Monday, 19th February 2018
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People Before Profit Waterford are requesting artists and creative local people to respond to the R&H Hall's Grain Store on the North Quay's in terms of it's impact on the city's culture, history and heritage, maritime life and their own imagination etc. The R&H Hall's grain store has loomed large over the river and city for well over one hundred years and is now up for demolition under a Part 8 planning proposal by the city council.

The building is of industrial, historical, maritime and architectural heritage interest and listed as important by the Irish Archive of Historical Architecture ( IAHA ).

Una Dunphy, local PBP spokesperson said " We would love to receive responses that include poetry, prose pieces, photographs as well as etchings, drawings and paintings etc. ".

People Before Profit has made a detailed submission to the City Council seeking to preserve the building by incorporating it into the North Quays proposed development, and are urging councillors to vote to save the Grain Store, not just because of it's architectural importance but because of its maritime heritage relating to the city as well.

Ms Dunphy, said " the build environment unfortunately attracts little attention in Waterford and that's something that needs to be addressed - we want to encourage an artistic response by focusing attention on an important maritime symbol, perhaps the last fingertip to our city's maritime built heritage, that may disappear forever "

Dunphy said " the building has an interesting and colorful history and the visiting large ships with their beautiful lines and exotic livery and crews encouraged many local young men to embark on a career at sea. Past Hall's employees have a myriad of stories and yearns to tell, the famous/infamous 1960 SS Macuto saga emanated there too, the building was also occupied by free state troops during the civil war ".

An exhibition, depending on the responses, is also planned.

Respondents are requested to email written and photographic responses etc by March 10th next to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 087-766 47 07 or contact Una Dunphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any member of PBP organisation in Waterford.

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