Residents seek convent fire investigation

FIREMEN had to break down the gate to gain access and found no water with which to fight the blaze that destroyed the Good Shepherd convent and chapel at Sundays Well in Cork recently.

It is ironic that a few years ago, when a house was set alight in the East Field in Upper Janemount, which borders the convent grounds, there was also poor access and low water pressure.

Obviously, the gardaí will be investigating the direct cause of the Sundays Well fire. However, the residents of Sundays Well and Blarney Street also request an investigation under the Planning and Development Act 2000.

The act states that each owner and occupier of a protected structure must ensure that the structure, or any element of it that contributes to its special interest, is not endangered.

On February 19 this year, representatives of Blarney St Community Association met yet again with officials of Cork City Council. We presented them with a letter outlining our concerns and photographic evidence of the complete neglect of the Good Shepherd convent.

On June 22, we registered yet another complaint with city council, requesting that the planning legislation be enforced. It remains to be seen if the representatives of the community can do a better job of protecting the remaining buildings on this important heritage site.

Bridget Healy,

4, Lower Janemount,

Sundays Well,

Cork.

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