GLANMIRE is about to enter the world of Cork Snooker with a fantastic new club opening on Saturday in Unit 4, Dwyers Estate, Brooklodge, Glanmire.
Under the name, The Q Club Glanmire, it's a welcome addition to the options for snooker enthusiasts on Leeside.
Ian Peake is the new owner and along with his wife Aoife and their family, they will open the latest venue in the sport's number one county. They will part of a snooker family that is respected not only in Cork or Ireland but all over Europe.
No pressure then! Well, that is the ethos of Mr Peake who has fantastic reasons for opening the new venue with four top-class snooker tables and three pool tables.
Ian Peake told Echo Sport: “We have been about four months putting the place together and it looks great newly decorated, the tables are newly clothed and I was lucky enough to get Ger Kearney from Ballincollig to fit them for me.
"It was a pleasure to see him at work and I am really delighted that the place is looking good and next Saturday evening we are opening with a free night for everyone and I hope some of our top players turn up on the night."
Peake really wants the new club to fit right into the Glanmire community.
“We have so much sport in our area which is fantastic, but we didn’t really have a leisure place for young and old alike, where there was a crossover between maybe father and son and in that regard I think that we have found a niche in the market here.
"Of course we want to have a thriving club too, be it snooker or pool and we have some good young players already and when we are established down the line I want to see if we can compete as a club and as individual players.
"Just look at the likes of Aaron Hill, Greg Casey and Ross Bulman and see what they have achieved and what they have done for Cork snooker and we will have people like them to aspire to."
Glanmire certainly is becoming a fairly highly populated area and with the new city borders to think about it means the new ‘Q Club Glanmire’ will be on the doorsteps of many possible players.
“We have strong GAA clubs, Boxing, Soccer, Taekwondo and many other sports and I think it will be great to add the cue sports element into the Glanmire community. It is open to everyone, places like Knockraha and Watergrasshill are only a stone’s throw away from Unit 4 in Dwyers Estate and we will run this club on a commercial basis.
"People pay as they play. I am really excited because I have an 1896 John Thurston snooker table which is an iconic snooker table and a 1960 Tara table too and two other Australian originals which all have slightly tighter pockets. I have a Brunswick 8 ft pool table and a smaller version and a standard pool table as well.
"I am catering for as many people as possible. We want to set high standards from the very start and we want to maintain those high standards all the way, I want a quality little club that can aspire to be a great addition to the Cork snooker empire."
Ian Peake originally from South London actually worked for the Riley’s group many years ago and always has had a passion for the game.
“I was never a great player myself, but I love snooker and I have opened up this club on the back of my passion for the game and I believe it will be a great addition to the local community.
"I hope that many people will come along and play here at the ‘Q Club Glanmire’ myself and my wife Aoife are excited about it and I can assure everyone that walks through the front doors that this will be a very well ran and classy little snooker club and I can’t wait for Saturday night."
European U18 champion and current RIBSA number one and ‘All of Ireland’ champion Aaron Hill was delighted to hear about a new club opening up in Cork.
“All around the Country except for Cork you hear of clubs closing and it is great that Cork is getting a new snooker club and I think Glanmire is a great area for that to happen.
"I want to wish Ian Peake and everyone involved in the new ‘Q Club Glanmire’ the very best, unfortunately, I am in Germany on the ‘Challenge Tour’ next weekend, but when I get back I am really looking forward to getting down to Glanmire to try out Ian’s tables."
Glanmire’s new club will be the seventh snooker club in Cork City and County along with the Crucible, Youghal CYMS, the AOH, Douglas SC, Fermoy CMWS and Shooters SC, so no excuses when it comes to getting on the green baize.
Next week we look back at the Golf day for Disability Snooker and see how both Aaron Hill and Ross Bulman got on in Germany.
Also as the ranking events start nationally and the Garry McCarthy Trophies Cork snooker league is on the horizon, plus the National Inter-Provincial Championships, it’s a very busy start to the season.