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Cllr McCarthy: Welcome for Replacement of Lead Pipes in Blackrock Village, 16 October 2021

Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy has welcomed the replacement of lead service connections in the Blackrock area to provide a more reliable water supply and improve water quality. The project is a collaboration project between Irish Water Cork City Council.

Works are due to be undertaken on the Blackrock Road (greenway crossing to pier), Church Avenue, Glandore Avenue, Post Office Avenue, the Marina, Castle Road, Convent Avenue, Rope Walk, Upper Convent Road, Castle Avenue, Sandy Lane and Dunloe Cottages. This will involve the replacement of existing lead pipes connecting the public water network to a customer’s property with modern polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Property owners will be notified if it is likely that there is lead present within the boundary of their property. Property owners are responsible for replacing this lead.

Cllr McCarthy noted: “These works have been called for by local residents for a long time. Works are limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. They may involve some short-term water outages. It is crucial though that the project team engage on the ground and ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water outages. A local traffic management needs to be put in place. It is important that emergency traffic and local traffic, including deliveries, are maintained at all times”.

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements will be notified directly and customers can phone Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town, 14 October 2021

1121a. The Lough, present day, showing landscaped areas funded by the Irish White Cros fund – footpath kerbing and landscaping were principle elements that can be viewed today (picture: Kieran McCarthy).
1121a. The Lough, present day, showing landscaped areas funded by the Irish White Cros fund – footpath kerbing and landscaping were principle elements that can be viewed today (picture: Kieran McCarthy).

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town Article,

Cork Independent, 14 October 2021

Journeys to a Truce: Landscaping The Lough

In October 1921, Irish newspaper outlets reported on the second visit of representatives of the American Committee for the Relief of Irish Distress. They came to view sites of devastation plus also how their White Cross fund was being distributed.

Founded in December 1920, the Committee for the Relief of Irish Distress was founded in America by Dr William J Maloney, a Republican cause sympathiser. The committee was inspired by 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. Their mission lasted until April 1921. The delegation’s subsequent published report in August 1922 (which in the present day is now digitally scanned and online) outlines that during their first visit members visited nearly one hundred communities in Ireland in which acute distress existed.

Following the delegation’s first visit, 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 £170,1398 was sent to Cork City to be distributed to those effected by the Irish War of Independence. For the most part documentation has not survived of how the Cork fund was spent.

One of the most prominent projects though of which information has survived was the near £5,000 spent was on the landscaping of The Lough during the summer and autumn of 1921. Nineteenth century maps of The Lough show the varied shapes of the natural spring lake, whose volume could grow and substract depending on the rain. It was also riddled with a build up of mud and overgrowth extending beyond its island birdlife island.

The 1921 works programme involved removing a depth of mud from four to ten feet deep in some places exposing the lake’s gravel bed. The mud was deemed a dangerous feature, both as a trap during skating times and a danger generator in the summer months, when the mud was exposed in the hot sun. During the summer and autumn of 1921, forty to fifty men were employed in the work per week, and in the short time, they removed hundreds of tons of mud. A Fordson tractor and lorry were kindly supplied by Messrs Henry Ford and Son. The horse transport and tools were provided by the Corporation of Cork.

Arising from the provision of the a horse and tools, the works programme was discussed at the meetings of Corporation members across September and October 1921. Apart from the removal of layers of mud, several other features were pursued – the reclaiming of ground to enable a playground for children, consolidating the immediate path around the Lough by providing kerbing on the edge of the Lough, creating an outside path twenty metres from the water’s edge as well as cutting small canals through the wildlife island to facilitate the further shelter of birdlife. It is all of the latter landscaping that has created the modern look of The Lough today.

On 14 October 1921, representatives of the Committee for the Relief of Irish Distress arrived back in Cork for another tour of Cork City – to hear about its reconstruction and to hear where possible further fundraised funding could go towards. The notable US representatives comprised Mr John J Pulleyn, Judge Richard Campbell, Miss Pulleyn, and Mr and Mrs C J France. In the course of an interview with the Cork Examiner the delegation outlined they had already visited Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, part of Kilkenny and Tipperary.

On arrival by motor car to the city, they were welcomed by Lord Mayor Donal Óg O’Callaghan and a number of local councillors. During their visit in Cork they visited the city centre’s burnt ruins to see the devastation first hand and to hear about the reconstruction challenges. The took a trip down the harbour with Frank Daly, the chairman of the Cork Harbour Commissioners, to hear about the port’s future economic prospects and also took time to kiss the Blarney Stone.

At a packed formal dinner in the city centre, which was held to mark the stay of the representatives, a number of speeches were made by. Judge Campbell noted he had just read what he deemed as one of the “best classics” – The Principles of Freedom, by Terence McSwiney – a collection of his writings compiled after his death. He remarked that it was a great honour to speak in front of Terence’s sister Mary McSwiney. He believed that her brother’s book upon the subject of liberty would “do honour to any country, and that the author would go down in history for the part he had played in the fight for liberty”. Mary McSwiney was asked to reply and she thanked the representatives present for all they had done and what they were still doing for Ireland, and referenced her brother’s ongoing legacy to the cause of Irish freedom.

The representatives Committee for the Relief of Irish Distress left the city to travel to Bantry and from there to Killarney and Tralee, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Donegal and Belfast before returning to Dublin.

Caption:

1121a. The Lough, present day, showing landscaped areas funded by the Irish White Cros fund – footpath kerbing and landscaping were principle elements that can be viewed today (picture: Kieran McCarthy).

Kieran’s Press, Former Lakelands Bar Redevelopment, 8 October 2021

7 October 2021, “Cllr McCarthy explained that Cork City Council Council is also continuing to work with the multitude of landowners on the renewal part of Avenue De Rennes. “What has been revealed is a complex network of over a dozen owners of property in a small area,” he said, He said a substantial packet of investment, probably from central government may be needed to help renew the area, “Welcome for news that vacant building in Mahon will be demolished and redeveloped”, Welcome for news that vacant building in Mahon will be demolished and redeveloped (echolive.ie)

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town, 7 October 2021

1120a. Noreen and author Timothy R Murray of Courtbrack, Blarney at the recent book launch of A Safe House, One Family’s Fight for Irish Freedom, September 2021 (picture: Kieran McCarthy).

1120a. Noreen and author Timothy R Murray of Courtbrack, Blarney at the recent book launch of A Safe House, One Family’s Fight for Irish Freedom, September 2021 (picture: Kieran McCarthy).

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town Article,

Cork Independent, 7 October 2021

Journeys to a Truce:  A Safe House, One Family’s Fight for Irish Freedom

The book A Safe House, One Family’s Fight for Irish Freedom has recently been published by Timothy Murray in Courtbrack, Blarney.It is the story of the Murray family from Courtbrack during 1913-23. Four brothers, Michael (1890-1957), Timothy (1891-1959), James (1896-1942) and Denis (Sonny) (1894–1966), as well as their sister Helena (Nell) took an active and leading role in the local volunteers/IRA and Cumann na mBan.

The family had an 80 acre farm. Two of the brothers Timothy and James were medical students but were never destined to finish their studies. With no immediate hardship the family were willing to risk life and fortune in getting involved in Ireland’s struggle for freedom.

The family was inspired by the stories that were told around his family fireplace. Michael Murray from Tullyniskey Clonakilty came to live in Courtbrack when he married into the farm of Hanorah Finn in 1883. Michael’s sister Mary Murray married and gave birth to James O’Brien who in turn fathered Marion O’Brien, who was the mother of Michael Collins.

In Courtbrack Michael Murray had three sons and a daughter. His eldest son Denis inherited the family farm. James became a priest and emigrated to Clinton Iowa in the US and became a successful and wealthy attorney in law. He never married. The third son Timothy joined the RIC and retired from the force in 1911.

Three of the Murray siblings – Nell, Denis and James – have left written accounts of their activities during the revolutionary period.

Nell Murray brought an application for a military pension in 1941 which was granted. This record has been reproduced verbatim in the book. She was a member of Courtbrack Cumann na mBan. She helped volunteers and supplied outfits for Easter Week 1916. She supplied food for volunteers after Sunday parades. She fed and provided beds for brigade officers Tomás MacCurtain, Seán Murphy and Seán O’Sullivan. Her home was raided twice in Easter Week 1916 by RIC and military. She reported on military activities and delivered urgent dispatches to the volunteers in the company area in Gurrane.

In 1917 and 1918 Nell organised the Cumann na mBan in the Courtbrack district whilst acting as secretary. She attended weekly meetings and drill lessons for volunteer officers. She attended first-aid lectures and provided beds for callers from Cork, Kerry, and Dublin – then on the run – as well as to brigade instructors. She visited men in Cork County Gaol and brought them food and comforts. During 1919 Nell catered for men engaged in the manufacturing of munitions on the Murray farm.  Indeed, several times men would call for the guns. There were shotguns, American rifles and revolvers. She never had to carry them anywhere outside her own place nor to go to any attack.

In December 1920, Nell tried to save her home from fire when the military set fire to an upstairs room. They burnt the old house on the same evening. In addition, in late January 1921, she helped the local IRA to get ready for Dripsey Ambush.

The eldest son, Denis, in 1957 wrote an extensive account of his activities and the new book reproduces this verbatim. Over 150 pages are given over to his written up notes. Denis took an active part in local politics and was a member of the Cork Rural District Council and the support of the William O’Brienite party. Denis bought the farm from the landlord in 1908 and married Nora Sullivan from Castletownkinneigh near Enniskeane. Norah was a formidable woman and took an active role in the Land League in 1882. She was secretary of the Enniskeane branch of the Women’s Auxiliary Organisation of the Land League in the 1880s.

Denis outlines that Courtbrack was one of the first rural areas in County Cork to have its own company of Irish volunteers. Established on Sunday 9 August 1914, the local parish priest Father Shinnick encouraged young men to join. On the first afternoon they even took part in their first drill.

For Easter Sunday 1916 the company set out on the road to Bweeng, the collecting point for the mid Cork companies. They were armed with 12 rifles, 12 shotguns, six revolvers and 20 Pikes. Some hours later the Courtbrack company was stood down along with other mid to north Cork companies by Tomás MacCurtain. 

On the morning of 30 August 1917 Denis Murray and volunteer Michael O’Sullivan were arrested by a force of RIC and were removed to Cork Military Barracks but would not be accepted so the escort took them to the Cork County Gaol. 

On 19 September 1917 Denis and two others were removed with a police escort from Cork County Gaol to Mountjoy Prison. There Denis took part in a hunger strike. Almost a month later Dennis was moved to Dundalk Gaol. He was released in mid-November 1917.

Fast forward to Spring 1920 and the Courtbrack company was a ‘well-oiled’ unit. Denis’s home was often raided but despite this, company meetings continued to be held one night each week. In the period April 1920 to March 1921 Denis outlines manoeuvres involving the Turpin’s Rock Ambush, Inniscarra Ambush, the Courtbrack Ambush position plus the defence of mid County Cork.

A Safe House, One Family’s Fight for Irish Freedom by Timothy R Murray is a great and enlightening addition to the story of the War of Independence especially in mid County Cork. The book is available from various shops in Blarney and Cloghroe plus also can be bought from the author, Timothy R Murray at 087 663 9750.

Caption:

1120a. Noreen and author Timothy R Murray of Courtbrack, Blarney at the recent book launch of A Safe House, One Family’s Fight for Irish Freedom, September 2021 (picture: Kieran McCarthy).

Cllr Kieran McCarthy, quote on Lakelands mixed use development, Mahon, 5 October 2021

“The permission for the mixed use development scheme is very welcome. For many years, the look of the former Lakelands bar building on the outside has been terrible. The large craters in the private car park have been in dire need of resurfacing. Part of the planning conditions now stipulate that re-surfacing of that section of the car park has to be done. A new pedestrian crossing will also appear adjacent the site on Avenue De Rennes.”

“Cork City Council Council is also continuing to work with the multitude of landowners on this part of Avenue De Rennes. What has been revealed is a complex network of over a dozen owners of property in a small area. Such a network complicates the short term renewal of this part of Avenue de Rennes. What has become very apparent is the area needs a substantial packet of investment, probably from central government, so that the legal complexities can be began to unpicked, legal titles with liquidated owners gathered, and then new plans drawn up. Hopefully any success of the Lakelands investment will attract more investors for the benefit of the wider area of the avenue ”.

Full planning report here:
ePlan – Online Planning Details (corkcity.ie)

Press Coverage: 1 October 2021, ” Earlier this year, when plans for the redevelopment of the site emerged, Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy said it was “really positive” for Mahon and had been “a long time coming”, Former Cork bar to be demolished and redeveloped,
Former Cork bar to be demolished and redeveloped (echolive.ie)

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town, 30 September 2021

1119a. Front cover of 2021-2022 brochure for Discover Cork Schools' Heritage Project.
1119a. Front cover of 2021-2022 brochure for Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project.

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town Article,

Cork Independent, 30 September 2021

Launch of Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, Year 20

It is great to reach year 20 of the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project. It is just slightly younger than this column but both this column, the school project and the walking tours are all about popularising more of Cork’s history and story for interested citizens and the next generation.

Over 15,000-16,000 students have participated in the Schools’ Heritage Project through the years with many topics researched and written about – from buildings and monuments to people’s stories and memories.

Covid-19 has brought many challenges to every part of society and never before has our locality and its heritage being so important for recreation and for our peace of mind. In the past eighteenth months, more focus than ever before has been put on places and spaces we know, appreciate, and attain personal comfort from.

The Schools’ Heritage Project is aimed at both primary and post primary level.  Project books may be submitted on any aspect of Cork’s rich past. The theme for this year’s project is “Cork Heritage Treasures”. Funded by Cork City Council, the Project is an initiative of the Cork City Heritage Plan.

The Project is open to schools in Cork City at primary level to the pupils of fourth, fifth and sixth class and at post-primary from first to sixth years. There are two sub categories within the post primary section, Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. The project is free to enter. A student may enter as an individual or as part of a group or a part of a class entry.

Co-ordinated by myself, one of the key aims of the Project is to encourage students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage (built, archaeological, cultural and natural) in a constructive, active and fun way. Projects on any aspect of Cork’s rich heritage can be submitted to an adjudication panel. Prizes are awarded for best projects and certificates are given to each participant. A cross-section of projects submitted from the last school season can be gleamed from links on my website, www.corkheritage.ie where there are other resources, former titles and winners and entry information as well.

Students produce a project on their local area using primary and secondary sources. Each participating student within their class receives a free workshop in October 2021. The workshop comprises a guide to how to put a project together. Project material must be gathered in an A4/ A3 size Project book. The project may be as large as the student wishes but minimum 20 pages (text + pictures + sketches).

Projects must also meet five elements. Projects must be colourful, creative, have personal opinion, imagination and gain publicity before submission. These elements form the basis of a student friendly narrative analysis approach where the student explores their project topic in an interactive and task-oriented way. In particular, students are encouraged (whilst respecting social distancing) to attain material through visiting local libraries, engaging with fieldwork, making models, photographing, cartoon creating, and making short snippet films of their area. Re-enacting can also be a feature of several projects.

For over twenty years, the project has evolved in exploring how students pursue local history and how to make it relevant in society. The project attempts to provide the student with a hands-on and interactive activity that is all about learning not only about heritage in your local area (in all its forms) but also about the process of learning by participating students.

The project is about thinking about, understanding, appreciating and making relevant in today’s society the role of our heritage, our landmarks, our oral histories, our environment in our modern world for upcoming citizens. So, the project is about splicing together activity on issues of local history and heritage such as thinking, exploring, observing, discovering, researching, uncovering, revealing, interpreting and resolving.

The project is open to many directions of delivery. Students are encouraged to engage with their topic in order to make sense of it, understand and work with it. Students continue to experiment with the overall design and plan of their work. For example, and in general, students who have entered before might engage with the attaining of primary information through oral histories. The methodologies that the students create provide interesting ways to approach the study of local heritage.

Students are asked to choose one of two extra methods (apart from a booklet) to represent their work. The first option is making a model whilst the second option is making a short film. It is great to see students using modern up todate technology to present their findings. This works in broadening their view of approaching their project.

 This project in the City is free to enter and is kindly funded by Cork City Council (viz the help of Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer) Prizes are also provided by the Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Lee Road.

Overall, the Schools’ Heritage Project for the past twenty years has attempted to build a new concerned generation of Cork people, pushing them forward, growing their self-development empowering them to connect to their world and their local heritage. Spread the word please with local schools. Details can be found on my dedicated Cork heritage website, www.corkheritage.ie.

Caption:

1119a. Front cover of 2021-2022 brochure for Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project.

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town, 23 September 2021

Kieran’s Our City, Our Town Article,

Cork Independent, 23 September 2021

Journeys to a Truce: The City Engineer’s Perspective

Cork Corporation’s Reconstruction Committee’s six-month report was an important one to release in September 1921. It was over nine months since the Burning of Cork. Politically there was pressure to move the reconstruction on but there was also the headache of who brings all the physical thinking and oversees the actual construction. Last week, the column mentioned the addendum document to the six month report and Joseph Delany, the City Engineer, who outlined that without plans being submitted, the rebuilding ran the risk of building heights and respective architectural design being out of sync with neighbouring rebuilds.

In truth there was so many moving parts for Joseph. In an earlier report, penned by him, in January 1921, he argued that several features of the restoration problem were complex. The problem had its opportunities and its difficulties. Due to the unprecedented nature of the rebuild, from the outset, he called for a special administration facilitation and “diversion from the ordinary lines of procedure by which building operations are usually regulated”. He noted of the need for a public spirit: “The desired improvements can only be achieved by the parties concerned adopting a sound policy of public spirit in the public interest. The proprietors of the lately destroyed property will, I have no doubt, appreciate their obligations to assist, both individually and collectively, the civic authorities and with their architects and advisors in making the work of restoration and the improvements incidental there to a success”.

Arriving to Cork Corporation in 1903, Joseph amassed nineteen years experience within the organisation. Joseph was also interested in Irish industrial and language movements, in the country’s national well-being, its educational advancement and in economic reform.

Joseph’s back story reveals a learned man. W.T. Pike in his Contemporary biographies’, published in Cork and County Cork in the Twentieth Century by Richard J. Hodges in 1911 reveals that Joseph (1872-1942) was educated at St Vincent’s College, Castleknock, Dublin. He continued his studies at Art School, Clonmel and there he was awarded the Mayor’s Prize in “Science and Art Subjects”. He also attended the City of Dublin Technical Institute, and the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, where he was awarded “School Prize in Art Subjects”.

Joseph trained as engineer and architect by indentured pupilage under well-known Dublin architect Walter Glynn Doolin. Joseph became a certified surveyor under the London Metropolitan Building Act, combined with private study in the engineering courses of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and of the Institute of Municipal and County Engineers. He was awarded a travelling studentship of the Agricultural Association of Ireland in 1897 and was medallist in architecture in the National Art Competition, South Kensington Science and Art Department in 1898.

Joseph believed in networking and learning from other engineers and architects. He was Honorary Auditor at Royal Institute of Architects, Ireland in 1900 and Honorary Secretary Castleknock College Union, 1901-10. He was member of the Committee of the Irish Roads Congress and member of the Joint Committee on Waterworks Regulations, London. He was also a Member of the Society of Engineers, London, the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers, England, the Royal Institute of Architects, Ireland, the Royal Sanitary Institute, London, the Architectural Association of Ireland, and the Royal Institute of Public Health. He also published technical contributions to engineering and architectural magazines and penned a book called “A Memoir of Walter Glynn Doolin”, which was dedicated to his mentor Walter.

Joseph served on the temporary Civil Staff of the Royal Engineers and was Assistant City Architect in Dublin, for five years. In 1903, he was then appointed City Engineer of Cork. On taking up the Cork post he immediately set about improving the water supply system and reducing the abnormally high rate of water wastage in the city.

However, one of the many legacies Joseph left Cork City came from a visit to the US on an inquiry into American methods of municipal engineering and architectural practice, and an inspection of public works of civic utility. There he learned about the remodelling of American towns and cities to meet the modern requirements of their everyday life and that this was a common feature of civic pride in America. 

In his January 1921 report, apart from his report covering the Burning of Cork, Joseph outlines in a few pages the need for Cork to have a town plan noting that “town planning should be considered advantageous in Cork, with a view to the future improvement and better shaping of the city”. He called for this work to be investigated by specially appointed commissioners, consisting of prominent citizens and commercial and professional life, together with representatives of municipal councils. Planning ahead was crucial he argued; “The schemes produced, and in many cases accomplished, have resulted in the complete re-casting of the plans of cities, with consequent improved public convenience, and enhanced amenity of environment”.

Joseph detailed that clear foresight was very essential to the future development of Cork City, and the preparation of a town plan by a town planning competition or otherwise, as was pursued in Dublin after the Easter Rising of 1916, would result in useful suggestive proposals for the future betterment of the city. Although Joseph moved on from Cork in 1924, he did influence the creation of a Cork Town Planning Association – a group who two years later in 1926 produced Cork: A Civic Survey – technically Cork’s first town plan or guide at any rate.

Joseph resigned in 1924 from Cork Corporation because of illness brought about by pressure of the reconstruction work. He is said to have retired from Cork to Clonmel. From circa 1926 until 1936 he kept an office at 97, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. He died at Clonmel in 1942.

Caption:

1118a. Joseph F Delany, City Engineer, c.1911 in W.T. Pike’s “Contemporary Biographies”, published in Cork and County Cork in the Twentieth Century (1911) by Richard J. Hodges.

Third Call-Out, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project

The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project launches in its 20th year and is open to schools in Cork City. Funded by Cork City Council, the Project is an initiative of the Cork City Heritage Plan. 

The Project (est. 2002/03) is aimed at both primary and post primary level.  Project books may be submitted on any aspect of Cork’s rich past. Suggested topics are over the page. The theme for this year’s project – the 2021/22 school season – is “Cork Heritage Treasures”.

FREE and important project support in the form of funded workshops (socially distanced, virtual or hybrid) led by Cllr Kieran McCarthy in participating schools will be held in October 2021. This is a 45min physical or virtual workshop to give participating students ideas for compilation and resources.

Download the application form here:

Churchyard Lane Ramps, Ballinlough, 14 September 2021

A public consultation is open at present until 3 October with regard to the installation of three ‘round top’ traffic calming ramps on Churchyard Lane from Well Road to the Silver Quay Bar. Below are snapshot map of the location of the proposed works.

However, the full details can be viewed under consultations at www.consult.corkcity.ie. Details are also there at this latter site to submit a formal view (whether for or against or wanting changes) to be made online or as a written submission.

Comments and any changes (if any) will then be discussed by ward councillors in mid to late October before any construction of the ramps begins,

Churchyard Lane Ramps Proposal, Ballinlough, September 2021
Churchyard Lane Ramps Proposal, Ballinlough, September 2021
Churchyard Lane Ramps Proposal, Ballinlough, September 2021

Cllr McCarthy: Marina Park Section Opening Delayed Until November, 14 September 2021

In a recent reply to a question posed by Cllr Kieran McCarthy at the recent City Council meeting, Cork City Council have noted a revised completion date of the Marina Park section next to Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Due to Covid 19, delays in construction works and poor weather has pushed the opening date from this month to mid to late November this year.

Cllr McCarthy noted: “The park looks more or less ready to open. It looks well and will add immensely to The Marina district. It’s been a long two years with construction work stopping and starting due to Covid 19. Phase one works has comprised the construction of a new public car park at the Shandon Boat Club end of the Marina, as well as a new cycle lane and pedestrian walkway – these are all now completed and are very well used. The public can now see the grass on sunken lawn areas in the park section and the diversion of a watercourse, as well as new pathways – all of which are in place.

“One can also see that the installation of perhaps the most eye-catching part of the project – a noticeable red steel pavilion on the site of, and replicating, the central hall of the former Munster Agricultural Showgrounds. The sides of the pavilion will not be enclosed, and there will be possibilities for coffee pods and outdoor seating and arts and crafts. The project is a e.10m investment into the area, of which nearly e.5m came from EU Urban Sustainable Funds, which are part of the EU’s structural funds and are a crucial source of funding for cities”, concluded Cllr McCarthy.