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#PortCorkSite - Elected representatives were dismayed to be told yesterday that Cork City Council does not have plans for the historic site, which was once earmarked for a National Diaspora Centre.

The Evening Echo reports that in recent weeks, the Port of Cork listed the 2.9 acre site at the entrance to the city on the market for approximately €7 million. The site includes the old Custom House and the Bonded Warehouses.

It was hoped that a bid may be forthcoming from the local authority in order to transform the site into a critical piece of tourism infrastructure for Cork, though this now seems unlikely.

Officials from City Hall informed councillors at last night’s meeting of Cork City Council that it is ‘not in a position to fund the acquisition’ of the site.

A spokesperson for City Hall told councillors that, “The City Council does not have a plan for the Cork Harbour Commissioners building which is currently for sale on the open market following a decision by the Port of Cork company to put it on the market.

“The City Council is not in a position to fund the acquisition of the property, nor to develop the premises as a maritime or diaspora centre.”

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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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