Cork City FC in recycling drive to get funding

3 Apr 2012

Photo by Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Cork City FC, which is run by its fans, is appealing for people to donate unwanted mobile phones, iPods, games and DVDs as part of a fundraising drive to keep the club in action.

The team launched the appeal last week by sending out green freepost envelopes to supporters.

The appeal will run for the next five weeks, and Irish clean-tech start-up is supporting the initiative.

Cork City FC chief executive Tim Murphy said the club is hoping to raise up to €10,000 through the fundraising drive. The club has gone from 1st division back up to the Irish Premier League.

Barry Walsh, director of, said there is a huge national and international market for lower-priced phones, games and DVDs.

“It is by reselling the items collected in these markets that we can earn funds for Cork City FC,” he said.

Walsh said the initiative would also be good for the environment, as such devices will be kept in the lifecycle for longer, instead of being simply stashed away in people’s homes.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic