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To: The People of Cork, Cork City Council and the Irish Government

Save the "Port Of Cork Buildings" from being destroyed by a horrific modern development

Save the "Port Of Cork Buildings" from being destroyed by a horrific modern development

Save the most beautiful historical Port Of Cork Buildings from a major modern development engulfing them and destroying the historical heart of Cork City.

Why is this important?

The Port Of Cork Buildings have been bought by American property developers recently. They plan to build the biggest skyscraper in Ireland on this site. It will cover up and destroy the Port buildings, these are the most historical, prominent, visually beautiful buildings in Cork City.

The Port of Cork Buildings are listed buildings, they are supposed to be protected. Cork City Council has been allowing so many historical buildings in Cork City to be demolished, their idea of preserving buildings is to keep the front wall, (Some examples Navagation House by O Callaghan Properties and Camden Quay buildings demolished leaving only the front walls, another horrible example is the O Callaghan Properties development on Lavits Quay. Opera Lane didn’t even bother keeping the front and now Patrick’s Street has started losing its character and historic buildings).
The Port buildings were constructed during the Napoleonic Wars by the prisoners of Spike Island more than 200 years ago. They are in such an important piece of strategic land in the center of the city and on the historic waterfront.
These are the first buildings we see when we arrive in Cork. They have the possibility to make this city very special. These are a unique set of buildings and part of our cultural and historical maritime heritage - of international interest. If this huge development goes ahead the character of Cork will be lost forever.
I have had a campaign to get these amazing buildings turned into a Port Of Cork Maritime Museum. They are in such an important piece of strategic land in the center of the city and on the historic waterfront. The idea of the Maritime Museum in this location would connect the City to The Harbour and would provide a perfect opportunity for ferry's to bring the people of Cork and tourists up and down the river Lee from Cork to the amazing Harbour and Spike Island.
If a Maritime Museum was the chosen usage of these buildings open to the people of the city we could have amazing public civic occasions on this magical important strategic site.

It is a disgrace on our politicians and planners, that they have allowed these amazing buildings to go into private ownership.
I am inviting people who are interested in these buildings to contact me and campaign and make them into an important maritime civic amenity.

Regards,

John Adams
johnadamsartist@gmail.com

Cork.

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Reasons for signing

  • It's high time That we in Ireland now embrace all of our past. We have a dreadful habit of destroying the old for the new, and they are never successful, usually completely out of context, as in this hideous development. Gentrification is a curse.
  • The country talks of sustainable development but how are we supposed to be a sustainable country if we contribute to burning a hole through the ozone layer with a pollution factory.
  • Not only is this planned building terrible looking, it completely disregards any of the previous uses of the area (my granda was a docker) am actually getting emotional thinking of how horrible it would look. And it would cast shadows darkening other parts of the nearby city during prime sunlight times.

Updates

2017-04-22 21:06:52 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-06-24 12:35:18 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-05-22 01:07:59 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-05-21 08:27:33 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-05-20 20:03:29 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-05-20 14:08:19 +0100

10 signatures reached