Anchor raised as maritime museum sets sail
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.