Diary 2008-2009. – August 3rdth 2008
to the public realm at the Cork City Sports
Youth Link heart of the community This year the Cork City
Knocknaheeny Sports meeting celebrated
On Tuesday 8th July, in the It compliments existing its 57th anniversary on
presence of Chairperson services and voluntary Saturday 12th July 2008 at
Ms Patsy O’Brien of “We organisations, sporting the University College
the People” and CCVEC groups within the Cork (UCC) Mardyke
CEO Ted Owens, Mr Tom community. Arena.
Daly Education Officer and
Councillor Tony Fitzgerald It includes Community I welcomed our
[087 6547142] we buildings, for We the international competitors
unveiled a memorial to the People, NICHE and and their families to the
late Ms Virgie Fitzgerald in Citizens Information meeting and to Cork at
the heart of Learning Centre in addition to a sub receptions in Collins
Neighbourhood in office for the Credit Union Barracks and UCC sports
Knocknaheeny. and Housing office. complex.
We remember that she More than 30 Olympic and
The Service that the staff
was a member of the World-ranked athletes
will provide will be crucial
group who proposed the took part including, among
to the educational and
putting in place of a local others Cork’s own World
personal growth in young
dedicated facility for “at Champion, Derval
people in an outreach
risk young people” O’Rourke and Paul Hession
setting within the complex.
Her legacy is in the youth thrilling the spectators.
facilities in Knocknaheeny
Ogra Chorcai under the Being an Olympic year this
to-day. It was a delight to
leadership of Mr Declan was the final opportunity
meet with her family
O’Leary is an ideal for many athletes to test
friends and neighbours.
organization to oversee themselves before Beijing.
the project. Their
The Youth Link Complex is
to cater for the very large
experience in Youth affairs This renowned sporting
youth population in the
within the city is to be event is now recognised
area and incorporates
applauded. by the European Athletic
1. VEC / Ogra Chorcai Association as one of the
Youth Project. I wish the service well leading athletics meetings
2. HSE Springboard and including ancillary staff, in Europe and is in their
3. Daughters of Charity and caretakers and hope permanent events
Crèche and Preschool. the young people will grow calendar.
in self esteem, benefit
The complex is part of the from the variety of The status it enjoys is due
massive regeneration and programmes and enjoy in the main to the sterling
refurbishment project and themselves. work of the organising
the City of Cork Vocational committee over the years
Education Committee The great community spirit in continuing to raise the
allowed the facility to be in Knocknaheeny Hollyhill standard and profile of the
built on their site - thanks was demonstrated again meeting internationally.
to the Community on this occasion.
College’s Principal Helen Thanks to Mr Tony
Ryan. Cork City Council O’Connell for his part in
Recreation and Amenities the development of Cork
oversaw the building of City Sports down to years.
the entire complex.
Thanks also to the event
The Centre is Youth sponsors FDC Group, SPAR
friendly and modern, adds and Mc Donald’s and the
event patrons Cork City
Diary 2008-2009. – August 3rdth 2008
Council, the Defence July 9th Met with Mr. Mike Members of the Togher
Forces and UCC without Callanan the General Wednesday Social
whose assistance the Secretary of the major Group present were:
meeting could not take Electrical Trade Union in Gertie Kearney (Hon.
place. the USA with Mr. Pat Treasurer) Noreen
O’Callaghan FAS Director Mathews, Mary Wise,
Further information is Training Services. Kathleen Desmond (Asstd.
available from public We spoke on the state of Hon. Treasurer) Norah
relations officer Tony economies worldwide and Clifford, Evelyn Sheehan,
O'Connell at (021) in the USA and Ireland. Josie Walsh, Eileen Galvin,
4276156 Joan Hayes, Kathleen
Tobin, Valerie Devine,
On July 9th the Irish Gretta Goulding, Kit Lee,
Defence Force paid Ms Chrissie O'Callaghan, Marion Nelligan (whose
tribute to the work put in (Chairperson) that great family roots go back a long
by the organisers of the women of Togher invited way in Togher) Mary
Cork City Sports at the Elma and I to the Togher Cummins, Kathleen
annual launch at Collins Wednesday Social Crowley (Hon. Sec.),
Barracks. Group Annual Mass of
The age profile of the
Present were the Cork by Cannon Michael Riordan
members is mid 50s to 92
County Deputy Mayor Noel P.P. Togher at Togher
Collins, Sean Kelly former Community Centre on
GAA President and Wednesday 9th July 2008.
The Chairman of the
Chairman of the Institute Togher Wednesday
of Sport and Lt Col. Mick Norah Clifford read the
Social Group (Chrissie
Clancy representing Brig. Readings. The Prayers of
General Pat Hayes and the Faithful were read by
everyone who have
Cork City Sports members of the group.
supported the group over
committee President Frank the years and paid special
Whalley and Chairman The Soloist was Kathleen tribute to the Lord Mayor
Dick Hodgins. Desmond. Kathleen “who in his role as City
Crowley, Kathleen Councillor has provided
The Cork City Sports and Desmond and Chrissie support to the group and
the military have enjoyed O'Callahan made the in his VEC role arranged
a great relationship over flower arrangements with Tutor Hours so that TWSG
the years. blooms from their own are able to have a very
gardens. varied activities”
The Echo reported
“Speaking on behalf of the All of the members baked She presented the Lady
army, Barrack OC, and made a variety of Mayoress with a bouquet
Lieutenant Colonel Des cookies, cakes and of mixed flowers supplied
Bergin, and Mess President sandwiches for the locally by Flowers in Bloom
Comdt. Larry Bracken, Afternoon Tea which was Glasheen.
singled out the organisers enjoyed over the regular
for praise while Wednesday Tea & Chat.
highlighting the special Also Present were
bond that exists between Councillor Michael Ahern,
Caretakers at the Centre his wife Eileen, Councillor
the army and the Cork Tom O'Sullivan and Donal
City Sports. John Buttimer and
Desmond prepared the members of Togher
room and made the tea & Retired Men's Group.
Coffee – impressive
cooperation by all was
evident on the day.