Group reimagines historic cityscapes in Cork

Eddie Feehely puts the final touch on the Grattan St mural.

Builders and painters have teamed up with an arts collective to rejuvenate some historic lanes, urban green spaces, and derelict hotspots in the heart of Cork City.

The Cork Foundation has announced details of the regeneration partnership between Reimagine Cork, which has been transforming some of the city’s urban spaces, and members of the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) Cork branch.

Foundation chief executive Padraic Vallely said it is inspiring to see organisations such as CIF giving back to Cork.

“We believe in the philosophy of Cork people helping Cork people, and we think CIF and Reimagine Cork are a perfect fit, utilising the skills and expertise of CIF along with the know-how and drive of Reimagine Cork,” he said.

CIF members including O’Shea Builders (Cork) Ltd, Sean Ahern Electrical Ltd, PJ Hegarty & Sons, Purcell Scaffolding Cork Ltd, Substruck Ltd, Edward Feehely Decorators Ltd, and MMD Construction Cork Ltd have volunteered to take part in several projects.

Among the completed schemes are a major painting project at the Grattan St carpark, by Edward Feehely and his team, and the installation of a KBC Bank-supported history-of-Cork art mural there, painted by pupils of nearby Cork Educate Together NS.

More projects are planned, including another large painting project on the side of Paul St carpark and a ‘lighting the lanes’ project in Daltons Lane, Colman’s Lane, Daltons Avenue off Cornmarket St, and Augustine’s St behind St Augustine’s Church.

Cormac Smith, chairman of CIF’s Cork branch, said he hopes the projects return neglected and forgotten public spaces and laneways to public use.

Reimagine Cork’s Eoghan Ryan said they have been trying to rejuvenate the city through community-led action and were delighted when approached by CIF and the Cork Foundation.

“They believe in an ‘action, not words’ approach, which is in keeping with our own philosophy,” he said.


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