Joe Hartnett, Meeting Director, Cork City Sports; Hamish Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Athletics Ireland; Liam O’Brien, Technical Director, Cork City Sports; Prof. Maggie Cusack, President, MTU; Terry O’Rourke, Secretary, Cork City Sports; Tony O’Connell, Chairman, Cork City Sports; Paul Gallagher, VP for Finance & Administration, MTU and Dan Collins, Academic Admin & Student Affairs Manager, MTU as they all met in MTU recently.

MTU on track to host sporting event

Plans are being put in place for next year’s BAM Cork City Sports International Athletic Meet, it was announced this week.

Now in its 69th year, the event due to be held at the MTU Athletics Track facilities at the Bishopstown main campus in July 2022.

Unfortunately, the high-profile international track and field meet was a casualty of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile MTU’s sports facilities are undergoing a huge investment.

Phase 1 of the MTU Arena, including a new multi-sports hall and gym is under construction and will be completed in time for the event.

Phase 2, which is an indoor high performance athletics centre being developed jointly with Athletics Ireland will commence early in 2023. As part of the overall €26 million investment supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the MTU track will be upgraded and will complement the recent upgrading of the Cork City Sports event to International Continental Bronze level.

MTU President, Prof. Maggie Cusack, along with Paul Gallagher, VP for Finance and Administration and Dr Dan Collins, Academic Admin and Student Affairs Manager welcomed members of the Cork City Sports Committee and Hamish Adams, CEO, Athletics Ireland to the Bishopstown Campus to discuss preliminary arrangements and plans for the event.

MTU President, Prof Maggie Cusack on welcoming the group said: “We are delighted to be looking forward to hosting this prestigious event at MTU which no doubt will be one of the highlights of the sporting calendar for summer 2022.

“This event enables us to continue a longstanding collaborative partnership as a celebration of athletics sporting successes and talent with Cork City Sports, Athletics Ireland and our local city and county councils on a local, regional, national and international basis.”