Sunday 21 January 2018

History to be made as Irish Independent Park hosts Sciath na Scol

Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald: 'We’re pleased that the summer at Irish Independent Park will be busy and diverse in nature'
Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald: 'We’re pleased that the summer at Irish Independent Park will be busy and diverse in nature' Newsdesk Newsdesk

Irish Independent Park will play host to Gaelic games for the first time this summer with a number of the annual Allianz Sciath na Scol Hurling and Camogie finals to be played at Munster Rugby's Cork home.

Sciath na Scol is a schools-based organisation which organises Gaelic games in the primary schools of Cork city and county. There are over 400 schools affiliated in the various codes, catering for 7,000 children annually.

The event represents a huge week of Primary School GAA activities with over 1,400 children playing and 109 teachers directly involved with the children. This year 26 finals will be spread over three brand new venues - Irish Independent Park, CIT and Nemo Rangers GAA Club.

Munster completed their regular-season games at the recently refurbished venue with Saturday's 50-27 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons - Munster are unbeaten in Cork this season - and the break in the rugby calendar has allowed the venue to host the Sciath na Scol finals later this month, followed by an open air concert with Katherine Jenkins & Jose Carreras on June 20th.

The finals take place next week with Irish Independent Park hosting games from Monday through to Wednesday starting at 10.30 each morning.

Speaking about the announcement, Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: "We are delighted to welcome the Sciath na Scol Hurling and Camogie finals to Irish Independent Park.

"Cork has a fine tradition across many different sporting pursuits, and I am delighted that Munster and Sciath na Scol can work in tandem in hosting what I know will be another successful and enjoyable event.

"We wish all those playing, coaching and supporting the very best of luck.

"Following a significant investment by Munster Rugby in upgrading our Cork facility, and with the conclusion of our Munster games in Cork this season, we're pleased that the summer at Irish Independent Park will be busy and diverse in nature."

Séamus O'Connor, PRO Sciath na Scol Chorcaí added: "Coiste Sciath na Scol is delighted that Munster Rugby has made Irish Independent Park available to our teachers and their pupils as well as their entire school communities.

"The magnificent new facilities guarantee both access for pupils with special needs as well as a safe environment for everyone to watch their school-mates who are representing them.

"Also, the children who are lucky enough to be playing will benefit from testing their skills on a world-class playing surface.

"We want to thank everyone at Irish Independent Park for the warm welcome we have received."

Tickets still available for Thomond finale

You can round off the season in style with a trip to Munster Rugby’s Pro12 semi-final against Ospreys at Thomond Park tomorrow with tickets available from just €4 each.

Group terrace packs of 20 junior (aged 16 and under) and 5 adult tickets are available for just €100 for the titanic clash that kicks off at 2.30.

Bring your club, school, youth club or even extended family to experience the excitement of knockout rugby at Thomond Park.

Should you or someone you know be interested in availing of this offer, please contact the Munster Rugby Ticket Office on 061-421103 or email

Please note that these tickets are subject to availability so don’t delay.

Irish Independent

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