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Munster Rugby will host one of the biggest GAA schools events of the summer

The young camogie players and hurlers of Cork will be at the scene of Munster’s big win over the Dragons.

CORK’S MUSGRAVE PARK will open its doors to Gaelic Games this summer when the county’s annual Sciath na Scol hurling and camogie finals throw in next week.

Ian Keatley after the game Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Having played host to Munster’s bonus point win over the Dragons to close the Pro12 season on Saturday, today’s announcement marks a rare excursion away from rugby for the southside venue.

The finals have moved away from their regular home in Páirc Uí Chaoimh while the home of Cork GAA is being renovated.

Musgrave Park famously provided the setting for one of Cork City’s most famous nights in football, when Dave Barry blasted the Rebels into the lead against Bayern Munich.

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Back to the present, Sciath na Scol will take place from next Monday, 25 May to Friday 29 May with over 1,400 children expected to be involved across 26 finals. The venue will be one of three in use by the schools organisation, with Cork Institute of Technology and Nemo Rangers also playing host.

“The magnificent new facilities guarantee both access for pupils with special needs as well as a safe environment for everyone,” said Sciath na Scol Chorcai’s Seamus O’Connor.

“Also, the children who are lucky enough to be playing will benefit from testing their skills on a world class playing surface. ”

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