green_jesus wrote:Boring!!! That sounds like the Cobh Heritage centre to me.
I think it's a decent idea. As it is, visitors have to out of their way to find the museum in Fitzgerald's park, the opening hours aren't ideal for the wandering tourist, and though I admit I haven't been there since I was a kid, I'd imagine much of the exhibits wouldn't be of the type to engage children or young adults.
Found the opening hours here:
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2.15 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11a.m. – 1 p.m., 2.15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (April to September).
Some kind of museum or cultural centre would be ideal on that site, along with a few cafes and restaurants. I could imagine a place where visitors could learn about Cork's history, maritime traditions, the role of the river Lee in the city (and county) throughout the ages etc. Some kind of aquarium (think Boston, Melbourne, Sydney) or maritime museum (think Sydney) (but obsiously on a smaller scale in all cases) would be more engaging for younger people. They could also have a space set aside for civic purposes and even occasional art exhibitions or small performances. I'm picturing a tourist office, visitor centre, city museum, maritime museum, aquarium, civic office, art gallery, exhibition centre, performing arts theatre, cafe terrace, cruise terminal and more, all operating on this site (so as to enable year-round, all-day activity) rathre than... an ugly, out of place car park.
It really is a fantastic site for this kind of venture, with it's location at the merging of the branches of the river, and would be easy to find with or without a map. It would be staring in the face of those arriving by train or by bus, and would also help to draw tourists and locals alike from the existing city centre east to the nascent docklands precinct.
River taxis (flying pigs?) or tourist-oriented small cruise boats could depart from there, and if the DDDA hadn't snapped up the Jeanie Johnston she'd be a great asset to have at the site.
I'd be happy to see the local authority invest public money as long as it was done properly, and preserved the character of the original structure. Is there any way for Joe public to increase awareness of this site and its present condition, to encourage those in power to do something about it and to encourage the people who elect them to let them know it's a major matter of concern to them? Whinging about it on this site isn't going to get anything done.
And to avoid pissing off the admin it might be wise to continue this discussion in the thread about the site here:http://www.archiseek.com/content/showthread.php?t=6058