Centenary celebrations of Cork’s sporting heritage and the legacy of success at UCC is recognised this week with the institution emerging as a worthy recipient in the monthly Southside and District Sports Awards hosted at Cork International Airport Hotel.
The Mardyke, the centre of college sporting activity for 100 years, boasts world class sporting facilities and has enhanced the reputation of UCC as a leading university for sport both in Ireland and internationally. The Mardyke was recently refurbished and developed at a cost of €1.3million making the facility now world/Olympic standard.
A series of world-class events and capital developments are going ahead incorporating special centenary celebrations of Cork’s sporting heritage including the official opening of the newly extended Mardyke Pavillion, an exhibition of sports photographs and artefacts, an International Olympic Conference, the confirmation of elite sports scholarships as well as several national and international inter-varsity and sporting fixtures such as staging the Collingwood Cup and Fitzgibbon Cup Finals.
Vice-President of UCC; Con O’Brien accepted the award. Member of Cork County Board GAA executive; Donal McSweeney added his congratulations and the diverse attendance included Christine O’Donovan, Director of Sport and Recreation at UCC; Tim Murphy – Chief Executive of Cork City Football Club and Cork City FC manager; Tommy Dunne.