Kilkenny and Offaly rocked by decision to posptone hurling final due to the condition of pitch after U2 concert.
The Leinster Senior Hurling final between Kilkenny and Offaly was due to be played in Cork Park but has to be postponed due to the poor quality of the pitch following the U2 concert on 27 June 1987. Damage to the playing surface had not repaired in time and future concerts at the stadium are now under threat.
GAA Financial Controller Ciaran O'Neill acknowledges that the GAA may have been a bit over ambitious holding the two events so close together. He also says that while the GAA is perceived as a wealthy organisation, this wealth is confined to property. Holding concerts at Croke Park and other stadiums around the country have enabled the GAA to get a much-needed injection of cash. This latest financial return has come at a high price with the cancellation of the eagerly awaited Leinster Hurling Final leaving players and supporters disappointed.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 July 1987. The reporter is Áine Lawlor.