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Batchelors Quay, Cork City

CONTACT:   Liz Meaney – Arts Officer ADDRESS:  Recreation, Amenity & Culture, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork, Ireland
PHONE:  +353 21 492 42 98 FAX:  +353 21 492 46 51
EMAIL:   arts@corkcity.ie   WEB:  www.corkcity.ie

This quay is a classic example of the old heart of the City. Long disused commercially it is set in a tranquil & picturesque part of the City and boasts some fine restored Mill buildings. Wrought iron bridges and Georgian/Victorian Townhouses. Many of the wealthier citizens of Cork in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lived on Bachelor's Quay. They built some fine Georgian houses along the quay. The houses became tenements in the nineteenth century when the merchants and bankers left for the more fashionable suburbs of Blackrock and Montenotte further East towards the modern day Port. The Victorian Mercy Hospital (still in use) is here and there are some fine river views.

One of the Quay's most prominent landmarks is the footbridge. This beautiful old Victorian footbridge linking the Island with the North side in a quiet area of the Centre. The cast iron work is detailed and the lattice-work appearance is very photogenic. Set by a bend in the river there are two opposing views; one to the West is tranquil and historical with old mills and trees lining the river while East looks along towards the City centre and all of its bustle & buildings. Nice old riverside Townhouses line each side at this location and it is ideal for both historical and modern day scenes.

Further Down The Quay you will find the Old Mill, set in a quiet bend in the River, this is a very photogenic property ideal as a backdrop for many things. This old Mill is typical of the Industrial Era when Cork was a major importer & exporter for the British Empire and has been tastefully renovated into student accommodation, but in a way that its exterior still looks authentic. Although in the centre of the City, this area has not seen major redevelopment in the form of new buildings and so holds a real old World charm and peacefulness which is ideal for period or modern day scenes.


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