New Community Services BuildingUnit 2Carnloch CourtThe GlenCork T23HXWO
Carnloch Court is situated in the Glen on the north side of Cork City and is within walking distance of the City Centre. The Centre is well situated with ring road access to main motorway routes: North to Dublin, East to Waterford and West to Limerick and South to West Cork and Kerry. The train and bus stations are in close proximity.
It is adjacent to the Glen River Park which has lovely walks allowing trainees space to relax and reflect on their training experiences.
Carnloch Court was developed as part of a Regeneration Scheme in 2014 and boasts modern training facilities and a recently landscaped inner court yard containing over 300 perennials. The training rooms are spacious and bright allowing for comfort during training sessions. With its proximity to the Blackpool Centre and Retail Park it has the added benefit of extensive free parking facilities.
Arriving in Cork, continue on the N20 along the Commons Road past Blackpool Shopping Centre on your left. At the next T Junction, turn left on to the North Ring Road (R635) in the direction of Dublin, Rosslare. At the next set of Traffic lights turn Right into Glen Avenue. You will see the Glen Boxing Club on your right.
Take the second turn to the left before the church into Arderin Way at the train / monument. Continue around the back of St Brendans Church and you will see a new building opposite. Turn Right into Carnloch Court.
The Glen NYP is in a small courtyard adjacent to the church.
At the Dunkettle roundabout head towards the city. After about 2 km at Silversprings, you will see a sign for Limerick. Take a left up on to this slip road and continue up on to the North Ring Road. Continue through Mayfield for a few kilometres and you will pass the Fire station on your right. Take the next left into Glen Ave and follow the instructions above.
Head towards the City Centre or alternatively towards the Dunkettle roundabout and follow the instructions above.
If travelling along the Quays turn right or left at the Opera House, depending on which direction you are travelling from and follow the signs for the N20 towards Limerick. Just before Blackpool the road veers a sharp left for Limerick and straight on for the North Ring Road towards Dublin / Rosslare. Go straight on at this junction to the next set of traffic lights. You will see the Boxing Club on your left. Turn Right into Glen Avenue and follow the instructions above.
Looking eastwards at The Glen valley in 'Glen River Park'. The Glen River (obscured by foliage from this angle) runs parallel to the left of the footpath.
During the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene periods it is believed that the River Lee valley was occupied by a glacier which melted and the water which sought an outlet created a ravine or glacial valley that now makes up what is known as 'Glen River Park', so named because the 'Glen River' flows through the valley on an east-west axis, and joins the 'River Bride' and the 'Kilnap River' in the Blackpool Valley to form the 'Kiln River'. In the 1850s W. and H.M. Goulding built a large factory in The Glen that was used to make phosphate fertilizers and the area became known as 'Goulding's Glen'. The factory closed and was demolished in the mid-20th century and very little of it remains today. The land was donated to the people of Cork by Sir Basil Goulding in the late 1960s and was subsequently developed as an amenity park.
View of 'Glen River Park'.
Since the land (then known as Goulding's Glen) was gifted to the people of Cork in the 1960s, Cork City Council have developed the area as the Glen Amenity Park (Glen River Park) - Care has been taken in the development of the Glen River Park to preserve the natural attractiveness of the area. The park is located in a deep steep-sided valley and includes a range of habitats that are of biodiversity value. At the heart of the site is one of the city’s most diverse wetland areas which includes ponds, wet grassland, wet woodland and swampy areas of emergent vegetation including common reedmace, sweet-grass, canary reed-grass and common reed, providing a valuable refuge for birds, insects and other wildlife and of biodiversity value. Bird species which nest in the area include some that are restricted to wetland areas such as moorhen and reed bunting. Artificial lagoons created at the Glen are a feature of the park.
The first of four ventilation shafts constructed c. 1850 for a subterranean railway tunnel connecting Mallow to Cork city. The adjacent metallic train sculpture was added c. 2000.
The Glen is also the location of a subterranean railway tunnel that was constructed from 1847 to 1855 to connect Mallow to Cork city. The tunnel had four ventilation shafts, all of which are still standing and two of these are located in The Glen. One is located in Arderin Way and the other can be found in Glentrasna Drive.
Of the ventilation shaft in Arderin Way, the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage describes it as "...a fascinating reminder of the early days of train travel when steam engines created large quantities of vapour and smoke, and consequently ventilation shafts were required. It retains its original form and massing, and remains a notable addition to the urban landscape."
In his story "The Ugly Duckling", Irish playwright, novelist, and short-story writer Frank O'Connor writes of the relationship between a man and his home town. Here he describes his return to Cork city from Dublin:
Then, long after, he found himself alone in Cork, tidying up things after the death of his father, his last relative there, and was suddenly plunged back into the world of his childhood and youth, wandering like a ghost from street to street, from pub to pub, from old friend to old friend, resurrecting other ghosts in a mood that was half anguish, half delight. He walked out to Blackpool and up 'Goulding's Glen' only to find that the big mill pond had all dried up, and sat on the pond remembering winter days when he was a child and the pond was full of skaters, and summer nights when it was full of stars. His absorption in the familiar made him peculiarly susceptible to the poetry of change.
Comedian Des Bishop lived in The Glen in the late 1990s when he started doing comedy. In 2004, he described his feelings after returning to The Glen for a gig: "...it was quite nostalgic for me to go back to the place where I was living when I started comedy.