Repair and reopen Fernhill House

Repair and reopen Fernhill House

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Joel McGrath started this petition to Belfast City Council

Fernhill House Museum shut its doors in the early 2000's leaving this beautiful house to fall into disrepair. Fernhill house finished construction in 1864 (157 years ago) and was built by John Smith. In 1898 it was sold to Samuel Cunningham and the long association of the Cunningham family with the house began. In 1996 Fernhill House was opened to the public as a Community Museum telling the history of the local communities and area. It was in Fernhill House where Sir Edward Carson inspected members of the West Belfast section of the UVF before going to war in 1913. Additionally  a horse by the name of Tipperary Tim (who was trained and stabled at Fernhill House) won the Grand National in 1928 at odds of to 100/1.There is so much more that could be said about this house and as a 13 year old local boy to see this house being eroded by nature and vandalism is incredibly disheartening.  I really believe that restoring this house to its former glory could be very beneficial to the local community and the positives would far outweigh any negatives.  The house had been used as a Peoples Museum previously but unfortunately it didn't do as well as had been expected.  However, this was just post Good Friday Agreement era.  I believe now with Northern Ireland's thriving tourist industry (post pandemic)  and the growing television and filming production here, the house would be a great success.  Fernhill House could be restored to back to a museum, it could be added on to the hop on hop off bus tours and could also be a prime location for film or television productions. I am asking for your help by signing this petition to get this beautiful historic building restored to its former glory to become a focal point of our local community. 

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