The future of one of an historic pier has been secured after planning permission was approved for its refurbishment.
More than 1m emigrants have embarked from the pier in Cobh, Co Cork, including 123 passengers who boarded tenders to the ill-fated Titanic.
Known as Heartbreak Pier because so many never returned to Ireland, it is finally going to be turned into a visitor attraction.
The wooden pier was in danger of falling into the sea until the owners of the town’s Titanic Experience carried out conservation works on it.
They have now secured planning permission from Cork County Council to upgrade the pier into a viewing stand, which will, for the first time in years, make it accessible to visitors who will be able to walk in the footsteps of the emigrants who left there for Australia and America.