Páirc Uí Chaoimh to host Ireland qualifier against France in July

Saturday’s Central Council meeting also discussed situation in Gaza

The GAA’s Central Council has granted permission for SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh to host the Ireland’s women’s Euro 2025 qualifier against France on July16th.

There was also a discussion at Saturday’s Central Council meeting on the current war in Gaza, with delegates ‘favourably disposed’ to the GAA seeking the international community to push for a ceasefire.

With the GAA’s Aims and Ethos outlining the association’s non-political status, any moves by Croke Park on Gaza would be tabled on humanitarian grounds – and may yet include a donation to aid agencies working on the ground in the region.

Jarlath Burns met with members of the Gaels Against Genocide movement recently and following the Central Council meeting at Croke Park, the GAA is to make a stance on calling for a ceasefire.


Delegates at the meeting were also informed that the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) has been asked to draw up various fixture programmes that could facilitate moving the All-Ireland finals out to August or September – and those options will be put forward to next month’s Central Council gathering for discussion.

The decision to allow Eileen Gleeson’s Ireland play France at the home of Cork GAA will see the Euro qualifier take place on the banks of the Lee in July and generate much-needed revenue for the venue.

However, there was some concern raised during the meeting about the number of soccer and rugby games now taking place at GAA venues.

Gordon Manning

Gordon Manning

Gordon Manning is a sports journalist, specialising in Gaelic games, with The Irish Times