Sunday 20 August 2017

'No record of sale, scrap or storage, it's peculiar': Reward offered after Cork fountain goes missing

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Kathy Armstrong

A €200 reward is being offered for information about a historic antique fountain that has disappeared.

The Dunscombe Testimonial fountain was gifted to Cork City in the 19th century by the Dunscombe merchant family and stood on Shandon Street for over one hundred years.

It was removed in 1984 to make way for a new fountain but nobody knows where it is now.

Fianna Fail Councillor Kenneth Flynn said he raised the issue with Cork City Hall but they have no record of where it ended up.

Speaking on The Neil Prendeville Show on Red FM, he said: "Essentially I've been told that the location of the fountain and gas length structure is unknown at this time.

"What worries me is that there was no inventory record of where it was put or if anyone had contacted the Gardai if there's something missing out of our stock room, but there was nothing.

"No paper trail, just that it was taken down in 1984 because a new fountain was being put into Shandon Street

"What baffles me is that this thing is over 100 years old, which is must be to get antique status, so we're talking about an antique historical item of Cork that nobody bothered to put a label on or find out where it's stored.

"The bigger question is how many more historical or valuable items have been removed throughout the city that are gone and there are no records of?

"I want a full audit of the inventory of the city."

Cllr O'Flynn is offering a €100 reward for information about the fountain, which was matched by broadcaster Prendeville.

Mr O'Flynn said he is determined to get answers, he said: "Part of me hopes it's in someone's garden and hasn't been thrown out for scrap but there's no record of any sale or scrapping of the fountain or storage, it's highly peculiar.

"It's a piece of Cork history and it's not good enough for City Hall to say they don't know where it is."

He continued to say: "My hope is that whoever has it would re-gift it to the city. It is part of the story of the city and it could take pride of place in Shandon or St Anne's Park...

"It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious."

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