Cork GAA chairperson Marc Sheehan has backed the stance of the county's senior footballers who are adamant that they will not fulfil their Munster SFC fixture with Kerry if it is not played at Páirc Uí Rinn.
The provincial semi-final was due to be played at the venue on 7 May as Páirc Uí Chaoimh is unavailable due to the hosting of concerts by Ed Sheeran, but Munster GAA switched it to Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney because of their concerns over capacity.
The maximum attendance possible at Páirc Uí Rinn, even if necessary remedial work is carried out, would be 11,000.
As a result, the provincial council made the switch with the next two championship meetings between the sides to take place at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
In reaction to this, the Cork panel said that they would not fulfil the fixture if it is to be played in Killarney and insisted that the game be played in Páirc Uí Rinn.
Speaking on RTÉ's Allianz League Sunday, Sheehan reiterated his support for the football panel and called on the Munster Council to ensure the game is played in Cork.
"Since Wednesday night we’ve been talking to our team management and players," he said.
"We had an executive meeting on Friday evening and we have formally corresponded with the Munster Council requesting that this decision is revisited and that Páirc Uí Rinn is reinstated as the venue for the Munster senior football semi-final on 7 May.
"We are fully aligned in Cork around that decision to write in, and also the enabling works that are required, which had been flagged for quite number of weeks by the Munster Council in the run up to this.
"Those enabling works will be completed well in advance of 7 May and we will have safe capacity for 11,000 patrons on that night."
'We're appealing to the Munster Council to reconsider'@OfficialCorkGAA Chairperson Marc Sheehan says they're looking for their Munster SFC clash with Kerry to be moved back to Páirc Uí Rinn #RTEGAA pic.twitter.com/3ahj8wKCLL— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) April 3, 2022
Sheehan was asked about the thinking behind scheduling the concert midway through the Championship and he believes that the decision was taken before the split-season arrangement.
"That is certainly a major factor here," he said. "All our lives have been on pause in terms of the Covid situation and during that time we had the de facto split-season which has become the formal split-season.
"The Ed Sheeran concerts scheduled for late April are part of a world tour and they came into the diary prior to the split-season. That essentially is the crux which has brought about this situation
"But ultimately we are appealing to the Munster council to reconsider their decision of last Wednesday night, for very good reasons.
"I think they will look on that, hopefully, very quickly and that the matter will be resolved and that the match will go ahead in Páirc Uí Rinn."