Business and sporting hub
The thriving business along the Kinsale Road and nearby commercial parks are neighbours to Cork City F Ca nd the famed rugby grounds at Musgrave Park
By any yardstick, Musgrave Park is special in sporting terms. First opened in 1940, it ranks as one of the most famous rugby grounds in the country and witnessed the first triumph by an Irish provincial side over international tourists when Australia were beaten in 1967.
In 1973, it saw Munster earn a famous draw against the touring All Blacks.
In 1992, the ground saw one of Munster’s finest achievements as Australia, reigning world champions, were defeated. Rugby pundit George Hook underlined the ground‘s famous heritage: “This is a very, very special ground. I first attended matches here back in the 1950s and this isn’t just a big-game ground — you get schools rugby here and, of course, club rugby with Sunday’s Well and Dolphin.
“It’s also steeped in history with Munster having beaten the Wallabies here, and of course that famous 1973 draw with the AllBlacks when Munster may have been bloodied but were totally unbowed.”
Similarly, former Ireland star Tony Ward recalled how the Cork ground also held fond memories for him: “I won my first big victory with Garryowen here back in the early 1970s and of course played the Wallabies twice here. This is a very special place.”
The facility was first named in 1940 for the longserving Irish rugby official, Jimmy Musgrave, and has been graced over the years by many of Munster’s grea- test players including Donal Lenihan, Ronan O’Gara, Moss Keane, Mick Galwey, Anthony Foley, and Peter Clohessy. Indeed, proving that sport is unfettered by boundaries, the facility also hosted a Uefa Cup football match between Cork City and Bayern Munich in 1991.
In June 2015, thousands of Corkonians enjoyed the rare delight here of José Carreras and Katherine Jenkins, in concert with the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra.
Munster vs All Blacks at Musgrave Park in 1971, which famously ended in a draw.