The proposed development would seem to be the wrong size, in the wrong place, to be used for the wrong reasons. It smacks of all that has been wrong in property development in Ireland for the last decade, shoving as much commercial floorspace into as tight a spot as possible.
Just the traffic implications should rule it out.
This site should be the centre of a heritage trail running from Gaol cross to the UCC Quad, the Honan Chapel, Canty's field, St FinBarres, Elisabeth Fort, South gate Bridge, Bishop lucey Park & The English Market.
It is absolutely appropriate that an events centre should be in the docklands area. To shoe Horn and events centre in to the Beamish & Crawford site makes no sense.
If treated sensitively it could be the centre of a cultural area deserving of international recognition.
Couldn't the development of this site be associated with the development of Elisabeth fort on one side and Christ church on the other, anchoring it in a wider cultural/ heritage area? ( A mad idea, but letting the imagination fly - how about a cable car from the walls of elisabeth fort to the site? - I just think more imagination is required - Would a Guggenheim fit there? let's get some green space at least).
The archaeology & heritage should be respected, - a micro brewery & brewery museum, a museum dedicated to the wine geese, an incubation centre for entrepreneurship, actively using the network of Irish founded vineyards globally to demonstrate the power of Irish entrepreneurial spirit.
It is a jewel in the heart of Cork & I believe it could shine & bring revenues to the City if treated sensitively, imaginatively and with some flair. Let's aim a bit higher.