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While Dublin might grab all the headlines, the people of Cork (some of the friendliest folk in the world) will happily tell you that Cork is the real cultural hub of Ireland. While they’re telling you they’ll be pouring you a double and singing the virtuous of an ‘Irish fry’ (breakfast fry up). They’ll also introduce you to some great Gaelic sports.
Whether you're looking to settle some scores between squad members with some non-stop paintballing action, battling for bragging rights in wheel to wheel duels out on the go kart circuit or getting competitive with a twisted creation that we like to call ‘Segway Polo' (where we swap the thoroughbred horse for a battery powered steed), there's enough action in Cork to fuel any team tour.
If it's on the ball action you're looking for, whether it's for a bit of a laugh or in order to sharpen up your squad's skills, you've simply got to spend a day trying out some Gaelic games. With handball, Gaelic football and hurling to be played, the team will get a work out as well as a laugh.
With great comedy clubs, no Cork team tour is complete without a visit to one of the city's many side splitting venues. If you're after a sporting fix without having to move a muscle, seek out some greyhound racing for a thrilling, atmospheric night of betting to get the hearts pumping.
Stadium: Turners Cross
Playing in the League of Ireland Premier Division, Cork City FC have come a long way in their short history and are now considered one of the best run, biggest and best supported clubs in Ireland. Nicknamed "City", "The Leesiders" and "Rebel Army", Cork City FC's crest is a variant of the city's crest; the club also borrows the city's colours, wearing red and green strips. Where the average attendance of teams across the Premier Division is roughly 1,500, Cork City FC often attracts 4-5,000 to their games. The club have finished first in the Premier Division on three occasions, won the FAI Cup twice and claimed victory in the League of Ireland Cup during three seasons.
While Cork City FC have had Shane and Kevin Long in their ranks and David Meyler can claim heritage in Cork, the city's most notable sporting icon is without a doubt footballing hard man Roy Keane. Known for his aggressive style of play and highly competitive attitude, Roy Keane has imprinted himself in the nightmares of every player he's ever faced with fearsome tackles and dogged persistence defining his style of play as much as foul language and violent outbursts. But you get to be a bit of a wild card when you're an outrageously decorated defensive midfielder with 95 goals to your name.
Cork might be a historic and cultural icon of Ireland, but that doesn't mean it's not exploding with great bars, packed nightclubs and bustling casinos for your team tour's evening adventuring. Cork has some of the best comedy clubs in the UK alongside keg loads of traditional Irish pubs so those not looking for guest list entry can still get their fill of evening entertainment.
Home or away we've pitched some of the best locations for your sports tour.
Enjoy space and comfort without the extravagant price tag. Fully air conditioned rooms and 24hr room service along with WiFi facilities offer you the perfect setting. You'll also be situated in the heart of the city, perfect for big nights out after big wins. Our 4* hotel options also include bars and restaurants.
Hostels are a really cost effective way of getting the squad on tour. All our hostels are based in the city centre ensuring you’re in the thick of the action for nights out. Our hostels are modern, clean with great facilities and trendy design.
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