5 November 2018
By Mary Bermingham
All hands on deck to launch the new Passage West Maritime Museum
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy officially opened the exciting new project which has been funded by Cork County Council and the Department of Community & Rural Development.
Speaking at the launch Mayor Murphy praised the efforts of all involved in getting the museum opened, “Many people have gotten onboard to support this project, giving generously of their time, energy and money and by making numerous artefacts and items of interest you see here available for all to enjoy and appreciate.” He went on to describe the museum as “A wonderful demonstration of what a community working together to enrich their local area can achieve.”
Passage West, known as the original port of Cork has a proud maritime history. Known as the birthplace of Ireland’s Steam Ship industry it had been a hive of industrial activity for over three hundred years. The new museum, located in the old town hall, hosts a rich and varied collection of artefacts telling the fascinating story of Passage West and its long and fertile relationship to the sea.
Cork County Council Divisional Manager James Fogarty noted the heritage importance of the museum “The Maritime Museum in Passage West plays a significant role in the story of Cork harbour. It complements the broader vision of Cork as Ireland’s Maritime Haven with over a thousand years of proud maritime history making it very attractive to visitors. This museum is a product of the famous local pride in our unique heritage here in Cork and the hard work and enthusiasm of the people of Passage.”
The museum will be open to the public in March 2019 and is expected to make quite a splash in Passage this spring. Further information can be found by visiting www.passagemuseum.ie