IN CORK EVERYWHERE IS UPHILL OR DOWNHILL
I really like Cork City.
On my first visit to Cork City I asked for directions to my hotel on Summerhill North and was told that “you could not miss it, it is up the hill”.
One of the most notable features of Summerhill North is St Luke’s Church, a deconsecrated Romanesque Revival Anglican church that is now a popular live music venue. The church is known for its beautiful acoustics and its intimate setting, and it has hosted a wide variety of artists over the years.
Summerhill North is also home to Gabriel House, a former convent that has been converted into very attractive rooms. The complex is located in a quiet and peaceful setting, and they offer stunning views of the city skyline.
One of my followers online noticed that the paintwork on some of the buildings is in very poor condition … I dot’t really know but I expect that because of location and weather conditions maintenance costs are very high. It should be noted that it is much worse in other parts of the city as years of ineffective heritage management, and neglect by owners, have left many buildings in Cork city in a poor state, with nearly one hundred listed as derelict.
Early this year some locals mounted a protest to demonstrate their opposition to what they contend are unworkable proposals for the area which would see three lanes of traffic – a dedicated bus lane and two lanes of general traffic – “shoehorned” into Summerhill North as part of the Route B: Mayfield to City sustainable transport corridor (STC). Their concerns were as follows:
- the introduction of a priority bus lane will result in the development of a three-lane road in an Architectural Conservation Area and act as a barrier to connectivity and cohesion within our community;
- the removal of 80 – 100 on-street parking spaces on Summerhill North required to facilitate the development of a Bus Priority Lane will severely undermine the practicality of day-to-day living in the area, where the majority of the dwellings do not have access to off-street parking.