A new project will allow Irish people and those of Irish origin retrace the last steps of their anc
estors before departing Cobh for the USA
The project to conserve the ‘Heartbreak Pier’ in the Co Cork harbour town will provide a chance for visitors to set foot on the last piece of Ireland touched by over a million emigrants
Part of the story will be further told as visitors take to the proposed new walkway just above the old pier, which is believed to be over 150 years old.
Work could begin at Cobh pier in months if planning permission is granted, with a target of completion by March 2019.
The plans are the subject of a planning application to Cork County Council which is due to issue a decision by the end of January.
While the walkway would be raised above the pier, it is designed to retain as much visibility as possible, and visitors will still be able to set foot on the planks below.
The plan is to provide interpretive information stations that will give visitors an experience of the
sights and sounds once seen and heard by those who emigrated through the harbour town in the 19th and 20th centuries.