Tourists take risks to get photos of cathedral
Tourists, anxious to snap one of Co Cork’s most iconic buildings, are literally putting themselves on a potentially slippery slope.
Some, it emerged, are risking life and limb to secure great images of Cobh’s St Colman’s Cathedral.
And county councillors living in the famed harbour town are concerned about the risks being taken.
It emerged the best images of the Diocese of Cloyne’s cathedral church are exactly from a sloping bank on the west side.
Labour councillor Cathal Rasmussen raised the issue at last week’s December meeting of the Cobh-Glanmire Municipal District Council. He requested that county council engineers would consider the installation of a viewing platform on the right-hand side of the bank, in a park at West View.
Mr Rasmussen said the area provides stunning shots of the cathedral and many tourists had become aware of the location.
He had been approached by a number of locals living in the area who were concerned about the risks some tourists were taking to get the perfect shot. “Some of them are climbing up of a slopey bank which is highly dangerous,” said Mr Rasmussen.
To compound matters, he noted: “There’s actually Japanese knotweed at the site as well which they’re disturbing.”
In support, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, who also lives in Cobh and provides visitor tours of the town’s War of Independence history, said a viewing gallery would be an excellent idea. “I take tourists up around that general area very regularly,” he said. “There should also be an information board erected there.”
Council engineers said they would examine the councillors’ requests and would consult the county architect’s office about a design for an information board.
Meanwhile, on the issue of Japanese knotweed in Cobh, Mr Rasmussen asked that a town-wide survey be carried out pinpointing locations where the invasive plant had taken hold. “There seems to be more of it growing around the place than ever before.”
Fianna Fáil councillor Padraig O’Sullivan inquired about an eradication programme but officials said while the council treats the spread of the plant in public areas, it had a limited budget.