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FARMEXIT - May 7th 2019

D-Day for UCC Farm

Tuesday May 7th 2019

ucc farm viewView of entrance to UCC Farm

Development work on the new Dental Hospital, the initial part of the Science and Technology Park location, on the grounds currently occupied by no less than ten (10) playing pitches, is set to commence on Tuesday May 7th 2019.

While UCC recently announced plans to develop a new Sports Facility further out, towards Curraheen, this facility is years away from completion....not even sure if the planning application has been submitted yet.  The Science and Technology Park has been in the pipeline for, literally, years, certainly long enough to develop and complete an alternative sports facility. Now, we are losing more green space - and sports facilities - from a city that is massively short of sports facilities.  It must be remembered that this area was originally a protected green belt in the Cork Area Development Plan. 

A line from Joni Mitchell's legendary 'Big Yellow Taxi' comes to mind...'They cut down all the trees and put them in a Tree Museum'. While our politicians complain about health issues such as obesity and lack of exercise among the general population, sports facilities are under threat all over the country. 

Would somebody please join the dots for these people!!!

leevale group ucc farm photo gearoid o laoi

 Leevale group training on the Farm - Photo: Gearóid Ó Laoi



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Dental Hospital Development


Work will begin on May 7th, roughly in the area highlighted above, unfortunately the area closed off for development encompasses a far bigger area than the Dental Hospital facility footprint, are further areas must be available for materials, site offices, spoils, etc, site roads, along with security fencing. 

To make matters far worse, it has come to light that the entire UCC farm area is to be fenced off, (the red line in the image above shows the probable boundary).  The type of fencing already around a small section of the Farm, part of the rugby pitch, is to be used around the entire perimeter.

ucc farm fenceUCC Farm Fencing


There will still be access to much of the Farm, via a new entrance gate, however, as this will be locked during the times many runners and other members of the public currently use the Farm, it will be effectively be off-limits during those times.

It will be a sad day for Sport in Cork when the sod turns in a few short weeks

Cork County Council's Cork Science & Innovation Park Framework Masterplan (2011) - PDF File (144 Pages)



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