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					                                        Ardmhéara Chorcai
                               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
                                    professionism and
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
three projects.
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

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                                      Ardmhéara Chorcai
                             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
                                  Thanksgiving celebrated
                                                                    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
                                                                    years.
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
                                                                    O'Callaghan) thanked
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.




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