An­chor raised as mar­itime mu­seum sets sail

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All hands were on deck last week to launch the new Pas­sage West Mar­itime Mu­seum.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy of­fi­cially opened the ex­cit­ing new project which has been funded by Cork County Coun­cil and the Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity & Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

Mayor Mur­phy praised the ef­forts of all in­volved in see­ing the project come to fruition.

“Many peo­ple came on board to sup­port this project, giv­ing gen­er­ously of their time, en­ergy and money and by mak­ing nu­mer­ous arte­facts and items of in­ter­est avail­able for all to en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate,” said.

The mayor de­scribed the mu­seum as “a won­der­ful demon­stra­tion of what a com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether to en­rich their lo­cal area can achieve”.

Pas­sage West, he said, was known as the orig­i­nal port of Cork and main­tains a proud mar­itime his­tory.

Known as the birth­place of Ire­land’s Steam Ship in­dus­try, it had been a hive of in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity for over three hun­dred years.

The new mu­seum is lo­cated in the old town hall, and it hosts a rich and var­ied col­lec­tion of arte­facts cap­tur­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing story of Pas­sage West and its long and fer­tile re­la­tion­ship to the sea.

Cork County Coun­cil di­vi­sional nan­ager James Fog­a­rty un­der­lined the her­itage im­por­tance of the mu­seum.

“The Mar­itime Mu­seum in Pas­sage West plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the story of Cork har­bour,” he said.

“It com­ple­ments the broader vi­sion of Cork as Ire­land’s mar­itime haven with over a thou­sand years of proud mar­itime his­tory mak­ing it very at­trac­tive to vis­i­tors.

“This mu­seum is a prod­uct of the fa­mous lo­cal pride in our unique her­itage here in Cork and the hard work and en­thu­si­asm of the peo­ple of Pas­sage.”

The mu­seum will be re opened to the pub­lic from March 2019 and is ex­pected to make quite a splash in the har­bour town next spring.

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