Cork On Ice to move to a new location 

Cork On Ice to move to a new location 
Cork On Ice will now take place at Centre Park Road (at the Live at the Marquee site).

Running from Friday, November 22 until Sunday, January 26 the rink will re-locate this year from Mahon Point to Centre Park Road (at the Live at the Marquee site).

Labour local area representative in the Blackrock Mahon area, Peter Horgan, has called for a detailed traffic management plan for Cork On Ice in the new location.

"Residents In Ballintemple are holding their breath in anticipation of a deluge of traffic this winter," said Mr Horgan.

"When it was at Mahon Point it worked well with access on public transport and cars from the link. 

"We must have a similar traffic management to that of Live at the Marquee with set down and traffic diverted away from the village, which is already choking with congestion. 

"Public transport enhancements must be provided in such a plan also. 

"I hope it is a success but it cannot make a profit off the misery of residents who were not expecting such another event this year."

In response to this, Bill Cremin, Director of Cool Running Events issued a statement saying:

"We understand Peter Horgan’s concern re increased traffic with our new location to Centre Park Road, at the Live at the Marquee site and would like to address his concern directly.

"Traffic Management is very important to us as well as ensuring that there is no inconvenience to residents in the area.

"Having been running these seasonal events for over 12 years we experience a definite Traffic Pattern year after year, that we know will have little or no impact on the surrounding areas.

"Even with full capacity on the ice rink, this is on average just 70 car visits and there is car parking space on site for more than double that."

Mr Cremin continued:

"Cork on Ice is very different from the typical events held at the Live at the Marquee site, as everyone has set times to visit throughout the day and do not all come in at once.

"Also our peak times are at the weekends and holidays when schools and offices are closed and commuter traffic is very low.

"Finally feedback from our customers booking this year is really positive. 

"They are delighted that we are now located within walking distance of the city centre - so some are planning not to even take the car at all."

The new location for Cork On Ice Pic: Larry Cummins
The new location for Cork On Ice Pic: Larry Cummins

Since opening in 2007, Cork On Ice has seen over 350,000 customers attend, many of which make it a Christmas tradition each year.

With a large main rink, a separate smaller rink and a variety of events throughout the season (e.g. The Penguin Club, Skate with Santa and Student Nights) the attraction has a wide ranging appeal.

Early bird tickets are currently on sale for €9 from https://www.iceskating.ie/book-now/venue/cork-on-ice/

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