To ask the CE for an update on fixing the Atlantic Pond valve problem? (Cllr Kieran McCarthy)
That safety signage be erected at the unprotected pier in
Blackrock. There is no life jacket sign. There is no indication that it is a
dangerous area for vehicles (Cllr Kieran McCarthy).
In light of the recent presentation on the city centre and the
difficulty of rolling out broadband fibre cable to replace the old copper
cable, that a suitable, sustainable and efficient technological solution be
sought out with service providers. Cork City Centre cannot be left behind in
the roll-out (Cllr Kieran McCarthy)
That the remains of the Cantillan family sponsored drinking
fountain atop a grassy mound at the western end of The Marina in front of
Shandon Rowing Club be re-imagined – either as a conservation project or a new
drinking fountain installed at the location – or a mixture of both (Cllr Kieran
Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy
has welcomed the continued deferral of rates payments for the first quarter of
2021 for businesses most impacted by Level 5 restrictions introduced on
6 January 2021.
Cllr McCarthy noted: “With
financial support from central government Cork City Council will be deferring
rates payments. The three-month waiver will apply to eligible businesses and
will be applied to rates accounts in the form of a credit in lieu of rates.
Support from government has also kept the Council’s operations going and it is
essential that forms of financial support remain as businesses return in the
months ahead. The Council’s income will be significantly down later this year
as the full economic fallout from businesses that do not re-open is revealed”.
Cork City Council Head of
Finance, John Hallahan said, “Cork City Council is acutely aware of the
challenges faced by businesses, large and small throughout the city and
county. We will continue to work with our rate payers on a case by case basis
and are asking businesses to contact us”.
Cork City Council will issue Rate
Bills for 2021 commencing in March 2021. Rate payers are advised that
these bills will not include the recently announced Covid-19 rates waiver but
that rate payers that are eligible for the waiver will get a statement showing
their reduced liability in April/May 2021. For queries on the rates waiver
scheme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021-4924484.
Cork City Local Enterprise Office
offers a number of supports to businesses to address the challenges posed by
Covid-19, such as mentoring, Microfinance Ireland COVID-19 Business
Loan, businessadvice clinics, and trading online
vouchers are available for businesses wishing to establish or enhance
their online presence. For further queries on these supports, contact Cork City
Local Enterprise Office on 021-4961828 or at email@example.com
3 March 2021, “The air-quality plan is an essential part of the council’s Climate Adaptation Plan and one which I, and other councillors, have been calling for. Great credit is due to the council’s executive scientist department for gathering together best-practice insights with the help of UCC experts”, said Cllr Kieran McCarthy.
In the first week
March 1921, members of an American Committee for the Relief of Irish Distress
arrived in Cork City. They were hosted by members of Cork Corporation and the
Cork Harbour Board, amongst others. Their arrival was a positive one in the
context of the narrative of repair after the Burning of Cork and of donating
money to the impoverished of the city.
Towards the end of
1920 men and women came together on the invitation of (and under the
chairmanship) of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Laurence O’Neill to form the Irish
White Cross. They met to consider how it was possible to alleviate the great
amount of suffering that, even at that date, had resulted from the Irish War of
Independence. The group were representative of practically every section of the
political and religious beliefs of the Irish community. They were motivated solely
by humanitarian motives.
the Irish White Cross in Ireland, in December 1920, a Committee for the Relief
of Irish Distress was founded in America by Dr William J Maloney, a Republican cause sympathiser. The committee carried out its
task in the same humane spirit that had inspired the many charitable
organisations that went out from the United States to offer relief in the days
of the First World War.
The committee influenced
a series of great drives for funds, which were organised throughout 48 States
of America. In a short period of time, it had at its command a large sum – approximately
five million dollars – for the relief of people in Ireland.
From the establishment
of the committee American members of the Religious Society of Friends were
prominent in the ranks of its active members. In January 1921, several members of
the latter group with experience in relief and reconstruction work in France
and other areas devastated in the great war arrived in Ireland. The group comprised
Messrs. R Barclay Spicer (Philadelphia), Oren B Wilbur (New York), William
Price (Philadelphia), John C Baker (Philadelphia), Walter C Longstreth (Philadelphia)
accompanied by Messrs C J France, (Seattle, Washington) and S D McCoy (New York)
City. Their aim was to ascertain the nature and extent of American aid
necessary for the relief of the Irish people.
mission of 49 days, which lasted until April 1921, C J France acted as
Chairman, and S D McCoy as Secretary (the latter not returning to America until
October 1921). Mr France remained in Ireland until June 1922, acting as a representative
of the American Committee in connection with the distribution of the American
subsequent published report (which in the present day is now digitally scanned
and online) outlines that during their visit members visited nearly one hundred
communities in Ireland in which acute distress existed. They visited no less
than 95 cities, towns, villages, and creameries, in which destruction of
buildings or property by the military or police forces of the British Crown has
occurred. In the 95 places visited there occurred 95 per cent, of the material
damage to property owned by the civil population, which has been recorded
during the twelve months ending 31 March 1921.
The places visited
range in geographic location from Gortahork, on the extreme north-western coast
of Ireland, to Timoleague, on the extreme southern coast; from Dublin, in the
east, to Clifden and Aran Islands, in the west.
viewed the damage personally, and personally collected on the spot evidence as
to the value of the property destroyed. In addition, written statements from
reliable sources were supplied to the delegation regarding material damage in
the small number of afflicted communities which they were unable to visit. They
reported forty co-operative creameries, which were totally ruined and which had
their whole machinery reduced to scrap-iron; thirty-five were partly wrecked
and rendered unfit for work. The delegation reports on the conflict;
the course of this conflict at least 2,000 houses – dwelling houses,
farmsteads, shops –were utterly destroyed, while about 1,500 were partially
destroyed, many of the latter being rendered uninhabitable. In this way nearly
3,000 families were cast on the world homeless, and very often with the loss of
their entire possessions. The majority of the victims were of the small farmer
class in the country, and, of the shopkeeper and artisan class in the towns.
These had little or no resources to fall back upon, and were it not for the aid
of the charitable large numbers must have perished from cold or hunger”.
data in regard to material damage and personal distress, the delegation reported
that the material damage to Irish shop-buildings, factories, creameries, and
private dwelling houses, inflicted by the British forces during the previous
twelve months, amounted to approximately $20m. Without reductions in the cost
of labour and materials they estimated the cost of replacing the buildings would
be approximately $25m.
On arrival in Cork
City the committee took the time to hear about the economic and fallout and the
destitution created from the Burning of Cork event;
a city such as Cork it is difficult to estimate with accuracy the number of
people who were directly involved in distress by this destruction, but it is
safe to take the estimate given in the same report, that close upon 4,000
persons – men, women, and children – had to be relieved by reason of the loss
of their employment. The ordinary charitable associations could not cope with
the burden thus cast upon them, and the Irish White Cross had to undertake responsibility
for their maintenance”.
delegation’s report, over the ensuing 18 months £788,215 was sent to Ireland to
be distributed through the Irish White Cross in Dublin and down to parish
committees and in the Cork context to the city’s own Distress Committee. A
total of £170, 398 was sent to Cork City to be distributed to those effected by
the Irish War of Independence.
Branding for Irish White Cross, 1922 (source: Report of the Irish White
Cross to 31st August, 1922)
The conclusion of this school season’s Discover Cork
Schools’ Heritage Project was recently marked by an online awards ceremony and
presentation of winning projects. A total of 25 schools in Cork City took part
in the 2020-21 edition, which ranged from schools in Ballinlough, Ballintemple,
Blackrock to Blarney and Glanmire, and from Ballyphehane to the Shandon
area. Circa 1,000 students
participated in the process this year with approx 200 project books submitted
on all aspects of Cork’s local history & heritage.
The Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project is in its 18th year
and is a youth platform for students to do research and write it up in a
project book whilst offering their opinions on important decisions being made
on their heritage in their locality and how they affect the lives of people
locally. The aim of the project is to allow students to explore,
investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun
Co-ordinator and founder of the Project,
Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that: “The Project this year was even more apt this
year as we all find ourselves within our localities much more. In particular,
this year’s entries focussed on famous buildings of Cork City, historic
walkways, public parks and many oral history projects. Again, this year
students made fab models and short films on their topics. One could also see
the family and friend involvement in projects. Technically with this project
for every one student, there are another four people who have been consulted
and who are consulted to help with projects. One could argue that over 4,000
people have some input into project books every year”.
“The Schools’ Heritage Project remains focussed about
developing new skill sets within young people in thinking about, understanding,
appreciating, and making relevant in today’s society the role of our
heritage – our landmarks, our stories, our landscapes in our
modern world. Ultimately the project focuses on motivating and inspiring young
people through them working on a heritage project for several weeks and seeks
to build a sense of place and identity amongst younger people”, concluded Cllr
The Project is funded by Cork City Council with further
sponsorship offered by the Old Cork Waterworks Experience and Cllr Kieran
Full results are online on Cllr McCarthy’s local
history website, www.corkheritage.ie. There is also a link there to the YouTube
award ceremony. On the YouTube video Kieran, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe
Kavanagh, and Niamh Twomey, City Council Heritage Officer speak about the
winning projects for this school season.
Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy
has called for the need for stronger communication to be given to the general
public and public representatives on the extent and progress of the roll-out of
fibre optic cable for broadband in neighbourhoods across Cork City.
This week representatives of
broadband service providers attended an online meeting of Cork city councillors
to give an update on the national broadband roll-out plan in Cork City.
Cllr McCarthy, who asked the
Council executive to bring in the service providers for a special meeting
noted; “I certainly welcome the ambition of the National Broadband Plan but
every week, I’m getting emails from constituents asking for updates. With many
people working from home, the demand for broadband is so high at present. I am
getting emails that people are unable to log onto basic zoom calls or students
who cannot take part effectively in online schooling. The areas they live in
are not in far out rural areas but in the inner suburbs of Cork City. The old
copper coil cable technology is not fit for purpose for the modern world.
“The roll-out of the National
Broadband Plan is most welcome but the plan is just in year two of seven at the
moment and its communication with local people needs to be improved immensely.
I have had constituents who are so frustrated by the lack of communication of
when their neighbourhood is due to be upgraded”.
“It also doesn’t help that service
providers such as SIRO and EIR cannot speak to each other due to competition
rules. So joining up the dots of communication and ramping up broadband to make
sure Ireland’s second city has future proofed broadband, which can also drive
regional development, is difficult”.
“I heard at the service providers online meeting this week that the roll out of fibre cable in the city centre is being stalled due to the need to dig up the streets and the complexities that go with that. And that it may not be looked at for several years. We may end up with efficient broadband in the suburbs and anyone who needs effective broadband in the city centre island not being able access fast and sustainable broadband. This is not good enough for a city of scale such as Cork. Better solutions for the city centre need to be fast-tracked”, concluded Cllr McCarthy.
By the last week of February 1921 revenge was the talk of
Cork IRA Brigade No. 1 for their fallen comrades of the Dripsey Ambush and the
Battle of Clonmult. On Saturday evening,
26 February, a comrade of Michael O’Donoghue’s whispered to him, “Go to
Confession to-night, Mick, and be ready for Monday near St. Augustine’s
In his witness statement for the Bureau of Military
History (WS 1741), Michael recalls that the members of A Company, got the
mobilisation order on that Monday afternoon, 28 February 1921. By 6.30pm, members
had reported at the college tower, at UCC’s quadrangle and had been issued with
small firearms and ammunition from the arms dump there. Their instructions were
clear – to shoot down at sight, every enemy soldier and policeman in uniform on
the streets of Cork City that evening.
Michael outlines that the particular area of operations
allocated to ‘A’ Company, was St Patrick’s Street and the adjoining streets
between South Mall and the Coal Quay. This was the most dangerous section of
the City as it was ringed by a chain of police barracks barely 150 yards apart
between the two river channels. On Cornmarket Street was the Bridewell police station
and its detention cells, all of which were strongly garrisoned. On Tuckey Street
corner, there was another large RIC barracks. These two barracks effectively
dominated the approaches to St Patrick’s Street from the west. At its other
extremity was the bottleneck of St Patrick’s Bridge. Michael recalls of the
“This then was the sector where our
University Republican soldiers were to challenge the military might of the
Crown Forces and exact bloody revenge for the execution by firing squad of the
six Republican prisoners that same morning. Every man of ‘A’ Company who had a
gun was in action that night. We operated in small groups of two or three. Zero
hour was 7pm by Shandon Church clock. By 6.45pm, we had made our way
unobtrusively to Patrick Street and begun to scout along quietly marking down
companion was Dan Barton, a fellow engineering student. They strolled casually
up the south side of St Patrick’s Street. No policemen in uniform were anywhere
to be seen in the whole section. Civilians, men and women, hurried by, each focused
on some vital personal business.
At 6.53pm, Dan and Michael reached St Patrick’s Bridge,
meeting Mick Crowley, Connie Lucey and “Nudge” Callanan, three of our
lads who had come in from West Cork, where they were with Tom Barry’s Column,
to share in the night’s desperate work.
It was 6.57pm and almost dark when they saw a party of
three khaki warriors with bandoliers ahead near Prince’s Street corner. With
two minutes to go at least, they ran rapidly down to Oliver Plunkett Street and
turned up Prince’s Street intending to get to the soldiers as they emerged on
to St Patrick’s Street again.Seven o’clock struck as they swung into Prince’s Street.
Michael describes the engagement.
“Loud and clear and ominous the strokes rang
out. A few seconds tense silence and then desultory shots to the north. Then shooting
seems to break out all over. Three soldiers came running from Patrick St.
straight towards us, all scared by the nearby shooting. Our revolvers are drawn
and I have the big Colt cocked. Fire! Within eight yards of us, two of the
soldiers crash to the ground, the survivor stops, shrieks in panic, turns and
raced after him as the survivor ran in through an open shop door:
“I am almost at his heels. It is a fancy shop
with a variety of musical goods. The soldier huddles, crying in a corner
against the counter. Another shot and he slumps down. I turn on my heels
quickly towards the door. I don’t even search the khaki body or glance at it.
Then as I reach the door I hear a loud shriek of terror behind me. I look back
and see the face of a terrified woman behind the counter. I do not know if she has
witnessed the ghastly business, but I am now scared”.
Outside near the corner Dan awaits Michael. The two slain
policemen lay motionless on the street. Shooting continued and seems to come
from the streets all round. It was now quite dark and the streets are
completely deserted. Both chose to escape outside of the ring of police barracks.
Curfew time was approaching and it was only minutes until the streets were
going to be filled with armoured cars and lorries and machine-guns.
As they emerged from St Patrick’s Street to cross to
Castle Street a volley of revolver shots rang out and crash went a plate-glass
shop window behind them. They were seen and fired at. Two dark figures, Black and Tans evidently
from Tuckey Street were firing at them from Singer’s Corner about fifty yards
away. Crouching low by the van of Woodford Bourne’s. Michael fired three rounds
at the two Tans to disconcert them.
Then together Michael and Dan rushed across the street to
Castle Street corner. They made it safely and continued down Castle Street. Michael
had but one round left in the Colt gun now.
Shooting could still be heard at intervals, now more
heavily in the Sunday’s Well and Blarney Street direction. It was almost on
curfew hour as they reached the Dyke Parade. Dan agreed to smuggle Michael into the Honan
Hostel where he stayed and to shelter him there for the night. As they reached O’Donovan’s
Bridge opposite UCC after crossing over the Western Road. Michael ejected the
five spent shells from the Colt end dropped them in the River Lee.
1088a. View from Woodford Bourne street corner,
Daunt’s Square, St Patrick’s Street, c.1910, from Cork City Through Time
by Kieran McCarthy and Dan Breen.
“Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy has welcomed the beginning of the phase 1 of the Passage Railway Greenway Improvement Scheme on next Monday 22 February. Great credit is due to officials in City Hall of the Infrastructure section; there is great momentum at the moment between drafting plans, gaining the input of the public, amending plans where needs be, and presenting them to the National Transport Authority for funding. There is a deep affection for the old railway line walk and in these COVID times is used regularly by locals”.
“The widening of the footpath is to be welcomed and one which locals have called for. I am personally excited that the old Blackrock Station platform is to get conservation works. It is in a poor state and it would be a shame to lose the platform completely due to neglect. I am also excited by the planting of 60 semi mature trees and over 2,000 saplings along the phase 1 from the Mahon Point to The Marina. It is also welcome that the greenway will be kept open to the greatest possible extent throughout the works”, concluded Cllr McCarthy.
This presentation outlines the history and recent refurbishment of the iconic ‘Shakey’ Bridge which was originally built under the stewardship of the City Engineer, SW Farrington, who was also the first Chair of the Cork Region of Engineers Ireland. Kieran McCarthy, an Independent Councillor in Cork City and a noted local historian with an avid interest in the architectural and industrial heritage of his native city outlines social and economic context of the original construction which opened in 1927 to replace an earlier ferry crossing at the same location. The bridge remains the only suspension bridge in Cork City and is the only surviving bridge of its type in Ireland.
Michael Minehane, Chartered Engineer and Principal Engineer at RPS details the recent rehabilitation of the bridge which re-opened in December 2020, including the special inspection and structural assessment, site investigations and material testing, rehabilitation works, the approach to conservation, structural dynamics and aspects of design and construction.