Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Maybe Cork Athletics Can Loan UCD €350,000
This picture above must pull at the heartstrings of any athletics fan. A running track in the early stages of demolition. The powers that be have decided to finally remove the great track from the map. UCD was once the powerhouse of college athletics in Ireland but sadly the death of Noel Carroll led to the beginning of the end. Its been a gradual deterioration over the year and despite a Joe Sweeney inspired win in the road relays a few weeks back there has been little to shout about for UCD athletics in recent years. Having said there was a certain Olympian called Derval O' Rourke as a UCD student athlete in the post-Carroll era but now days all the top athletes who stay at home and base themselves in Dublin avail of the DCU scholarship programme (imagine how the trackless DCU would have treated the moss covered 8 lanes if they had their hands on it).
Anyway, it got me thinking. The story below in the Irishrunningmatters blog had a story of how the Cork Athletics Board are looking to buy a field for €350,000 to use for, wait for it, cross-country races. Yes, a field that for 99% of the year will probably lie idle. Now if that is not stupid Celtic tiger style waste of resources I don't know what it. In athletics terms there are many better ways to spend that kind of money. Refurbishing a track for example. Maybe Cork Athletics could 'loan' that €350,000 to UCD so that when the next great Cork athlete uproots and comes to Dublin to be educated and continue their sport, they'll at least have a track to train on. As an Irish Hurdler I am biased, but I'd pay €350,000 for another Derval O' Rourke instead of a cow field. Its a mad old world.