It’s one of the best spots in the city for a walk.
But Cork’s pedestrianised Marina wasn’t always so green and leafy.
A photograph shared on Twitter by historian Fiona Forde of @IrishFamilyDetective shows the scenic riverside walkway as it was back in 1952, around 100 years after the grand old alder, ash and poplar trees were planted.
— IrishFamilyDetective (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) February 2, 2021
Interestingly, the name has been associated with the waterside walk since 1872, when it was first suggested to Cork Corporation he Gaelic poet and scholar Donncha Ó Floinn as a replacement for the area then known as the Navigation Wall.
According to Cork Past and Present, Mr Ó’Floinn pointed out that ‘The Marina’ was the name given to recently reclaimed land near Palermo in Sicily.
In July 1872, Cork Corporation formally adopted ‘The Marina’ as the name of Cork’s new promenade.
A new look for 2022
Almost 70 years on, the area is in line for a multi-million euro facelift set to be completed by the end of 2022.
The Marina Promenade project will see new footpaths installed, along with updated lighting and a car-free zone between Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Church Avenue.
The project will complement the new Marina Park, which will house a large pavilion for coffee stalls, art exhibitions and markets as well as water jets for children to play in. The first phase is scheduled for completion in May 2021.