Cork GAA chairperson Tracey Kennedy said the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch has had "significant improvements" since intensive work began on the surface in early spring. 

Concerns over the cutting-up and unevenness of the turf have lingered since the redeveloped ground opened its doors in the summer of 2017.

Cork moved their Allianz Hurling League clash with Clare to Páirc Uí Rinn in February with the GAA describing the condition of the pitch as "unacceptable".

The Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium team have since engaged with the Sports Turf Research Institute, international pitch specialists, to advise on the best way forward. A pitch replacement is, they suggested, the best solution.

That will not happen until after the Munster hurling and football championships, but Kennedy is confident the field is in adequate condition to host this Sunday's Munster SHC round-robin clash between the Rebel County and Tipperary and the 9 June showdown with Waterford.

"A significant amount of remedial work has taken place on the pitch surface since February and there have been significant improvements achieved as a result," Kennedy told RTÉ Sport.

"In the longer term, major work is still going to have to take place, starting in the summer after the Munster Championships in order to ensure we have a fully winter-proof surface to take the stadium into the future. 

"But for now we are very satisfied that the condition of the pitch on Sunday will match the quality of the two hurling games we look forward to seeing here. 

"It will also be fit to host to the remainder of the Munster Championship games here and also the Rod Stewart concert in May."

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