CORK CITY TO PASSAGE WEST GREENWAY
There was a thunder storm underway when I visited this area of the Marina.
The first phase of the Cork City to Passage West Greenway was officially opened in April 2023
The 3km greenway provides a high-quality recreational and commuter corridor between Cork City Docklands and Mahon tracing the route of the 19th century Cork, Blackrock, and Passage Railway line. The greenway provides a wide accessible route for pedestrians and cyclists. There are new and improved access ramps such as the one at Holland Park.
The new greenway has access points at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the Old Blackrock Railway station, Blackrock Road, Skehard Road, and Mahon. There are also additional points of entry by the Marina Park and Eden development.
When I visited Cork Marina back in 2018 the area known as Holland Park was predominantly an open green field bordered by the embankment and Dundonion Castle to the south. A recent tree survey indicated interesting tree species planted around in the open field and looks like an arboretum that started around 30 years ago but not developed any further. This grassland habitat was wild and unmanaged and was composed largely of coarse grass species and ruderals but is more species rich than the amenity grassland found elsewhere in the area.
In 1837, the Passage Railway Bill was passed in the Westminster Parliament but work only got underway in the late 1840s. By this time, the Cork Passage Railway Company had been reformed into the Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway Company. Legislation was passed for this company in 1846 and in September of that year, the company’s engineer Sir John MacNeil carried out the relevant survey work.
The entire length of track between Cork and Passage West was in place by April 1850 and within two months, the line was opened for passenger traffic.
The City’s terminus, designed by Sir John Benson, was based on Victoria Quay but due to the creation of the Cork City Park Racecourse in 1869, it was rebuilt and opened in 1873 on Hibernian Road. The old building can still be seen.
In the early 1930s because of reduced revenues the company ceased operations