4. Kieran’s Press

Selection of Kieran’s Cork City Council Work Related Press Published Quotes with Links:

19 July 2021, “This is great news; apart from a possible judicial review by the developer, the legal planning processes have now been gone through- it is clear that the potential of babies buried beneath parts of the grounds has seriously hindered future development; More and more the process is leading to the need for State intervention on the future of Bessborough and other Mother and Baby Home sites”, Independent Cork city councillor and historian Kieran McCarthy also welcomed ABP’s decision, Developers unsuccessful in their appeal of refusal for apartments at Bessborough site, Developers unsuccessful in their appeal of refusal for apartments at Bessborough site (echolive.ie)

10 July 2021, “Independent Kieran McCarthy have asked that Cork City Council, in partnership with the parish of Shandon and Diocese of Cork, mark the 300th anniversary of the construction of the church, recognising its impact on the citizens of Cork city and its unique landmark for Cork citizens and beyond”, Calls for anniversary of Cork city landmark to be celebrated, Calls for anniversary of Cork city landmark to be celebrated (echolive.ie)

8 July 2021, “Local Councillor Kieran McCarthy said sites such as the Atlantic Pond must be protected from all forms of chemicals. ‘It is good news in the long run to see new measures being put in place to protect waterways such as the Atlantic Pond’, Procedural oversight’ blamed for Cork beauty spot being sprayed with weedkiller,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40332203.html

30 June 2021, “This year, in Cork, we are looking back to 100 years ago, to 1920 and 1921 and the War of Independence. When you look at a lot of the witness statements from the War of Independence, they talk a lot about places in Cork. There is a real sense of the importance of place, which is also something we are trying to capture in this book”, said Kieran. Cork City Reflections: New book merges old postcards with modern images,
Cork City Reflections: New book merges old postcards with modern images (irishexaminer.com)

18 June 2021, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said the engineering problems blighting the Penrose Quay streetscape must be addressed once and for all. ‘I ask this question every year to keep it on the agenda, and I think this is my 13th time asking,” he said. “And the latest answer seems to be just kicking the can further down the road. It’s just not good enough”, Councillor blasts decade-long presence of hoarding on Cork quay,Councillor blasts decade-long presence of hoarding on Cork quay (irishexaminer.com)

30 May 2021, “Mr McCarthy said it is a “really disappointing” decision and “there must be accountability for all involved.” On Twitter, he wrote: “There was no need for The Sextant to be knocked until plans were tied down fully”, A terrible precedent for the city’s historic buildings’ — plan to scrap apartments for offices criticised, ‘A terrible precedent for the city’s historic buildings’ — plan to scrap apartments for offices criticised (irishexaminer.com)

27 May 2021, Councillor Kieran McCarthy echoed that point: “I would like that the paperwork that’s sent out to the public on this once it’s sanctioned here this evening will allude to the fact that this is about the MacSwiney family and not just the individual”, Cork has its own unique history when it comes to naming places,Michael Moynihan: Cork has its own unique history when it comes to naming places

25 May 2021, “The abandoned substation has massive scope for transformation now that Cllr. Kieran McCarthy is urging the city council and ESB to turn it into a new entertainment venue for Leesiders. Originally built in 1931 in the art deco style favoured by ESB at the time, the substation was last used by Triskel Arts ten years ago”, Endless possibilities for this gem of a building on Caroline Street to be transformed as council consider new proposal, Derelict Art-deco substation could become amazing Cork city music and arts space – Cork Beo

22 April 2021, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said the green light for the development is another example of An Bord Pleanála bypassing local councillors’ concerns and the concerns on the ground”, More than 1,000 residential units set for Live at the Marquee site, Pictures: More than 1,000 residential units set for Live at the Marquee site (echolive.ie)

12 April 2021, “Speaking at the full council meeting, Independent councillor and historian Kieran McCarthy said it would be important that the public is informed about this distinction; ‘I would like that the paperwork that’s sent out to the public on this once it’s sanctioned here this evening will allude to the fact that this is about the MacSwiney family and not just the individual’, Councillors vote to rename city street to honour Cork family,
Councillors vote to rename city street to honour Cork family (echolive.ie)

20 March 2021, Historian and Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy described the former Lord Mayor as a true ‘colossus in Cork history’. ‘His story is peppered with several aspects – amongst those that shine out are his love of his family, city, country, language, comradeship and hope – all mixed with pure tragedy’, Marking MacCurtain’s murder 101 years on, Marking MacCurtain’s murder 101 years on (echolive.ie)

16 March 2021, ” Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted: “I think the community and education heritage grants and the publication grants scheme are fantastic and I hope they will be maintained in the next heritage plan, as do I hope the focus on the city’s archaeology story and biodiversity story will remain and grow even stronger in their delivery, Public invited to have their say on new Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan, Public invited to have their say on new Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (echolive.ie)

13 March 2021, “Pictures in The Echo archives underscore the joy of previous St Patrick’s Day parades in Cork, which historian and Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said may have commenced in 1872, albeit with a different focus”, Nostalgia: St Patrick’s Day in Cork through the decades, Nostalgia: St Patrick’s Day in Cork through the decades (echolive.ie)

9 March 2021, “In a reply to a question posed by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy at Monday evening’s full council meeting, Mr Joyce revealed that Cork City Council was not successful in securing funding last year from central government to proceed with the second phase of repair works”. Atlantic Pond repair works on hold due to funding delay,
Atlantic Pond repair works on hold due to funding delay (echolive.ie)

4 March 2021, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, who is spearheading the call for the archway to be moved, has reiterated his call to the council to come forward with a plan to bring the historic archway out of its hidden corner and into the public realm”, Call for historic Cork archway that led to offices of creators of Tanora to be relocated,
Call for historic Cork archway that led to offices of creators of Tanora to be relocated (echolive.ie)

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. Public to have say on strategy after air quality ‘dropped seriously’ in Cork this week, People are unable to log onto basic Zoom calls’: Cork councillor bemoans quality of broadband (echolive.ie)

3 March 2021, “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 said Cllr Kieran McCarthy”, People are unable to log onto basic Zoom calls: Cork councillor bemoans quality of broadband, ‘People are unable to log onto basic Zoom calls’: Cork councillor bemoans quality of broadband (echolive.ie)

3 March 2021, “Such equipment are age friendly and accessible elements that have proven very popular during the last year.  They are suitable for all ages. The Parks section of Cork City Council has committed to maintain the amenities installed,” said Cllr McCarthy, Outdoor gym to be built at popular Cork walkway, Outdoor gym to be built at popular Cork walkway (echolive.ie)

19 February 2021, “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”, said Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Extensive improvements in the pipeline for Passage Greenway, Extensive improvements in the pipeline for Passage Greenway (echolive.ie)

17 February 2021, “Speaking to The Echo, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, who has been vocal for many years about the need to develop the site, welcomed the news as “a really positive day for Mahon”, Vacant building in Mahon could be set for a new lease of life, Vacant building in Mahon could be set for a new lease of life (echolive.ie)

10 February 2021, “Speaking to CorkBeo, Cllr Kieran McCarthy said the museum could see rolling exhibitions and the public could help out by lending out old medals, pictures, and trophies to be showcased there”, Plan for Cork sports museum to ‘showcase and celebrate’ county’s rich culture, Plan for Cork sports museum to ‘showcase and celebrate’ county’s rich culture – Cork Beo

9 February 2021, “In a response to a question posed by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy ahead of Monday evening’s full council meeting, Cork City Council’s Director of Housing Tadhg Keating outlined the investment in homeless services last year”, Estimated €9m to be given to homeless services in Cork city this year, Estimated €9m to be given to homeless services in Cork city this year

26 January 2021, “Independent Cork City councillor Kieran McCarthy said a member of the public contacted him in December last year, with concerns that the iconic sign at the Fingerpost roundabout in Douglas had collapsed slightly on the mound it stands on”, Work undertaken to stabilise iconic sign at busy Cork roundabout,
Work undertaken to stabilise iconic sign at busy Cork roundabout (echolive.ie)

22 January 2021, “Local Cork City Councillor Kieran McCarthy was disappointed with the recent acts of vandalism; “I am disappointed. It is a pity. I have earmarked various commissions in recent months throughout the city, but this one seems to have particularly annoyed somebody who lives in the local area. There is no reference to Covid, it is actually a thank you message to the workers across the road”, Mural paying tribute to Cork hospital staff vandalised, Mural paying tribute to Cork hospital staff vandalised (echolive.ie)

16 January 2021, “Cork City Councillor and local historian Kieran McCarthy notes that the railway also served other purposes. Supporters of the railway line also aimed to provide improved transport for locals with livestock and farm produce between the farming area north-west of Cork and the city and for coal and minerals in the reverse direction”, Nostalgia: Looking back at Cork transport down through the years,
Nostalgia: Looking back at Cork transport down through the years (echolive.ie)

13 January 2021, “In a response to a question posed by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, it was confirmed that Cork City Council is in the process of appointing a contractor and that it is anticipated that repair works for Parliament will be completed by mid to late February”, Repair works to be carried out at busy Cork bridge following partial collapse,Repair works to be carried out at busy Cork bridge following partial collapse (echolive.ie)

13 January 2021, “Cllr Kieran McCarthy who has a keen interest in history and archaeology gave a brief history of the buildings in that area of the city. ‘It is the site of an old fort called Cat Fort from the 1690s. Cat Fort was an additional barracks to Elizabeth Fort which was created around 1698. It is said that it began its life as some sort of ditch on a waterless moat on that side of Elizabeth Fort”, Councillors to seek answers on collapsed Cork city wall, Councillors to seek answers on collapsed Cork city wall (echolive.ie)

12 January 2021, “It’s very positive that we managed to maintain funding in these very difficult times and there are many challenges for arts bodies in the city, but clearly Cork City Council will work with people going forward and we’ll get through this together,” Cllr McCarthy said, Almost €290k to be allocated to arts groups in Cork City, Almost €290k to be allocated to arts groups in Cork city (echolive.ie)

12 January 2021, “Independent councillor, Kieran McCarthy, worked to develop the motion after it was debated at the city’s Climate Action Committee”, Cork can be ‘a genuine leader’ in climate action,Green Party: Cork can be ‘a genuine leader’ in climate action (echolive.ie)

8 January 2021, “Independent Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy also welcomed the plans. ‘There is so much empty property within the city centre especially over the shops that would make great accommodation space plus also offer great prospects of urban renewal’, Cork City Council gives green light to apartment plans for Patrick Street,
Cork City Council gives green light to apartment plans for Patrick Street (echolive.ie)

28 December 2020, “Councillors and TDs, including Kieran McCarthy as well as the Cork Survivors and Supporters Alliance, have raised significant concerns about the proposal for almost 250 apartments on lands which previously formed part of Mother and Baby Home lands”, Some Housing Plans Welcome in Cork, Some housing plans welcome in Cork, others not (echolive.ie)

28 December 2020, ” Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy said he had a number of concerns about the project including a lack of green space and public realm, over-density, and potential traffic congestion”, Mixed Reaction to Plans for Former Ford Site at Docklands, Mixed reaction to plans for former Ford site at docklands (echolive.ie)

19 December 2020, “Opened in 1927, the Shakey Bridge was constructed by the London-based David Rowell & Company of Westminster in London to a specification of Stephen W. Farrington, the then Cork City Engineer”, Nostalgia: Picked out of a ‘bridge catalogue’ the Shakey Bridge went on to become a Cork landmark, Nostalgia: Picked out of a ‘bridge catalogue’ the Shakey Bridge went on to become a Cork landmark (echolive.ie)

17 December 2020, “We got a sneak-peak into the new-and-improved bridge earlier this week, and chatted to Cllr Kieran McCarthy about the work that went into the historic and culturally significant structure”, WATCH: First glimpse at the new-and-improved Shakey Bridge, WATCH: First glimpse at the new-and-improved Shakey Bridge – Cork Beo

17 December 2020, “Historian and independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who campaigned for years for the investment in the project, said he thinks people will be pleased. “I think people will be very happy that it still shakes. I would invite people to come down to test it out. Don’t come in large numbers but do come down to see the refurb job”,   Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ to reopen on Saturday with its shake intact,
Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ to reopen on Saturday with its shake intact (irishexaminer.com)

17 December 2020, Cllr McCarthy, who described the bridge as being “infused in the city’s DNA”, explained that it got its nickname “due to the fact that a large number of people used the bridge to go to GAA matches in the Mardyke. Consequently, the bridge would shake with the masses of people walking across it”, Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ reopens after €1.7m refurbishment, Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ reopens after €1.7m refurbishment

17 December 2020, “Local historian and Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy was amongst the first people to test out the newly restored bridge”, Iconic Cork bridge is formally reopened but has it retained its signature shake?, Iconic Cork bridge is formally reopened but has it retained its signature shake? (echolive.ie)

15 December 2020, “Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy says the reopening this weekend will mark the end of what has been a decade of lobbying for the refurbishment funds”, Cork’s iconic ‘Shakey Bridge’ to reopen but will it still shake?, Cork’s iconic ‘Shakey Bridge’ to reopen but will it still shake? (irishexaminer.com)

15 December 2020, “Councillor McCarthy noted the importance of the historic Shakey Bridge for the people of Cork”; “The great thing about the bridge is it means so much to a lot of people. It is historic”, Shakey Bridge to reopen this weekend, Shakey Bridge to reopen this weekend (echolive.ie)

15 December 2020, “Cork historian, Councillor Kieran McCarthy says the bridge ranks as one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and tourist attractions”, Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ to reopen following €1.7m revamp, Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ to reopen following €1.7m revamp (rte.ie)

15 December 2020, “Led by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Independent, this project encourages students to celebrate, highlight, debate and create fresh approaches to our cultural heritage. This year’s theme is ‘Living Through History’ which is particularly appropriate given the unprecedented times in which we find ourselves. Cork school ‘living through history’ and learning about their cultural heritage, Cork school ‘living through history’ and learning about their cultural heritage – Cork Beo

14 December 2020, “The Councillor and historian has long been a champion of the suspension pedestrian bridge, one of the last of its kind in operation in the country”,
Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ set to reopen this weekend following €1.7m restoration,
Cork’s ‘Shakey Bridge’ set to reopen this weekend following €1.7m restoration – Cork Beo

14 December 2020, “Following a question posed by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, who requested an update on the progress of the reopening of the library”, Reopening date of Douglas Library revealed; refurbished library to offer new services, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40190784.html

5 December 2020, “This week coming marks 100 years since the Burning of Cork. The Black and Tans destroyed homes, dozens of businesses and buildings. To take a look at this a bit more we’re joined by a local Cork historian Cllr Kieran McCarthy”, The Burning of Cork, 1920, The Business (rte.ie)

1 December 2020, “Cllr McCarthy said that at present, this is a part time post where the officer is in charge of cycling along with a number of other responsibilities. I do think we need someone to encourage education and awareness if we do want that cultural change to get people on their bicycles,” he said. Councillor calls for a dedicated, full-time cycling officer within Cork City Council,Councillor calls for a dedicated, full-time cycling officer within Cork City Council (echolive.ie)

25 November 2020, “Permanently pedestrianising one of Cork’s best-loved amenities has been cemented by ‘overwhelming public support’ and signals a sea change in the urge people have for increased green and liveable city areas. That is according to independent Cork city councillor, Kieran McCarthy”. ‘Overwhelming’ support for permanent car ban at Cork’s Marina, ‘Overwhelming’ support for permanent car ban at Cork’s Marina (irishexaminer.com)

25 November 2020, “Cllr McCarthy added: It’s probably nearly 100 years since there was any kind of investment in the Marina, looking at the history of the area, and it certainly seemed to disappear as a destination in the city 50 years ago so putting the spotlight back on the Marina has been a long time coming, Marina plans ‘long time coming’,
Cork Independent – Marina plans ‘long time coming’

19 November 2020, “In the past year there are some really great examples of conversions of old buildings into tasteful apartments – such as on the South Terrace, George’s Quay, and Langford Row.  There is a very real need for accommodation within the city centre,” Cllr Kieran McCarthy said. Proposal for mixed-use development at iconic Cork building could ‘breathe new life into the area”. https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Proposal-for-mixed-use-development-at-iconic-Cork-building-could-breathe-new-life-into-the-area-32d526d8-e01f-42dd-8056-51ba388d876a-ds?fbclid=IwAR1CNyW5uVLTIZx6buYXfZwKRTXp3QoE3YLrA43LvmglcPWNLzGMQbLdA2o

11 November 2020, “Historian and Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy was the first to object to the motion saying that he could not support erecting three statues of men and not honour any women. He said the involvement women played was being “completely forgotten about” and mentioned Cumann na mBan, Male statues on Pana rejected,
Cork Independent – Male statues on Pana rejected

10 November 2020, “The motion was met with some resistance. Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy told the meeting he couldn’t support it. I just couldn’t support four male statues on Pana,” he said. I just think that the female context is completely forgotten from that time, the Cumann na mBan and all these other elements. There are busts of Mac Curtain, MacSwiney and Collins around the city, and there are places and streets named after them, he added”. Plan for statues of revolutionary figures in Cork vetoed for not including any women, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40079303.html

9 November 2020, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said it was welcome that the report “reflected upon the enthusiasm expressed in submissions and the issues raised by the submissions”. “Funding now needs to be secured for this Part 8 to progress past this report,” he continued, City Hall gives green light for new pedestrian access to Cork’s Tramore Valley Park, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/City-Hall-gives-green-light-for-new-pedestrian-access-to-Corks-Tramore-Valley-Park-6b782f19-928d-4872-8f1b-e25cc230fa64-ds

31 October 2020, “Cllr McCarthy said that he was calling for more building inspectors to be brought in to assess buildings in the city, and said that a root- and-branch analysis of the buildings on South Main Street and North Main Street was needed to prevent further incidents”, City’s dereliction crisis: Call for action after surge of damaged building, incidents,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Citys-dereliction-crisis-Call-for-action-after-surge-of-damaged-building-incidents-f755e620-dc02-4ece-b751-340aac38ace4-ds

30 October 2020, “Independent councillor and historian Kieran McCarthy said it was the end of an era for the club and that “great credit is due to those that kept it alive and at the heart of community life for so many decades”. The end of an era’: Fr O’Leary Memorial Boys Club in Shandon closes its doors for the last time,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/The-end-of-an-era-Fr-OLeary-Memorial-Boys-Club-in-Shandon-closes-its-doors-for-the-last-time-a97b6eef-bded-4f0d-a9ad-01cac143a568-ds

29 October 2020, “Independent Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy has called for a historic arch in Cork city to be removed from its hidden corner and given more public prominence”, Calls for historic archway in Cork city to be given more public prominence, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Calls-for-historic-archway-in-Cork-city-to-be-given-more-public-prominence-2bdbdb6f-5c8e-4fbd-9ed7-c17ddb9df561-ds

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

25 October 2020, “At 5.40am on Monday, October 25 1920, day 74 of Terence’s hunger strike, he passed away”, MacSwiney’s body was sent straight to Cork despite protests from Lord Mayor’s family, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/spotlight/arid-40070420.html

20 October 2020, “I don’t think Mr Crawford Junior realised the extent of what was going to happen at the end of the tree’s life. The next generation will in years to come enjoy the baby tree that is now growing next to and feeding off the adult tree. ” Cllr McCarthy said, Locals have a piece of the monkey puzzle tree forever as 200 blocks handed out, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Locals-have-a-piece-of-the-monkey-puzzle-tree-forever-as-200-blocks-handed-out–d8354e74-f9e3-4165-a6b4-d2c3f2539c07-ds?fbclid=IwAR2otw31KgwgUvbMU87HNvDpL0cn81xpo2gM7a9IdyiI41f7-Pqrl7SBkDE

17 October 2020, “As development moves into the Docklands, we don’t want to see other buildings of character like it disappear,” historian and city councillor, Kieran McCarthy, said at the time of the Sexant demolition”; “We need to have a bigger conversation about the city’s Docklands, about retaining heritage”. City must keep its maritime heritage within Tivoli project, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Opinion-City-must-keep-its-maritime-heritage-within-Tivoli-project-409687fc-2596-4acc-9e47-95122a15ad7c-ds

17 October 2020, “One-hundred-and-eighty pieces of the tree, which stood over Mahon for 175 years, are being collected by locals after it was chopped up and handed out. Cllr Kieran McCarthy posted pics of the wood as people came along to collect bits to take home”, Famous monkey puzzle tree chopped up and shared among locals in Cork, https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/famous-monkey-puzzle-tree-chopped-19122462

17 October 2020, “After the iconic Monkey Puzzle Tree in Mahon was blown down, Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy, UCC’s Dr Eoin Lettice, O’Callaghan Properties and St Michael’s Credit Union joined together to ensure locals with fond memories of the tree could take part of it home”, Cork residents snap up pieces of iconic monkey puzzle tree, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40066755.html?fbclid=IwAR10JaNQzs_WdaOmwS8N3QKWSaERlqUQoxK70RBw4Ikqc1QIRDpl1aShjFI

17 October 2020, “Speaking at Monday night’s council meeting, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said he had done some research looking back into the early past of the street”, Nostalgia: A look back at one of Cork’s best loved streets, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Nostalgia-A-look-back-at-one-of-Corks-best-loved-streets-c8d51ccd-a768-435d-86e7-35c948c16ae2-ds?fbclid=IwAR2zXJuHUNUVdjdtmuVzcvv-DmESEtUdVndi8ZANPtDDYqp11B6CQ12Rad4

15 October 2020, “Kieran McCarthy, Independent Cork City Councillor and Local Historian discusses plans for the tallest building in Ireland to be built in Cork City, and what it means for the redevelopment of the country’s second city”, Plans for Ireland’s Tallest Building Receive Permission, Morning Ireland, RTE Radio 1, https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21850843

13 October 2020, “Great credit is due to the traders on MacCurtain Street who during the past number of years have lobbied hard to create a living and dynamic quarter of town, and not just lobby but also implement actions”, Cork’s MacCurtain Street to be revamped by City Hall plans,  

12 October 2020, “In a question posed by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy who requested a progress report on the Marina Park, Cork City Council’s Director of Services David Joyce said the contactor is making “excellent progress” despite a seven-week period of being off site from the end of March until mid-May due to Government guidelines”, First phase of Marina Park Project on track for 2021 completion date,   https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/First-phase-of-Marina-Park-Project-on-track-for-2021-completion-date-7608fcc9-0216-4a01-97b9-7b8871a6e796-ds

26 September 2020, “The future around Brexit remains unclear for Irish exporters. This week hauliers in the UK learned of potential two day delays at a de facto border in Kent. We could probably learn a thing or two from the 100 year old history of the Irish International Trading Corporation, based in Cork. Kieran McCarthy has been looking at their history”, The Story of Irish International Trading Corporation (Cork), RTE Radio 1,

24 September 2020, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said many residents in the south-east of the city have asked to be able to comment on the Marina’s pedestrianisation“, Cork’s Marina and other city centre streets could be permanently closed to cars,

18 September 2020, “For councillor McCarthy, his efforts in lobbying for the refurbishment of the historic bridge will not be completed until it is open for public access. From speaking to people in the area, the much-loved Shakey Bridge has been missed”, Petition set up to reopen Cork’s Shakey Bridge,

15 September 2020, “Historian and Cllr Kieran McCarthy quizzed city officials on the status of the restoration of the near century-old pedestrian bridge as the city council’s public meetings resumed on Monday following the summer break”, December reopening for Cork’s landmark Shakey Bridge,

14 September 2020, “The cost of the works is estimated to be between €30,000 and €50,000 and Cork City Council has applied to central government for emergency funding, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy told The Echo last week”.  Flooding issue at Cork’s Atlantic Pond to be resolved later this week,

14 September 2020, “It’s clear what Cork engineers built in the 1840s has lasted for near 180 years without any issue. There is enormous value in such an amenity. It is important now that finance is found to secure the use of the Atlantic Pond amenity for future decades,” Cllr McCarthy said, Atlantic Pond repairs to be completed this week,

14 September 2020, “In response to queries raised by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, Cork City Council’s Director of Infrastructure Development, Gerry O’Beirne moved to reassure the councillors that the outstanding works and reopening of the Shakey Bridge is “a priority for the City Council”, Timeline for reopening of landmark city bridge revealed,

12 September 2020, “Mr McCarthy lauded the Atlantic Pond as “one of the city’s greatest engineering projects of early nineteenth-century Cork”- its story is one of innovation and forward-thinking’, Nostalgia: The Atlantic Pond’s history is a story of ‘innovation and forward-thinking’,

10 September 2020, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said the flooding around the Atlantic Pond is a huge source of concern for users of the amenity. “The Atlantic Pond is as busy as The Lough in terms of frequent visitors and also is a site of high biodiversity value. I spoke with the City Council engineer on site in the last few mornings”, Fixing of Atlantic Pond tide gate may cost €50k,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Fixing-of-Atlantic-Pond-tide-gate-may-cost-50k-dc4d51cd-36ac-4b54-b74e-1bf273d01d1a-ds

7 September 2020, “In these times of Covid, more than ever our trees and our recreational spaces are crucial to maintain and develop,” Cllr McCarthy continued. Cllr McCarthy said he is awaiting a response to his calls to replant the 18 trees in a nearby suitable location”, Iconic trees along Cork’s Centre Park Road to be felled,

4 September 2020, “Councillor Kieran McCarthy told Cork Beo he is submitting his own queries to the Sports, Recreation & Parks department of Cork City Council about the current status of the trees”…. “My aim is to have eighteen trees planted wherever they can be to replace the ones which will be removed”, he said, Much-loved Cork avenue to lose eighteen trees over fears for public safety, https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/much-loved-cork-avenue-lose-18880674

2 September 2020, “It’s great to see the history of Douglas textile industries getting a focus through the Per Cent Art Scheme. They provided much employment in centuries gone by and created the unique sense of place that Douglas has. Douglas Library has always championed the local history of the area and getting the opportunity to work with artists is an added bonus for library staff, noted Cllr Kieran McCarthy”, Artists invited to submit proposals for a project to mark the reopening of Douglas Library,

29 August 2020, “It’s always a sad day to see an old building in Cork being taken down to make way for progress, especially one which is iconic in its location and character like the old Sextant bar,” Councillor and historian Kieran McCarthy said, A ‘sad day’ and a gap on Cork’s skyline as the Sextant is demolished,

28 August 2020, “Historian and city councillor, Kieran McCarthy, who watched today as demolition crews went to work on the former Sextant pub, which opened on Albert Quay on the city’s south docks in 1877, said people accept that the city needs to evolve. “But a lot of the buildings with character are being demolished,” he said. “This was one of several buildings which added to the character of the city… We need to have a bigger conversation about the city’s docklands, about retaining its architectural heritage and not just replacing it with glass boxes”, Sextant bar in Cork city to be knocked down today,

24 August 2020, “Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy has welcomed the move highlighting the Marina pedestrianisation as a “life-saver” for some people during lockdown. ‘Many have emphasised to me the importance of this historic tree-lined avenue to public health and recreational use’, he said”, City Pedestrian Measures to be Extended, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/City-pedestrian-measures-to-be-extended–608252b5-108a-405f-93af-9c9163233cd1-ds?fbclid=IwAR0GYRp8Oh4wkZzR1Rd0Oazz5IY4otVDt4WEWqRdZ67PbnjNKcdHSy2WTAI

22 August 2020, ” Cllr Kieran McCarthy said he hoped that the wood from the fallen Monkey Puzzle could be used locally to create some memorial. ‘Sad to see this early 19th century beautiful Monkey Maze tree in Mahon snap with the force of Storm Ellen – I would love to see a wooden sculpture or seat made from remains, he tweeted, Bid underway to replace 175-year-old monkey puzzle tree which fell in Cork during storm,

21 August 2020, “Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy said he has written to the Council Director of Operations, David Joyce, asking him to contact the owner of Jacob’s Island and the tree and suggested that timber seat memorials or other appropriate memorials could be created from the fallen tree”, Local business offers to replace Cork’s iconic Monkey Puzzle tree, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Local-business-offers-to-replace-Corks-iconic-Monkey-Puzzle-tree-82c0a017-d90c-4e6b-9870-088432b41841-ds

21 August 2020, “Historian and city councillor, Kieran McCarthy has written to city officials asking for the wood to be used for a sculpture or a seat to remember the tree’s story and to mark people’s affection for it”, Calls for suitable memorial to Cork’s iconic 150-year-old Monkey Puzzle tree, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40035266.html

21 August 2020, “Cork City’s One City One Book was launched by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy in Cork City Library recently A discussion on the book with author Tadhg Coakley was led by poet and writer Thomas McCarthy, behind closed doors”, One City One Book 2020,

15 August 2020, “On 30 March 1920 Cork’s Terence MacSwiney was unanimously elected at a special meeting of the Council of the Cork Corporation held in the old Cork City Hall. His elevation to Cork’s First Citizen came after the tragic death of Tomás MacCurtain, writes Kieran McCarthy”,  Landscapes of chaos in Cork city in Terence MacSwiney’s final days,

28 July 2020, Cllr McCarthy said that whilst he is “impressed” by the winning design, he would like to see some changes made to better incorporate the city’s history, Cork city councillor gives update on Bishop Lucey Park redevelopment,

12 July 2020, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy has called for a proper survey and proper test trenches to be carried out”, Bessborough survivor: ‘We know where the children’s burial ground is‘, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Bessborough-survivor-We-know-where-the-childrens-burial-ground-is-56b44198-0c74-4dd6-a48d-dff93b73de86-ds

22 June 2020, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy also raised his concerns about the process and said councillors representing the people on the ground have been ignored”. ‘Shock and disappointment’: An Bord Pleanála grants permission for controversial development in Cork against wishes of councillors, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Shock-and-disapointment-An-Bord-Pleanala-grants-permission-for-controversial-development-in-Cork-against-wishes-of-councillors–ec948405-953b-4292-9420-fc8726615178-ds

19 June 2020,Cllr Kieran McCarthy said it is “shocking” that the Cork City Council vote is not even mentioned in the An Bord Pleanála decision report. “It’s like our legal powers don’t even matter and are being dismissed,” he said. Cork councillor anger after planning decision for Blackrock apartments overturned, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-31006286.html

3 June 2020, “I do realise it’s a working forest, but with more houses being constructed in upper Rochestown, I am calling on Coillte to consider the plans they rolled out in Dublin be also applied to Cork City,” said Mr McCarthy.Coillte asked to see the wood for the trees at Garryduff, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-31003171.html

25 May 2020, “The piece has garnered significant attention online, including from Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, who lauded it as a “fabulous creative piece”,Cork artist honours nurses with a powerful painting outside CUH, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-artist-honours-nurses-with-a-powerful-painting-outside-CUH-de63d4f6-c498-4bb9-bc1c-c93d3b24dde1-ds

6 May 2020, “Cllr McCarthy said that the council was keen to speak with traders, and said that clusters of traders from particular areas should contact the local authority to discuss plans for the city. Plans to pedestrianise Cork city streets revealed as businesses look at how they will re-open,


15 April 2020, “Cllr McCarthy said he has suggested setting up a post-coronavirus economic committee to look at safeguarding the city centre, but it was too early to know what could be done. “Debenhams is a prime site. It has a lot of potential, the idea of breaking it into mini department stores needs to be considered”. ‘Breaking it into mini department stores needs to be considered’; Future of Debenhams on City Hall agenda, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Breaking-it-into-mini-department-stores-needs-to-be-considered-Future-of-Debenhams-on-City-Hall-agenda-9cc63092-ccbc-4d8b-bd57-6013aded163a-ds

16 March 2020, Historian, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who spent almost a decade lobbying for its repair and restoration, watched from the riverbank as the engineers worked: “It’s actually really exciting. And in fairness to the workers, they are doing their best at social distancing while finishing off the job. They have done a fantastic job — it looks great. It looks fresh, but still retains that sense of an old-world”. Cork’s Shakey Bridge returns as last restored section installed, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30988275.html

23 March 2020, “Providing homes is very important, but I have concerns about putting homes on industrial sites. It should be about place-making and sustainability, not housing in any location at any cost, Cllr Kieran McCarthy said.” Cork City councillors approve plan for social housing units, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30989689.html

12 February 2020, “The figures were released by the council’s director of housing in response to queries from councillor Kieran McCarthy at February’s city council meeting”, Cork City Council spends more than €4m to tackle homelessness, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-City-Council-spends-more-than-4m-to-tackle-homelessness-6be685de-a4f4-48ca-ae4e-601d0edb4510-ds

6 February 2020, “Independent Cork City Councillor Kieran McCarthy says there are many tourist signs around the city centre that are dated and run down. Many tourists are unable to navigate the signage currently in the city. There are few useful orientation tools at arrival points in the city”. Council gets more than €400,000 to update tourist signage in city,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Council-gets-more-than-400000-to-update-tourist-signage-in-city-9f733caa-ce25-4149-8d6f-7fad0ff5d682-ds

5 February 2020, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said the new 7% levy for derelict sites is “not scary enough” and needs to be increased substantially. Mr McCarthy said for sites that have been lying idle over ten years, the levy should be more like 21%. Only 30% of levies imposed on derelict sites have been collected by City Hall. https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Only-30-of-levies-imposed-on-derelict-sites-have-been-collected-by-City-Hall-1a52ed7b-e9be-44c5-bffe-210eee557a82-ds

1 February 2020, “Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy says he has long been an advocate of a large-scale visitor attraction in the city’s dock’s area. “It is great that there is a proposal for the bonded warehouses, which are almost two hundred years old and for me are important to mind. It seems there is more willingness in the last few months to develop a maritime-themed visitor centre”. Cork’s Custom House floated as venue for new visitor centre; Site already earmarked for 34-storey hotel, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Corks-Custom-House-floated-as-venue-for-new-visitor-centre-Site-already-earmarked-for-34-storey-hotel-3610322d-03da-4784-975c-d751eef25cd0-ds

29 January 2020, Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy described the mast as “intrusive and ugly” and said the process governing their installation must be reviewed. This loophole needs to be urgently fixed”, he said. Calls for review of legislation which allows erection of ‘intrusive’ masts without planning permission.  https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30978534.html

17 January 2020, “According to Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy, who is a member of the EU’s Committee of the Regions, the city council’s involvement in the MMIAH project has been a great learning curve for all involved. He said that the wider aims of MMIAH were able to fit within wider tourism and urban regeneration and enhancement proposals in Cork City”. Elizabeth Fort a stronghold of city tourism with help of EU funding,


3 January 2020 Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy has called for a dedicated Cycling Officer to be put in place for Cork city. “We need to create a stronger cycling strategy. For me, we are only scratching the surface with the potential of cycling in the city. Cork cycling infrastructure moving at ‘snail’s pace’; Coke bikes falling into disrepair, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-cycling-infrastructure-moving-at-snails-pace-Coke-bikes-falling-into-disrepair-3f41fbe5-cb28-42b1-8d8e-e8202bf8229f-ds

31 December 2019, “The plan has been met with a mixed reaction from local councillors with Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy calling for the new Local Development Plan to be published in order to allow for joined-up thinking from developers”, More than 1,000 homes planned for Marquee site,


13 December 2019, Mr McCarthy said: “There has been much frustration by locals and officials alike that it has been a difficult tender process. Marina Park will be one of the newest recreational jewels in the crown of amenities to serve areas such as Docklands, Ballinlough, Ballintemple and Blackrock. The Marina and Atlantic Pond are two of the most visited amenities in the city. Both have a long history and have served Corkonians for decades. Cork’s Marina Park is delayed for the third time this year. https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Corks-Marina-Park-is-delayed-for-the-third-time-this-year–fa5e9ca0-cf06-478a-86a2-1d017d1bcdbb-ds

7 December 2019, Some residents have raised concerns about the level of traffic the development will bring and local councillor Kieran McCarthy said he has concerns about the precedent rezoning green space would set. City Hall to vote on ‘divisive’ land rezoning to build homes on Cork GAA grounds,


24 November 2019, “I do think there needs to an appendix in this draft annual budget, saying how the compensation figure was reached, plus a little about previous expenditure in our new areas. I feel the Oversight Committee should step in at this stage. There’s been some sort of breakdown in communication”, says Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Deal or no deal: Frustrations vented as Cork councils fail to reach compensation package, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Deal-or-no-deal-Frustrations-vented-as-Cork-councils-fail-to-reach-compensation-package-e4cad99c-0030-4490-9c40-b815b29f1dae-ds

31 October 2019, “Welcoming the news, Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy said: “I am very happy that Douglas Community Centre is a partner in the pop-up-library as they themselves provide amazing community services locally”. Location confirmed for pop-up Douglas Library service, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Location-confirmed-for-pop-up-Douglas-Library-service-66ed5079-ced6-4395-a148-bb4fbbb3aaef-ds

17 October 2019, Councillor Kieran McCarthy asked the council to enact a Compulsory Purchase Order on the Lakeland Tavern sitein Mahon but was told a lack of a ‘clear plan’ for the area was a barrier to this. Mahon area regeneration to be prioritised by the City Council,  https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Mahon-area-regeneration-to-be-prioritised-by-the-City-Council–d32a0524-9fb9-486c-aaed-88b0192537d8-ds

19 September 2019, “Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who watched the artist work on site yesterday, confirmed that councillors have agreed to ring-fence money in next year’s budget for another place-making fund to help commission more work like this. “It will also help groups such as Mad About Cork, the People’s Republic of Cork and Reimagine Cork which have been working on smaller-scale project for several years”, says Cllr McCarthy. Her story symbolises the modern Cork’: Migrant woman mural almost complete, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30951857.html

18 September 2019, Local councillor, Kieran McCarthy has lodged an application with An Bord Pleanála against the plans on the grounds of the density of the development and the failure to provide any car parking facilities at the complex. “It is clear that the proposed development is out of sync with the rest of residential properties in the immediate area”. Plans for apartment block on site of former Cork pub put on hold, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30951519.html

17 September 2019, Cllr Kieran McCarthy (Ind) said that Rochestown deserves its own Community Policing Forum and a representative on the Joint Policing Committee in City Hall”. Calls Rochestown Community Policing Forum, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Pensioner-who-was-beaten-and-robbed-after-visiting-wifes-grave-speaks-of-horror-attack-that-left-him-with-a-damaged-eye-socket-5431e7c6-c663-4e92-bb25-358374ea4ba2-ds

11 September 2019, Historian and Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who called repeatedly in recent years for the bridge to be restored, said the work really needed to be done. “Cork has over 31 bridges, but this is the one held in most affection,” he said. Cork’s Shakey Bridge will retain famous shake after restoration, engineers insist, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30950093.html

5 September 2019, “Cllr McCarthy said that the Council needs a lot more funding in order to invest in cycling properly”. A local pot dedicated to cycling infrastructure should be developed, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-City-Council-will-not-allocate-specific-funds-for-cycle-lanes-6885bada-f9cb-4fe0-b530-94e3a2533625-ds

20 August 2019, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy believes a new local area plan needs to be drawn up, and he will bring a motion before the council next month asking that one be created. “Dereliction, slow bus movement, traffic congestion and a need for a plan to make Douglas have a village feel again are some of the major discussion points,” he said. Douglas will ‘die on its feet’ unless action is taken on dereliction and congestion, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Douglas-will-die-on-its-feet-unless-action-is-taken-on-dereliction-and-congestion-ebb92626-6b37-4946-9103-c7d13bc952c8-ds

2 August 2020, Kieran McCarthy (IND) described the landscaping element of work at the community park as “positive”. Douglas flood defence works to start this autumn, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Douglas-flood-defence-works-to-start-this-autumn–8199715b-287b-491d-bafb-4c4cfe69ec39-ds

29 July 2019, Local historian Cllr Kieran McCarthy who called the bridge a cultural institution, explained how it got its nickname. “It attained the nickname due to the fact that a large number of people used the bridge to go to GAA matches in the Mardyke. Consequently, the bridge would shake with the masses of people walking across it. Cork’s Shkey Bridge to close for major 1.7m renovation, https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/cork-s-shakey-bridge-to-close-for-major-1-7m-renovation-1.3971157

22 July 2019, “Local councillor Kieran McCarthy said that residents are not opposed to building houses on the site but are worried at the scale of the development. He said that local voices have not been factored into the decision. “There have been huge concerns on the traffic which will move through a small avenue with two local schools and onto an even narrower Blackrock Road”, he said”. Over 270 apartments planned for former Cork convent site despite concern from locals. https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30938619.html

10 July 2019, “Information requested by Councillor Kieran McCarthy (IND) reveals that €916,000 toward public realm works and development of the park have been allocated and a design competition has commenced in relation to a redesign”. Bishop Lucey Park set for revamp,


9 July 2019, “Historian Cllr Kieran McCarthy said he hopes the red-bricked Odlums building could be redeveloped as a cultural centre”. Cork may see its largest ever single property deal which could pave way for docklands development, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30935812.html

21 June 2019, “Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy said it is clear that the derelict site fine has become too blunt an instrument to deal with dangerous buildings in older parts of the city”. Cork business leaders and politicians say tougher approach needed after partial building collapse, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30932206.html