Work begins to transform Camden Fort into a major tourist attraction

Work begins to transform Camden Fort into a major tourist attraction
Barracks building at Fort Camden. Pic; Larry Cummins

WORK has begun on a masterplan for the future development of Camden Fort Meagher to make it one of Cork’s major tourism attractions.

Cork County Council has appointed JCA Architects to prepare a plan for the future use, conservation and restoration of the historic fort at the entrance to Cork Harbour.

The plan will identify the potential of how best to develop the fort as an all year round sustainable business and tourism operation.

Camden Fort Meagher has been in the ownership of Cork County Council since 1989, having been handed over by the Irish Army. 

In 2010, the Council together with a group of local, dedicated volunteers, began restoring and developing the fort for heritage and tourism purposes.

The fort is a coastal defence fortification. Similar to Fort Mitchell in Spike Island, Camden Fort Meagher was built to defend the mouth of Cork Harbour.

Originally constructed in the 16th century, the current structures of the 45-acre fort, the majority of which is underground, date to the 1860s. 

The Council now wishes to create an attractive, sustainable and viable addition to the tourism and cultural infrastructure in Crosshaven and the Lower Harbour. 

Speaking at the contract signing, outgoing Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Séamus McGrath said the Masterplan will build on the work already completed by Cork County Council, the Volunteers and the wider Crosshaven community.

Camden Fort Meagher is now open to visitors, with exhibits on the fort’s Brennan torpedo installation (the world’s first “practical guided weapon”) and one of the only resident 9/11 exhibits outside the United States.

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