Cllr Kieran McCarthy has welcomed that Garryduff Woods is fully open to the public again. This followed a series of works by the wood’s manager, An Coillte. It was agreed earlier this year with the local community that the next step was to replant the area with broadleafs. The programme of works already completed included hedge cutting, tree surgery and road maintenance prior to the felling, the felling itself, ground cultivation and timber haulage. The site is now prepared for planting which is planned to take place in quarter one of 2021 when plants are available.
The site does not need to be closed for this operation as it is manual work only and no heavy machinery will be required. The replanting will consist of the following species – Oak (2 hectares), Birch (2 hectares), Scots Pine (1.4 hectare), Norway Spruce (1 hectare). The Oak, Birch and Scots Pine will be planted, mixed at a ‘stocking rate’ of 3,300 stems per hectare for the oak and birch and 2,500 stems per hectare for the Scots Pine. Norway Spruce to be planted in small groups throughout the site at 2,500 stems per hectare.
This site will be managed primarily for biodiversity values and a critical element of this is will be future interventions that will form part of the overall biodiversity management plan. Such interventions are necessary for the maintenance and enhancement of the biodiversity values for e.g. light thinnings to favour Oak, which will be done manually.
The Norway Spruce cones are favoured by red squirrels due to the soft cones that it produces. The cones produced by the Scots Pine will also add to the diversity of food source for red squirrels on site. This new replanting will also allow for the staggering of age-classes should help the red squirrel and the biodiversity value of the site.
Cllr McCarthy noted: “Since the boundary extension last year, Cork City has inherited this very beautiful 26-hectare forest amenity managed by An Coillte. It is a site I am rediscovering over the past year especially from a historical perspective of the Old Court estate and the Civil War Battle of Douglas in 1922, which was held across the woods. Plus I have been vocal many times in the Council Chamber that the City Council needs an effective urban forestry management strategy within the city area. Such a strategy should also connect to other entities such as An Coillte for cross collaborative work”.
Kieran McCarthy has asked that a historic archway belonging to one of Cork’s
oldest firms be removed from its hidden corner and get more public prominence
in the public realm to reflect its stature, history and design. The 1779
archway was once part of the entrance door to one of Cork’s oldest firms John Daly
& Co Mineral Water Manufacturers on Kyrl’s Quay.
noted: “The year 1779 was the foundation of their company. The archway may not
date to 1779 but may have been a later addition to the company’s premises
celebrating its earlier origins. In 1991-3 as part of the development of North
Main Street Shopping Centre the archway was placed at the back of an apartment
block built next to it. It now lys in the
public realm of Cork City Council.
“In 1915, John Daly and Co. were also the original creators of the well-known
Tanora brand. At that time, Temperance groups lobbied manufacturers of Lemonade
such as John Daly’s to produce another popular non-alcoholic drink. Tanora was
created through the importation of tangerine oranges”.
“Fifty years ago, Daly’s owned Kyrl’s Quay Bonded Warehouses and the
Victoria Hotel in Cork. Five decades ago Daly’s also bought the total issued
share capital of Coca Cola Bottling (Dublin). They had the Coca Cola franchise
for Munster which gave Daly’s extensive interests in the Irish market for soft drinks. However, it
was a Munster Coca Cola bottling company that eventually bought out the company”.
McCarthy continued: “The archway is certainly a beautiful creation and deserves
a more visual presence in the public realm. It is a real shame to see bins and rubbish
piled high against it daily. It is in a very narrow and hidden corner, which
doesn’t do its elaborateness any justice.
In a report to Cllr McCarthy at the recent South Central Local Area Committee, the City Council’s Conservation Officer proposes to prepare a report for the next meeting which will examine the history and background to the siting of the doorcase in this location and make recommendations following an assessment of the implications of re-locating it, including the identification of suitable types of sites. Once Councillors have an opportunity to decide on the most appropriate action for the protection and enhancement of the doorcase, they will liaise with the relevant operational sections of the City Council to progress the matter.