Junior Men’s & Women’s 1500m, Plus Open 3000m

Published On: 7 Jun 2018

The junior men’s and women’s 1500m races are always popular events at the Cork City Sports, attracting Ireland’s top middle distance runners to compete at the international meet. 

The LeisureWorld open 3000m is also a very popular events attracting large entries. 

Athletes interested in competing in the  junior 1500m and open 3000m races should contact Craig Harrington, email: [email protected] or mobile 086 7700588. 


Athlete Of The Month – January

Published On: 31 May 2018

Phil Healy, Bandon AC, is the recipient of the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for January 2018. She was presented the award at a belated function in The River Lee Hotel.  The award was postponed until now due to Phil’s hectic training and competition schedule.

Phil produced many outstanding indoor performances during the month of January, culminating in a World Class 400m performance, in Vienna. Her time for that race was 52.08, smashing her previous best of 53.15.

67th Cork City Sports Officially Launched

Published On: 31 May 2018

The official launch for the 2018 Cork City Sports took place at Johnson Controls headquarters, One Albert Quay. The sports was officially launched by Athletics Ireland CEO, Hamish Adams. 

The annual Cork City Sports International Athletics Meeting now in its 67th year, takes place at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Athletic Stadium, Bishopstown, Cork on Monday evening July 16th at 5.30pm and will feature a host of leading international athletes from around the world.

Leading Irish athletes who will compete in Cork include Thomas Barr, Phil Healy, Ciara Mageean, Paul Byrne, Sean Tobin.

One of the highlights of the meeting will see the local sprint sensation from Bandon AC, Phil Healy, against former World Indoor Champion and last years defending champion Barbara Pierre in the 100M. Phil also takes on the Canadian Record holder, Crystal Emmanuel in the 200M. Emmanuel broke the 32 year old Canadian record at last year’s Cork City Sports and has subsequently been a finalist in the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. There are also a couple of very fast Jamaican athletes in both events. She wants to try and break the Canadian record two years in a row at the Cork meeting.

The mens 200M will also be one to watch. Last year’s 100M and 200M champion, Sean McClean USA, is back to defend his titles. It will be a difficult task as he will be up against another Canadian Bismark Boateng, Irelands Thomas Barr, and two extremely fast Americans, Curtis Mitchell and Dedric Dukes. Boateng is currently ahead of Andre DeGrasse in the 2018 Canadian rankings. Irish star Thomas Barr is getting himself ready for the European Championships in the 400M Hurdles and is using the shorter distance at the Cork City Sports to sharpen his speed.

The mens mile will be an outstanding race. Last year nine athletes went under the magic four minute barrier. This year five out of the top six in that race are back to try and take the title. The field will also include two extremely fast Americans, Johnny Gregorek and Will Geoghegan who have featured right throughout the American Indoor season. Sean Tobin from Ireland will also be in the field after running a magnificent 3.57.00 here last year to take third spot. There is a strong possibility that the winner of this year’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games, Chris O Hare, will also contest this event. Chris is also a winner at last year’s London Diamond League and one of Britains best ever middle distance athletes.

Last year saw a wonderful womens hammer competition producing a meeting record of 71.19M by Sweden’s Ida Storm. If Ida is going to retain her title this year she will probably have to match that distance or maybe exceed it. Her competition in the event will include Kathrin Klaas from Germany, fourth place at the London Olympics and Sophie Hitchon, Britains number one and Bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics. Also in the field will be another Swedish athlete Tracey Andersson who is also a 70M + thrower.

In the mens High Jump there is sure to be some exciting competition between the Gold and Silver medalists at the recent Commonwealth Games, Brandon Starc of Australia and Jamal Wilson of the Bahamas, respectively. They will not have it all their own way as there are also two very good Malaysian jumpers in the field with personal bests of 2.30M.

With athletes from Ireland, USA, Australia, Ethiopia, The Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Kenya, England, Poland, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany and Slovenia, already confirmed, a feast of athletics goes ahead on Monday 16th July with a 5.30 pm start; a great evening out for all the family at CIT Athletics Stadium, Bishopstown.

The Cork City Sports Committee wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Irish Sports Council, Sport Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork ETB, Cork County Board AAI and Leevale Athletic Club.

We would like to thank our Event Sponsors, Johnson Controls, Cork Airport, John Buckley Sports, Leisureworld, AON Hewitt, Musgraves Super Value /Centra, Henry Ford & Son Ltd ,KBC Bank, Barry’s Tea, Johnson & Perrott Ltd., The River Lee Hotel, FDC Financial Services, Dukes Coffee Company,JCD,Group, EVROS, DPS Engineering,, Glenilen Farm, O’Callaghan Properties, FMC Pharmaceuticals, O’Leary Insurance Group,, and our Media sponsors, Evening Echo and Cork 96FM C103.

L-R, Paddy Buckley, Chairman Cork Athletics, Tony O’Connell, Chairman Cork City Sports, Hamish Adams, CEO Athletics Ireland, Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Lord mayor of Cork City, Donal Sullivan, VP Johnson Controls and Frank Walley, President Cork City Sports.


LeisureWorld Renew Sponsorship Of Cork City Sports

Published On: 3 May 2018

LeisureWorld renew sponsorship of Cork City Sport. Ian O’Leary, Marketin Manager Leisureworld Cork states that “we are delighted to renew our sponsorship of this special international athletics meet held annually in Cork. It is a great opportunity for to see top class international athletes up close on our door step.” 


This years meet will be held on Monday 16th July at the CIT arena. 


Seated L to R., Ian O’Leary, Marketin Manager Leisureworld Cork, Tony O’Connell, Chairman, CCS, L to R., Shay Curtin CCS, Terry O’Rourke Secretary CCS and Frank Walley President CCS. Picture, Martin Collins

Athlete Of The Month – March

Published On: 17 Apr 2018

Michelle Kenny Leevale AC, is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month for March. Michelle finished 7th at the European Masters Cross Country in Madrid, leading the Irish W35 team to silver.

Michelle was presented the award at a ceremony in the River Lee Hotel. 

This has been a great season for Michelle, she was a member of the Irish team that won the British & Irish Masters Cross Country, she took silver at the Irish Masters Championships after loosing shoe in the early stages of the race, she competed with the Leevale women’s team at the European Clubs Cross Country Cup in Mira, Portugal and she won a phenomenal 5 Gold & 1 Silver medal at Munster Road Championships. Topping all of this off with a European masters cross country medal.  She is the deserved winner of the Cork City Sports Athlete of the month award for March 2018

The awards are sponsored by Cork’s 96FM, Evening Echo& The River Lee



Athlete Of The Month Award – February

Published On: 17 Apr 2018

The Cork City Sports Athelte Of The month for February is Ciara Hickey of Blarney/Inniscarra AC. Ciara was pesented the award at a ceremony in  the River Lee Hotel

In February Ciara finished 2nd in the pole vault at the Senior Indoor Championships with a PB of 3.40m. The following week Ciara set a new championship best of 3.30m when she won the girls under 19 pole vault at the juvenile Munster Indoor Championships. Ciara is coached by Eamon Flannagan.

The awards are sponsored by; The River Lee, Evening Echo & Cork’s 96FM


Cork Airport Announce Continued Support For Cork City Sports

Published On: 3 Apr 2018

Cork Airport, a long standing supporter of Cork City Sports are delighted to announce continued support 2018 meet, which will be held at the CIT Arena on Monday, July 16th. 

Cork Airport is the primary transit point for the international athletes attending Cork City Sports. Tony O’Connell, Chairman Cork City Sports states “having an international airport in Cork with frequent services to across Europe is key to the success of attracting international athletes to the athletics meet and the support of Cork Airport and it’s staff are vital to the success of the sports.”




L to R., Michael O’Connell CCS, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications, Cork Airport and Terry O’Rourke, Secretary CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Year 2017

Published On: 8 Mar 2018

The annual Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Year Award was held today in the River Lee Hotel. The athlete of the year is selected from the 12 monthly winners of 2017. 

The  winner of the 2017 Athlete Of The Year Award is Jill Hodgins (Leevale AC). On the 4th of June, Jill was a popular and clear winner of the women’s section of the  Cork City Marathon in a time of 2hrs 48mins 17secs.

The Corks City Sports awards are co-sponsored by, The River Lee, The Evening Echo and Corks 96FM.C103 Cork. 


Phil Healy Voted European Athletics Athlete Of The Month

Published On: 6 Feb 2018

Phil Healy dominated the voting to become the European Athlete of the Month for January, 2018.
Phil is only the second Irish female athlete to be the recipient of such a coveted award. The other Irish athlete being Fionnuala Britton-McCormack for her cross-country achievements.
Phil now joins such other elite athletes as Jessica Ennis-Hill (Olympic & World Champion in Heptathlon), Blanka Vlasic (World Champion in High Jump), Dafne Schippers (World Champion in 200 meters) and Yelena Isinbayeva (Olympic & World Champion in the Pole Vault).
A week after winning the Indoor 400 meters in Vienna with a life time best of 52.08 seconds, Phil beat Natasha Hastings, a double Olympic Gold Medallist,  in Karlsruhe.

Athlete Of The Month – December

Published On: 21 Jan 2018

Fearghal Curtin of Youghal AC is the Cork City Sports Cork Athlete
for the Month of December. Fearghal was selected as a result of his outstanding performance at the European Junior Cross Country Championships in Slovakia, where he led the Irish junior men’s team home finishing in a creditable 22nd position.

The award was accepted on Fearghal’s behalf by his father Noel as he is currently attending Charleston Southern University in the US on an athletics scholarship. 

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of the Month Award is sponsored by the Evening Echo, Cork’s 96FM & C103 and River Lee Hotel. 

Noel Curtin accepting the Cork City Sports Award on behalf of Fearghal Curtin, from Donal Murnane PRO CCCS.

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