Considering “the Sports are the biggest track and field athletics competitions in Europe that are held on one day.” and even after the events of last year this years Cork City School Sports day press release has no mention of a traffic management plan, temporary parking or advice for people to park legally.
If the proper planning was put in place the site used for Funderland/Marquee could be used for parking on the day. Funderland were able to provide temporary parking in the Showgrounds, when they visited Cork over Easter. The Showgrounds is Public land so a similar arrangement could be agreed with Cork City Council.
Press release from organisers of Cork City School Sports
Lúthchleasa Bhunscoileanna Chorcaí
Wednesday next, 22ndh May, will be an action-packed day in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Almost 6,000 children from over 300 schools throughout the City and County will participate in the Cork Primary Schools Sports. The first race begins at 9am and the event will come to a close at 5pm approximately.This is a fantastic family day and a memorable day for all schools that participate in the event.2013 will be the 86th year of the Primary School Sports. The Sports were founded in 1927 by a group of teachers from some Cork City Schools :J.J Fennessy, St. Patrick’s BNS
Joe Donoghue, Douglas
Dinny Kelly, Glasheen and Togher.
The Cork Primary School Sports have been held every year since except during the war years. Originally the event was held in the Mardyke until numbers became too large in the early 1980’s. It was then moved to Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The committee of Lúthchleasa Bhunscoileanna Chorcaí are hugely grateful to Mr. Frank Murphy and the County Board for the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Their generosity contributes hugely to the success of the day. The staff at Páirc Uí Chaoimh are always at the ready to lend any assistance and their help is greatly appreciated.
The Sports are the biggest track and field athletics competitions in Europe that are held on one day. Schools are graded in Roinns (sections) on the basis of their size/enrolment and also on the basis of the previous years results.
Prizes are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and the winners of each section compete in the County Final in the different age-groups. Obviously there is immense competition to achieve the much sought after title of County Champion. County medals are valued and treasured!
There are many famous trophies still in existence which schools receive for their success at the event. The Dean Sexton Cup dates back many years and the I.N.T.O cup is a replica of the Ardagh Chalice. Many new cups/trophies have been added over the years, such as Br. Canisius Cup and the Michael Jackson Cup.
Michael Jackson is one of the legends of the Cork Primary Schools Sports. Mr. Jackson was Principal of Farranree Boys School. He became Treasurer of the Sports in 1953 and a reliable source informs us that there was 39 shillings in the Sports Bank Account! Michael kept the Sports going, he ran the day like clockwork and gave generously and tirelessly of his time. He passed away in 2011 and is sadly missed. He will always be remembered for his huge contribution to the Cork Primary School Sports.
Many other Teachers are synonymous with the Sports throughout the years – Paddy O’ Shea who was acting secretary for many years, Theo Lynch (a brother of Jack) from Blackpool, Jim Crockett from Morning Star School and Ted O’ Sullivan from Togher BNS.
In the present time, the Sports are stronger than ever with a vibrant and efficient Committee. Ann-Marie Knightly is the hard-working and dedicated Secretary. The Sports are self-financing. Each participating school sells tickets which enable the Committee purchase medals and trophies, pay for insurance and many other expenses incurred in the running of the event. The trophy bill alone is €15,000.
Children have participated in heats in their schools to qualify to run in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Much preparation by Teachers and Pupils leads up to the main event. The day itself is run like clockwork. The programme is followed literally to the minute. This year the Boys will run first and the Girls will run in the afternoon. Both participate in sprints and relay races. It is an amazing sight to see the children emerging from the tunnel in an orderly fashion as they line up in their lanes. Races are run off at an admirable pace.
Approximately 120 stewards (all Teachers) are present on a voluntary basis for the day under the capable stewardship of Chief Steward, Mr. John Daly.
Some children from North, South, East and West of the County will be leaving their homes as early as 6.30am to make the journey to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday next. All are welcome to attend this fantastic event. Be prepared for the air of excitement! It is a unique day.