Glanmire project is crucial for the future of Cork City

Glanmire project is crucial for the future of Cork City
Cork City players training at Bishopstown. Picture: Denis Minihane.

WITH the status of the proposed Glanmire Centre of Excellence very much up in the air, Cork City manager John Caulfield has warned that, should it fall through, the future of the club could be at risk.

The €10m project in Brooklodge would see City as chief tenants, but it is subject to a €5m funding injection from the Government.

A decision on that funding is due in autumn. Minister for Sports, Shane Ross, has indicated that funding for football projects will be put on hold until the FAI’s corporate governance issues are resolved, leaving the Glanmire project in doubt.

Cork City manager John Caulfield has outlined how detrimental it could be to the future of the club if the project falls through.

“If you haven’t got that, you can’t be a professional club. In the next two or three years the club will need a training base or it won’t be able to survive.

“In Cork soccer, it’s probably detrimental that no League of Ireland club has ever had their own training facilities. If you have, it saves costs, and you can develop.

“I think with Glanmire, there has been so much progression and the project is so far down the line, it’d be a scandal if it didn’t go ahead.

“Will Glanmire go through? I don’t know. I would presume there are a lot of positives. I know planning permission has been signed off, I know the FAI have signed a 99-year deal.

“The indications are it will happen at some stage. Maybe the money might be slowed up, hopefully it won’t.

“At the moment, we’ve been blessed that McCarthy Developments have allowed us to stay here (Bishopstown) because we’ve nowhere. We’ve been using CIT and they’ve been brilliant to us and fantastic to allow all our underage teams to train there.”

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