Next Thursday 26 August is the last day for public submissions to the Planning Directorate, City Hall on this proposal. My objections on the encroachment, via building a new car park onto the edge of the Atlantic Pond, are outlined below and have been acknowledged as received by the planning unit.
Public submissions may be made on any planning application by post and accompanied by the €20 fee. They may also be made via email to email@example.com and the submitter will be contacted by a member of Planning staff to take a card payment.
“Re: Planning Application at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, 21/40374Dear Director,I write to make my concerns known regarding the planning proposal submitted above.There are parts of the proposal I support such as the GAA museum and cafe, but I have very large concerns on the car parking and on the Atlantic Pond intrusion. The car parking issue has never fully been resolved down by the Pairc.
Even at the most recent matches cars were still parked across immediate green spaces and in the new bicycle lanes on Centre Park Road and beyond. And the crowd at that match was smaller than usual because of COVID measures. A proper transport plan to and from the Pairc is needed. One cannot just keep building another carpark and hope that eliminates the problem. In addition for me providing another car park is not about enhancing the public realm. A car park brings many hazards plus does not add to what the new adjacent Marina Park is trying to do in terms of a very valuable green space or add to the new pedestrianisation areas such as The Marina.
The other principal issue I have is the construction and intrusion of a car park on the physical western bank of the Atlantic Pond. There are serious ecological concerns in pursuing the construction on the ‘edge’ of the pond. Another car park will destroy the ecology of that immediate area of the pond in particular, and have a knock-on effect on the whole pond. In addition, I feel the proposed playground to be provided is a tokenistic one at best.
Irish International Trading Corporation presents archive materials to Cork City Library
As part of Ireland’s National Heritage Week celebrations, Irish International Trading Corporation (IITC) has handed over an extensive collection of archive materials to Cork City Library, ensuring that the rich history of the 101-year-old company will be maintained for generations to come. Local historian and Cork City Councillor Kieran McCarthy has also presented copies of his new book to the library, Irish International Trading Corporation (Cork), Celebrating 100 Years which details the company’s growth from 1920 to the present day.
archive materials presented to Cork City Library include minutes from board
meetings, cash books, ledgers, letters and notes all dating back to the
company’s inception against the backdrop of the Burning of Cork in 1920. These
materials, as well as an exhibition of photographs will remain on display in
the public areas of the library until September 17th.
at the formal handover of archive material to Cork City Library, the Lord Mayor
of Cork, Councillor Colm Kelleher said, “The handover of these historic
documents and copies of Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s book is an opportunity to
celebrate the legacy of IITC and its shared history with Cork, whilst also
highlighting the important role that Cork City Library plays as a custodian of
the city’s rich history. I am delighted to be helping IITC celebrate this
occasion, and I look forward to its continued success”.
Managing Director, David Heffernan said, “Today marks another
significant milestone in the history of IITC. The original headquarters for the
company was located on Grand Parade, across the road from Cork City Library, so
in effect we are returning these materials close to the site of the inaugural
meetings that took place in the 1920s. In Cllr McCarthy’s book, we now have a
definitive and detailed account of the work that our founders carried out to
ensure that Cork played a key role in establishing trade routes with other
countries in the early 1900s”.
The duty of care for these documents of significant historical importance now falls upon Cork City Libraries, and the newly appointed city librarian David O’Brien. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to preserve these materials in our archives. IITC was founded at a time of enormous historical significance in Cork, so it is truly fascinating to be able to reflect on the work that was done in setting up a company that fostered crucial trading links to Europe and America. It is our duty as trustees of Cork’s history to ensure that these documents, which are sure to be of public interest, are preserved for generations to come”.
IITC was founded by a collective of Cork business families at the Grand Parade in Cork in 1920. The founders were motivated by a desire to support commercial and industrial development in a new emerging Ireland. IITC has played a key role in the development of Cork, from supplying materials to aid the rebuilding of the city after its burning in 1920 all the way through to supporting local enterprise today. From relatively small beginnings, IITC has grown to become a national business with a global reach, employing over 120 people with annual sales of €60 million.