Meet the Girls Behind Cork’s New Adult Roller Skating Team

Bonded by their mutual love of roller skating, two UCC students are the founders of Cork City’s newest roller skating club – a fun way to meet friends and stay active in the sun.

Roisin Navin bought his first pair of adult roller skates last year as a fun lock-in purchase and now runs Roller Criu Cork with his friend Caoimhe Marron.

Speaking to Cork Beo, Roisin said: “I used to rollerblade when I was younger,

“Decided to buy a pair of quads in April 2021 as a fun lockdown purchase.”

“Myself and Caoimhe met in October 2021 at a skate meet,

“And we’ve been skating together ever since.”

Roisin Navin and Caoimhe Marron race Roller Criu Cork

The couple are both studying at UCC, Roisin, 25, is doing his doctorate in the archeology department and Caoimhe, 23, is doing his master’s in plant biology.

An instant bond and love of skating meant the girls were eager to make new friends to share the activity with.

“In April 2022, we decided to create our own group, Roller Criú Cork,” Roisin said.

“It’s a skate group for quads & blades that is open to all skaters, 18+, and all levels.”

Criu roll is open to anyone who wants to have fun and skate with friends, whether on quads that have four wheels, or skates that are inline skates.

Roller skating is on the rise, a fast growing trend where adults from all over Ireland meet and spend time skating and making friends.

In Cork alone, there are plenty of opportunities for skateboarders to meet.

From the Cork Skating Club’s roller discos to Little Island, East Cork Roller’s Midleton meetups, Cork Rolling’s inline skating group and the hugely popular 50 First Skates which organizes skating meetups for “gays, gals and non-binary pals” in Dublin, Galway and Cork.

Roisin herself even worked on the organization and participation in 50 first skate events in Cork.

With bands across the country, Roisin says Roller Criu is just another fun way to hang out and meet friends outside of the usual bar scene.

“It’s such a fun hobby and definitely a great way to hang out with friends outside of the usual bars and pubs,” she said.

“We have weekly meetups, evening skate on weekdays and skate on weekends,

“The meetings were incredible,

“It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, everyone can learn skate tricks from each other and have a lot of fun,

“We are constantly getting new people, it’s always exciting to see new faces.”

And with the summer months upon us, Roisin and Caoimhe are eager to plan more activities for the Roller Criu gang.

“We are very excited for a summer of skating,” she said,

“We hope to organize day trips and skate weekends,

“For the May bank holiday weekend we organized a skate and surf trip to Garretstown, Kinsale, and it was great fun

“A few of us are also heading to Skate Love Barcelona, ​​an international music and skating festival in Barcelona.

“We are also delighted with the work carried out on the greenway at the Marina, the new Marina Park being one of our favorite places to skate.”

The Roller Criu can also be spotted at Horgans Quay where Roisin says it’s one of his favorite places to skate on weekday evenings along with Fitzgerald’ Park, Mardyke skatepark, Ballincollig skatepark and Carrigaline skatepark.

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