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Cork Harlequins Office and facilities will be closed until further notice but if you have any queries email or phone 087 1953447
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We would like to thank all our members and volunteers who are working on the front line during this time.

If there is anyone on your team or a volunteer in your group worth a special mention send in details to
Hockey Ireland Statement

Hockey Ireland Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE No. 5 regarding Return to Hockey Protocol.

27 May 2020

Hockey Ireland notes and welcomes the plans published by the Irish Government, Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland concerning the roadmaps relating to the possible return of sporting activity, including Hockey.

Hockey Ireland is working closely with Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland to develop guidance and protocols to enable a safe return to hockey activities, including training and competitions.

It is important to note that our return to hockey protocols have NOT been released and that the Irish Government has NOT listed hockey as one of the sports that can resume activity. Therefore, we are reminding the hockey community to continue to adhere to current restrictions and to refrain from organising on-field activity.

We will continue to monitor the dates and timelines for a return to play as appropriate, in line with the advice and guidance of the Government and Sporting Authorities. Our current restrictions and arrangements remain under constant review at this time. The Board of Hockey Ireland still firmly hopes to be able to return to Hockey competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance.

Hockey Ireland would again like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time and appreciates the efforts many of you are going to in order to continue training while at home.

Please keep safe. For further information on Covid-19:

If you have any further queries, please email

Bar Stock

Dear Member,

We are offering the following stock from the bar at cost price. It will be on a first come first served basis. Please contact 087 1953447 for further details. Thank you to those who have already put in an order !

Cork Harlequins Management Committee


Item Volume/Weight No Cost Lots
Smirnoff 1L 1L 1 23 9
Coca Cola (Red can) 330ml 24 11.45 1
Coca Cola (Red can) 330ml 22 10.5 1
Marshmallows 1kg 1 7.5 2
Water (Still) 500mls 24 4.55 2
Cadbury's Hot Chocolate 2kg 1 13.5 1
Boost Cans Original 250mls 24 8.05 1
Bulmers pint 12 23.05 3
Bulmers pint 7 13 1
Corona 330ml 7 15 1
7UP Free 330mls 24 11.45 1
7Up Free 330mls 12 5.7 1
Club Orange 330mls 24 11.95 1
Club Orange 330mls 24 11.95 1
7UP (Green can) 330mls 24 10.25 1
7UP (Green can) 330mls 19 8 1
Luis Felipe Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 187mls 16 27 1
Emotivo Pinot Grigio 750mls 1 8.99 2
Blue Mentos   34 10.5 1
Green Mentos   28 8.6 1
Pringles Cheese and Onion 40g 23 15 1
Pringles Ready Salted 40g 18 12 1
Pringles BBQ 40g 13 8.7 1
Pringles Salt and Vinegar 40g 11 7.37 1
Pringles Sour Cream 40g 5 3.35 1


Down Memory Lane
Send your photo or video and tell us your story of good times at Cork Harlequins to
The Irish Senior Cup 2000 team have caught up a couple of times on Zoom in the last couple of weeks, plenty of reminiscing of times past and plans to meet up after shutdown !
Cricket Update
The Big Sky
View of the Cricket pitch this morning from the Roof

Cork Harlequins can provide safe environment for return to training

Ted Williamson - EVENING ECHO - 25th May 2020

WITH cricket on hold, we caught up with Cork Harlequins CC secretary Chris Hickey about sporting life in lockdown.

A Carrigaline native, he says the club have tried to keep players connected.

“As a committee, we recognised the need to reconnect the Quins cricketing family, so we set up a large number of practice drills, challenges and Q&A sessions on social media, YouTube, and Zoom — #StayWithTheGame — to help members interact at a fun level and at a level to relieve the monotony of lockdown, but also with many practical elements for players to work on relating to both the mental and technical sides of the game.

“Our online Q&A group sessions have been fantastic for everyone, and we’d like to thank Jim Troughton, Warickshire CCC head coach; Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie; Ireland starlet Harry Tector; and the England bowler and Ashes hero of 2009 Graham Onions for their time, interest, and wonderful insights in the sessions."

Last week saw the return of golf and tennis, under strict guidelines, and while matches are a while off yet, Hickey can see no reason why cricketers from all over the country shouldn’t themselves be training this week.

“Cricket practice can be organised following sensible social distancing guidelines quite easily,” he said.

“The country has adhered remarkably well to rules of the crisis and now that groups of four people are able to exercise together following strict guidelines, this should be extended to cricket clubs.

“The mental health benefits cannot be overestimated. Cork Harlequins has a policy in place ready to go which would provide a safe training environment for members, along similar lines to the Tennis Ireland guidelines, but now we just need the go-ahead from Cricket Ireland.”

As the Quins secretary has already suggested, the club has a detailed document around returning to training, specifically around the topics of travelling and arriving to the ground, as well as designated areas for players to sanitise and leave their gear.

There are then strict protocols around how to behave during practice, no-go areas, and net guidelines, as well as re-sanitising after practice and return-home guidelines to be adhered to.

“It’s easily done, but members are very frustrated about why they can’t train due to the fact that there are high levels of natural social distancing in cricket anyway,” he said.

On the chances of matches, he said: “Hopefully. My heart says yes.

“If there aren’t matches, we will endure, fully aware that there are a lot more serious issues in society to contend with than a return to sport. Sport is integral to the well being of the country so we must be ready to play again once conditions are conducive to doing so.”

Latest Q & A session with Ireland's greatest player Ed Joyce 
Say Thank You to our Volunteers
We have many fantastic volunteers in our club and now is your time to mention and celebrate them. Often we work in our own groups not knowing what others do within the club. If there is someone you would like to mention, send in a few words on how they make a difference to your time at Cork Harlequins (email
Today we honour a volunteer of the past, Billy Carpenter, and is probably top of the heap when it comes to Cork Harlequins volunteers. Billy passed away in July 2002 aged 98 but is still greatly remembered in the club. Twice president of the Irish Hockey Union (1963-65 and 1973-74), Billy held innumerable positions in the Munster Branch and was an Irish selector and international umpire. He held the position of Club President for 1956-71 and again in 1983-84. He had many stories to tell, one was that in playing at a variety of different locations in the club's first 35 years of existence before settling at Farmers Cross in 1961, they once turned up to rural venue only to find that their pitch had been ploughed.

Carpenter joined Harlequins from Maryville in 1933, 8 years after the club's founding. An inside forward "quick on the rebound", he captained the side which lost in a replay to Railway Union in the 1938 Irish Senior Cup Final. His finest hours were being elected president of the club in 1956, the opening of Harlequins' permanent pavilion and grounds in September 1970, umpiring the Holland Ireland international (3-2) in Amsterdam in 1965 and delighted with the club's first Irish Senior Cup win in 2000. 

Without Billy Carpenter's involvement in the club it is safe to say the club would not be where it is today, nearly 100 years later.
Online Courses
Munster Hockey with sponsor So Hockey are running some interesting hockey webinars and are open to all to join. So far there was a session with umpires Carol Metchette and Tanja Schafer and last Thursday evening the session featured coach, Alan Good. 

Stay connected with our social media channels for further information on forthcoming webinars.

COVID-19 Notice – Safeguarding Workshops

Due to the current government measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, many face to face Safeguarding workshops have been postponed. Sport Ireland has provided guidance to National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that completion of this online refresher, in conjunction with other additional steps, can be considered an interim measure until individuals have an opportunity to attend a face to face workshop. For further information please contact your NGB if you have not already done so.

This eLearning tool is also available as normal to those who have completed Safeguarding 1 and wish to refresh their knowledge.

*Please note - Anyone under the age of 18 should have parental consent to access this programme

Click here if you need to update or if you haven't done the course before. The course takes less than an hour to do and finishes off with a short online digital test.
Here is a resource that may be useful for interested hockey coaches. Click on the link here to find out more. 
Useful Links
Don't forget to support all our partners when we all get back on track
Hockey Jewellery
Roser Hockey is a new Sports range by Roser,  a signature collection of distinct contemporary Irish jewellery designed and created in Ireland by sculptor and silversmith Roser Pérez from her studio in Crosshaven. 

Roser Hockey was inspired by the energy radiating from the field hockey game, and the team effort and dedication of Cork Harlequins' coaches, players and parents, where Roser’s daughter, Ona, plays since she was 5 years old. 

Roser Hockey Pendant, a hand made Sterling Silver Hockey Stick set in a Harlequins red and black natural rubber necklet with a magnetic clasp designed for sports safety.

Roser Hockey Key-ring, unisex hand made Sterling Silver Hockey Stick on a genuine leather cord and stainless steel ring. Available in Black or White leather.

Both pieces are priced at €50. 

10% of every sale will contribute to the development and equipment of Cork Harlequins Hockey Club.

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Club Solicitors O'Donoghue and Associates offer a 15% discount to all club members. They provide legal services in all the usual areas, house purchase/sale, employment, family, accidents etc. If you would like to make an enquiry about any legal advices please mention you are a member of Cork Harlequins. 
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