Vacant city building should be turned into a museum

Vacant city building should be turned into a museum
The currently-vacant premise at Grattan Street. Photo: Billy macGill.

A COUNCILLOR has urged City Hall to give an unused local authority-owned building to the community so it can be used as a museum.

Grattan House, on the corner of Grattan Street and Sheares Street, has attracted drug use and antisocial behaviour in recent years due its gated frontage and trees providing cover. The building has also been broken into on a number of occasions.

The single-storey building had previously been used to provide addiction counselling for the Probation Service which provided intensive probation supervision initiatives in which young adult offenders were engaged in programmes to prevent re-offending but it has been unused for a number of years.

There is a bike share bay outside the building.

Councillor Paudie Dineen believes the building is perfect to house a museum and has brought a motion to City Hall which is to be discussed by the finance and estimates functional committee.

“I am calling on Cork City Council to consider the disposal of Grattan House to the Middle Parish Association for a nominal annual fee so as to address the issue of possible dereliction at Grattan House. The residents have expressed that they would be interested in setting up a museum highlighting the Marsh and Coal Quay in bygone days at this location and I would urge the Council to consider this proposal,” said Mr Dineen.

“In recent times Grattan House house has been attracting a lot of drug use and anti-social behaviour and it has become a sorry site over the years and is blighting the area. Putting Grattan House into good use would offset any further dereliction and enhance any further dereliction and enhance the area while at the same time creating another tourist attraction within the city centre,” he added.

Grattan House is not currently on Cork City Council’s derelict sites register.

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