We’d have gone with Craney McCrane Face.
But the students of Crosshaven Boys’ National School have chosen altogether more mature and meaningful names for two 50-metre cranes at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT), in Ringaskiddy.
The names Mahain and Binne were chosen by the lads and voted most popular as part of a recent local schools competition ‘Name the Cranes’, by the Port of Cork Company.
Over 800 students across 12 local harbour community schools were involved. Following a number of creative suggestions, the winning suggestions led with over half of the 1,000 votes.
The names chosen by Crosshaven Boys’ National School are based on a local story from 1892, told by Robert Day. A giant called ‘Mahain’ threw two stones from Monkstown – one landing in Ringaskiddy and the other in Crosshaven. Another giant called ‘Binne’, lived across the water in Currabinny and cast a stone into Crosshaven village where it came to rest on the foreshore near Crosshaven House.
The winning class will receive a special guided boat trip around Cork Harbour as well as €1,000 worth of sport or art supplies. They’ve also been invited to cut the ribbon at the Official Opening of CCT, later this year.
Runner up schools, Star of the Sea Passage West, who put forward the names ‘Ardú and Ísliu’ and Ringaskiddy National School who suggested ‘Rocky and Spike’, also received €1,000 worth of art supplies for their school.
The names Mahain and Binne will be printed on each crane in the coming weeks.