The former Tyrone footballer Peter Canavan was speaking to the media ahead of Sky Sports’ 2022 GAA Season Launch at Croke Park. The All-Ireland winner says he has no sympathy for Cork County Board and the mess they find themselves in.
“I have no sympathy for Cork. As in their county board are the people who gave the go-ahead for a concert to take priority over a Championship match against Kerry, knowing that it could put the game in doubt,” Canavan said.
“I fully understand if I was a player in Cork, absolutely, it’s Páirc Uí Rinn. I understand why they want to play it there, it’s their home game, they are entitled to play it at home. I don’t think it’s a big decision for the Munster Council to make to change it.
“How many would be there in Killarney, knowing that Kerry would beat them in Killarney, and beat them well? How many would they get in Killarney? Would you get 20,000? I don’t think you would.
“So you’re talking a packed house in Páirc Uí Rinn, you would definitely get 11,000 in there, a far better atmosphere and it’s a home game.
“It’s a wee bit like Newbridge, the time Mayo went there. What an atmosphere it was that day in the ground, everyone was on top of you there and it was a proper Championship match. There can only be one outcome there and the Cork players know that.”