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Locals will fight for the historic Piper’s Wagon

Cork County Council’s decision to remove Piper’s showman’s wagon from Short Quay in Kinsale has sparked a lot of anger among townspeople.

A petition asking the council to reverse its decision has been launched in recent days by Marc O’Riain, the local representative of the Green Party, and has collected more than 1,000 signatures.

Mr O’Riain said people see Piper’s traditional show caravan as synonymous with Kinsale.

“People are really irritated and furious. Everybody’s kids went to the carnival. They are part of our cultural and social heritage,” he said.

He also said he hoped a solution could be found to the current impasse.

“Everyone in Kinsale is bored. It’s like taking away a central part of the city. There is a solution to be found if someone is willing to find it. It just seems to be intransigence on the part of some councilors who don’t want the wagon at Short Quay.

Independent Councilor Alan Coleman said the quaint, traditional wooden caravan is an “iconic” part of Kinsale tradition.

“It’s causing a huge upheaval in the city and there doesn’t seem to be any logical reason for it.

“The caravan has been there since 1932. The family is well known and popular in the local community. Initially, they lived there.

“It’s the Eiffel Tower of Kinsale. It is part of Kinsale furniture. I have yet to get a clear statement as to why this is being done.

“Mr. Piper has moved the trailer and he is flexible. He will move to any part of the Quai Court.

Mr Coleman said the issue was by no means resolved.

“As councilors we voted to keep them at Short Quay last year, but that’s an executive decision. They seem determined to get him out of town. We discussed this last Wednesday during our [municipal district] meeting and there was a heated debate. We will talk about it again. This case is by no means over.

Fianna Fáil councilor Sean O’Donovan is also unhappy with the decision.

“It’s shocking and not good enough. It’s getting rid of a piece of history that has been in Kinsale for 90 years. We should celebrate them and welcome them. There’s a lot of anger in Kinsale.

Marie O’Sullivan, who runs a cafe in Kinsale, said she hoped a solution could be found.

“I hope that an acceptable solution can be found for all stakeholders involved. There is confusion in the city. It fell on us last week. Hopefully common sense will prevail. »

Cork County Council has been approached for comment.