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FIRE AHEAD: A grant of €200,000 has been secured by Irish Landmark Trust from Cork City Council to convert a section of historic Elizabeth Fort, on Barrack Street into tourist accommodation. Picture: Diane Cusack

Tourist accommodation plan for historic fort

TOURISTS visiting Cork could soon spend a night inside the city’s historic Elizabeth Fort.

The building, on Barracks Street, is set for a landmark development this year, with plans to convert some of its buildings into accommodation for tourists.

Two buildings inside the fort’s courtyard will be converted into tourist accommodation by the non-profit organisation Irish Landmark Trust.

The organisation finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation and give them new life as accommodation. They operate the Galley Head lighthouse property in west Cork.

Some of the buildings inside Elizabeth Fort were most recently used as a garda station.

Independent City Councillor Mick Finn said the vision for the 16th Century Star Fort is still focused on it being further developed as a major tourist attraction and visitor centre.

“I was surprised to hear of this development but I am hopeful it will secure the future of the Fort as a major piece of public infrastructure,” he said.

“A grant of €200,000 has been secured by the council to facilitate this project and will be invested in making the buildings liveable and it is planned that work will start on the conversion of the buildings by the end of the year,” he said.

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