Musgrave Park, Cork

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Musgrave Park
Irish Independent Park
Musgrave Park (geograph 3680269).jpg
Musgrave Park stands, September 2013
Location Cork
Coordinates 51°52′51″N 8°28′18″W / 51.8808°N 8.4718°W / 51.8808; -8.4718Coordinates: 51°52′51″N 8°28′18″W / 51.8808°N 8.4718°W / 51.8808; -8.4718
Public transit Cork railway station
Pearse Road / O'Growney Crescent bus stop
Owner Irish Rugby Football Union
Capacity 9,251[1] (3,450 seated)
Surface Grass
Opened 1940 Redevelopment 2014
Dolphin RFC, Sundays Well RFC, Munster Rugby

Musgrave Park, also known as Irish Independent Park,[2] is a rugby football stadium in the city of Cork, Ireland. The ground consists of four terraces, one stand, three tribunes, one jogging track, and two VIP stands on the west side. Musgrave has a capacity of about 9,251[1][3] (mainly terracing)[4] and is situated on Pearse Road in Ballyphehane. The ground was originally named after Jimmy Musgrave,[3] a past-president of the Irish Rugby Football Union, but naming rights were sold to Independent News & Media in 2014.[2]


In March 2010 it was announced that a major redevelopment was to take place at the ground. A new all seated West Stand would be built in the first phase of a development to bring capacity to over 12,500.[5] However in February 2011 the Munster Branch announced that work on the West Stand would not go ahead as planned - due to difficulty raising funding. Instead a 4,000 seat temporary stand was erected in the summer of 2011.[6] The old seated West Stand was demolished and replaced by the temporary structure, giving an overall capacity of 10,000 with 4,000 seats.[7]

In March 2013 it was announced that a new permanent 3,300 seated West Stand would be built ahead of the 2013/14 season. It would also incorporate changing, medical, media and function rooms. The East Terrace would also have a roof added as part of the development.[8] After the development is complete the capacity of the ground is expected to be 9,500 in total.[9] To fund this development a 1.1 acre strip of land to the east of the site was made available for sale.[10][11] Following a naming-rights deal with Independent News & Media, upon the planned reopening in early 2015, the ground is expected to be renamed as Irish Independent Park.[12]



A line-out during a rugby match between Munster and Scarlets at Musgrave Park

Musgrave Park is home to Dolphin RFC and Sundays Well RFC. Each club has their own pitch on the east side of the main stadium.

The stadium hosts some of Munster Rugby's home fixtures though Thomond Park, Limerick is the venue for all Heineken Cup games. Some smaller Pro12 games and pre-season friendlies are played in Musgrave park.

The stadium also host many local important games such as finals for amateur cup competitions and Schools Rugby.

Other sports[edit]

In September 1991 League of Ireland club Cork City F.C. played a league game at Musgrave Park against Shamrock Rovers[13] and the following Wednesday Cork City drew 1–1 with FC Bayern Munich in a UEFA Cup game played at the ground.


Other events also took place at the venue, with for example a concert by Il Divo in June 2014.[14]

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  1. ^ a b "RaboDirect PRO12 - Teams - Munster". RaboDirectPRO12. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Musgrave Park naming rights sold to Independent News & Media". RTÉ News. 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Musgrave Park | Club | Munster Rugby | Official Website : Musgrave Park". 1940-11-10. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Irish Examiner – Musgrave Park expansion talks". Irish Examiner Archives. 13 November 2003. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Chris (2010-03-12). "Munster Rugby : News : New Development at Musgrave Park". Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  6. ^ Coughlan, Barry (2011-02-18). "Downturn halts Munster’s Musgrave Park stand plans | Irish Examiner". Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  7. ^ "News Detail Page - Musgrave Park Plans for the New Stand". Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  8. ^ "AIB Customer Treasury Services - Breaking News". AIB Customer Treasury Services ( 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  9. ^ "BAM Group Appointed to Carry Out Redevelopment of Musgrave Park". Evening Echo. 1 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Munster Rugby to sell site at Musgrave Park". Sunday Business Post. 21 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Simon Lewis (21 November 2013). "Sale of land moves Musgrave Park development plan closer". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Redevelopment of Irish Independent Park to be completed by mid-December". Irish Independent. 16 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Irish Times". Irish Times. 1991-09-16. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Midsummer Extravaganza in Cork with IL DIVO!". Irish Examiner. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-27.