A masterplan has been unveiled for a multi-million euro redevelopment of the former Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) site at Marino Point in Cork harbour, which will include a mix of industries and a new cruise ship berth.
Those who held a protest against the Port of Cork's closing of a supposed public right of way for the arrival of Cobh's first cruise liner of the year have been urged to ditch their placards for the sake of the town's tourism industry.
There are almost 20 large, detached one-off homes done to a variety of architectural styles and big, blowsy budgets, at the Ard Chuain development, which takes its name from the height it’s set at above Passage West, spanning expanses of Cork harbour.
After almost a decade in the doldrums, renewed activity is expected across a number of fronts in Cork city’s docklands and quays in 2016, with knock-on effects on major sites downriver in Cork harbour including Marino Point and Ringaskiddy.
An Bord Pleanala, in permitting The Port of Cork to move its container port, in Tivoli, to Ringaskiddy, has overturned its own decision of seven years ago not to grant permission, and has now overruled its own inspector, who had recommended refusal.
IT’S appropriate that the views down from 9 Ard Chuain include container ships serenely cruising below, on their way to or from Tivoli docks in Cork harbour — after all, lots of this house’s furniture, floors and fittings came to Cork by container ship.