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The University has outstanding indoor and outdoor sports facilities, notably 72 acres of playing fields at its Mardyke and Curraheen sites and an indoor sports complex, the Mardyke Arena.
There is high level participation of students in sport and recreation activities at UCC with over half of the student body involved in some sport or recreation. UCC sports teams and individual athletes have a record of success in intervarsity and other competitions second to none.
UCC Mardyke Sports Grounds has a Rugby/Soccer Pitch, Synthetic Pitch, GAA Pitch and an International standard Athletics Track – all fully floodlit. Dressings rooms are located at the GAA Pitch and Rugby/Soccer Pitch.
Mardyke Arena Indoor Sports Centre: Facilities include: a 25M swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, steam room, 3 sports halls, dance & aerobics studio, 2 squash courts, climbing wall, 2 fitness centres, Human Performance Laboratory, Martial Arts studios, Treatment room, and Nosh & Coffee Café.
Since its inception the Arena has undergone a major extension and further developments are currently planned.
The Mardyke Arena provides a comprehensive Recreational programme for the student who just wants to partake in some form of recreational activity – aerobics, circuits, yoga, spinning, etc.
UCC Playing Fields Curraheen Road: Facilities include: 3 Rugby Pitches (2 floodlit), 2 GAA Pitches, 7 Soccer Pitches (1 floodlit), 2 Cricket Wickets – 1 synthetic wicket, 1 grass wicket. Dressing rooms to facilitate 10 teams.
These grounds cater for many different sporting tournaments and several different sporting groups.
In addition to your conventional sports: Ultimate Frisbee, Tag Rugby, Rugby League, Softball, American Football League, Cross Country Running, etc are all catered for at this venue.
UCC is very proud of the achievements of its graduates which reflect on the excellent education and student experience at UCC. The following are just some of the most renowned UCC graduates in sport:
Declan Kidney BComm '82, HDE '83 Coach to Ireland's Rugby team
Maurice (Moss) Keane BScDy '70 Irish Rugby International (Passed Away October 2010. RIP.)
Donal Linehan BComm '84 Irish Rugby International
Ronan O'Gara BA '98, MBS'99 Irish Rugby International
Tom Kiernan BComm '60 Former Irish Rugby International and Irish National Rugby Coach, President of IRFU, Member of the International RFB, Chairman of European Rugby Cup Ltd
Billy Morgan BA '67, HDE '68 Cork Senior Football All Ireland Medal Winner
Ray Cummins BE '70, Cork Senior Hurling and Football All Ireland Medal Winner
Sheamus Moynihan BA '96 Kerry Senior Football All Ireland Medal Winner
Eamonn Fitzmaurice BA '98, HDE '01 Kerry Senior Football All Ireland Medal Winner
Paul Galvin BA '01, HDE '02 Kerry Senior Football All Ireland Medal Winner
Nicky English BA '84, HDE '85 Tipperary Senior Hurling All Ireland Medal Winner
Joe Deane BSc Finance '98 Cork Senior Hurling All Ireland Medal Winner
Tom Kenny BComm '04 Cork Senior Hurling All Ireland Medal Winner
Elaine Burke BCL '02 Cork All Ireland Camogie Medal Winner, Captain in '05
Emer McDonnell BA '03 Tipperary All Ireland Camogie Medal Winner
Una O'Donoghue BSc '03 Cork All Ireland Camogie Medal Winner, Captain in '02
Una O'Dwyer BSc '03 Tipperary All Ireland Camogie Medal Winner, Captain in '04
Sarah Kelleher BComm '94 Irish Senior Captain Ladies Hockey (126 Caps)
Rachel Kohler BA '95 Captain Irish Ladies Hockey Team