12 February 2016
By Bryan Smyth
Cork County Council have announced €50,000 contribution toward the development of Cork Camogie’s new Club House facility at their grounds in Castle Road, Blackrock. On completion development costs will be in the region of €1.2m.
Commenting at the announcement of the County Council’s contribution to the fundraising effort, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea mentioned that
“the fundraising effort for this development is a classic example of teamwork, perseverance and meticulous attention to detail, all characteristics that have long embodied the Cork Camogie team. I was lucky enough to be in Croke Park in September to witness and celebrate Cork’s latest impressive All-Ireland victory and was thrilled for all involved. However, today’s announcement is testament to the unheralded commitment of the wider Camogie family and is another example of the progress being made across the County in the women’s game. Cork County Council is delighted to acknowledge, highlight and support Camogie across the County.”
Cork Camogie has an impressive record
The outstanding work done by Cork Camogie on the field is clear with Cork winning 3 of the last 4 All-Ireland titles and leading the National Roll of Honour with 26 All-Ireland titles in total. Far too often going unnoticed however, is the huge amount of behind the scenes, off the field endeavour that is undertaken by all associated with the club and the greater Cork Camogie community in general (64 camogie clubs, 55 in the County and 9 in the city) to ensure that the game in Cork continues to grow and remain healthy.
This work is again evident in the County wide efforts that have been made to support the clubhouse development. Efforts that have seen almost €500k raised to date and which include €100k contributed from Cork Camogie’s own funds, significant donations from the National Lottery, Cork City Council, the Camogie Association and the energetic Cork Camogie “Sponsor a Block” fundraiser which was the brainchild of the club itself and continues to raise funds through the club’s website @www.corkcamogie.ie.
Founded in 1904, Cork Camogie is an independent voluntary organisation that strives to improve the women’s game across the County. To “Sponsor a Brick” see the Cork Camogie website (as above) or visit Castle Road, Blackrock and witness the progress yourself!