City Centre Pavement Restoration Scheme 2024

Under Construction

Updated July 2024

As part of the ongoing City Centre Pavement Restoration Scheme, works are continuing on St. Patrick’s Street and Daunt Square.  The Scheme is focused on the restoration of pavements and street furniture on St. Patrick’s Street, Grand Parade and Daunt Square.  Cork City Council have appointed contractors McGinty & O’Shea Ltd. to carry out the works during the summer months.

Traffic diversions are in place and North Main Street Car Park is still accessible via the city quays.  St Patrick’s Street is closed to northbound traffic and there is no motorist access through Daunt’s Square until early next month.

The restoration project, which will cover St Patrick’s Street, Daunt Square and Grand Parade, aims to:


  • Restore the natural stone slabs at pedestrian crossings and other locations to improve the comfort and safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other users; 
  • Ensure the attractiveness of the city centre for residents and visitors alike
  • Restore damaged street furniture, lining, signage and other features to assist all users of these city centre streets.


The works will include the replacement of pedestrian crossings with new granite paving, replacement of damaged utility covers and frames on the roadway and footpaths; replacement of damaged street furniture including bollards, bike stands, tree surrounds, signs and poles, raised seating; replacement of road surfacing and line markings, where required.

Works on the Grand Parade section of the scheme are due to begin in mid-August. Grand Parade will be closed to north- and westbound traffic from August 12 to mid-September  with diversions in place. 

 It’s expected that all works will be completed by mid-September 2024.


Traffic diversions:

To facilitate these works, some temporary traffic restrictions will be required:

St. Patrick’s Street will be closed northbound from 1st July to mid-August 2024 with diversion via Grand Parade, South Mall, Parnell Place and Merchants Quay;


Daunt's Square will be closed from Monday 8 July for approximately 3 weeks.  There will be no through access at Daunt's Square from Monday 8 July until 2 August.  Access to St. Augustine Street will be from St. Patrick's Street southbound only.  St. Peter and & St. Paul's Avenue will be temporarily accessible from Castle Street between Monday 8 July and Friday 19 July but access from Daunt's Square will be returned to normal from Monday 22 July.  Cornmarket Street will not be accessible from Daunt's Square but accessible from Castle Street as normal.

Please note that North Main Street Car Park remains open as normal and is accessible via the city quays.


Grand Parade will be closed to north- and westbound traffic from mid-August to mid-September 2024 with diversions via South Mall, Parnell Place and city quays.   Diversions will also be in place via Sullivan’s Quay, Proby’s Quay, Sharman Crawford Steet onto Washington Street.

For regular updates on the works and traffic diversions, see and Cork City Council’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter/X and Instagram.



Bus Stops


(Image: Bus Éireann)

For the duration of the works, bus stops on Grand Parade, Daunt Square and St. Patrick's Street will be closed as the bus routes will be diverted.

More information can be found on the bus routes and alternative bus stops on Bus Éireann's website here.