This is an artist’s impression of a proposed upgrade of a derelict pier from which more than a million people emigrated from Ireland, including 123 passengers who boarded a tender out to the ill-fated Titanic
Known locally, in Cobh, Co Cork, as Heartbreak Pier, it’s hoped it will be refurbished as a tourist attraction to coincide with its 150th birthday next year. It’s estimated that more than 1m people walked on it as they emigrated to Australia and the US. Ownership of the pier was unclear for a number of years. However, after a lengthy process to identify the title holder, the pier was finally purchased by Titanic Experience Cobh Ltd in 2014.
A joint venture between Port of Cork, Cork County Council, and Titanic Experience was initiated to stabilise the structure in December 2015 and January 2016.
The design incorporates new steel piles alongside the existing piles that had collapsed. They are visually unobtrusive and do not detract from the overall look of the pier. Hidden angle connections have been installed to the joints, as have new bolts which match existing connections as far as is possible. .
“We did not want to alter the haunting look of the pier,” said Titanic Experience managing director Gillen Joyce.
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