Calls for extension of Marina to city centre

Calls for extension of Marina to city centre

Labour’s Peter Horgan says he has got positive feedback on his proposal to extend The Marina. Picture: Denis Scannell

Cork's riverside Marina should be extended to link directly with the city centre.

That's the view of Labour election candidate Peter Horgan who said an uninterrupted link between Blackrock and city centre would be hugely positive for residents and visitors to Cork.

Currently, The Marina runs from the Shandon Boat Club to Blackrock. Mr Horgan said that when it was originally constructed, the Marina ran directly into the city.

Developments such as the ESB power station and Dunlops factory have prevented an uninterrupted walkway.

The local election candidate has discussed the topic with Blackrock residents and the ESB for some time and the positive feedback has encouraged him to believe it would be a great benefit to the city.

“This can be a huge boom to tourism for those who visit Cork city to bring them out along The Marina directly,” he said.

“Coupled with an expansion of the public bike scheme it would be a vote of investment not only in Blackrock but would signify a real commitment to kickstarting the long-awaited Docklands project and Marina Park project,” he said.

Mr Horgan’s call for an extension of The Marina was inspired by historian Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil who details the history of the Marina in his book, The Ring of Blackrock.

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