SIR – I am writing to you concerning the closure of Zetland Pier. We were shocked to see it all closed off, but became excited at the thought of the pier being upgraded. Our excitement was short-lived when we heard and read that the Council were unsuccessful in its application for funding to repair the pier.
As children, our relatives told us stories of Zetland. We were told that it was built around the Famine time and held a lot of history. We were told how the farmers used it to launch their small boats, which would have been filled with turf, seaweed, vegetables anything they could sell. They would sail across the bay to Bantry and sell their goods at the market.
There is reference to Zetland pier in the House of Lords in March 1895. The people from surrounding areas, such as Adrigole and Glengarriff, wanted the pier raised. When high tide came in all their turf and seaweed would get washed away.
Zetland pier is always in use. You have families coming there year after year; people sailing from there; diving schools using it, as it is such a safe area to learn in; fishermen, etc.
We have met people from all parts of the world at the pier and are always amazed at how they have found Zetland. It is known far and wide. The water around Zetland is one of the most beautiful and cleanest areas to swim in and the area itself is very tranquil and picturesque.
Zetland pier is a part of our history and to hear that there is no money there to preserve it is very sad and disappointing. Is this going to be yet another piece of our heritage washed away in the tide of time>
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