Construction to begin of Morrison's Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Scheme


Construction has begun on a new plaza at the junction of South Mall and Parnell Bridge as part of the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence project.  

To facilitate this work, traffic lanes on South Mall will be reduced to one lane turning left northbound onto Parnell Place, and one lane turning right southbound onto Parnell Bridge.  

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained. Some night works may be required to carry out enabling works.

The project, supported by the Office of Public Works (OPW), will encompass the area along Morrison’s Quay and Father Mathew Quay between Parnell Bridge and Parliament Bridge, as well as a small section on Union Quay at Trinity Bridge.

 It will deliver:

  • High quality upgraded and accessible streetscape with new footpaths, public seating, new plaza space and river viewing platform at Parnell Bridge, and public space at Trinity Bridge, as well as improved public realm at Holy Trinity Church; 
  • Integrated flood defences which will provide protection against 1-in-100 year tidal flooding events for approximately 400 city centre properties;
  • A new 3-metre-wide riverside promenade along the length of Morrison’s Quay and Father Mathew Quay;
  • Rerouted traffic movement and reduced parking, to facilitate significant improvements for pedestrians, wheelchair users, and cyclists, including the provision of cycle parking;
  • Refurbished and strengthened quay walls to ensure long term integrity;
  • Public realm improvements at the entrances to Trinity Bridge (at Cork College of Further Education & Training), including new public seating;
  • Refurbished and enhanced heritage features, including street lamps and bollards;
  • Enhanced views of, and access to, the River Lee;
  • Enhanced planting including trees and pollinator-friendly herbaceous plants.


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