There has been a broad welcome in Courtmacsherry following confirmation that Cork County Council has purchased a plot of land near the village pier, and intends to develop the area as an amenity for the public.
Locally based Cllr Paul Hayes said “I’m delighted that this much sought-after land has been successfully acquired by the Council, and especially that officials have indicated their willingness and eagerness to work with the community to plan how best to develop the site tastefully. A number of community representatives have met to discuss various ideas for it including a picnic area, a potential location for a proposed monument commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania off the Seven Heads and some reference to the sites historical West Cork Railway past.”
Chairman of the Courtmacsherry Festival and Development Association, Stephen Finn also praised the work done in securing the field saying, “This will further add to the facilities and attractions of Courtmacsherry. The community was previously unsuccessful in purchasing this land a number of years ago, so it’s great that Cork County Council have stepped in and acquired the land and at present their architects’ department are working with us to devise plans to make best use of the space available. This is an ideal location, in the centre of our village and I’m sure that when this work is complete, it will be a focal point that locals and visitors alike will be able to enjoy.”