Cork SportsAbility Announce Week of Activity

SportsAbility Week 2017 poster

Carrigaline United Football for All are delighted to participate in the new format Cork SportsAbility Week, launching on Saturday 25th March and running until 2nd April. This year FFA will have an information stand at the Mardyke Arena on 25th March and will also host an ‘Open Day’ event at Carrigaline United on Saturday  1st April 11.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-3pm for potential new players to ‘come and try’.

  • Week long schedule of activities to promote Disability Sport & Inclusion in Cork.
  • Events are open to the public to attend.
  • We want increase awarness of the physical activity opportunities that clubs in Cork are providing for people of all abilities.
  • #CorkSportsAbility will be trending on social media.
  • Photos & videos of activities will be posted on Cork Sports Partnership Twitter & Facebook during Cork SportAbility Week.

For more details:

Carrigaline United makes ‘Sports Club of the Year’ Shortlist


Carrigaline United is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Sports Club of the Year in the CARA National Inclusion Awards 2016. Our Football for All programme has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in 2011, and its ongoing success is the main driver in this nomination.

This year the three finalists within the ‘Sports Club of the Year’ category are all Football for All clubs, and include Killarney Celtic and Esker Celtic from Dublin. This is a great acknowledgment of the work that FFA clubs are doing up and down the country.

The overall winner will be announced at the award ceremony in Dublin on the 2nd December. For more details see: CARA National Inclusion Awards


Inaugural Interprovincial Football For All match set for Kilkenny

The first ever Interprovincial match between Leinster and Munster Football For All teams will take place in Evergreen FC, Kilkenny on Saturday, December 3.

The two squads were selected from trials in each region, where over 25 players took part to seal one of 18 places in each squad, and the standard was extremely high.

The Munster squad, who will be led by Nick Harrison and Ken O’Connell, is made up of players from Midleton, Limerick, Cahir, St Brendan’s Park (Tralee), Newcastlewest, Evergreen, Carrigaline United, and Skibereen.

The Leinster squad, who have Kyle Mates, Brian Walsh and Chris McElligott, have brought players together from Malahide United, Lourdes Celtic, Cabinteely, Sacred Heart, and Kildare Town.

This match represents a big step forward for the FAI’s Football For All Club programme, which was set up in 2010, and provides opportunities to people with disabilities from communities around the country.

“We are really excited to host the first ever Interprovincial Football For All club inter-regional match and to use the excellent facilities at Evergreen FC in Kilkenny. It is going to be landmark day for the programme and for the players and coaches involved,” said Oisin Jordan, Football For All National Coordinator.

“The Football For All programme now boasts 33 clubs around the country and we have plans to expand again in 2017. We want to continue to provide the best opportunities to players of all levels and the work being done at the respective clubs is terrific.

“Even though these young players have a disability, we still want them to train and compete at a high standard. So this Interprovincial match, between two very talented squads, is something that we are all looking forward to. The game will not only have a huge impact on these 36 players’ development but all future players who will get the opportunity to represent their regions.”

Along with regular training at club level, Regional Blitzes/Leagues have allowed children with varying abilities to enjoy football and excel in a competitive environment, while this 11-a-side match stokes up the rivalry of Leinster versus Munster.

For further information on the Football For All programme

Interprovincial Football For All Match
Leinster v Munster
Evergreen FC, Kilkenny
Saturday, December 3
KO 16:00

Football Association of Ireland

Walking Football kicks off at Carrigaline


Carrigaline United AFC are delighted to introduce a new four week programme of Walking Football commencing on Monday 22nd August 2016 at Ballea Park in Carrigaline.

It is especially suited to more senior players and those with limited mobility. While it is very similar to soccer, players cannot run and slide tackles are banned, allowing players enjoy the game and avoid injuries. Walking Football promotes cardiovascular fitness and helps participants maintain an active lifestyle.

The programme is open to the public, is free and new participants are welcome each week.

For more information contact Killian, Carrigaline United Football for All: 086 86 45 700


Liverpool Legends To Visit Carrigaline

Carrigaline Utd V Liverpool Legends Game 30th July

A Liverpool FC Legends team, consisting many of the greats from the Liverpool teams of the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s will play against a Carrigaline Utd Legends XI at Ballea Park on July 30th, and the club are intending to make the day a very special one for both young and old. Speaking at the reception held in the clubhouse last weekend, Ken Dennehy, Chairman organising committee, went onto outline the initial idea of the event some months ago to arranging meetings with Dave Hall, FAI Masters co-ordinator to arrange the fixture. After many meetings, the match has been approved and date fixed and the club are now looking forward to holding one of their most prestigious matches in the history of the club since its foundation back in 1972.

He went onto thank the support and assistance given by his committee and to event sponsors, Trevor O’Driscoll and Dave Thompson of Excell Sealants; Peter Collins of the Carrigaline Court Hotel; Brian Martin of Martin Scaffolding, 96FM and Niall Cotter from Blackwater Motors.

Ronnie Whelan, no stranger to the Cork region, spoke of his delight in being able to bring a team to Carrigaline over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and although many of his players are ‘in the mature age bracket and in their 40’s and 50’s’, they will give it ‘their best shot and do everyone proud’ on the day.

CEO Irish Masters Dave Hall remarked that it will be a very special day for the club in Carrigaline and added that an event of this nature brings the whole community together, and Carrigaline can be rightly proud of their strong club and community spirit.
The Carrigaline soccer club has always been to the forefront as regards raising funds for certain charities over the years, with funds on the day going towards the Football For All programme at Ballea Park which has been running very successfully at the club for the past few years with many youngsters involved present at the launch.

To date, four Liverpool FC Legends have been confirmed – Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Phil Babb and Alan Kennedy – who between them have a host of league, cup and European medals – with at least to more legends within the coming weeks and will be managed by celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean from Cork. Liverpool legends guests will include Greg O’Halloran and Joe Gamble of Cork City, with a few more names added shortly.

The days activities will commence at Ballea Park at 12.30, with bouncy castles for the youngsters and a specially erected marquee taking up most of the available car park space at the club, with the match scheduled to kick off at 3pm, followed by post match entertainment, including live music and bubbleball amongst other events planned for the day.

Tickets for the days activities will be €15 for adults and €5 for children under 15 and are available from the clubhouse at Ballea Park, the Carrigaline Court Hotel and at Footgolf, Ringenane Golf Course Kinsale.