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Hopes Carnegie Hall will open soon

DESPITE a new sign hanging over the revamped Carnegie Hall in Millstreet pointing to its museum and tourist office for the past two years, it has yet to open its doors.

However, Millstreet native, Seanie Radley is "quite hopeful" that the museum will swing open its doors in two months time. He told The Corkman that "legal documents" are holding up the opening of the Museum and Tourism centre.

Just shy of two years ago, Carnegie Hall, which is home to Cork County Council, closed its doors and underwent a major revamp.

At that time, the Museum and Tourist office was housed at the Carnegie Hall. Mr Radley, an avid historian said that they had "hundreds upon hundreds" of artefacts but no where to put them.

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He said that Noel C Duggan very kindly offered to store a deluge of the artefacts at his Green Glens complex. Mr Radley even built an archival museum in his own back garden where he also stored various pieces.

"We are not quite yet into our office at the Carnegie Hall but we are now very close to doing so. It will be very exciting for us when it happens. I am hoping that all the legal documentation about the premises will be sorted out in the next two months," said Mr Radley.

He said that so far Minister Michael Ring and Minister Leo Varadkar have both been to Millstreet and seen the Museum and tourist office.

The only funding which Mr Radley and his volunteer team gets is through the Church gate collection.

When asked if he had been told about the rates which they will incur when they will be in-situ at Carnegie Hall, he said it is his understanding that Cork County Council has agreed to "nominal rates," though he admitted he did not know what they would be.

He explained when they moved into their new premises they would also have a very modern website which will showcase each piece of memorabilia which they have collected over the years.