The LGFA looked at Portlaoise and Thurles before settling on Parnell Park for this weekend's All-Ireland semi-final between Cork and Galway after the LIT Gaelic Grounds became unavailable due to a Limerick senior hurling team training session. 

It was disclosed yesterday that the semi-final would take place at Parnell Park, rather than in Limerick as was originally proposed, with throw-in remaining at 1.30pm on Sunday. 

A Limerick county board official confirmed to the Irish Examiner today that a training session for the Limerick senior hurlers (a week out from their All-Ireland hurling final meeting with Waterford) was the reason for the switch in venue.

The county board official said it was made clear to the LGFA officials that the Limerick hurlers would get priority over the ladies football semi-final were they to require use of the pitch.

The LGFA were aware of the terms of this arrangement in advance. 

RTÉ Sport understand the Limerick hurlers will be training from approximately 11am until 2pm.

The LGFA had originally considered O'Moore Park or Semple Stadium as alternative venues, but the latter was deemed unsatisfactory due to stewarding issues. 

Parnell Park was eventually offered as an alternative venue, as the distance involved in travelling - especially for the Cork team - was similar to Portlaoise, and the ground is already set to host the All-Ireland junior final between Fermanagh and Wicklow on Saturday at 4pm. 

The winners of the Cork-Galway match will face Dublin in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on 20 December, with the side from the capital aiming to make it four titles in a row.