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- *Added on 14/10/14* Conservation, Management and Interpretation Plan for the Múscraí Gaeltacht - Public Information Events on Saturday 18th October 2014
An important plan is currently being undertaken for the Múscraí Gaeltacht area, coordinated by the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council with the support of the Heritage Council and in consultation with Acadamh Fódhla and Research and Dig. The Plan, a first of its kind for any Gaeltacht Area in Ireland, follows international best practice and will examine the full range of heritage attributes in the area to determine what makes the place unique and significant, and in turn, a number of actions and objectives will be devised to ensure that the identity and heritage of the area is conserved, managed and promoted into the future. As part of the plan process, and indeed the most important component, is the involvement of the local community. To this effect on Saturday 18th October there will be two public events in relation to the plan, one in the Mills, Ballyvourney from 12 - 1.30 pm, and one in Ballingeary Secondary School from 3.30 to 5pm. At these meetings the purpose of the plan will be highlighted and all present will be asked to give their views on the heritage of the area and what important aspects should be considered in the formulation of the plan.
- *Added on 10/10/14* Cobh Carillon Recital Heritage Week 2014
For the past number of years a wonderful Carillon Recital has been held at St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, during Heritage Week. This year the recital took place on Sunday 24th August 2014 and a number of people from Ireland and Uk, Canada and Poland, were present. The special recital on the Carillon was performed by guest recitalist Monika Kazmierczak, City Carillonneur of Gdansk in Poland pictured on the screen in the following photograph which was kindly provided by Adrian Gebruers. The Carillon in Cobh is the only such instrument of its kind in Ireland and with 49 bells, is the largest in Ireland and Britain.
- *Added on 10/10/14* Bandon Walled Town Festival
The Bandon Walled Town Festival was a massive success this year taking place between Friday August 29th and Sunday 31st 2014. The event, which is supported by the Irish Walled Town Network and Heritage Council, was organised by the Bandon Walled Town Committee and saw over 4,000 people in attendance. Courtesy of Desmond Bros Media, a charming piece on the festival has been posted on youtube available for all to see by clicking the following link.
- *Added on 08/10/14* Heritage Week write-up by Ted Cook
Renowned heritage expert Ted Cook year after year conducts a number of fascinating events during Heritage Week, and this year was no exception with 4 wonderful talks given. One of these events relates to an old quarry which is now seeing a new life as a Wildlife Arboretum. This article is available to view by clicking here and a special thank you to Lonán ní Dhubháin who provided the transcript and photo.
- *Added on 08/10/14* Hidden Gems and Forgotten People
The Federation of Local History Societies Ireland, which consists of a membership of over 100 heritage groups throughout the country, in conjunction with the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, have embarked on a most fascinating project entitled "Hidden Gems and Forgotten People".
"Most communities have a hidden gem, a place of local interest, marking an event or person of local significance. This might be an old toll-house, ford, haunted house or hungry field or some important pre-industrial site, hidden valley or secret viewpoint. Often local familiarity prevents many of these gems becoming more widely recognised and consequently they remain hidden to the rest of us". The Hidden Gems and Forgotten People website "provides the opportunity to rescue such forgotten personalities and hidden treasures from obscurity and allow them to take their rightful place in the story of our local history"
This web based initiative which draws attention to and celebrates some of the "lesser known but interesting places and buildings in Ireland and indeed many interesting and often inspiring individuals not known outside their own locality whose stories are untold or forgotten". The more information provided the better and this initiative is a great way of promoting the work and research of numberous local history and heritage groups throughout the island. To get involved and to find out more information visit www.hidden-gems.eu
- *Added on 02/10/14* European Council adopts rules on Invasive Species
On 29th September, the EU adopted a regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. An invasive species is categorised as a species that is not native (i.e. was not present in Ireland before the year 1500) and one that causes significant problems in its invading enviroment, often leading to the disruption and severe degradation of an ecosystem. Invasive Species may also have significant ecomonic implications and currently the estimated annual cost of the 100 plus invasive species in Ireland is €261 million (National Biodiversity Data Centre, 2014). This regulation, just adopted by the EU, "lays down rules to prevent, minimise and mitigate the adverse impacts of the introduction and spread, both intentional and unintentional, of invasive alien species on biodiversity and the related ecosystem services, as well as other adverse impact on human health or the economy".
"To this end, the Commission will adopt an open list of invasive alien species of Union concern, which will be regularly updated and reviewed at least every six years. Species on this list may not be intentionally brought into the territory of the EU, nor may they be kept, bred, transported to, from or within the Union, placed on the market, grown or released into the environment. The new regulation also addresses invasive alien species of regional concern and of member state concern. It allows member states to identify, from their national list of invasive alien species of member state concern, species native or non-native to the Union that require enhanced regional cooperation. Such regional cooperation will be facilitated by the Commission". (Council of the European Union Press Release.
Further developments on this regulation (which comes into force on 1st January 2015) and its implication for Ireland will be touched on in the near future. For more information also see www.biodiversityireland.ie.
- *Added on 26/09/14* Wiki Loves Monuments Competition coming to a close
As many are aware, a most wonderful photographic initiative "Wiki Loves Monuments" was in operation during Heritage Week 2014. This is the world's largest photographic contest and Heritage Week 2014 was Ireland's first time participating in it. The competition remains open until 30th September and for all of us Corkonians, anyone who took a photo during Heritage Week in the County, please submit same to www.wikilovesmonuments.ie)as soon as possible in order to share the wonderful heritage and monuments of County Cork with the rest of the world. To date over 1000 photos from around Ireland have been submitted, with Cork currently in second place just behind Dublin. The top ten winning Irish entries will be entered to compete internationally.
- *Added on 26/09/14* Cork County Council Development Plan and Local Area Plan Amendments
As many are aware, the County Development Plan is currently been reviewed. Comments are invited on amendments to the draft plan by October 02nd 2014 (this can be done so online at www.corkcocodevplan.com). Submissions on the proposed amendement (change no. 10.17 objective TM5-2 Cork and Other Ports) can be made up until 24th October, 2014. There is also a housing density amendment proposed in respect of the 10 existing Local Area Plans and submissions on these changes can be made up until the 02nd October. Comments on the Mallow E.A. Local Area Plan 2011 can be made up until 07th November 2014.
- *Added on 26/09/14* Irish Archives Resource Recently Launched
- In 2008, a pilot project was commenced, initiated by the Archives and Records Association of Ireland and the Heritage Council. The fruits of this pilot initiative are now available for all by way of the updated Irish Archives Resource Portal website which was recently launched this September. "This portal will link you to archival collections throughout the island of Ireland. Archives are the documents and records that relate to people, places, organisations, and events. You can use this portal to locate archives relating to your area of interest or research topic" - Irish Archives Resource website.
The website currently contains 34 different archives on line and there are plans to double this in the near future. The website is funded by the Heritage Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Northern Ireland. The website includes a number of archives from UCC and the Cork City and County Archives and is well worth the visit - www.iar.ie.
- *Added on 24/09/14* Heritage Week 2014 a resounding success in the County of Cork
Each year during Heritage Week, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council tries to attend a range of various events in a number of different locations and is also involved in organising/participating in a few events as well. Heritage Week in Cork County featured over 130 events in 53 different locations and was a resounding success. A write-up and photos of a number of these events (20 plus) is available by clicking here.
- *Added on 24/09/14* New SECAD Oral History Course to commence shortly in Tracton and West Cork Oral History, supported by WCDP, also getting underway
Grace Fox and South & East Cork Area Development have recently announced details of an upcoming Oral History and Folklore Course which commences in Traction (Knocknamanagh Old School) on October 14th 2014. The Course will run for 6 weeks, commencing on the 14th and participants will learn all of the steps involved in conducting an interview for the purpose of gathering local history and people's memories. This sounds like a most interesting course and for more information see the attached poster.
On Monday 29th September, West Cork Oral History are organising a wonderful gathering for all Oral Historians and enthusiasts in the West Cork area. This event takes place in Dunmanway (see events section for more details) and promises to be a most beneficial night. "These workshops are free of charge thanks to the support of the West Cork Development Partnership. Please inform anybody else you know who may be interested in getting involved, start recording and save our precious memories." - Colum Cronin (West Cork Oral History and Coppeen Heritage.)
- *Added on 23/09/14* National Tree Day October 09th 2014
National Tree Day takes place on Thursday October 09th 2014 and it is a day to promote the importance and indeed wonder of trees with the theme this year being "What Can We Learn From Trees?" Trees are considered by many as Nature's Greatest Achievement and provide such an important service to society, however, tree cover in Ireland remains very low at only 9% (11% average in Cork) compared to the European average of 37%. In addition, while there are almost 7,500 types of tree in Ireland, much less than 50 of these are native. Initiatives like National Tree Day are a fantastic way of promoting the need to plant more native trees and to this effect, the Tree Council of Ireland has 1000 trees to give away to local schools throughout Ireland. Further information can be found on www.treeday.ie or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Now while the National Average of only 9% appears quite low, one must remember that the average in Ireland at the beginning o the 20th Century was only 1.5% so at least a lot of progress has been made in recent times. From a heritage perspective it should also be noted that trees formed the basis of the Ogham Alphabet (4th Century AD) and were also a very important part of the Brehon Law - the native legal system of Ireland which functioned until the 17th century whereby in some cases the penalty for unlawfully felling a chieftain tree could be the same as the penalty for killing a human chief. In times of famine it was often the forest that provided the sustenance for life, i.e. Foraging - nuts - mushrooms - berries - etc and the more we learn about our trees, the more we learn how we are truly indebted to them. The 9th October is as such a special day to note and hopefully will see the planting of thousands of native trees throughout the Country.
- *Added on 17/09/14* Heritage Council seeking Heritage Week Feedback
The Heritage Council is currently gathering together feedback from both the event organisers and the audiences who attended events. The link to the survey for event organisers is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZLGKMB. The Heritage Council would also be delighted for all those who attended Heritage Week events to also fill in a quick survey, this can be done so at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HeritageWeek2014 .
- *Added on 17/09/14* Spike Island
The popular RTE 1 TV series, titled Ireland's Fittest Family returns on this coming Sunday, 21st September starting at 6:30pm. Animo TV in conjunction with RTE have filmed two episodes of this series on Spike Island, the first of which will be shown on this coming Sunday, 21st September and the second episode on the following Sunday, 28th September. This will be a unique opportunity to showcase Spike Island on national TV as a major tourist destination together with highlighting the Island's history, heritage and amenity value.
As part of the events taking place during Cork Harbour Open Day on this coming Saturday, 20th September, Cork County Council is offering individuals and families an opportunity to visit Spike Island at reduced fees (€5 per adult & €15 per family). Children's entertainment will be provided, free guided tours, military re-enactments and the Cobh Animation Team Ladies dressed in appropriate period costumes will also be present. The ferry will leave Kennedy Pier, Cobh regularly from 11am - 3pm with return ferries available until 6pm. Marine Transport Services (MTS) are currently operating a daily ferry service from Kennedy Pier, Cobh to Spike Island. For details on ferry crossings see www.spikeislandcork.ie.
Cork Co Council is currently embarking on the first phase of a €4m redevelopment of Spike Island to which Fáilte Ireland is contributing €2.5m. It is hoped to commence construction in June, 2015 with a completion date of June, 2016.
- *Added on 17/09/14* Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards (now also including award for "Protecting the Built Environment"
A new category for this year's Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards has been added, titled 'Protecting the Built Environment' sponsored by the OPW. The award aims to acknowledge the contribution of the engineering profession in protecting the built environment in which people live and do business by preserving or restoring a building or protected structure of historic importance. The key criteria are as follows:
1. Originality and ingenuity in design or demonstrating conservation principles
2. Sympathetic design of the project in its urban setting
3. Contribution to enhancing the built environment
4. Adherence to budget and time lines
The deadline is Friday 19th September and any nominated projects must have been completed within a two year period prior to Friday 5th September 2014. Further information and details on how to enter the award can be found on the website at Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards.
- *Added on 17/09/14* Further Heritage Week Write-Up's by Ted Cook
Ted Cook has kindly provided two further write-ups relating to Heritage Week Events. These write-ups are most informative and contain a number of photos. Click on either of the links below to access the respective documents:
10th Century Forest Culture in Ireland (this event took place at the Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen on 24/08/14);
Ensuring Affordable Housing for Biodiversity (this event took place in Macroom on 24/08/14);
- *Added on 17/09/14* New Heritage Tourism Course being run by SECAD and CETB
SECAD (South and East Cork Area Development) in conjunction with the Cork Education and Training Board have announced that a training course in Tourism and Heritage will commence shortly in Midleton. The Midleton Course is aimed at people, under the age of 35, who are currently unemployed and looking to upskill in the area of Heritage and Tourism. The full time, 48 week course, will examine Irish Culture and Heritage, Ecotourism and others aspects of heritage and participants will also have the opportunity to take on a FETAC Level 6 award in Tour Guiding which is supported by Failte Ireland. For further information on this course contact Grace Fox in SECAD on 021 4613432 and see the attached poster
- *Added on 11/09/14* Write-up of Heritage Week Event at Carrigacunna, Kilavullen by Ted Cook
Heritage Week 2014 proved most sucessful and has been arguably the best Heritage Week to date with over 130 events taking place in 53 different locations throughout the County. In the comming weeks there will numerous photos and write-ups from some of the events included here on this website (details to follow). One write up has already been done courtesy of Teddy Cook and Lonán ní Dhubháin - "Restoring our Relationship with the Self through Biodiversity" which took place on Sunday 24th 2014 at Carrigacunna Castle Grounds, Killavullen. This article is available to view by clicking here
Although Heritage Week has passed there are a vast number of heritage events taking place over the comming weeks and months. Check out the events section by clicking here.
- *Added on 05/09/14* A Review of Heritage Week 2014 in Clonakilty
Dúchas Heritage Clonakilty has provided a great write up of the wonderful range of events that took place in Clonakilty and surrounds during Heritage Week 2014. This write up is available to view by clicking here
- *Added on 05/09/14* Article on the Heritage Map Viewer by Pat Reid, Heritage Council
The Heritage Map Viewer is a fantastic one stop shop featuring over 300 datasets with respect to the heritage of Ireland. This article, featuring in the Geoconnexion Magazine, by Pat Reid, GIS Data Management Assesment, Heritage Council, provides a great background to the Map Viewer and is a most worthwhile read. The article is available by clicking here
- *Added on 04/09/14* Applications for Cork County Council's Amenity Grant (Southern Division) now open up until 26th September, 2014
For a number of years Cork County Council has been operating an Amenity Grants Scheme. The general purpose of this Grants Scheme is to aid and encourage works and public amenity schemes for the benefit of residents in the County of Cork. The works that qualify for consideration for amenity grant schemes include the provision or improvement of amenities and the provision of community facilities. Some community based heritage projects/initiatives would also in principle fall under this scheme. Cork County Council's Amenity Grant Scheme for South Cork now open for applications. The closing date is 4pm on Friday 26th September 2014 and full details are available - here.
- *Added on 04/09/14* Tidy Towns Winners to be announced this Monday 08th September 2014
The Tidy Towns Competition is known far and wide throughout the Country and the results will be showcased this Monday coming on RTE 1 at 19:00 with full details also to be provided on www.tidytowns.ie. With respect to heritage, Tidy Towns have continously played a big part, promoting biodiversity in their locality and looking after built heritage. All the very best to the Cork entrants for 2014.
- *Added on 26/08/14* The medical profession and the exercise of power in early nineteenth-century Cork
A new book, "The medical profession and the exercise of power in early nineteenth-century Cork" by local historian Dr Neil Cronin, a doctor at Mallow General Hospital, has been recently published by Four Courts Press. This book considers a furious and bitter dispute among Cork's medical profession in the 19th century by examining the backgrounds of those involved, along with economic and other tensions active in the profession of the time. In particular, Cronin looks at how the dynamics of power were exercised in provincial Cork during this period. It is one of the latest volumes in our acclaimed Maynooth Studies in Local History series.
- *Added on 26/08/14* ACR Heritage Facebook Page
ACR Heritage (Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane) have started a Facebook page, which contains details of all prior events/projects and will also highlight future ones. The page can be accessed by clicking - https://www.facebook.com/pages/ACR-Heritage/313430842162483
- *Added on 12/08/14* Over 400,000 people expected to take part in National Heritage Week, 23rd - 31st August 2014
Over 400,000 people are expected to attend events throughout National Heritage Week. 2014 is the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and to celebrate the theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is, 'Family ... generations exploring heritage together'. With over 1600 events schedule to take place, the majority of which are FREE to attend, there really is something for everyone to enjoy during the week.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, said "As Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, I hold the view that the natural and built heritage of Ireland is a national asset of great importance. This asset has always made an important contribution to the economic activity of communities at both local and regional level. It is important that we continue to appreciate, conserve and protect this great asset we have in Ireland - our heritage. Our heritage plays such an important role in celebrating our history, contributing to a sense of belonging and to the distinctiveness of our country. It is our communities, indeed our families, big and small, that are the custodians of our local heritage and who will pass on traditions and knowledge to the next generation. I would like to commend the work undertaken by communities in our cities, towns and villages who will make this year's National Heritage Week yet another success."
Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council said, "National Heritage Week focuses on getting people involved in the heritage of Ireland and particularly the heritage of the local community, making it accessible to everyone. We have seen a real shift in people's interest in the heritage of their places over the past decade and a much greater recognition of the value heritage adds to every community across Ireland. Latest figures from the CSO show over 3.4 million overseas visitors travelling to Ireland between January and June this year. National Heritage Week offers huge opportunities for communities to attract visitors to their area and experience the wealth of heritage, which in many cases remains unknown. In 2012, National Heritage Week created 10,000 bed nights worth over €1.4m to local economies nationwide. With over 400,000 people expected to attend Heritage Week events this year, the potential impact Heritage Week can have for local communities cannot be underestimated."
50,000 copies of the National Heritage Week Event Guide are now available free throughout the country in Fáilte Ireland Tourist Offices, Libraries, OPW Sites, Bus Eireann Stations, County Council Offices etc. Complete event listings are also available on the National Heritage Week website, www.heritageweek.ie.
The National Heritage Week Photography Competition is also inviting people to submit original photographs interpreting the theme of this year's Heritage Week - "Family...generations exploring heritage together". More details can be found on www.heritageweek.ie
For further details on Heritage Week Events taking place in the County of Cork see the following link - Heritage Week 2014 in County Cork
- *Added on 11/08/14* Cultural Heritage Tourism Course in UCC-
The very popular and widely appraised Certificate Course in Cultural Heritage Tourism (UCC) is commencing shortly. The course equips local communities with a great understanding of the ins and outs of promoting their local heritage and was a fantastic success in 2014. For further details on the course including how to register see the following course outline. course overview.
- *Added on 11/08/14* Oral History Network of Ireland-
The Oral History Network of Ireland's Annual Conference takes place at Butler House, Kilkenny on 12 and 13 September 2014 , and registration is now open. For full details of the conference visit www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie.
- *Added on 11/08/14* Aarhus Convention - Consultation -
Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention, which lays down a set of basic rules to promote citizens' involvement in environmental matters and improve enforcement of environmental law, on 20 June 2012. Its provisions are broken down into three Pillars: Access to Information, Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making and Access to Justice. Article 9 of the Aarhus Convention provides for access for justice. This consultation seeks to initiate discussion on a review of domestic provisions implementing Article 9 of the Aarhus Convention with a view to improving clarity and ensuring on-going effectiveness of the implementing measures. It is the first stage in developing legislation to amend existing legislative provisions which give effect to the access to justice provisions of the Aarhus Convention.
The public consultation is already under way and responses are to be received by close of business August 29th 2014. Please submit responses to email@example.com or using the online facility at www.environ.ie.
- *Added on 24/07/14*The Genealogy Ireland records were recently launched at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin in July 2014. This website is an extensive heritage resource in itself and is dedicated to helping people search for historical family records. Click here to see the launch in full and click here to visit the Irish Genealogy Website.
- *Added on 24/07/14* Consultation on Non-native Species Risk Assessments -
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (Data Centre) have been tasked by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake risk assessments on certain non-native species listed in the Third Schedule to the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011
(SI 477/2011; http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2011/en/si/0477.html).
The risk assessments provide evidence-based knowledge that will be used by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the implementation of Regulations 49, 50 and 74. These regulations are concerned with the prohibition on the introduction, dispersal, trading and keeping of certain non-native species and associated licensing requirements that may apply. Each risk assessment completed has undergone an internal review and an external expert review and is now available for stakeholder and public consultation on the project website www.nonnativespecies.ie. As such, we invite any interested parties to make submissions on these completed risk assessments which are available for comment for a two-week period after publication. Additional information on the Non-native Species Risk Assessment Project can be found on the project website www.nonnativespecies.ie . Guidance information on the licensing requirements can be viewed at http://nonnativespecies.ie/notices-and-documentation/
- *Added on 23/07/14* Call for Entries: 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards - The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards is Europe's most prestigious prize in the field of heritage. Each year, it honours the most outstanding heritage achievements from all over Europe. It recognises excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and the media. In 2015, the awards will be given to up to 30 heritage projects and initiatives. Up to seven will receive the Grand Prix award of €10,000 each. The award is now open for applications with a closing date 15th October 2014. Eligible catergories include - Conservation; Research and Digitization, Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations and Education, Training and Awareness-Raising.The 2015 European Heritage Awards Ceremony will take place in Norway, at the Oslo City Hall, internationally-known for hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, on 11th June 2015. This major public event will be co-hosted by the world-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, Plácido Domingo, and the new European Commissioner in charge of Culture.
For more information and application forms visit the Europa Nostra website: http://www.europanostra.org/apply-for-an-award-2015/
- *Added on 23/07/14* National Heritage Week launches new Website- National Heritage Week is coming and you can find out what's happening in your county on the newly designed National Heritage Week website, www.heritageweek.ie, launched on Monday 21st July 2014. Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week takes place nationwide from 23rd - 31st August.
Isabell Smyth, Heritage Council Head of Communications said, "the new website will make it much easier to search for events taking place in your area during Heritage Week, with an interactive map and enhanced search functions. You will also be able to generate PDF's of events happening nearby, so you can create your own guide to the events you are interested in. For those still wishing to get involved in the week, you can register your event online and access a detailed event organizer toolkit explaining all you need to know on running an event during the week.". National Heritage Week focuses on getting people involved in the heritage of Ireland and particularly the heritage of the local community, making it accessible to everyone. Many events organised are free of charge and National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week itself. From medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks - there is something for everyone during the week.
Celebrating Heritage Week 2014, two exciting competitions are open to the public. The first offers a six night touring holiday around Ireland, with two nights for two people in three of the 27 luxurious Manor House Hotels. Visit www.heritageweek.ie and click on the competition area to enter.
The National Heritage Week Photography Competition invites people to submit original photographs interpreting the theme of this year's Heritage Week - "Family...generations exploring heritage together". More details can be found on www.heritageweek.ie
Heritage Week is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe. More information is available on www.heritageweek.ie and on Twitter (@HeritageWeek/ #HeritageWeek) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/heritageweek).
- *Added on 04/07/14* Heritage Council Chariman Conor Newman talks about the importance of investing in Cultural Heritage at an awards ceremony which saw Fota House, amongst others, receive Interim Accreditation with the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland - "Digital technologies and the internet could enable our museums, galleries, archives and libraries to reach a global audience and contribute an important cultural heritage dimension to Brand Ireland internationally. The fusion of the latest digital technology with a strong sense of historical values confers competitive edge in generic global markets, but a lack of funding means these immense cultural resources remain largely untapped and invisible". This was stated on Wednesday, July 2nd by the Chairman of the Heritage Council, Mr. Conor Newman, who contrasted the fact that, last year, the Dutch government spent €5m with Google to develop a digital version of their national library, whereas in Ireland the budget for our entire National Library operations was €5.9 m.
He was speaking in Dublin at the Council's Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) awards ceremony to recognise high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services. Pointing out that some of the world's leading IT companies having major operations in Ireland, Mr. Newman said we "we are missing out on the potential for our cultural assets to inspire and drive new ideas and creativity because we are not investing enough in digitisation and digital dissemination. Just consider the contribution of the Game of Thrones series to Northern Ireland's economy which draws on digital expertise, historical narratives and heritage resources for its locations. Ireland was, until recently, leading the field in digital technologies for archaeology but we are now falling behind. In this field, falling behind means being left behind". And, the lack of long-term investment in our cultural resources means we cannot access EU funds to the extent that we should. "We need to invest in managing our collections better and this investment will be repaid many times over through supporting business, education, international funding for research and, most importantly, the fostering of inventive, responsive and culturally-savvy citizens. We should have as much pride in our national institutions as the American's do in the Smithsonian or the French do in the Louvre. Instead, we seem to be stuck in the view that museums, libraries and archives are merely glass cases, book shelves and dusty files. This is out-dated and short-sighted. We should trust and empower these institutions to be engine rooms of cultural creativity."
Mr. Newman also referenced the benefits of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum (1997), constructed as part of an urban regeneration programme, which drew four million visitors in its first three years, and generated €500 million in revenues. "Our cultural resources are fantastic and of great interest to the people of Ireland. We saw that, for example, when the 1911 Census information was made available online". While other EU countries such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were driving a new agenda for Europe that puts greater emphasis on the role of cultural heritage and creative industries, here in Ireland "a lack of staff, resources and funding is severely limiting our capacity to do more than keep the doors open".
At today's awards ceremony, seven museums received recognition for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services. The Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum was awarded Full Accreditation; the Chester Beatty Library, Hunt Museum and the Waterford Treasures: Bishop's Palace and Medieval Museum were awarded both Full and Interim Accreditation; while Fota House, the Irish Jewish Museum and Musaem Chorca Dhuibhne were awarded Interim Accreditation. These now join 56 other museums nationwide that have been recognised for high standards under the MSPI programme, which aims to benchmark and raise professional minimum standards in the museum sector.
- *Added on 04/07/14* Heritage Council welcomes the publication of the Draft National Landscape Strategy - The Heritage Council welcomes the publication of the Government's Draft National Landscape Strategy by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the 1st July.
Since its establishment in 1995, the Heritage Council has advocated the need for such a strategy and for a greater awareness of the value of our landscape. Following two international landscape conferences in 1999 and 2009 Council produced proposals and priorities in 2010 to help the development of this strategy and has been involved in the discussions leading to this point.Council's Chief Executive Michael Starrett commented that the Strategy places "a strong emphasis on a cross sectoral approach at Government level and the necessity to plan and manage all our landscapes, rural and urban, in partnership with local communities and key stakeholders. Measures to deepen public participation will offer the chance for communities to emulate the success of similar initiatives in Bere Island, the Burren, or Wicklow Uplands, in enhancing the quality of their landscapes, providing increased tourism potential, educational opportunities, and agricultural practices that deliver sustainable landscape management"
Tensions over differing expectations from the Irish landscape, such as locations for renewable energy or grid transmission infrastructure, highlight the need for such a cross-sectoral landscape policy and this Draft National Landscape Strategy offers an opportunity to develop consistent techniques to manage the development of our landscape. The proposed framework for landscape characterisation can redress failings and improve the quality of decision making.
The European Landscape Convention came into effect in 2004 and provided an international framework for this approach. The Government's new strategy now provides a potentially coherent policy response for Ireland that has to date been missing. While Irish people display a great knowledge of their local places and a great sense of attachment, our processes for landscape characterisation are inconsistent and our frameworks for developing public participation are weak. Any real appreciation of the value and fragility of our landscape has been missing from public policy. This contrasts with the appreciation felt for this by local communities, visitors to Ireland and the way in which our landscape has inspired countless artists and writers. The demands are increasing at all levels to make this initiative a success and The Heritage Council looks forward to helping build the capacity of everyone involved to secure the effective implementation of the actions identified in the draft Strategy.
The Heritage Council will also be a key player in the development of the Plan, and is responsible, with other parties, for the development of nine of the 19 Action Items that will underpin the roll-out of the strategy.
- *Added on 04/07/14* Building Ireland TV Series - A new TV Series entitled "Building Ireland" is to air on Tuesday 08th July 2014 at 19:00 on RTE1, documenting the building of Ireland. The first episode will feature the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Ballincollig and the building of the Cork and Bandon South Coast Railway and will tell the story of their importance from a historic perspective. Not to be missed.
- *Added on 04/07/14* 94 Green Flags awarded for Cork Schools - 94 Green Flags were awarded to Cork Schools as part of the Green-Schools Programme. This is a fantastic achievement and from a heritage perspective, it is nice to see so many schools having been awared the Green Flag for Biodiversity. For more information click the following
- *Added on 03/07/14* Clonakilty wins the RIAI Public Choice Awards 2014 - A fantastic achievement for the County of Cork - Clonakilty has won the RIAI Public Choice Awards for 2014 in respect of the Clonakilty 400 urban design Master Plan, including the recently completed Asna and Emmet Squares. With almost 50 projects nationwide in the running, Clonakilty received a whopping 16% of all votes meaning that over 2000 people voted for this particular project (thank you to everyone who did indeed vote). Cork County Council's Architects Department, in particular Giulia Vallone, Senior Executive Architect who was significantly involved in the project, deserves a big bualadh bos.
- *Added on 18/06/14* Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2014 - Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 (LA21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2014 run by Cork County Council & the Department of the Environment Community & Local Government. Details and information on how to apply can be found on Cork County Council's Website, Facebook & Twitter pages and also online at www.environ.ie. Completed applications to be returned to Finbar O'Keeffe, Cork County Council, Environment Department, Inniscarra, County Cork. Tel: 0214532758, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org before 5.00pm 30/06/2014.
- *Added on 09/06/14* Bantry Town Council has had a lifespan of 118 years up until its closure by June 2014. Former Town Engineer (from 1987 to 2009), Frank O' Donovan, has compiled a most fascinating look back at the Town Council, providing a summary of the Minutes of the Town Commissioners/Town Council over the 118 year history. The compilation is a brief summary, from the Minutes, of the work of the public representatives and it is a most interesting read, available to view by clicking here.
- *Added on 05/06/14* Clonakilty 400 urban design master plan, including the recently completed Asna and Emmet Square, is one of the 48 projects nationally shortlisted for the RIAI Irish architecture awards 2014. The Architects Department of Cork County Council is inviting all of you to support our project and to vote for the "People Choice Award". Please click this link (www.architectureawards.ie), select CLONAKILTY 400 from the right hand side and press VOTE at the bottom of the page! Your Support will help promoting Cork County Council qualitative work across the Country by sharing the link below. Go raibh maith agaibh!
- *Added on 05/06/14* On May 1st, 2014, at the Castle Hotel, Macroom, packed to the door, Canovee GAA Club launched their club history book called "Carrig to Croke Park". It was a wonderful night for all who attended, great atmosphere, old friends meeting and chat. Jimmy Barry Murphy, Cork Hurling Manager, officially launched the book which was compiled by editor Con Dunne and his hard working committee, John O'Sullivan, John Barry Murphy, Michael Galvin, Liam Nash, John F O'Sullivan and Peter Scanlan who worked on the photos and design. Other speakers on the night were Club Chairman, Pat O'Riordan, County Board Chairman, Bob Ryan, Mid Cork Board Chairman, J J Long, Liam Nash, on behalf of the committee and MC Kevin Moynihan who added a bit of humour to the night.As well as covering a lot of the GAA activity the book also includes history of the area, many other happenings in Canovee down the years and non GAA photos.
- *Added on 23/05/14* Adult Continuing Education at UCC and the Irish Heritage Trust will offer a summer course at Fota House entitled "A History of Gardens". The course will be headed by Dr. Nigel Everett and will run for 6 weeks, starting on June 10th, 2014. For more information visit the course webpage by clicking here.
- *Added on 23/05/14* Ireland's Swifts need your help - The incredible sound of a party of screaming Swifts speeding overhead is one of the most iconic sounds of an Irish summer. However, the future of the Swift is under threat and, as reported in the Spring issue of Wings, there is growing concern for their populations both here in Ireland and across Europe.This summer, thanks to funding from The Heritage Council, BirdWatch Ireland is undertaking a National Swift Survey, and we need your help! To take part, simply let us know where you see Swifts and where their nest sites are.
Click to enter your Swift sightings or to get information about upcoming Bird Watch Ireland Swift Events
- *Added on 23/05/14* For the first time ever, on 21/05/14, the Council of the European Union has adopted Conclusions on cultural heritage as a strategic resource for a sustainable Europe. These conclusions adopt a holistic policy approach by the EU to cultural heritage - tangible, intangible or digital - recognising it as a unique and non-renewable resource and a major asset for Europe and for the entire European project. The conclusions emphasize the important role that cultural heritage plays in creating and enhancing social capital, as well as its important economic impact and its specific role in achieving the Europe 2020 strategy goals for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth because of its social and economic impact and its key contribution to environmental sustainability. The conclusions call for more resources to be invested in cultural heritage and for the mainstreaming of cultural heritage in national and European policies. Member States are invited to consider including cultural heritage in the framework of the next Council Work Plan for Culture which will be implemented from 2015 onwards. For further information visit the Europa Nostra website and the conclusions can be read by clicking here.
- *Added on 21/05/14* The latest in a series of commemorative events to mark the bicentenary of the birth in Mallow of Thomas Davis, patriot, poet and co-founder of the Young Ireland movement, took place at Glasnevin Cemetery lasts weekend. Mallow Development Partnership Ltd. was given permission to erect a commemorative stone at the cemetery where many of Davis's Young Irelander colleagues, including Charles Gavan Duffy and John Blake Dillon, are buried. Click here to read the press release.
- *Added on 19/05/14*Heritage Council to fund Pop-Up Museum in Youghal Youghal is set to receive funding from The Heritage Council of Ireland for a 'pop-up' museum based on the Medieval Characters of Youghal. The exhibit will be located in St. Mary's Collegiate Church, in the heart of the Raleigh Quarter of Youghal and will run for 10 weeks from the beginning of July. For further details see the attached Press Release.
Also in relation to Youghal and its wonderful heritage, the Youghal Medieval Festival organisers are seeking volunteers to assist with some events on the day of their renowned Medieval Festival which takes place this year on August 24th.
On the 24th of August, now in it's 8th year running, The Youghal Medieval Festival is taking place between 12:00 - 18.00. Last year we had a record 8000 visitors, as this is a Free Event, none of this would be possible without volunteers. We are looking for people to assist the children with glue, paint, feathers or whatever they would like to paint, glue or stick on to their art ,in the Art's and Craft's area, for two hours".
If you would like to volunteer please do not hesitate to contact Tessie on 024-81814 | FB: Youghal Heritage | Email: Youghalheritage@gmail.com
- *Added on 07/05/14* The Cork Folklore Project Group issue a fantastic Journal on an annual basis entitled "The Archive". This year's edition has just been released:
Issue 18 of The Archive, free annual journal of the Cork Folklore Project, represents another leap forward in design and layout but with our usual wide variety of material. Some of the subjects included in this issue are Celtic vampire lore, the changing place names and street signs of Blackpool, the unusual life of the painter Patrick Hennessy, the phenomenon of Faction Fighting, the 'navvies' who built our railways and highways, and the story of Cork's Female Freemason. We also feature articles on contemporary culture, such as The Alternative Miss Cork event and Cork's Ring Leagues, and much more.
The Archive will be available in the following Cork Libraries: Central, Grand Parade; Blackpool, Mayfield, Tory Top, Bishopstown, Douglas and the County Library. Also note that Issue 18 of The Archive is also available to download from the Cork Folklore Project website by clicking here.
- *Added on 07/05/14* A major citizen scientist project has been launched by the Irish Wildlife Trust to build a national picture of the distribution of native ladybirds. There are 28 species of ladybird recorded in Ireland, but there is a huge gap as to which ladybirds are still out there and how they are dispersed. Building a picture of the distribution of native ladybirds has also become an urgent task because there is a new ladybird in town - the harlequin (Harmonia axyridis). The harlequin, originating in Asia, was first reported in Cork and Wicklow in 2010, and Carlow in 2011, and is a serious insect pest. The invasive harlequin causes problems in our natural environment. It has a wide dietary range, out-competing native ladybirds for their main prey of aphids - sap-sucking insects - and even eats other ladybird species, their eggs, and larvae and worse, the harlequin can reproduce up to three generations a year while most other native ladybird species will only reproduce once. The Irish Wildlife Trust will be holding workshops on the survey in Carlow, Cork, and Wicklow. The project developed from a successful survey piloted by the Cork branch of the IWT. Irish Wildlife Trust chairman Daniel Buckley said the national survey was crucial in building up a picture of the native ladybird population and the invader harlequin. He said the project was a great way for people to contribute to science and conservation. "Anyone can submit a sighting and you don't have to be an expert," he said. Sightings can be given via Biology.ie, where there are identification pictures and links to additional information on ladybirds. There is also a Facebook page, IWTLadybirdsurvey, where comments and information can be posted. The survey is being conducted in partnership with the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, which is co-ordinating a ladybird survey in the North, and Biology.ie. The project is funded by Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. The workshop in Fota will be held between 10am and 1pm. Contact email@example.com to reserve a place and visit www.iwt.ie for further information.
- *Added on 07/05/14* A number of collections from the Reference & Local Studies section of the County Library have been digitized over the past few months and are now available on www.corkcoco.ie/library - Digital collections. The first of these is the Colm Creedon Railways and Trains notebooks: Colm Creedon was a native of Cork city and spent a lifetime devoted to research and writings on the history of trains and railways in Cork and elsewhere. He wrote numerous books and articles regarding Cork's transport heritage. On his death in 2001 his archive of notebooks was received by Cork County Library. These are handwritten notebooks with his personal photographs stuck in and many annotations. The photographs depict the various trains, railway stations and railway bridges of the time and are primarily a study of the railroads from Cork to all areas of Ireland and also cover the UK and Europe.
The second resources are the Cork Historical Guides: A collection of seven books produced in the 1960's and 1970's. The publications were an initiative of the Cork County Library Committee of the time and written by local historians. They produced these small historic guides to various towns throughout the county, including: Bandon, Crosshaven, Haulbowline (Spike & Rocky Island), Kinsale, Mallow, Newmarket and Youghal. The print version of some of these titles are fairly scarce, the digitised version will now make these books easily available.
There are also a number of other digital collections available including Castles in County Cork; The James N. Healy Collection, The Horgan Collection and the Irish Tourist Association Collection.
- *Added on 06/05/14* SECAD and The Heritage Council announce a new initiative concerned with the conservation of our Historic Graveyards:
South and East Cork Area Development Ltd are seeking community groups who are interested in the care and conservation of the old graveyards in their area to participate in an exciting new initiative. Funded by the Heritage Council, the initiative aims to work with community volunteers to develop a detailed conservation plan for their parish graveyard.
"Historic graveyards provide an insight into the skills, crafts and lives of those who built them and are buried within them; they often contain a rich natural heritage, which may have been relatively undisturbed for years, providing a valuable habitat for insects, birds and mammals; many contain within them a wealth of archaeological and architectural heritage" said Grace Fox of SECAD.
With the support of the Heritage Team of Cork County Council, Archaeologists, Ecologists, Stone Masons and Ironwork specialists, the community volunteers will be brought through all of the potential issues facing these historic sites and will learn best practice for dealing with each issue. They will also be supported through the development of an approved maintenance plan. Community groups often have trouble accessing funding for repair work in graveyards. However the presence of an approved maintenance plan will help groups overcome this issue. It will also ensure that volunteers know the best way to deal with any issues from fallen headstones to inaccessible paths without adversely affecting the ecological or archaeological integrity of the graveyard.
Applicants must be from inside the SECAD Operational Area which is outlined on the attached map and guidance notes. There are limited places available on the course so interested groups are asked to fill out an application form which is attached. Further information can be obtained by contacting Grace Fox in SECAD on 021 4613432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- *Added on 01/05/14* The Heritage Council has today announced that Registration for Heritage Week Events, to feature in the National Event Guide, is now open, up until 31st May 2014. For full details of registration see the attached press release and visit www.heritageweek.ie.
Please note that Cork County Council will also be undertaking an events guide for the County of Cork with registration for same commencing mid May, with a closing date in mid-end June. Full details will be be announced in the coming weeks.
- *Added on 29/04/14* Following on from the success of the publication "Heritage Bridges of County Cork", the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, supported by the Heritage Council, is to undertake a publication on the Heritage Homes of County Cork in 2014. The publication will provide a background to the structures where we as Corkonians have lived in from earliest times right up to the recent past covering a massive range of housing types and places and will also include a section of a select number of dwellings within the County. These will draw from a wide range of types and will include, but not limited to: Bronze Age round houses; ringforts of the Middle Ages, housing in Medieval Times (Towns and Tower Houses), thatched cottages and other vernacular housing including shíbíns as well as the town housing of recent centuries. The publication will examine the archaeology, architecture and social context of these dwellings and will also include a number of interesting stories regarding what life was like in each.
The publication on the Bridges of County Cork had a very special added value which was the input of numerous heritage groups and enthusiasts throughout the County who volunteered information and photographs of bridges in their local areas, sharing numerous stories and folklore as well. It is also hoped that the forthcoming publication on the Homes of County Cork will see a similar level of input from these fantastic groups and individuals.
If there are any such houses/places in your area that you feel would warrant inclusion in the publication we would welcome any specific information/stories/photos that you may have and this can be emailed to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Given the size of the County and the number and range of residences therein, both past and present, the publication will only cover a small number of places but any information sent in will be gratefully received and most certainly be considered for inclusion. Please submit any and all comments, details and photos by Monday 26th May 2014.
- *Added on 29/04/14* Maritime Spatial Planning Directive The European Parliament endorsed on April 17th 2014 a Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning which should help the EU Member States develop plans to better coordinate the various activities that take place at sea, ensuring they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.
"Once finally adopted by ministers, Member States must transpose the Directive into their national legislation by 2016 and nominate the Competent Authority in charge". "Member States must also draw up their national maritime spatial plans by 2021. They are free to tailor the content of the plans and strategies to their specific economic, social and environmental priorities, and their national sectorial policy objectives and legal traditions, but must respect the minimum requirements of the Directive". This clearly presents a big opportunity and indeed an advancement for the conservation and promotion of the sea and its wide ranging heritage.
There are two articles which may be of interest in repsect of this development (world maritime news) and (Europa Press Release Database) and a special thank you to Alison Harvey, Heritage Council Planning Officer, for sharing details of this Directive.
- *Added on 29/04/14* The National Museum of Ireland-Country Life in Castlebar, Co. Mayo is calling on the public to support a May Day Customs online heritage project. There are two aspects to the project. The first of these is an Ireland-wide survey of 21st Century May customs and photographs and information documenting what is happening and where this May, can be added to the survey via www.ouririshheritage.org . In addition, and the second part of the project, the Museum is very much interested in collecting personal stories about May Eve and May Day in years gone by with examples of customs including "May Altars, flowers left on the doorstep, flowers or branches hung above the threshold of house and byre, May Eve bonfires, May Poles, Queens and Parades". If you have any photographs, memories you would like to share or if you indeed still celebrate May Day, please visit www.ouririshheritage.org for more information.
- *Added on 29/04/14* The Heritage Council has recently brought out a fascinating document looking at different ways of interpreting and promoting places. These include many novel ideas from around the world and should give any heritage enthusiast/practitioner plenty of food for thought.
"Currently, the interpretation of Ireland's historic places is dominated by panels. Although very useful, there is more to interpretation than just the use of text heavy boards. The primary objective of this document is to show what other media can be used. Nonetheless, some guidance on interpretive panels is provided. Most of the methods shown are durable, low maintenance and relatively low tech"
The document is entitled "Bored of Boards" and is available to view by clicking here
- *Added on 29/04/14* John Grenham writes wonderful articles on Genealogy on a regular basis with the Irish Times and the Cork Genealogical Society often circulate these writings. In one of John's recent articles (21/04/14) he has put together a page "that attempts to summarise what parts of the major Irish record sources are online and where". This page can be accessed by clicking here and it really is a terrific resource in itself.
- *Added on 23/04/14* Mallow is celebrating the Bicentenary of renowned Irishman Thomas Davis, born in 1814. To mark this, Mallow where Davis was born and Dublin where he was educated & spent most of his short life, came together to honour and commemorate this great Irishman. John McDonnell has provided a great write-up of this event, available by clicking here.
- *Added on 17/04/14* This is an update on a few different funding avenues currently available at present. Firstly Cork County Council's Community Fund Scheme (South Cork) is currently open for applications. The closing date is 2nd May 2014 and full details are available - here .
Dulux Paint also have announced a funding scheme "Dulux Let's Colour Project" - where applications for painting schemes can be submitted (see www.letscolour.ie for more information and be advised that the closing date is May 2nd 2014).
One other funding avenue at present is the "Community Tourism Diaspora Project". This initiative is a three-way partnership between Fáilte Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authorities and has been established as a follow on from the success of the Gathering in mobilising local communities to harness diaspora links for the benefit of local tourism. Each party is contributing €330,000 per year nationally for three years towards community events which have a strong diaspora element. The overall fund available to Cork County Council in 2014 is €32,000 with the amount awarded to successful applicants based on the number of overseas visitors as per the fund awards scale listed in the guidelines. Successful applicants will be offered a minimum of €500 and a maximum of €3,000.
The objectives of the initiative are to:
* Provide support in the form of small-scale funding incentives for community-based tourism events that have the capacity to carry through the legacy of The Gathering in 2014 and beyond;
* Create a national network of local events with the capacity to deepen diaspora linkages and networks that have been developed or re-activated during The Gathering year;
* To foster the growth of strong county diaspora networks on the basis that diaspora relationships are rooted in 'people and place'.
Further details are available here. Please note that the closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday, 9th May, 2014. A signed version of the application form must be scanned and emailed with the appropriate signature(s) of the organiser(s) to the following email address: email@example.com
- *Added on 04/04/14* On 31st March 2014 Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh joined members of the St Finbarr's Pilgrim Way to launch the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Day, which takes place on Saturday 19th April. Present at the launch at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin were Heritage Council Chief Executive Michael Starrett, Chairman of National Pilgrims Path John O'Dwyer, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Con Collins of Collins Press, and David Ross. On Saturday 19th April thousands are expected to retrace their ancestral heritage as they take to Ireland's ancient pilgrim paths to celebrate the National Pilgrim Paths Day. Supported by the Heritage Council, this new Easter Festival will see a nationwide series of walking and cycling events take place on Ireland's medieval penitential trails. In Co Cork the St Finbarr's Pilgrim Walk is a two day event which leaves the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague on Holy Saturday 19th April and arrives in Gougane Barra on the afternoon of Sunday 20th April. Full details can be found on www.pilgrampath.ie and for further information in relation to the Cork Pilgramage contact David Ross on 086 1735134. Further details are also availalbe on the events section of this website.
- *Added on 04/04/14* A group has come together to organise a Bateman Gathering in Clonakilty from 24th to 27th May 2014. Members and relatives, here and abroad, of Bateman families with Cork connections are invited to make contact by post, email or telephone for a programme, booking form and more information, care of David Bateman, Castlefreke, Co Cork, Ireland, firstname.lastname@example.org, +353 (0)23 885 7308. Bateman families have been associated with Clonakilty since its foundation circa 1600 and there are some 10 Bateman families in Cork city and county today, down from about 60 in 1850 after the Great Famine. The rest are scattered to other parts of Ireland, Britain, America and elsewhere. Visitors are especially welcome but there are also many people in Cork city and county who have Bateman connections and will also be most welcome. If interested, people are encouraged make contact promptly so as to get a fix on numbers. In addition to the programme for the Gathering, the group also want to assemble stories and photographs of these families and what became of them so, even if people are unable to join the event in May but are interested in this, they should make contact well in advance.
- *Added on 03/04/14* In recognition of Tree Week during March 2014, a number of events took place throughout the County. Ted Cook was at the helm of a number of these events and has very kindly provided a write-up of Tree Week events including a number of photographs. This is most thought provoking and is available to view here.
- *Added on 03/04/14* The Irish Georgian Society invites applications for its Architectural and Original Drawing Awards 2014 from Irish architects or architectural practices, building surveyors, engineers and other professionals involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland. Of note is that the Frameyard and Glasshouses of Fota House, Co. Cork, won this prestigious award in 2012. There are two award categories in 2014: one for a conservation project and one for an original drawing (non-CAD) relating to an historic building or structure. Applications concerning historic buildings of all types, including vernacular, are welcome. Previously shortlisted projects include churches, civic structures, follies and houses both urban and rural. Application forms for the awards are available on the Society's website (http://www.igs.ie/education/awards) and applications must be received in the Society's offices before 12 noon on Friday 6th June 2014.No entry fee is required to participate.
- *Added on 19/03/14* The Irish Georgian Society, through the support of its London Chapter, has launched a new Conservation Grants Scheme to provide financial assistance for works to structures of significant architectural merit. The scheme will operate over a four year period with funding of approximately €50,000 to be made available this year. The closing date for applications is 28th of March, 2014. More information about the grant and the application form can be found by accessing the Irish Georgian Society Website.
- *Added on 19/03/14* For a number of years Cork County Council has been operating an Amenity Grants Scheme. The general purpose of this Grants Scheme is to aid and encourage works and public amenity schemes for the benefit of residents in the County of Cork. The works that qualify for consideration for amenity grant schemes include the provision or improvement of amenities and the provision of community facilities. Some community based heritage projects/initiatives would also in principle fall under this scheme. Applications are handled separately for each of the County's three divisions and for guidelines and application forms, please see the following link - Cork County Council Amenity Grants Scheme. Please be advised that the closing date for applications in the West Cork Divisional Area is 5pm on 17th April, 2014. Details of closing dates for North and South Cork will be provided as soon as the information is made available.
- *Added on 28/02/14* Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from March 1st until St. Patrick's Day, March 17th 2014. The language is very much alive in the County of Cork and the County is lucky to possess two fantastic Gaeltachts: Muscraí agus Óileán Chléire. The Irish Language is known for its culture and character and here are 10 proverbs that you may find of interest from a historical/heritage perspective:
"Beathadh an staraidhe fírinne" -
truth is the historian's food
"Maireann an chraobh ar an bhfál ach ní mhaireann an lámh do chuir" -
the branch lives on the hedge but the hand that planted it is dead
"Dé réir a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin" -
it takes time to build castles
"An bláth chuireas an choill di, tig a ionshamhail uirthi" -
the wood will renew the foliage it sheds
"Tar éis a chítear gach beart" -
it is afterwards events are understood
"Ní h-ealadha go léightear stair" -
no science till history be read
"Ní lia tir ná gnathas" -
there are not more countries than there are customs
"Minic do caileadh long lámh le cuan" -
often has a ship been lost close to the harbour
"Éist le fuain na habhann agus gheobhaidh tú breac" -
listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout
"Moladh gach aon an t-áth mar do gheabhfaidh" -
let each man praise the ford as he finds it
- *Added on 28/02/14* The Heritage Council has recently launched a wonderful mapping system entitled "Heritage Maps". This is essentially a one stop shop, allowing the user to look at a wide range of heritage datasets on the one interface, many of which have not been publicly shown before. These datasets have been provided by a wide range of sources including Government Departments, other State Bodies and over 25 Local Authorities including Cork County Council.
"Heritage Maps has been developed to allow users to visualise heritage data and is intended as a tool for the personal investigation of heritage issues. Data shown on the viewer has been provided by a number of sources, inter alia; Environmental Protection Agency, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Geological Survey of Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife Service (Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht), National Monuments Service (Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht), Local Authorities, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Fáilte Ireland, National Museum of Ireland and the Marine Institute.
It is important to note that "any absence of information on Heritage Maps for an area, does not necessarily imply a low heritage value for that place" - the project is a work in progress and datasets are constantly being added to, updated, etc.
Heritage Maps is available by clicking here and more information on the project is available by accessing the Heritage Council Heritage Maps Section by clicking here.
- *Added on 28/02/14* The National Biodiversity Data Centre has recently brought out a publication on the invasion of alien species into Ireland. This report is essentially an initial analysis on the trends of introductions to Ireland and can be seen as a stepping-stone to undertaking a more comprehensive analysis on all (as much as possible) non-native species in Ireland. The report finds that invasion of alien species to Ireland is on the increase with nearly four times more seen in the wild in the last century than the previous one and of the alien species in Ireland, 13% constitute invasive species which is a worringly high percentage. The report also documents the annual cost of alien species to Ireland, estimated at €261 million. This report is available to view here.
- *Added on 28/02/14* The Irish Wildlife Trust (Cork Branch) and Fota have teamed up and are seeking Volunteers to cary out a Frog Survey in the Couunty of Cork. See the attached for more information.
- *Added on 28/02/14* Many of your may be familiar with RTE's At Your Service TV Programme. This year they are expanding the context to look at heritage initiatives such as Museums, Folk Parks, Heritage Centres, Community Projects, Heritage Sites, etc. If you are interested in finding out more see the attached press release .
- *Added on 27/02/14* The Heritage Council's Village Design Statement (VDS) Toolkit (click here) has recently won the Irish Planning Institutes National Award for Innovation - a great achievement (read more here). Village Design Statements are community led and are a fantastic way of getting communities focussed on the development of their own area and can also have great benifits for the area's heritage as well. Many VDS have already been completed throughout the Country with great follow-on success. Be sure to contact the Heritage Council or the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council for more information.
- *Added on 25/02/14* National Tree Week takes place from Sunday 2nd March to Saturday 8th March and the theme for this year is "The Sound of Trees". There are 4 events taking place in Cork that tie in with the week (March 2nd in Kilavullen, March 4th and 8th in Macroom and March 9th in Glengarriff) and full details of these can be found on the events section of this webpage by clicking here. The Tree Council of Ireland website is a fantastic resource and is well worth a look. It includes a brief write up of the benefits of tree planting as part of Tree Week 2014 noting that "walking amongst trees in particular has been shown to lower stress levels so it really is good for both the heart and mind". This write-up is available to read by clicking here - here.
- *Added on 25/02/14* The Military Service Pension Collection was launched on 16th Jan 2014 by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and contains over 452,000 images relating to 3200 applicants available to view online at www.militaryarchives.ie. The information and applications forms are plotted on a 1912 OSI map providing a greater awareness and visibility of the location of activity sites during Easter week 1916. A guide to the contents of this wonderful resource has also been published and is available to view here.The collection has been described as the single most important project of the decade of commemorations.
- *Added on 30/01/14* The County Development Plan is currently being reviewed. The Draft Plan is now currently on public display until the 26th of February 2014 and submissions and observations on the draft plan are invited. The plan sets out the County Council's main policies and objectives for the years ahead including a number of policies in relation to Heritage. Volumes 1 to 4 of the draft plan are available for viewing, and indeed online submissions can be made, by clicking www.corkcocodevplan.com.
- *Added on 30/01/14* Community Gain Fund: The Community Gain Fund is an initiative by the members of the Cork Lower Harbour Energy Group to provide funding for environmentally sustainable projects within the Lower Harbour area. The fund will have a value of €180,000 with each of the four companies committing to contribute €15k each year for three years. More details on this funding scheme, relating to the Harbour Area of Cork, can be accessed by clicking http://www.clheg.com/communitygain.html.
- *Added on 30/01/14* Hop To It: a nationwide survey seeks information about the princes of ponds: Frogs gather to herald the spring season. Hop To It Irish Frog Survey is a nationwide survey of frogs, co-ordinated by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Popping up in more and more private garden ponds as well as in their traditional habitats of streams, bogs and wetlands, frogs are in decline world wide as natural and wild habitats are lost to drainage and development. The Hop To It Irish Frog Survey helps the Irish Peatland Conservation Council to monitor the health of our amphibian friends. A healthy frog population actively breeding indicates clean water, good habitat and tasty foodchains. Record your sightings at www.ipcc.ie by following the link for the Hop To It Frog Survey 2014. Survey Cards are also available by post (contact IPCC, Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare). The survey began in 1997 and since then nearly 5000 records for frogs, frog spawn, tadpoles and froglets have been submitted to the survey by people all over Ireland. Frogs occur in every county in Ireland.
- *Added on 21/01/14* National Biodiversity Data Centre: In 2013, 30,500 records from over 1,200 recorders were submitted through the on-line records submission form. The most records recieved were from Cork (3655). These records are extremely valuable to the Data Centre as they help to build our knowledge of Ireland's biodiversity and insure that this information is made available to others. All of the records received undergo a validation process and are added to national databases. Once validated these records are used for conservation assessments, identify the biodiversity value of sites, research and are available for everyone to view through the Centre's mapping system, Biodiversity Maps. The NBDC is also working on a Mammal Atlas of Ireland - "We hope that the fabulous recording efforts can continue so that we have as comprehensive a baseline as possible for the production of the hard copy atlas in 2016". Please continue to submit any mammal sightings (here), and make sure to pass on details of the project to your colleagues and friends. The following is a snapshot showing the intensity of mammal records submitted through the on-line data submission:
- *Added on 21/01/14* The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has recently brought out on Advisory Leaflet on the Use of Metal Detection Devises and their Impact on our Archaeological Heritage. The intention of the guidelines is to clear up any confusion that may be leading to unintentional breaches of the law, to provide individuals and groups with an unambiguous statement of the statutory provisions surrounding metal detecting and archaeological finds and to spell out the consequences of contravening the law. This leaflet can be downloaded by clicking here agus is féidir leat é a fháil as gaeilge anseo
- *Added on 21/01/14* The Irish Artist Blacksmith Association has recently brought out Guidelines on Best Practice for the Restoration of Historic Irish Ironwork. This is available to view by clicking here. The Documents Section of this website also contains many other useful documents, available by clicking here
- *Added on 13/01/14* The Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association has kindly provided details of their flagship project for 2014, the new development "An Geata Bán". For more information on this wonderful Museum and Cultural Heritage Centre proposed for the heart of Kilmurry Village see the attached document
- *Added on 07/01/14* The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, has launched a new fund - Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme - for the repair and conservation of protected structures. The scheme will be administrated by Cork County Council.
The Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme will encourage the investment of private capital through the provision of matching public funds in a large number of small-scale, labour-intensive projects across Ireland. The aim of projects will be to repair and conserve historic structures while supporting the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftworkers and tradespeople. The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations, improvements, or pre-existing works.
The closing date for applications is 4 p.m. on the 4th of February 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please ensure that you read the 'Guidance Circular' (attached here) carefully and that the application form (available here) is filled out in its entirety. Any further queries can be directed to the Conservation Officer, Planning Department, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork, 021-4285957 or by emailing email@example.com. An information leaflet is also available here. (Faigh é as gaeilge anseo).
- *Added on 16/12/13* The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council has recently brought out a publication entitled "Heritage Bridges of County Cork" - offically launced on 17th December, 2013. This publication is available to purchase online through the following link (thanks to Terri Kearney and Skibbereen Heritage Centre) and in numerous newsagents and bookstores throughout the County including Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Bantry, Bandon, Midleton, Fermoy, Mitchelstown, Schull, Glengarriff, Carrigaline, Youghal, Mallow, Cork City, and many more. The book retails for €10 and is also available directly from the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council in the County Hall.
- *Added on 16/12/13* On Friday 13th December the Heritage Council announced that the 2014 grants programme has been launched. This is in respect of the Heritage Management Scheme and €700,000 has been allocated under the Scheme for 2014. The Heritage Management Scheme relates to projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings (but not including protected structures)). For more information visit the following link. Please be advised that applications must be submitted using the online application system before 5.00pm on 15 January 2014.
- *Added on 04/12/13* The 17th of December will see the launch of the John Saul, Horticulturist Archive in the County Library at 12:00 with County Mayor Cllr. Noel O' Connor. This is a most interesting archive which has been amassed thanks to Dave and Liz Maddox, based in Castlemartyr, and the Saul Family, in the United States of America. John Saul moved from Castlemartyr to the USA in the 1850's and became one of the most prominent horticulturists of the time, having landscaped the White House and numerous public spaces in Washington DC including the Mall, Smithsoniam Grounds and Lafayette Square. For more information see the events section.
- *Added on 04/12/13* Ireland Reaching Out is commencing the process of registering all of its volunteers. If you are currently a volunteer with the programme or would like to become a volunteer you must fill out a registration form online. Once details are received each person will be issued with a membership pack, which includes theregistration number and details of membership benefits. Registered volunteers also have insurance cover through Ireland Reaching Out, details of which are included in the membership pack. To register simply visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/IrelandXOVolunteerRegistration
and answer a number of simple questions.
- *Added on 04/12/13* Back in May 2013, Clonakilty celebrated their 400th Anniversary as a Town. The day was called the "Lá Mór" and President Higgins was in attendance as well as over 3,000 from Clonakilty and surrounds. A DVD of this fantastic day, commissioned by Dúchas Heritage Clonakilty and Clonakilty Town Council (produced by Vale Media) is launched on 05/12/13 and is available locally in the area.
- *Added on 04/12/13* Heritage Week 2013 was a fantastic sucess with thousands of people attending events all over Cork County. The Bandon Walled Town Committee has produced a delightful video in relation to their Annual Walled Town Festival which can be watched on youtube by clicking here. A video was also produced in respect of a Tour given in Doneraile Park of part of the week documenting the influence of the St. Ledger family. This video is also on youtube and can be accessed by clicking here . If anyone else has any footage or photos of Heritage Week 2013 by all means forward them on to firstname.lastname@example.org. Another video which looks very interesting is all about Road Bowling and is entitled "Kings of the Road": Educational Heritage Road Bowling Documentary by Filmmaker Martin Lennon which gives a wonderful insight into our great traditional sport. Featuring the Song: 'The Road Bowlers'. Lyrics & Music by Richard T. Cooke. Taken from the Album: Cork-An Odyssey. Performed by Ciste Milis. It can be viewed by clicking here.
- *Added on 03/12/13* The Heritage Council has recently announced details of a very exciting project being undertaken by Trinity College Dublin. The project is titled "The Letters of 1916: Creating History" and is Ireland's first crowd-sourced humanities project. The main aim is to create a large scale digital collection of letters written for the six months before and after the Easter Rising and to this effect the public has been invited to upload old family letters and photographs to a new digital archive to recreate ordinary life in Ireland around the time of the Easter Rising of 1916. The project will lead to the creation of an online archive of letters created by the public for the public, which will be launched in 2016. For further information on this project and to be part of same click here
- *Added on 03/12/13* Following on from the success of the 2013 Genealogy Summer School, UCC have recently unveiled plans to hold this popular course again. Entitled "Ancestral Connections" this renowned Irish Genealogical School will take place next summer, 2014, from June 29th to July 6th, 2014. It offers a complete course in the latest Irish genealogy research and as well as workshops and talks from the leading experts it also includes a number of trips to some notable places in the County including Youghal, Kinsale, Blarney Castle and Cork City itself. The full programme of events can be accessed by clicking here. For further information and to book a place email Lorna Moloney, Course Co-Ordinator, UCC at email@example.com.
- *Amended on 02/12/13* The 2014 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, administered by the Heritage Council, has now closed and full details will be provided on this website as soon as possible if and when the scheme reopens in 2014. Application forms and booklets are available to download by clicking here. As ever the grant is available for the conservation of the external appearance of farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, window and door repairs. Conservation works to associated structures such as historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates will be considered if they are part of the overall project to repair an outbuilding. The grant scheme doesn't cover works to the interiors of outbuildings. Farmers in the REPS 4 Scheme who are due to receive a REPS payment in respect of 2014 were eligible to apply. (This is slightly different to previous years as REPS4 is coming to an end).
- *Added on 04/11/13* Two more Heritage Week reviews have been added to the website, courtesy of Teddy Cook. One is in relation to the Origins, functions and benefits of Our Hedgerow Resource and the other is in relation to the changing landuse at Silver Grove Townland in Inchigeelagh. These write-ups and others are also available on the Heritage Council's National Heritage Week website - http://www.heritageweek.ie.
- *Added on 18/10/13* Recent update from the Kimurry Historical and Archaeological Society:
"A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way with The Kilmurry Museum Gathering on Saturday last. I am sure you will agree that it was a magical day, giving us all a great occasion to meet and enjoy a most entertaining, atmospheric afternoon. If we were to start listing the ways in which so many of you helped, we would surely leave something or somebody out and that we would not wish to do. The KHAA has developed into a group of people who have become friends, colleagues, volunteers and generous donators of personal time, effort and financial contributions and of course lots of fun. The Kilmurry Museum Gathering was a success, beyond our hopes, raising, after expenses, a much needed €7,000. Thank you one and all.
This isn't the only good news we are announcing, on Tuesday there was an official Press Release confirming, with the approval of Minister Phil Hogan, that the KHAA have been successful in its application for Leader funding towards the project cost of €547,831 for the new museum and community centre in Kilmurry Village. A grant of €410,873 has been awarded, through the West Cork Development Partnership. The awarding of this grant is an acknowledgement of the vision and viability of this development which has now been given the stamp of approval by WCDP and the Department of the Environment/Heritage & Local Government. Again, a big thank you to everyone who helped in any way".
- *Added on 03/10/13* The exciting new Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society is launching. Located in Cork and also serving the county, CorkDFAS provides a cultural and aesthetic focus for everyone interested in the cultural and artistic heritage, wherever they live. There will be a number of lectures taking place over the coming months beginning with the inaugral lecture on 17/10/13. For further information see the attached press release by clicking here and also visit the website www.corkdfas.ie.
- *Added on 03/10/13* UCC has just released a new blog, The River-side - reflections on research collections, which will communicate information about reseach collections, projects and events in Special Collections, Archives and Repository Services. Click here to access the blog which will be updated regularly.
- *Added on 19/09/13* Heritage Week 2013 proved most sucessful and has been arguably the best Heritage Week to date! In the comming weeks there will numerous photos and write-ups from some of the events included here on this website (details to follow). One write up has already been done courtesy of Teddy Cook, relating to Olive, Lady Ardilaun of Macroom Castle ( write-up here ) and for anyone intersted in her lineage, see the attached
In the meantime, don't dismay in that Heritage Week has passed, as there are a wide variety of events taking place over the comming weeks and months. Check out the events section by clicking here.
- *Added on 28/08/13* Supported by the Heritage Council, The Heritage Unit of Cork Council, in consultation with Tobar Archaeology and Blue Brick Heritage is currently undertaking work on a project entitled "The Bridges of County Cork". The end result will be a publication providing a background to the importance of the bridge, the various constructions over the years and will include a section on a select number of bridges within the County that warrant inclusion due to architectural form and function, age of structure or those that have some fascinating stories related to them, i.e. past flooding events, ambushes, hangings and any other folklore. If there are any such bridges in your area that you feel would warrant inclusion in the Guide we would welcome any specific information/stories that you may have and this can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. Given the size of the County and the number of bridges therein the Guide will only cover a very small number of bridges but any information sent in will be considered for inclusion.
Please submit any and all comments and details by Monday 9th September.
- *Added on 24/07/13* The Heritage Week Events Guide for the County of Cork has now been added to the website and can be accessed by clicking here.
There are also many other events taking place during the lead up to Heritage Week and after and make sure to see details of same on the Heritage Events section of the website by clicking here.
One major Event of note takes places on August 05th, at the Castlemartyr Resort Hotel. This is a family fun heritage day in recognition of John Saul, the famous Horticulturist. Here is a photo of the memorial plaque located in the Castlemartyr Grounds in his memory:
- *Added on 17/05/13*In recognition of Tree Week during March 2013, Ted Cook gave a most insightful talk in the Regional Park, Ballincollig, on Saturday 10th March. The Event was entitled "Especially For Those That Need Nature" and you may find the attached document of interest which is a summary of the talk that also includes some insightful knowledge on Ireland's native flora as well as some tips and ideas for planting, etc.
- *Added on 17/05/13* The Skibbereen Heritage Centre has recently launched a new film on Lough Hyne, the honours of which were performed by David Puttnam. David Puttnam said that he will 'never see Lough Hyne the same way again' after watching the new film on the lough. He said that it was 'really very good' and he went on to congratulate all of those concerned, many of whom were there on the night.
The new short film on Lough Hyne covers a range of topics. It features the holy wells at the lough as well as the wall at the Rapids, built as a Famine relief scheme in 1847. The story of Cloghan Castle is included as is the fable of the King with donkey's ears who is said to have lived there. There's also an overview of the long history of marine research at the lough which dates back to 1886 and the film features old 1950s ciné footage of scientists carrying out experiments at the lough. Dr Rob McAllen of UCC explains how its unique habitats and rare species led to its designation as Europe's first Marine Nature Reserve in 1981 while underwater footage and sounds of some of the species of the lough give a sense of the variety of life to be found in its waters. The film also features interviews with local people and Flor MacCarthy, formerly of RTÉ, acts as narrator.
The new short film will feature as part of the permanent exhibition on Lough Hyne at Skibbereen Heritage Centre and will be shown on demand in large screen HD format in English, French and German. Make sure to pay a visit!
- *Added on 16/05/13* For full details of Heritage Week 2013 and to submit details of your proposed event(s) for inclusion in the County Heritage Week Events Guide or on the Heritage Council website please click hereHeritage Week 2013
- *Added on 16/05/13* Since the latter stages of 2012, extensive work has been underway in the formulation of a Conservation, Management and Interpretation Plan for the Town Walls of Bandon. The Plan, which is now at Draft Stage has been carried out for the BANDON WALLED TOWN COMMITTEE by Tobar Archaeological Services in association with Carrig, with support from Cork County Council and the Heritage Council through the Irish Walled Towns Network.
Any comments or observations that you have on this Draft Plan are greatly appreciated. Please fill out the attached questionnaire and return same by Friday 31st May. The Draft Plan can be viewed by clicking here.
This Plan has been funded by the Heritage Council.
- *Added on 02/04/13* The International Day of Monuments and Sites takes place on 18th April, 2013 which is an initiative of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). It is hoped that a number of events can be organised to celebrate the day and this year's theme is that of Education. In recognition of the day, County Archaeologist, Mary Sleeman will give a talk at Bridgetown Abbey, Castletownroche, all are welcome to attend. For more information on this and other events visit the events section here. For more details on ICOMOS see the attached.
- *Added on 02/04/13* The Irish Walled Towns Network Website has been recently created. The County of Cork contains 3 such towns - Bandon, Buttevant and Youghal and details of same can be found on www.irishwalledtownsnetwork.ie
- *Added on 02/04/13* In recognition of the Year of the Gathering, 2013, Rebel Week will take place in Cork between 14th to 20th October, 2013. see the website for more information! - www.corkrebelweek2013.com
- *Added on 13/03/13* NEW DOCUMENT ADDED - Cork County Council's Guide to "Biodiversity and the Planning Process" has been added to the documents section of this website. This document and many others that may be of interest can be accessed by clicking here.
- *Added on 05/03/13* NEW DOCUMENT ADDED - Cork County Council's "Care of Historic Graveyards - A Heritage Guide" has been added to the documents section of this website. This document and many others that may be of interest can be accessed by clicking here.
- *Added on 05/03/13* For any of those interested in the Book of Kells, a fantastic group entitled ISIS New World Community with an office in Cork, have been gifted the copyright to five folios of the Book of Kells. The reproductions of these are magnified 3.7 times and allow viewers to see detail that would most certainly be missed when viewing the original with the naked eye. These folios include the Chi-Rho (XPI), the Genealogy page, the Symbols of the Gospel Writers, The Initium and the Zacharias. For more information visit the Book of Kells website which will be up and running shortly.
- *Added on 19/02/13* National Tree Week takes place between the 3rd and 10th of March in a few weeks. As part of this week a number of events have been organised, including a number of walks and talks. For more information click here
- *Added on 11/01/13*The process of reviewing the Cork County Development Plan commenced on 07/01/13 and submissions have been called for between this date and the 4th of March (04/03/13) through the County Development Plan Review Section 11 Consultation Process. Click here for further information including the link for making an online submission
With particular relevance to the built heritage, submissions are invited in respect of any proposed additions or deletions to the Record of Protected Structures (RPS). Submission details should include full details of the property including a map of its location and the reason(s) why said property should be added to/deleted from the current RPS should be clearly stated. Please note that any requests for additions/deletions will then be included in the Section 11(4) Managers report with a recommendation to the members. Once agreed with the members work will begin on the writing of the draft development plan which will go out for public consultation on the 9th December 2013. This draft plan will include the new RPS.
- *Added on 07/01/13* Regrettably, due to additional cuts to its budget, the Heritage Council will not be in a position to run the Grants Scheme in 2013. This is the first time since the Heritage Council was established in 1997 that it will be unable to allocate funding for the wider heritage sector but they are working towards reversing this situation for 2014. Core aspects of the Heritage Council's National Heritage Infrastructure including the Heritage Officer Programme, the Irish Walled Towns Network, the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland, and the Discovery Programme will continue to receive some level of support. Grants for the 2012/13 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, which is funded by the Dept. of Agriculture, Food & the Marine will not be affected.
- *Added on 18/12/12* Barn Owls in the County of Cork - In 2012 the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council provided partial financial support to Bird Watch Ireland in respect of a Survey of Barn Owls in the County of Cork. This was a follow-on from a previous survey conducted in 2010 which was also, in part, supported financially by Cork County Council. In 2012, a total of 31 active Barn Owl sites were confirmed in County Cork, which represented over one quarter of the known national population (26.6%) The total number of registered sites in the county is increased on the previous total of 24 in 2010. In addition, Bird Watch Ireland installed 15 nest boxes for Barn Owls in the County. Many thanks to John Lusby and Bird Watch Ireland for carrying out this survey.
- *Added on 18/12/12* The Tree Council of Ireland have recently announced a new grants scheme to support community groups and organisations who are attempting to improve their local area through the planting of trees. The main aim of the Community Tree Projects Grant Scheme, run in partnership with Balfour Beatty CLG, is to encourage community groups to plant trees in locations where people live and work and to support projects that apply good practice to the planting and management of trees. Successful applicants will receive up to 75% towards their project costs subject to a maximum grant of €500 per project. The closing date for applications is 20/01/13. For further information, please click here.
- *Added on 15/11/12* The Skibbereen Heritage Centre have just announced that 3 additional graveyards have been added to the West Cork Graveyard Survey. This is available as a database online by clicking the following link. Click here to read the Press Release regarding same.
- *Added on 15/11/12*Thanks to the work of intern Rickard Farrell, another of the County Library's collections of historical photographs is now accessible online. Castles in County Cork is a 6 volume collection, containing photographs which date from 1935 onwards, with descriptive and historical notes from various sources. An index of the castles, as well as introductory essays and references are also included. The collection formed the basis for James N. Healy's research on his seminal work "The Castles of County Cork", reference copies of which are available at library HQ and a number of branches. You can browse the entire Castles in County Cork collection by clicking on here.
- *Added on 19/09/12* Heritage Week this year ran from August 18th up until the 26th. There were over 130 events in the County of Cork and public participation at these was for the most part fantastic. Fair dues to all of the organisers and participants!In the coming weeks there will be a blog posted here in relation to some of these events but in the meantime pay the Heritage Week Website a visit by clicking here
- *Added on 28/06/12* In 2011, Rubicon Heritage undertook an archaelogical survey in Caherduggan on behalf of Cork County Council. A Medieval belt was unearthed at the time, a terriffic find. Now after some conservation work in the meantime, it is considered that the belt must "surely rank as one of the greatest surviving secular medieval leather objects from medieval Ireland" as stated on the Rubicon Heritage Blogsite. Click here to visit Rubicon Heritage and find out more!!
- *Added on 20/06/12* Ireland's Walled Towns Network now contains 3 towns from Cork - Bandon, Buttevant and Youghal. This Network was established by the Heritage Council in 2005 and contains less than 30 towns throughout the country. Quoting from the Heritage Council website - "the Irish Walled Towns Network seeks to ensure that Ireland's unique cultural and archaeological heritage in relation to its walled and fortified towns and cities is protected and managed in a sustainable and appropriate manner in the longterm" (click here for further information). As part of the Network, each Walled Town will host its very own Walled Town Day and the first such day this year took place in Buttevant on Sunday 17th June. This was a fantastic day with over 1000 people in attendance -congrats to all those involved! See below for a few photos taken on the day. Also note that there will be a Walled Town Day for Youghal and for Bandon (their first!) during Heritage Week this year!
- *Added on 13/06/12* ICOMOS (The International Council on Monuments and Sites) has organised a photography competition to celebrate - 2012 International Year of the Rural Landscape. There are 3 categories - junior, youth and adult - and as well as prize monies for the winning photographs, an exhibition of these winning enties will be held in the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life. To enter and for more details see the attached document by clicking here or visit the ICOMOS website.
- *Added on 21/05/12* Ireland's Bioblitz 2012 Champion this year is the Glengarriff National Nature Reserve! Well done to all of those involved!! The winning total of species recorded in Glengarriff was 1020, with Crawfordsburn Park coming second with a total of 984. Details of the events that took place on the day can be viewed by clicking here. Visit the Bioblitz website for more details on the success by clicking here!.
- *Added on 30/04/12* The colourful exhibition of the 'Mallow Streetscape Heritage Project' is in its final week in Mallow County Library. The exhibition is of the streetscape drawings of Spa Square/ Davis street, Mallow. It was carried out by the students of 6th class from Mallow No 1 school, St Patrick boys school and Convent Girls schools. Each student was assigned a building along the streetscape to draw and paint and then placed in right order to give a wonderful colourful image of Mallows streetscape. The project was the initiative of Architect Department and Heritage Unit of Cork County Councils to increase the students awareness and understanding of Mallows rich architectural heritage and the engaging in discussion in regards to the future development of the area. The students and teachers enjoyed the process and had plenty of excellent ideas to offer. The Council wish to thank the staff and students of the schools for their assistance and enthusiasm for the project.
- *Added on 16/04/12* The National Museum of Ireland-Country Life in Castlebar, Co. Mayo is launching a collaborative heritage project with the Linenhall Arts Centre entitled May On Our Doorstep which is a celebration of traditional May Day Customs in Ireland. May Day serves to welcome and celebrate the coming of the summer evidenced by traditions including "May Bushes, May Flowers, May Boughs, May Poles and May Bonfires, all associated with luck and protection" (Clodagh Doyle, Curator Irish Folklife Division). If you have any photographs; memories you would like to share; or if you indeed still celebrate May Day, please click here for further information and make sure to visit the Our Irish Heritage Website.
- *Added on 22/03/12* The Heritage Council in March of 2012 have launched the Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016 which contains a number of objectives to support employment, education and tourism. Click here to view this publication or alternatively access same (including a version as gaeilge) on the Heritage Council website.
The Heritage of County Cork: An Overview
County Cork has a rich and diverse heritage that includes our countryside, rivers, lakes, woodlands, seas and offshore islands, our ancient sites, our villages and townscapes and the buildings that make up these. It is our history, language, folklore, customs and traditions. It is those special elements of our landscape that make us feel connected to our home place, townlands, parishes, villages, towns and county. It includes every hump and hollow, tree and stone to which a story is connected. Our heritage is constantly evolving and being created. Trees planted, houses built, stories told about matches lost and won today will become a part of the heritage of the next generation. Protection of our heritage not only has environmental benefits and benefits for the quality of life of the people of Cork, but it also brings economic benefits to the county by providing attractive towns, villages and countryside for visitors to enjoy.
This website provides information on aspects of our county heritage, sources of support and funding for heritage related projects, updates on progress with the implementation of the County Heritage Plan and much more.
For information on Heritage Week please click here. This includes a blog on some of the events attended by Heritage Unit Staff during 2011 as well as details on Heritage Week for 2012. The following image shows just one of the events attended in 2011 which took place at Ballincollig Castle, organised by the Muskerry Historical Society and Ballincollig Heritage Association!
Heritage Week at Ballincollig Castle: 28/08/11
Using This Website:
Want to explore different aspects of Cork Heritage? Click for information about Wildlife, Archaeology, Built Heritage, and Museums, Libraries and Archives.
Use the Quick Links to access other sources of national and county information, e.g. museums, libraries, archives.
The County Heritage Plan, the National Heritage Plan, heritage legislation and other documents which may interest to you are available under Documents. Also recently added are Guidelines for the Management and Development of Architectural Conservation Areas.
Maybe you're interested in getting a heritage project off the ground -- you'll need funding. Check out information about sources of funding here.
A Note on the Heritage Council:
The Heritage Council part funds the network of 28 City/County Heritage Officers in Local Authorities across the country. The Heritage Council's vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. For more information on the work of the Heritage Council, please visit http://www.heritagecouncil.ie by clicking the above logo
The development of this website is an action of the County Cork Heritage Plan. Please note that this site is informational only.