Exactly 300 years after Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork was originally laid out in 1715, it’s been announced the winner of ‘The Great Street Award 2016’ by The Academy of Urbanism in the United Kingdom.
“Overwhelmed by Oliver Plunkett Street”
Geoff Haslam, lead assessor for the Academy of Urbanism said, “It’s fair to say that we have been overwhelmed by Oliver Plunkett Street – if offers everything that we are looking for in a Great Street – and more. We sometimes have to search for the DNA of a street, but Oliver Plunkett Street exudes it; it’s a vibrant living street and community, full of little surprises and it is clearly on an upward trajectory.”
Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street had really “raised the bar”
Assessor, Alastair Barr, noted that Oliver Plunkett Street was one of the best organized communities that they had encountered in the award competition. In the six years that they have been judging the awards, the judges said that Cork’s Oliver Plunkett Street had really “raised the bar” for the other finalists in Liverpool and London.
Valerie Finnegan Cahill of IKON Hair Design, founding member of the Plunkett Street Quarter said, “We are absolutely delighted that Oliver Plunkett Street has been awarded ‘The Great Street Award 2016.’ We were all so proud of our historic, charismatic, contemporary and busy street.”
Oliver Plunkett Street Time-lapse Video
“This has been such a wonderful experience, from start to finish and a real collaboration between traders, Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association. This award is an acknowledgment of our Great Street and the people and history behind it,” added Clodagh Daly of John Daly Opticians. “I was so proud to read out the poem, specially commissioned to mark the Academy of Urbanism award, at the event.”