The subject site of the planning application is situated within the South Docklands of Cork City in a location encompassing and including the area known as the Marina Park. The site comprises of the recently redeveloped grounds of Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium Campus and the adjoining areas within the Marina Park. These areas are bounded to the south by the Monahan Road, to the west by Phase 1 of the Marina Park, to the east by the Atlantic Pond and to the north by the recently pedestrianised Marina, and the River Lee.
This location has had a longstanding history of sporting activities, dating back as far as the late 1800s. Following development in the 1930s and 1970s, the most recent redevelopment involved a complete reconstruction of the stadium and the creation of a centre of excellence in 2017. The stadium, which is the home of Cork GAA, is a state-of-the-art facility with a capacity for 45,000 people. Adjoining the stadium is a fully floodlit all weather pitch that forms part of the stadium’s centre of excellence that is used by Cork GAA teams, underage development squads, club teams from throughout the county, as well as local schools, and others.
Vehicular access to the stadium is via Centre Park Road and the Monahan Road, which also provides access to a public car park adjoining the Atlantic Pond and which also forms part of the overall development of this area. Revised access and parking egress arrangements to the stadium and Marina Park are proposed in accordance with an updated Mobility Management Plan (please refer to mobility plan for details) submitted with the planning application.