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The Darren Swanton Memorial Rallysprint Launch

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Pictured at the launch of the Darren Swanton Memorial Rallysprint at the Cork City Civic Amenity Centre on Kinsale Road are (l-r)  Graham Swanton , Mrs Mary Swanton,  Michael O’Brien S.E.E. Cork City Council, Finian Toomey Cork Motor Club,  Bryan Allen  Great Stuff Catering, Title Sponsor and Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Dara Murphy .

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Dara Murphy launched the Darren Swanton Memorial Rallysprint at the Cork City Civic Amenity Centre on Kinsale Road (formerly The City Council Landfill Site) on Thursday, 13th May, 2010.

The event itself will be held on Sunday the 30th of May this year at the Cork City Civic Amenity Centre on Kinsale Road. Organised and promoted by Cork Motor Club Ltd., in association with Cork City Council and the Bishopstown and District Lions Club.  The event aims to raise money for the Marymount Hospice.  Darren was a 30 year old member of the Cork Motor Club who died of cancer in Marymount in 2009.

This event would not be possible without the partnership between Cork Motor Club and Cork City Council, who are working closely to ensure that the event is a spectacular success. Great Stuff Catering are title sponsors of the event. The Cork City Amenity site provides an ideal location for this event and which has the potential of attracting large number of spectators.

It will be the first public event on the site which Cork City officials are transforming into a massive amenity park. Most of the vast site has been landscaped as part of Cork City Council plans to transform it into a public park which will eventually feature playing pitches, an all-weather area to host outdoor events, wildlife walks and an exercise area dubbed "cardiac hill".

The Cork City Rallysprint has the potential to attract up to 10,000 spectators. Cork Motor Club hopes it will  provide a major tourism and economic boost for the local economy.

Several high powered rally cars were present at the launch and many prominent present and former rally drivers (from Cork) also attended.

A unique feature of the event will be a specially designed access from the Park and Ride facility under the South Link Road using a culvert which has been specially designed from pedestrian use over the existing Tramore River.  Thus to gain access to the event, one must walk on water albeit in the safety of specialised decking.

In order to highlight the dangers of smoking, the organisers have requested all patrons to desist from smoking while viewing the spectacle.

Designated bus services will operate from the City Centre to the Park and Ride on a constant basis throughout the day.

Patrons can also choose to park in designated car parks within 500 metres of the venue.  Details will be advertised later.

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy stated that Cork City Council was committed to converting the Landfill into an Amenity Park and said that this was the first major event to take place in the site and he viewed this event as part of the transition to a major amenity for the City. He was delighted with the successful partnership between the Bishopstown Lions Club, the Cork Motor Club and Cork City Council with Marymount Hospice being the ultimate beneficiary.

For furher information on the event please visit the Cork Motor Club website or click on the link below:


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