9th September, 2022
New Communal Space Promoting History and Biodiversity in the Area
A recently renovated communal space in Passage West, Cork was officially opened where a new plaque was unveiled detailing the history of the area. The event was attended by members and families of Riverview Residents’ Association, Tuath Housing staff, Tuath Voluntary Board Member Angela Murphy and local Cork County Councilor Marcia D’Alton
There is a lot of history on Beach road in Riverview which is located on the historic Blackrock to Passage Railway line (1850 – 1932). The new communal space, previously a wasteland area, now features a newly erected signage explains the history of the railway near the tunnel and the surrounding area. Funding for the signage was secured through a grant from the Cork Heritage Council, while the renovation of the communal space was funded through Tuath Housing’s tenant engagement programme.
Riverview Residents’ Group was set up in 2019 through Tuath’s tenant engagement initiative. The group, with the support of Tuath Housing, organise many community events such as clean up days, Arts and Crafts, European Neighbours’ Day, Tuath’s National Planting Month, seasonal events for Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas. The new communal area will be planted with bee and butterfly friendly plants to promote environmental awareness and biodiversity.
Beach Road has undergone much transformation since the Resident’s Group has been active in the area. Due to COVID restrictions, with residents having more time at home, the opportunity arose to give this street a much-needed revamp. Projects were organized by two specific residents, starting with planting colourful flower box displays. Most impressively, a mural of the Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway (1850 – 1932) was generously painted by a local artist on the blocked-up entrance to the train tunnel. In addition to tackling the neglected overgrowths, three anti speed ramps were put in place, made possible through part funding and house to house fundraising collections organised by residents.
Congratulations to all the residents of Beach road that worked to make this garden and their community a beautiful space. Special thank you to the Riverview Residents’ Group, Councillor Marcia D’Alton, Cork Heritage Council, Cork County council and Passage Tidy Towns for their involvement in the incredible transformation of the community