A Rory Gallagher museum featuring memorabilia from the legendary blues guitarist is being planned for Cork.
It is part of a major push by Cork City Council to use music as a draw for tourists and visitors to Leeside.
The council has also begun a new scheme encouraging current and former students of the Cork School of Music to bring classical music to the streets through busking.
For the past three weeks, pairs of musicians have been performing in various city centre locations.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, Damien O’Mahony, the head of the city council’s tourism, events, arts and marketing (TEAM) unit, said the response so far to the buskers had been very positive. He said plans for the Rory Gallagher museum were at a very early stage but it was hoped the museum would tell the musician’s story, highlighting his influences, his early years in the showband scene and how he went on to become one of the world’s greatest guitarists.
“We would be eager to work with anyone interested in promoting Rory Gallagher and his music,” Mr O’Mahony said.
“Cork already has an extraordinarily vibrant music scene. When you consider the Cork School of Music, UCC’s music department, the traditional music Lee Sessions, the choral, jazz and folk festivals, you can really see how eclectic it is.”
The Lee Sessions feature traditional music in various venues around Cork. It ensures tourists and visitors can experience trad every night and often in the afternoons.
Mr O’Mahony also said that four city ambassadors were now in place at various tourist popular locations to welcome visitors, give directions and recommend places to see.
The ambassadors are in the tourist office on Grand Parade, at the bus station, at the cruise terminal in Cobh and at Kent train station.
There are also hopes the Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street will open to visitors in the coming weeks. Production has already started on an audio tour telling the history of the fort.