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    • #709119
      Anonymous
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      Another good year for the forum thanks again to the efforts of Paul Clerkin.

      Every year someone does a highlights thread and I would like to start listing some things I noticed over the past 12 months.

      The refusal of the works at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh was a victory for common sense

      The announcement that the U2 Tower would afterall be built

      The completion of the Port Tunnel

      The refusal of the Thomas St tower another victory for common sense

      The completion of Stack A at Georges Dock

      The granting of Planning permission for Landsdowne Road

      The listing of 16 Moore Street as a National Monument as a monument to heritage

      The completion of Grand Canal Dock to a World Class Standard

      Universal praise for the individual contributions of the late Sam Stephenson and Arthur Gibney’ to Irish Architecture

      Archiseek assisting a place finish in a very dodgy IT quiz

      Magicbastarders rework of Liberty Hall being flung down O’Connell St by Big Jim who has decided that equity holders aren’t true socialists

      Anything I missed?

    • #786827
      Anonymous
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      @PVC King wrote:

      Another good year for the forum thanks again to the efforts of Paul Clerkin.

      Every year someone does a highlights thread and I would like to start listing some things I noticed over the past 12 months.

      The refusal of the works at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh was a victory for common sense

      Anything I missed?

      🙂 Definitely my number one on your list.
      We can build and rebuild Port Tunnels at any time (money permitting) but to abuse the status of St. Colman’s would be a travesty that could never be undone.

    • #786828
      Anonymous
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      On the button…
      Glad to see St. Colman’s Cathedral Decision of ABP top of list, it was indeed the highlight and the epitome of common sense prevailing in an ever perplexing world

    • #786829
      Anonymous
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      @samuel j wrote:

      On the button…
      Glad to see St. Colman’s Cathedral Decision of ABP top of list, it was indeed the highlight and the epitome of common sense prevailing in an ever perplexing world

      Seeing in person, for the first time the unspoilt interior of Cobh Cathedral, was a personal highlight for me in 2006! How anyone could contemplate changing it in any way, is beyond me..

    • #786830
      Anonymous
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      @samuel j wrote:

      On the button…
      Glad to see St. Colman’s Cathedral Decision of ABP top of list, it was indeed the highlight and the epitome of common sense prevailing in an ever perplexing world

      Yes, the most important cultural event of the year and a landmark decision for the future. Definitely my No. 1.

    • #786831
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      St Colman’s Preserved:

      A victory that never should have had to have been accomplished but that was achieved without triumphalism or vindictiveness, in spite of provocations.

      A victory for the laity and their forefathers, whose pennies combined to create so rich a work. The clergy should ask themselves, if the ordinary person in the pew insists on kneeling at the altar rail to receive communion or to get their ashes it might be because they have a more intuitive grasp of the sacred than they themselves do…? ….Rather than inflicting guerilla catechetics on them by ripping out bits of furniture.

      For beauty and integrity, obviously. And timelessness.

      This is the last untouched neo-Gothic cathedral in Ireland. It will remain so. As a foreigner, I thank the FOSCC and the people of Cobh for saving an unsung part of Europe’s cultural patrimony.

    • #786832
      Anonymous
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      @PVC King wrote:

      Another good year for the forum thanks again to the efforts of Paul Clerkin.

      Every year someone does a highlights thread and I would like to start listing some things I noticed over the past 12 months.

      The refusal of the works at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh was a victory for common sense

      How can I possibly disagree with that?

    • #786833
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern’s highlights of 2006 as published by the Evening Echo 22nd December.

      1. “The Lord Mayor’s Christmas concert was a great event and raised around 30,000 euro”
      2. “Launching books on the burning of Cork in 1920”
      3. “Official visits to city schools”
      4. “Meeting Bob Geldof was great. He gets things done- look at what he has achieved. He’s moving mountains”

      And his wish list for 2007;
      1. “The docklands seem to be going fairly well, and I look forward to more progress in 2007.
      Last year, I would have said it would take 15 years to put in place, but now I’d say it will be much shorter than that.”
      2. “The extension of the city boundary was another on the table, and it has progressed. It won’t finish in my time, to be honest. But we might get a response from Cork County Council in my time.
      “I suppose it’ll be negative overall, but it might be positive.
      ‘There’s a few councilors on the county side beginning to see something needs to
      be done
      “It would be better if we could do it with agreement, and that’s not impossible.
      But it’ll be after the General Election I’d say.”
      3. “I wanted, and apparently will be getting, a local area plan for the city centre for the island between the two rivers.
      “Planning shouldn’t just be in response to developers. We should be leading the way. There needs to be something to pull it all together”.
      “You can’t just .put a high building here and a low building there and let the
      builders have it whatever they want. We should be leading, instead of
      responding and reacting.”

    • #786834
      Anonymous
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      I think 2006 was a year in which sustainability was really brought to the fore and highlighted as the critical issue that it is in its role in shaping our futures on this island – raised both on this site and gradually creeping into the public consciousness via the media, and for the first time in a non-tokenistic way.

      As mentioned numerous times before, one way in which the State could be leading the field in this respect, and permeating through to the crucial up-coming generations in such a direct way, is through the enormous school rebuilding and refurbishment programme currently underway – and yet is failing utterly dismally. These could be amongst the most efficient, sustainable and architecturally innovative buildings in the state, whilst positively fostering younger generations in such environments.
      Similarly regarding the conservation of older school buildings, especially 19th century schoolhouses and those built by the OPW in the early 20th century – again we have a shockingly miserable record in this respect, whatever about the monstrous edifices that pass as ‘state of the art’ extensions.

      If there is one thing I would like to see in 2007, it is a change in direction on behalf of the Departments of Education and Environment in this respect. It is criminal the state is not availing of this fantastic opportunity to imbue younger generations with a decent design and environmental sense; likewise the appalling example that we are setting in standards of conservation. As the foremost civic building in most towns and villages, these schools could stand as beacons of good design, conservation and sustainability amongst the serried ranks of suburbia – most featuring playing fields ideal for geothermal, and heated and powered in a manner highly suited to the rewards of economies of scale offered by timber combustion and wind power.

      All of this simply must change.

    • #786835
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Well put and your are absolutely right.

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