World Heritage status ambition for Cork sites

World Heritage status ambition for Cork sites
Aerial Photographs of Cork, March 2018. Pictures Tom Coakley Photography. Spike Island

SPIKE Island is among a number of Cork sites that may be submitted for consideration to be included on the World Heritage List.

Independent county councillor, Marcia D’Alton, is to put forward a motion, at a Cork County Council meeting, today, asking for 11 historic city and county sites to be submitted for consideration to United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Along with Spike Island, Ms D’Alton proposed that Fort Camden/Meagher, Fort Carlisle/Davis, Ringaskiddy Martello Tower, Haulbowline Island Martello Tower, Haulbowline Island naval buildings, the Belvelly, Rossleague and Monning Martello towers, Collins Barracks, and Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills be considered as one entity.

Ms D’Alton is asking the city and county council to work together on the list of potential cultural and historic buildings and monuments that should be included on the World Heritage List.

She said it was difficult to achieve World Heritage status, but that, collectively, these 11 sites could be a contender.

“The architectural value of this incredible network of military installations, much of which was constructed by prison labour, its function within the wider Cork landscape, and its intimate relationship to a period of social history now gone, would, in their own right, qualify for consideration”.

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