28 October 2020, “Many have emphasised to me the importance of this historic tree-lined avenue to public health and recreational use. However, I have also received correspondence from those who wish to tweak some of the parts of the pedestrianisation proposals. It is important that everyone gets their voice heard on the future of the Marina,” Cllr McCarthy said, Final few days for public to have their say on the permanent pedestrianisation of the Marina,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Final-few-days-for-public-to-have-their-say-on-the-permanent-pedestrianisation-of-the-Marina-6d933ca1-15f3-4b64-b1f2-142482fd3445-ds
Independent Cllr 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.
Cllr McCarthy 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”.
Cllr Kieran 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.