UCC Sports Round Up

By Daniel Moloney

UCC Dance Club is dedicated to providing the best college dance experience for all of its members. The club prides itself with being one which is open to all levels of dancers whether you are just looking to try something new, make friends, shake off a long day at college or if you want to improve your dance technique and dance competitively at a high standard in one of our teams.

Now in our 20th year of running we offer open and advanced classes in Irish Dance, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Hip-hop.

Within UCC, the UCC club performs at various events run by other clubs and courses as entertainment. Every year the club does amazing work to give what they can to charity, running various event from on-campus performances to Quizzes’.

Each year in March, the club competed at the All Ireland Dance Intervarsity’s. Last year they travelled to Dublin Institute of Technology where they competed in all styles to bring home a total of five trophies, the clubs most successful inters to date. UCC Dance placed first in the Contemporary category, Second in the Jazz and mixed piece categories and third in the Irish dancing category. Sarah Cooke, took home the best overall dancer in the Jazz Category.

UCC Dance are looking forward immensely to the year ahead. They have both new and old events planned and are excited to meet any new members.


In other UCC Sports news, it was a rocky start for the men’s senior soccer and rugby teams.   Senior Soccer, suffered a 2-4 loss at the hands of Avondale in their opening game of their Munster Senior League. In Rugby, the seniors had a narrow loss 29-30 after extra time, to Highfield in the Munster Senior Cup.


UCC Fencing, hosted their annual South of Ireland event in the Mardyke Arena at the weekend. It was a resounding success as per norm. Well done to all


In swimming, Sean O’Riordan, UCC Sports Scholarship holder and second year Speech and Language Therapy student, was part of the eight-strong Irish team at the World Para Swimming Championships held in the 2012 Olympic pool in London from September 9 to 16. Sean finished 11th in the 400m Freestyle, in a well-paced swim and in a time very close to his best, and was ninth and first reserve for the final of the 100m Backstroke. He is now in heavy training chasing the very tough qualifying times for next year’s Paralympics in Tokyo and we look forward to supporting his efforts to achieving this goal.


Don’t miss out on this weekend’s unique sports event in the Mardyke Sports Grounds.  ‘Festival of Sport’ as part of the Mardyke 300.

The UCC Festival of Sport welcomes families, sports enthusiasts, UCC Alumnus, staff, students and the wider Cork Community to the Mardyke Sports Ground for a fun filled day of sport.  Twenty of UCC’s sports club will provide entertainment for all visitors.  There’ll be a range of sporting activities to engage with.  So, whether you want to come and support, come and watch or better again come and try, there’s something for everyone. For more information check out sport.ucc.ie or email sport@ucc.ie