12/07/2012 Minister Deenihan Launches NIAH Survey of Cork City
Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to-day ( 12th July 2012), at Cork City Hall, launched the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage Survey of Cork City. The survey is available online on the Department’s website www.buildingsofireland.ie and is accompanied by an illustrated book ‘An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Cork City’. This is the 28th book to be published in the series and completes the NIAH survey of Cork City and County. It marks an important milestone in compiling the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.
Arising from the survey, the Minister has recommended that a further 752 structures of architectural heritage value in Cork City be included in their Record of Protected Structures. This is in addition to those which were recommended in 2005.
Minister Deenihan remarked that ‘the results of the survey will reinforce pride in our built heritage and ensure that it will be cherished for this and for future generations’.
Cork City boasts a wealth of architectural heritage dating from the medieval period up to the present day. The survey, which covers an array of religious, industrial, residential, civic and commercial buildings, will significantly contribute to our understanding of the history of the city, and its urban development. Its rich architectural legacy includes impressive public buildings, fine railway stations, imposing warehouses and breweries, and the famous Cork City markets.
The city retains a significant stock of eighteenth and early nineteenth century houses, terraces and suburban villas. Ornate commercial buildings and the survival of many traditional shop fronts testify to the growth of Cork during the Victorian period. The twentieth century is represented by buildings of national importance such as Honan Chapel, designed in the Celtic Revival style, and iconic modern buildings including the former Ford Factory and the County Hall.
The churches of Cork are among the highlights of the city ranging from St Fin Barre’s Cathedral to the Church of Christ the King at Turner’s Cross. St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, designed by William Burges and built between 1865 and 1879 is of exceptional importance. ‘Its sculpture, mosaics, metal work and furniture, have resulted in a building of outstanding unity and harmony – a work of art, as well as a place of worship’, Minister Deenihan said.
Twenty-first century Cork remains a vibrant, thriving commercial city, a seat of learning and of innovation. New award winning buildings have been constructed that contribute to the architectural quality of the urban landscape and numerous fine old buildings have been conserved and restored in recent years and adapted for new uses.
‘If historic buildings are to survive as our legacy to future generations, they will have to be adapted to cater for the changing circumstances and needs of their present owners and users. The challenge is to manage change without sacrificing the intrinsic character of the building’, the Minister stated.
Minister Deenihan emphasised the important role of the survey in assisting Cork City Council in the future protection of the built heritage of the city.