Council Considers Peep Hole in Bishop’s Wall

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cobh Municipality has been asked to investigate the possibility of cutting a “peep hole” in a heritage wall to allow tourists get the perfect snap of the Town’s iconic Cathedral.

In recent weeks it has emerged that visitors to the Town have been risking life and limb to get a shot of St Colman’s, by clambering atop the heritage wall on Bishop’s Road.

Many more have been seen climbing on cars, with others resorting to the use of a step ladder, while several others were climbing on a sloping bank in Westview Park.

Cllr Cathal Rasmussen told Monday’s Sitting of the Borough that the scenes have alarmed residents who are concerned that it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

The Labour Cllr said it has been suggested on social media that a “peep hole” be cut into the wall near the Bishop’s Palace which, on a practical matter, could work.

Cllr Rasmussen originally raised the issue last December requesting Council to erect a viewing platform on the right hand side of the West Park Bank.

Engineers at that time, however, said the cost of providing the platform would be too prohibitive.

At Monday’s meeting Fine Gael Cllr Sinead Sheppard said a Land Search had shown that the section of wall being used by the tourists is privately owned.

She said before a slot is cut Council would first need the permission of the owner, who is difficult to contact.

Independent Cllr Sean O’Connor said he was approached by a member of the Church who said they could look at facilitating the request.

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