The Cork Club first met in late 2003. Over the next few years, attendance slowly grew to about a dozen irregular members who met in Cork and Cobh.
Activity increased dramatically in 2006, during which the club was lucky enough to have been joined or visited by several mid-level amateur players from the USA, Poland and France.
Early 2007 saw a regular turnout at weekly meetings, but Go locally took a big step forward when one player managed to get a regular club running in UCC that October. (Original site.)
In January 2008, the UCC Club ran Cork’s first ever Go tournament. The one-day event drew a total of 18 participants.
In late 2009, UCC Go took an academic year out. This led to the 2010 invasion of the Idle Hour pub by Cork Go players, exposing several local chess aficionados to the game.
Fortunately, during the second half of 2010, new management shook fresh life into the UCC club and the annual tournament had its best turnout to date, despite the now-traditional disastrous weather. (2010 site.)
The IGA is attempting to compile a more complete history of Go nationwide.