2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the initial development of the Mardyke Walk from the Marchlands at Fenn’s Quay in Cork city westwards for approximately 1 mile to Devonshire’s Weir on the river Lee.
University College Cork (UCC)’s long sporting tradition is synonymous with this location. From the time the Queen’s College Cork Annual Sports event was first held at a Mardyke venue in 1869, UCC students have sported and played across all codes at the Mardyke. To commemorate the 300th anniversary of Mardyke Walk, and our part in the Walk’s history, UCC (including our department of Sport and Physical Activity, our student clubs and our Mardyke Arena) will stage a unique sporting event on Saturday, 28 September 2019 to celebrate Mardyke 300.
Initially, Mardyke Walk was constructed as a promenade for city residents. However, over the following centuries, much of the adjoining lands were laid out for a wide range of recreation activities, both passive and active.
Many of these activities gave rise to the formation of clubs, most of which exist to this day. Since its creation, the Mardyke has been the most significant amenity area within the city and has played host to an Industrial Exhibition 1902/3, international soccer, rugby and cricket matches, band recitals, boating, and a wide range of annual festivals and outdoor events.
The city’s main green space, Fitzgerald’s Park, is situated midway along the Mardyke, and UCC’s main sports campus is situated on the western boundary.
The Mardyke 300 Celebration seeks to celebrate the historic, cultural, recreational, and sporting significance of this unique area within city centre by providing a range of activities and events between May and September that reflect its character and the opportunities it offers to city residents and visitors.