Designed and written several interpretative panels to highlight special areas in our towns
My first interpretative panel for our towns was that celebrating the birdlife of Monkstown Creek. Monkstown Creek is part of the Cork Harbour Special Protection Area and is an incredibly rich feeding ground for a wintering bird population. This panel is now in place 10 years and has stood the test of time.
As part of the redevelopment of the Sirius Garden, the Port of Cork funded a large noticeboard to tell the story of the Sirius, the first ship to cross the Atlantic non-stop entirely under the power of steam. I designed and wrote the noticeboard and was very pleased to collaborate with the printers on its production. This was a truly goodwill project, involving the Port of Cork, Passage West/Monkstown Town Council and Passage West Tidy Towns.
I am due to design and produce two further noticeboards, the printing and erection of which the Town Council has agreed to fund before its abolition at the end of May. One will celebrate the life and achievements of Major Richard Hingston, formerly of Horsehead. The other will be erected close to the Town Hall and will mark the fact that Passage West/Monkstown had a Town Commission/Council for 94 years until the abolition of all town councils nationally in 2014.
I have also successfully applied to Cork County Council for grant funding for a community noticeboard on behalf of the Passage West Tidy Towns group. I will be preparing this before the summer and it will be located in the Centre Block. It will be a double-sided structure, will include a map of the town on one side identifying all the heritage and other items of interest which visitors may wish to see. The other side will be a community noticeboard available for the use of all in the town.