Cork County Council say they plan to develop a landmark building in Youghal into a Tourist and Civic Centre.
The announcement comes after the Irish Court Service transferred the ownership of Youghal’s vacant Courthouse building to the Local Authority.
The County Senior Executive Officer, Sean O’Callaghan said “the intended use is to add to the tourism product in Youghal, while also maintaining it for civic use.”
The listed structure is located just yards from Youghal’s iconic Clockgate, and has been idle for over a decade.
The former District Courtroom on Market Square has been derelict for a number of years, following the move by the Judicial Service to the Mall Art Centre.
Some works were carried out to the roof and guttering to secure the building from the elements.
However Town Crier, Clifford Windsor, says he is continually making excuse after excuse to the town’s visitors for the eyesore.
Delighted with the news Mr Winsor said he would like to see the site turned into a Heritage Centre dedicated to Youghal’s maritime and industrial past, similar to the Cobh and Jameson Heritage Centres.
He said the popularity of Youghal has grown over the years, but there are not many places for visitors to sit and learn about the town’s history.
Market Square doesn’t play a significant role in the town’s tourism, despite its proximity to many of the historic sites.
An “ecstatic” Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, who requested a change of use for the listed building over two years ago, said she is delighted that the former District Court will remain as testament to the colourful past of the area, while at the same time continuing to serve the local community