WHAT I SAW WHILE WALKING ALONG THE MARINA IN CORK [FROM THE MARIAN GROTTO TO CENTRE PARK ROAD]-144319
Currently there are two very ugly barriers on the road known as the Marina and I am not sure as to why they are there but they may have something to do with crowd control when there is a match at the GAA stadium. I first became of the barriers when I discovered that Google Maps failed to gain access to the section between the two barriers. The area is attractive but it urgently some care and attention as it is badly run-down.
The Mariana dates from 1900 and at the time was later described as follows: "The Marina is a delightful, tree-lined promenade on the south bank of the River Lee, of which it commands some exquisite peeps. Easy of access, this promenade is a delight to visitors, and has been greatly improved in recent years, a bandstand having been provided; there are also seats and rustic shelters at intervals. Within easy reach of the park and racecourse."
Currently the Marina is in the process of being redeveloped as a public amenity. Demolition work on the old Showgrounds was completed late last year, paving the way for the construction of the multi-million euro project includes the redesign of the entire Marina, from the Shandon Boat Club to Blackrock, including grounds around Páirc Uí Chaoimh [GAA stadium] and the Atlantic Pond.