would say everything is kind of being generated and initialed from Central Council.

"I think if it's going to get the go ahead I think it will be Supervalu Páirc Uí Chaoimh."

'Rushing it through'

Sinn Féin Cork City Councillor Kenneth Collins told the show he wants the vote to be deferred.

"An email should be sent out correctly to all the secretaries within the 256 clubs within the county and let the clubs decide," he said.

"Mandate their delegates to go back to the county board then with the vote and let democracy win out here.

"I think rushing it through isn't the way it should be done.

"Personally I think Páirc Uí Chaoimh will always be Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and I would like it to stay Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"The páirc is in a €30 million debt, they're getting €1 million in a two-year period - it's a drop in the ocean."

Councillor Collins described the situation as "very disappointing".

The family of the man Páirc Uí Chaoimh is named after earlier told Newstalk they were "not informed" of the proposal to rename the stadium.

It's named after former GAA Director General Pádraig Ó Caoimh who, during his 35-year tenure, doubled the number of registered clubs in the country.

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Main image: An aerial view of Páirc Ui Chaoimh, 23-7-17. Image: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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