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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Give us the key to our museum

COUNCIL LEGAL DEPT HOLDS KEY TO THREE YEAR WAIT

Millstreet Museum curator Seán Radley outside the Carnegie Building in Millstreet - but that's not the key he needs to get in. Photo John Tarrant
Millstreet Museum curator Seán Radley outside the Carnegie Building in Millstreet - but that's not the key he needs to get in. Photo John Tarrant

MARIA HERLIHY

DESPITE Millstreet Museum at last getting a lease from Cork County Council, which took three years, the members can't get into the room as the legal department has not given them the go-ahead to give them the key.

But they are not alone as the Millstreet Pipe Band are in the same boat.

Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) described the situation as "farcical," and told The Corkman that Millstreet Museum got their lease one month ago after working three years to get it.

"We thought that everything was done and dusted but between the jigs and the reels, it now turns out that the Millstreet engineer has the key but he can't give it to the Museum as he hasn't got the go-ahead from the legal department.

"This is just plain ridiculous. Why is it taking so long to hand over a key. It's a ridiculous hold up," he said.

Cllr Buckley said: "To think that everything is being held up because of a key is just not on. The Millstreet Pipe Band are in the exact same situation."

Carnegie Hall, where the room is for the museum, underwent a major revamp a few years ago and Millstreet Museum were promised a room from CCC. It meant while all the renovations were underway, all the artefacts had to be painstakingly removed and stored all around Millstreet.

Well known Millstreet man Seanie Radley plays a major role in the museuem.

"We hope to be able to get into the room by the end of the week. This has gone on now for so long," said Mr Radley. "Once we do get in, we will then set about putting a structure in place on where the goods are to go."

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