Passage West now boasts a maritime muscum which tells the story of the area’s strong links with the sea.
Officially opened recently by county mayor Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, the project has been funded by the County Council and the Department of Community & Rural Development.
Known as the birthplace of Ireland’s steam ship industry, Passage West had been a hive of industrial activity for over 300 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.
Categories include shipbuilding, emigration and the US naval presence in the harbour town.
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 appreciatePassage West, known as the original port of Cork has a proud maritime history.’
Cork County Council divisional manager James Fogarty noted the heritage importance of the museum. ‘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 re-opened to the public in March 2019. For more see www.passagemuseum.ie