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This section contains copies of archival material from the Cork Archives Institute that relate to the Recreation, Amenity and Emergency Services Directorate.  

Open Air Swimming Pool, Victoria Cross

Open Air Swimming Pool, Victoria Cross.

new playground opened

A new playground opened for children of the northside of Cork city. The site was presented by Messrs. W.H.M Goulding Ltd., and laid out by a voluntary committee. Picture shows a general view while Mr. P. Monahan, City Manager, was speaking.

Water Shortage at the Eglinton Street Ba

Water Shortage at the Eglinton Street Baths.

Municipal Swimming Baths open for the su

Municipal Swimming Baths open for the summer season.

Public Libraries' Act (Ireland) 1855 and

General Committee of Management Appointed by the Corporation of Cork, under the Public Libraries' Act (Ireland) 1855 and Public Libraries' Act (Ireland) Amendment Act 1877.

Reports of the School of Science, Art an

Reports of the School of Science, Art and Music Cork. Established by the Public Libraries' Acts (Ireland) of 1855 and 1877. September 1887.

Cemetery Fund: Estimate for half year en

Cemetery Fund: Estimate for half year ending 29th February 1884, as approved by the Public Health Committee.

Public Libraries Acts October 1885

Report of the Special Committee re Public Libraries Acts October 1885.

School for Science

School for Science. Departmental Committee. Report for 1886-87.

Proposed Improvement of the Lough

Public Works Committee. City Engineers Report on Proposed Improvement of the Lough of Cork. 1895.

Ongoing Sports Programmes

Late Night Basket Ball

Late Night Basket BallFollowing on from a successful pilot programme between February and May 2005 in Mayfield, entitled ‘Late Night Basket ball’, a number of similar late night basket ball programmes have since been piloted throughout various locations in the City, namely; Knocknaheeny, Fairhill/Farranree and Mahon.

It is widely recognised that sport is a tool for the social integration of young people and these programmes aim to attract young people in to playing sport at times when there is little else to do – namely; late in the evenings and particularly at weekends.

These programmes are supported by a number of agencies in various ways – Cork City Council’s Recreation, Amenity and Culture Dept, the City of Cork VEC, Ogra Chorcai, Foroige, An Garda Siochaina, the Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund, Health Action Zones and RAPID.

The programmes, which will continue in September, are run in conjunction with local schools and youth groups and the participants are coached by experienced basket ball coaches. In some projects the participants are dropped home by the local community garda bus.

The concept of late night basket ball in Cork City was adapted from ‘Midnight Basket ball’ in the States and the UK and to date has attracted a number of young people from Cork City into playing sport, in this case basket ball. Some of the young people (both male and female ranging in age from 13 to 17) have since joined local basket ball club

Recent Events

Family Fun Day Days

A number of Family Fun Days are held in Cork City parks throughout the Summer, they are organised and funded by the Recreation, Amenity and Culture Dept. in association with local community groups and volunteers. The three fun days this Summer will be/have been held in Mahon, Togher and the Glen. Fun Days in past years have taken place in Ballyphehane, Knocknaheeny and Gurranbraher.

On Saturday, June 17th, the second Loughmahon Family Fun day was held in Loughmahon Park, Mahon. The event was officially opened by Former Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune and was a great success, hundreds of locals came out to enjoy ‘the fun in the sun’. Events and activities included African drumming workshops, face painting, puppet making workshops and circus skill workshops. Basket ball skills and soccer drills were held in the new MUGA (Multi-Usage Games Area), while boxing displays and gymnastic demonstrations were given by local club members. Fun games were held for tiny tots and musical performances were given by local performers.

Amenity Areas

The development of a pleasant environment in the City is an ever present objective.

The Lough - Ben2The Lough of Cork is the major amenity area in the south-west suburbs. It has been designated as a bird sanctuary, and is inhabited by numerous swans, and by various varieties of duck. At the eastern end of the City, the Marina Walk leads to Blackrock passing on the way the Atlantic Pond, a pleasant area comprising grassy banks and a decorative lake. In 1994/95 a major clean-up of the Atlantic Pond and its feeder streams was undertaken. Further landscaping continued during the year. In addition, flower-bulb-planting was carried out on the Marina which improved the visutal aspect of the area.

The Marina - ben10From this area a pedestrian way has been developed southwards to the estuary of the Douglas River and along the foreshore at Mahon. Amenity areas have been provided at different vantage points in the City Centre. The Peace Park on the South Mall is the oldest of these, and this has been upgraded. Other such areas are at Dun Mhuire and Daunt's Square on the Grand Parade and at Parnell Bridge on the South Mall. The most prestigious and widely used, however, is the recently developed Bishop Lucey Park on the Grand Parade. The old City Wall was located during construction and is featured prominently near the impressive arched entrance. A short walk past colourful flowerbeds and shrubberies leads to an elegant fountain near the South Main Street exit.

Nursery in Clover Hill - Ben1The many trees lining the thoroughfares give a mature aura to the city streets. Merchant's Quay, Penrose Quay, St. Patrick's Quay and Pope's Quay have been tastefully decorated. In recent years many of the intimate narrow streets leading off St. Patrick's Street (the main shopping street) have been pedestrianised and this has led to the revitalisation of business activity in the immediate environs as well as significantly improving the physical environment. The Streets currently pedestrianised are Winthrop Street, Princes Street, parts of Cook Street and Marlboro Street, French Church Street and Carey's Lane. Future plans envisage the pedestrianisation of parts of Oliver Plunkett Street and Marlboro Street (South). Hard landscaping and the provision of a fountain at Emmet Place have served to enhance the streetscape in the vicinity of the Art Gallery and Cork Opera House.

More recently the City Council has undertaken a significant Environmental Improvement Scheme in the vicinity of Shandon Church and the Cork Craft Centre (formerly Cork Buttermarket).

Fitzgeralds Park - ben3A short distance westward from the City Centre is Fitzgerald Park. An ornamental pond, with a fountain as centre-piece forms the central attraction, while there is a playground area at the western end of the Park. This playground was equipped with state-of-the-art play equipment and a safety surface in 1997 and since its provision has proved extremely popular with children. Also situated in the Park is the Cork Museum which is open to the public each day. Close to the Museum is a pavilion erected in 1902 for the Cork International Exhibition.

Fitzgeralds Park - ben_fitzgera.gifFurther west at the outskirts of the City lie the Lee Fields, a traditional recreation area for the people of Cork. In recent years the River walkway has been improved and will ultimately be extended to link up with the Bishopstown area via Carrigrohane Wood. Care has been taken in the development of the Glen River Park to preserve the natural attractiveness of the area. Artificial lagoons created at the Glen are an interesting feature of the Park.

Colmcill ParkShalom Park at Monerea Terrace was developed in 1989. The land for this amenity was kindly donated by Cork Gas Company, who also provided the lighting within the park. There are other sizable parks at Bishopstown, Clashduv, Tory Top Road, Beaumont, Boreenmanna Road, Ballinlough, Skehard Road and Colmcille Road while there are smaller parks at Grattan Street, Shandon Street and St. Ann's, Shandon, as well as at Spring Lane and Kennedy Park. The Parks Section which also operates the Golf Course, has a staff of 85 and an annual budget which currently stands at £2.5m.

Further information may be had by contacting Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork. Tel: - 4966222, Ext. 4323/4333.

Events in Cork City Council Parks

Cork City Council encourages the use of our public parks for suitable events by people who live and work in or visit Cork. 

All applicants must complete an Event Application Form and sign a Declaration Form.  One application must be completed per event.

Larger events need to apply not less than 6 weeks before the date of the event, smaller events not less than 2 weeks. 

If your event falls within the definition of an event as outlined in the planning and Development Act 2000 and the Event Licensing Regulations 2001, an event licence will be required.

All applications to be returned to:

Event Application Form

Staff Officer
Recreation, Amenity & Culture Department
Cork City Council
City Hall

Tel: 021- 4924323