A COUNCIL official admitted it was not rocket science to get the popular museum in Kinsale reopened, after it was closed during the pandemic.
At a Bandon Kinsale Municipal District meeting, Cllr Alan Coleman (Ind) raised the issue of the museum closing ahead of a busy summer season in Kinsale.
“It’s been closed for quite a long time now and it won’t be reopened by the volunteers who were there before the pandemic and as a Council we have to rise to the occasion,” Cllr Coleman said.
“We have always had a museum in Kinsale, but now we find that over the last decade that we have a fantastic new museum up and running in Clonakilty and a closed museum in the middle of Kinsale town centre.
Cllr Coleman said it’s a shame the museum is closed and every effort should be made to get it up and running and hiring staff.
“If we can’t run a museum in such an iconic building in the middle of town, that’s really bad news for us and we just need Council support to make it work.”
General manager Mac Dara O’h-Icí said that about two years ago they had planned to meet the volunteers who run the museum with a view to thanking them for their work, but also to “rack their brains”. to get the museum. open for the summer.
“I agree with Cllr Coleman that it is not rocket science to open it and we will review it and rearrange a meeting with the volunteers, which had been canceled due to the pandemic.
“We have to get them on board,” he said.
Cllr Coleman welcomed the idea of a meeting about the museum with the volunteers, who he said “kept the show on the road”, but added that the most important element would be how the Council of County Cork has staffed here.
“We should meet the staff and make sure we get full-time support for the volunteers who work there.”