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County Cork Calendar of Centenary Events for 2016
(updated on 28/09/16)
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- *Added on 06/12/16* Two upcomming launches relating to the Revolutionary Heritage of County Cork
The next week will see two big launches take place, relating to the revolutionary heritage of County Cork. The first of these takes place on Monday 12th December, which will be the launch of 'Heritage Centenary Sites of Rebel County Cork'. This will be followed later in the week with the official launch of the Aud Exhibition on Spike Island on Saturday December 17th, which has been supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. For more information visit the events section of the website by clicking here.
- *Added on 18/10/16* Free Workshops for Community Groups in Cork on the Care and Maintenance of Historic Stone Walls
Cork County Council, with the support of its Historic Monuments Advisory Committee, is running free workshops on the CARE & MAINTENANCE OF HISTORIC MASONARY WALLS. The workshops will provide an insight and greater awareness of good practice in relation to the repair of these old stone walls. The workshops take place in Ballincollig on November 8th, 9th & 10th - full details on attached flier (available here). Numbers will be restricted so book early.
- *Added on 14/10/16* 2017 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme OPEN
"The Heritage Council has today launched its GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for 2017. The scheme is designed to provide assistance to those GLAS farmers involved in conserving and securing Ireland's traditional farm buildings.
The scheme which is as the result of a partnership between The Heritage Council and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine offers grants for approved conservation works to the exterior of farm outbuildings as well as associated structures such as historic yard surfaces, walls, and gates. The maximum grant available is circa €25,000 while the smallest grant available is €4,000. Speaking about the scheme, Ms Anna Meenan, Project Manager with the Heritage Council said, "The scheme offers a rare and positive opportunity to safeguard our rural built and natural heritage, to protect the special qualities of the traditional farmstead while also allowing it to continue in active use. Since 2009 the scheme has invested in the conservation of over 200 traditional farm buildings making a significant contribution to the enhancement of the Irish countryside. The farm buildings chosen play a positive role in the scenery of our country. They are witness to our long-lasting relationship with the land, and are a part of who we are. If we lose these wonderful diverse buildings, our landscape will be all the duller". "We strongly encourage and support farmers to carry out at least some of the repairs themselves. By connecting owners with their buildings in this way it enhances their 'hands on' knowledge to continue repairs to the building well into the future, as well as other buildings on the farm. It also provides a means of employment in rural areas for local contractors, many of whom have had the opportunity to upskill under the scheme, increasing the availability of these craft skills in the local area", advised Meenan". Application forms and the terms and conditions are available on the Heritage Council website by clicking here. The closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m., Friday 18th November 2016.
- *Added on 14/10/16* BUDGET 2017 sees a 19% increase in funding for Heritage
"The allocation of an additional €1 million for the Heritage Council in the 2017 Budget has been warmly welcomed by the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett. He said that the extra resources would be devoted to expanding the Council's regeneration programmes for rural towns and villages, as well as their programme for upland area partnerships throughout the country. "I want to express my thanks to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Heather Humphreys, and her officials, for securing this additional funding for the Heritage Council, which represents an increase of 19% on our core allocation this year. "I have already stated that the inclusion of Rural Development alongside Heritage within the Minister's portfolio offers the opportunity for increased synergy across heritage and rural development, and this very welcome increase in funding can help to begin making this happen". Mr. Starrett added: "As well as beginning to re-invest in existing heritage networks, these additional resources will enable us to invest further in our Rural Towns and Villages programme to rejuvenate more of Ireland's local communities. Our blueprint for doing this is the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN), which we established in 2005, and which now includes 28 member towns on the island. Our approach is to work with local communities and to empower them through funding, training and guidance. "A further area where this additional resourcing can help is our plan to develop a series of Irish Uplands Partnerships based on the success of community initiatives we developed in the Wicklow Uplands, on Bere Island and in the Burren Region, and which involves bringing all the local stakeholders, including hill farmers, other residents and tourism and walking interests".
- *Added on 28/09/16* Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ)
Regarding Rural Ireland there has been a recent announcement by Minister Humphries of a €5 million initiative 'to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands' - known as the REDZ initiative (Rural Economic Development Zones). This will build on the success of the 2015 pilot scheme of the same name, which saw €3.8 million being provided to projects across Ireland. The over-arching aim of the scheme is to "ensure that rural areas have strong economic and social centres that in turn support a higher quality of life for both town dwellers and those who live in the rural hinterlands into the future" by supporting projects that are of "greatest economic need which can make better use of local assets to generate economic activity". Many projects will undoubtedly look to their historic/heritage assets in this regard. The 2016 REDZ scheme will provide up to 80% financial support for proposed projects, with the balance of costs to be provided from other sources (e.g. Local Authorities, business interests or community-based funding). For further information on the scheme visit the Departmental website by clicking here.
- *Added on 28/09/16* Cork Folklore Project Newsletter
The most recent edition of the (e) newsletter for the Cork Folklore Project has just been released. In it, you will find out about the Project's progress since summer 2016, including the publication of theannual journal Archive 20 as well as new projects including the Ballyphehane Oral History Project and an exciting new series in The Echo - See link for Echo feature entire Schools' Collection by clicking here.
The Autumn Cork Folklore Project Newsletter can be accessed by clicking here.
- *Added on 28/09/16* Tidy Towns Competition 2016 Result - Cork fair very well
The results for the National Tidy Towns Competition have been recently announced and are available to view on the Tidy Towns website by clicking here. The overall winner for 2016 was Skerries in Dublin with a score of 327 but it is clearly visible that the towns and villages of County Cork are getting closer and closer to the mark, with the County this year having picked up 19 medals:
Location Score Award
Midleton 299 Bronze
Bandon 302 Bronze
Carrigaline 306 Silver
Millstreet 308 Bronze
Skibbereen 308 Bronze
Youghal 311 Silver
Castletownroche 313 Bronze
Macroom 313 Silver
Timoleague 315 Bronze
Ballydehob 316 Bronze
Bantry 316 Silver
Cobh 317 Gold
Lislevane 318 Silver
Kinsale 319 Gold
Eyeries 319 Silver
Ballincollig 321 Gold
Rathbarry 322 Gold
Coolagown 323 Gold
Rosscarbery 323 Gold
Clonakilty 324 Gold
Numerous other locations in Cork, including some of the above also won other Tidy Town Associated Awards, for example, the Pollinator Award went to Kildorrery, the Islands Award went to Bere Island and, Coolagown, Cobh, Carrigaline and Kinsale also picked up other awards.
The Tidy Towns competition values the efforts made by communities in priding their locality, and heritage is increasingly becoming a very important aspect of this. Congratulations to all of the towns and villages in County Cork.
- *Added on 23/09/16* The National Folklore Collection 'School Collection' for County Cork is now available online
The entire Schools' Collection on www.duchas.ie has been officially launched by Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs. "The Schools' Collection, an important component of the National Folklore Collection, UCD, contains the folklore material recorded by primary school pupils between 1937 and 1939. It consists of almost half a million pages recorded by around 5,000 primary school pupils throughout the 26 counties. These pages are kept in the Collection's archive in UCD. The volumes from the Schools' Collection have been published on dúchas.ie on a county by county basis since the end of 2013. Now with the publication of material from Co. Cork and Co. Offaly, all volumes from the Collection, covering all 26 counties that took part in the Schools' Scheme, are available to the public in digital form on www.dúchas.ie". In relation to County Cork there are wonderful stories related to St. Gobnait and the Blarney Stone. To see the press release in full click here nó faigh é as gaeilge anseo.
- *Added on 16/09/16* SPIKE ISLAND to feature on RTÉ's BUILDING IRELAND SERIES - 30/09/16
"RTÉ TV series BUILDING IRELAND returns for a second series with a fantastic new range of subjects to celebrate Ireland's engineering and architectural heritage. Our launch episode in this exciting six-part series puts a spotlight on the amazing story of Fortress Spike Island! Our expert presenters, an engineer, an architect, and a geographer, celebrate the history and heritage of Spike Island and the town of Cobh. They provide in-depth insights into the construction of the fortress, its conversion into the largest prison in the British Isles, and its relationship with the town of Cobh. Featuring spectacular aerial photography, interviews with specialist historians, and never-before seen archival materials, episode one of BUILDING IRELAND, entitled "FORTRESS SPIKE ISLAND" shows the impact this unique piece of built heritage has had on the region of Cork".The Spike Island episode will air on RTÉ One at 20:30 on Friday the 30th of September. It will feature interviews with a number of Cork County Council personnel including Cal McCarthy, Mona Hallinan and Tom O' Neill. Be sure not to miss it and for further information click here.
- *Added on 08/09/16* Cork County Council Planning Document Archive
Cork County Council's Planning Policy Unit has launched a new Web Site that provides access to all current statutory and non statutory planning documents relating to County Cork including the County Development Plan, Town Development Plans and Local Area Plans. The site also provides a Planning Documents Archive which hosts previous statutory and non statutory planning documents and is available on the Cork County Council website by clicking here and/or by visiting http://corkcocoplans.ie. There is a wealth of information contained within, which also includes numberous policies in relation to heritage within the county.
- *Added on 01/09/16* Heritage Week 2016 Awards - Vote by Friday September 9th 2016!
Heritage Week 2016 was a tremendous success, particularly here in the County of Cork. Nationally over 1800 events took place, with in excess of 170 of these in Cork County. The Heritage Council is incredibly proud of the heritage community in Ireland who give so much time and energy to making National Heritage Week such a success. In recognition, the Heritage Council runs a number of Heritage Week Awards. In fact, in 2015, the best Hidden Heritage Award went to Bantry and Coppeen was also shortlisted. Details for 2016, from the Heritage Council, are now as follows:
"The Heritage Council is once again delighted to announce the Heritage Awards, showcasing the best of National Heritage Week and recognising the fantastic work of all the event organisers and volunteers that take part. The 2016 Award categories are as follows:
Do you know someone who always goes the extra mile for heritage? Nominate an individual or organisation who makes an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in your local area. Anyone can nominate a Heritage Hero.
Did your event shine a light on Ireland's hidden heritage? This award is open to event organisers who successfully explored lesser known aspects of Ireland's heritage during National Heritage Week. All National Heritage Week Event Organisers can enter.
Did you organise an event that reached out to new audiences? Maybe you made your event wheelchair accessible, offered multilingual tours or created an event especially for teenagers. This award is open to event organisers who helped more people enjoy National Heritage Week. All National Heritage Week Event Organisers can enter.
Cool for Kids
Did you organise a great family event? This award is open to event organisers who encouraged children and families to participate in National Heritage Week. All National Heritage Week Event Organisers can enter.
To vote for these awards and to enter a range of other competitions, please visit www.heritageweek.ie. Please note that the closing date is midnight on September 9th 2016
- *Added on 01/09/16* U.C.C.'s Diploma in Local and Regional Studies now available in Midleton
UCC's highly successful Diploma in Local and Regional Studies, which has been running in various locations throughout Munster, is now being offered for the first time in Midleton in September/October 2016. This is a part-time level 6/7 programme that is aimed at members of historical societies, those working or volunteering in the heritage sector, and those with an interest in local history and heritage. The programme is taught over two academic years. Lectures will take place on Thursday evenings from 6.30 - 9.30pm in Midleton, while there will be seminars in UCC and fieldtrips on some Saturdays. The modules being taught in Midleton are as follows:
Year 1: Celtic Ireland (5 credits) | Studying Folklore: The Sayings and Doings of Common People (10 credits) | Historical Geography (5 credits) | Aspects of Modern Irish History (10 credits)
Year 2: Local Food Studies: History, Tradition and Identity (5 credits) | The Irish Medieval Church (5 credits) | Research Skills for Local and Regional Studies (5 credits) | Local and Regional Studies Research Project (15 credits)
Further information and application details can be found by clicking here . Please note that the closing date for applications is 23 September 2016
- *Added on 01/09/16* HERITAGE MAPS website launched
For the past number of years the Heritage Council has been working with a variety of bodies and the Local Authority Network throughout the country, in developing a bespoke, one stop shop, for heritage map based data. The result is www.heritagemaps.ie - a most wonderful database containing a wealth of heritage information.
"Interested in what's around you? Want to find out more about your local heritage after Heritage Week? Check out www.heritagemaps.ie. This map viewer is the A-Z of Ireland's heritage : from archaeology to the marine zone. Explore pilgrim paths, burial grounds, bat landscapes, maritime museums, walled towns from your phone, tablet or desktop computer. HeritageMaps.ie allows you to look at a wide range of built and natural heritage datasets in map form, many of which have never been accessible to the public before.
HeritageMaps.ie acts as a "one-stop-shop" discovery tool, providing access to heritage data along with contextual data from a broad range of sources. These datasets were created for government departments, agencies and local authorities.
HeritageMaps.ie has many other uses for education, recreation and research.
HeritageMaps.ie is building up national coverage of heritage datasets from local authority sources as well as using existing national datasets, including live services.
The Heritage Council has worked over the past 18 months with local authorities and Compass Informatics to bring this to you. We need your help to develop Heritage Maps. Please visit www.heritagemaps.ie and leave feedback - via the link on the homepage - with your views and suggestions". For further information phone the Heritage Council on 056 7770777.
- *Added on 19/08/16* Call for Cork Revolution Photographs 1916 - 1923
Historian Barry Keane is currently researching the 1916-1923 period in Cork, examining all of those who lost their lives during this pivotal period in Irish History, incorporating 1916 and indeed the War of Independence and Civil War. Barry's research will then be made available on a new bespoke website and will also possibly form the basis of a publication. To date, Barry has investigated the details of over 730 people who lost their lives, and is now seeking the input of local groups and individuals that may have photos/portraits that they could share with Barry for use in the website/book. So far approximately 150 photographs have been collated, these relating mostly to the more well known names. If you have any old family photograph of someone who lost their life during this struggle for independence, that you would like to see included in the website/publication, please contact Barry Keane, Glendalough Park, Cork, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 087-7903436. This research will of great benefit to the County of Cork and Cork County Council's Heritage Unit is very supportive of it. In relation to any photographs for use please note that formal permission for their use in the website/book from the owner of the photograph is required. Any and all information would be greatly received by Barry and please pass these details on to anyone you know that might have relevant photos or indeed an interest in the project.
- *Added on 19/08/16* Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Communities
U.C.C. is currently involved in a very interesting project pertaining to coastal communities of West Cork: - 'University College Cork's Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures project explores interactions with the West Cork coast between Clonakilty and Bantry Bay. The project links the cultural history of the coastline to scientific and environmental priorities and explores the wealth of maritime knowledge in this area. As part of the project, we are surveying people who live in, or are visiting, the area to understand what you value about the West Cork coast. It is hoped that local and governmental organisations will draw on our findings to inform decisions that determine the long-term future of this unique coastline'. Some wonderful information has already been collated to date and for updates on the project and indeed to assist with same visit Deep Maps Website.
- *Added on 11/08/16* €10m for Local Authorities to support the revitalisation of rural towns and villages
"The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced that €10 million will be made available to Local Authorities this year to support the regeneration of rural towns and villages across Ireland. Speaking at the launch of the Rural Town and Village Renewal scheme for 2016 in Clones, Co. Monaghan, Minister Humphreys said: "Rural development is a key priority in the Programme for a Partnership Government. Ireland's towns and villages are the heart of our rural communities, but the economic downturn had a significant impact on many of these towns and villages. It is incumbent on us to help them achieve a recovery. I am launching the Town and Village Renewal Scheme today to begin breathing life back into our rural towns and villages. It is critical that towns and villages become areas where economic activity can flourish, where people can live and work, and where people can meet at a social level." Minister Humphreys continued: "An allocation of €10 million is being made available by the Government this year for the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. I have more than doubled the allocation for the scheme in my Department's Vote this year, from €4 million to €10 million, reflecting the Government's commitment to the development of rural Ireland. Up to 200 towns and villages right across the country will benefit from the scheme this year. Consultation and collaboration will be key elements of the scheme. It will be administered through the Local Authorities, who will be required to partner with local businesses and local communities to develop and implement ideas that can make a real and lasting impact in revitalising rural towns and villages." The Town and Village Renewal scheme is part of the Government's commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic recovery are felt in every part of the country. The scheme also addresses one of the recommendations in the CEDRA report, which was published in 2014.
A particular focus will be placed in 2016 on supporting smaller towns, with populations of less than 5,000. A smaller number of projects can be supported in each county for towns with a population of up to 10,000.
Notes An allocation of €380,000 will be available in each of the 26 counties for Town and Village renewal projects. There are two categories of eligible Towns/Villages:
Category 1: Towns/villages with a population
Category 2: Towns with a population of 5,000 - 10,000.
Funding will be allocated to Local Authorities to meet up to 85% of the total cost of each project. Each county can apply for grants for up to 8 separate towns/village projects and submit outline plans to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in September for approval. To ensure a focus on smaller towns/villages, at least 50% of the project proposals and at least 50% of the value of funding sought at county level should be for Category 1 towns/villages ( Funding will be released to Local Authorities once projects are approved by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The maximum grant for any single project is €100,000. This Phase of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme will be reviewed and adapted as necessary for 2017.
Types of activities which can be supported
Measures which are taken under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme should have a sustainable and visible impact on the town/village. The type of projects to be funded under the scheme could include measure to:
* increase the attractiveness of the town or village as a local commercial and social centre, and increase its sustainability as a place in which to live and work
* enhance its environment and amenity in the interests of residents, businesses and visitors;
* enhance the culture and local heritage assets of the town/village and promote tourism;
* tackle minor physical infrastructural deficits and land assembly issues".
- *Added on 11/08/16* Archaeology 2025 - Photos Needed!
Archaeology 2025 is a 10 year strategy creating a sustainable future for archaeology across the island of Ireland. The royal Irish Academy (RIA), facilitated by the Discovery Programme, have had a hugely successful public consultation phase for the strategy over the last year. As part of the Archaeology 2025 initiative and to form part of the impending publication, photographs are now being sought on two main themes: 1) 'Engaging with Archaeology' and 2) Abstract Archaeology'. Anyone with photos to share in keeping with these two themes are requested to email same to email@example.com prior to Wednesday 7th September. Please ensure that all images submitted are at a high resolution (i.e. no less than 300 dpi) and please note that successful images will be selected by Friday 30th September, 2016.
- *Added on 27/07/16* Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Statement of Strategy - Public Consultation
It is important to always have a strategic approach to heritage and there is now a good opportunity for the public to get involved with the 3 year (2016 - 2019) Statement of Strategy by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
"The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019, and as part this process we are consulting with stakeholders. Our Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies. Your input and views would be very welcome regarding any strategic issues that in your view should be identified and prioritised in our Strategy Statement. The Department's business areas and mandate includes:
* Arts, culture, film, music and oversight of Ireland's cultural institutions;
* Ireland's built and natural heritage;
* Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the islands;
* Regional development including facilitating the advancement of long-term sustainable economic and social progress across rural Ireland, ;
* Rural Affairs including co-ordination and delivery of a new action plan for rural development covering all policy areas that affect rural Ireland.
* North/South cooperation, including oversight of Waterways Ireland
In order to allow full consideration of inputs received in advance of completion of our Strategy Statement within the allocated timeframe, it would be appreciated if you could forward any input, preferably in electronic format, before Friday, 19th August 2016, to: Statement of Strategy, Corporate Governance Unit, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Room 303, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org". for more information see www.ahrrga.ie.
- *Added on 14/07/16* New Heritage Council Board in place
On Thursday 14th July 2016, The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has announced the appointment of a new board to the Heritage Council. All appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board. Mr Conor Newman is to remain on as Chair of the Board. The members of the board of the Heritage Council:* Marie Bourke * Kieran Coughlan * Miriam Fitzpatrick * Mary Gallagher * Jane Maxwell * Fionnuala May * Sinead McCartan * Ivor Mc Elveen * Michael Parsons * Muiris Ó Súilleabháin * Brian Walsh
- *Added on 08/07/16* Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
There were certainly concerns in the heritage world when it had appeared that 'heritage' has been omitted from the Department Title of Minister Humphries' portfolio, and until recently the Department, formerly of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, had become the Department of Regional Affairs, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht. In a press release this week, the Department title has now been reconfigured. "Minister Heather Humphreys has confirmed that the name of her newly reconfigured Department has been approved by Government as the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The new name reflects the broader remit of the reconfigured Department, which retains all of the responsibilities of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with additional responsibility for a wide range of programmes programmes relating to rural and regional affairs and development".
- *Added on 24/06/16* Cork Historical and Archaeological Society celebrates its 125th birthday this year, with a big conference entitled "Cork in 1916 - a Revolutionary Society" to take place on Saturday July 2nd.
"The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society celebrates its 125th birthday this year. Founded in 1891, it has published an annual journal devoted to the history and archaeology of the county since 1892, and currently has over 220 members. In recent years it has held a day-long conference every second summer, including in 2014 a successful and well-attended one that marked the centenary of the death of Robert Day (1836-1914), who was a prominent Cork businessman and antiquarian in his time, had been president of the Society and was a well-known collector of and dealer in antiquities. This year's conference will take place on Saturday 2 July from 10.00 to 4.00 in St Peter's, North Main St (the former Vision Centre) on the theme 'Cork in 1916 - a Revolutionary Society?' Speakers will address a variety of aspects of Cork cultural, social and political life, including the Volunteers, the press, the Gaelic League, women political activists, Protestant support for the war effort and the developing ideologies of Terence MacSwiney and Daniel Corkery". For more information click here or visit www.corkhist.ie
- *Added on 21/06/16* Banteer National School win the County Cork 2016 School Garden's Competition
"Banteer National School were deemed to have the best overall school garden at the Muintir na Tire Cork School Garden Awards held in Cork County Hall today. The leaders of the Banteer NS project are the enthusiastic Green Flag Committee members- Sadhbh Neenan, Donal O' Donoghue, Con O' Brien, Queen Ogumefu, Katie Patton, Roisín Murphy and Cian Cashman. This was a whole school effort, with each class involved in the planting of some section. The teachers involved in the planning are Mrs. Eileen Fitzgerald, Mrs Linda Keane and Mrs. Bernie O' Connor. In the preparation of the garden they also enlisted the help of members of Banteer Tidy Towns Committee and some very interested parents". The competition, now in its 4th year, is run by Muintir Na Tíre with the support of Cork County Council's Environment and Heritage Sections. "Deputy County Mayor Mr. Kevin Conway presented the overall award and he praised all 37 schools who took part this year. Mr Sean Holland Chairman of the organising team said the standard was getting better each year making it very difficult for the judges". The competition is certainly going from strength to strength and to find out more click here
- *Added on 21/06/16* Cork Folklore Project - New Online Newsletter
The Cork Folklore Project (CFP) was founded in 1996 as a non-profit research and public oral history archive with material collected by, from and for the community of Cork City and in recent years has also been branching out into the County. In twenty years, the CFP has recorded the memories, testimony and folklore of 573 people, amounting to over 700 hours of recorded material. Click here to read the first online newsletter of the CFP with some great information inside.
- *Added on 21/06/16* Bantry/Glengarriff picks up the National Heritage Week Hidden Heritage Award for 2015 and Coppeen recieves a runner up spot
Last year's Heritage Week in County Cork which saw 170 events was most memorable, particularly with the recent announcement that the National Heritage Week Hidden Heritage Award went to West Cork; a joint event organised by National Parks and Wildlife and the Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society, in commemoration of Botanist Ellen Hutchins (1785 - 1815). A number of events were held in honour of this remarkable lady in locations such as Glengarriff, Bantry, Ballylickey and Whiddy Island. Today, more than a dozen species are named after Ellen. Also fairing well in the Hidden Heritage Category - runner up - was an event entitled "A Smithy Reborn"; a wonderful event organised by the Coppeen Historical and Archaeological Society, which saw the restoration of an old forge. Congratulations to Bantry/Glengarriff and Coppeen.
- *Added on 21/06/16* Register for Heritage Week by July 8th 2016 to ensure inclusion in the County Cork Heritage Week Guide (August 20th to 28th)
Heritage Week 2016, from August 20th to 28th is less than two months away. With over 110 events already scheduled for the County of Cork, Heritage Week 2016 looks set to be a most memorable one. Event organisers are asked to submit details of their event online at www.heritageweek.ie by July 8th 2016, to ensure inclusion in Cork County Council's Guide to Heritage Week 2016.
Heritage Week nationally is going from strength to strength with over 400,000 participants throughout the Country in 2015 with precisely 1826 events held. 87% of these events were free and 99%% of visitors would recommend National Heritage Week to a friend (based on recent survey finding by the Heritage Council). Let us hope for a most successful Heritage Week again in the Centenary Year of 2016.
- *Added on 21/06/16* Apply for the Europa Nostra Heritage Awards 2017
The Europa Nostra Award is Europe's highest honour in the heritage field, which recognises the best restoration projects; the most impressive research; the most dedicated heritage professionals and volunteers; and the finest awareness raising, training and educational programmes". Anyone from community groups to craftspersons can apply for the Europa Nostra 2017 Awards which will award up to 30 heritage achievements from all over Europe, 7 of which will receive a Grand Prix and €10,000 each. The closing date is 1st October 2016 and let's hope a number of applications from County Cork are successful. Visit www.europanostra.org for full details.
- *Added on 10/06/16* Mallow Urban Heritage Masterplan - one of three finalists for the RIAI Awards - VOTE TO SUPPORT!
The Cork County Council Architects Dept. has undertaken a wonderful project entitled "Mallow Urban Heritage Masterplan". Phase 1 of this, the Thomas Davis Square, is one of 3 finalist for the RIAI Awards, public space/masterplan category. The Public Choice Award, as part of this process, gives the public an opportunity to vote for their favourite project. Clonakilty 400 masterplan, designed by the Architects Department, won the Public Choice award in 2014 with over 12 thousands votes. The publicity for Clonakilty and the whole West Cork area including the national media coverage for Cork County Council has been terrific since. It would be wonderful to win the award for North Cork in 2016 and please vote and spread the word. You can vote by clicking here and note that the closing date is June 17th 2016.
- *Added on 13/05/16* Bantry House Artefacts to be restored by German University
Bantry House has recently announced a partnership with a German Conservation University who will be involved in the conservation of many arefacts in the House over the summer months. This comes as welcome news and see the attached press release for more information.
- *Added on 10/05/16* Heritage Tours of St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal
Heritage is on the up and up in Youghal. A heritage led plan for the town is nearing completion, the infamous Clock Gate Tower is expected to be open to the public later in 2016, and now, walking tours of St. Mary's Collegiate Church are available at 11:00 am and 14:30 pm each day, Tuesday to Sunday. St. Mary's is a magnificient 13th century church and the tour is a most memorable one, getting an insight into the fascinating history of Youghal and its key historic names including Sir Walter Raleigh and Cork's 1st Earl, Richard Boyle. See the attached flier for more information.
- *Added on 10/05/16* 'TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR THIEVES AND PICKPOCKETS' - a new publication examining the history of the Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island
A new book by Cal McCarthy and Barra O'Donnabhain on the history of the Victorian convict prison on Spike Island constitutes a major addition to the body of knowledge about this institution and the prevailing social, political and economic conditions of the period. It is the culmination of a number of years' research, informed both by official historical records and on-site archaeological excavations and provides a comprehensive overview of the lives and times of an infamous penal institution. For almost four decades the Victorian prison on Spike Island was home to Ireland's most serious and notorious criminals. Established in the midst of one of the worst famines in global history, this huge facility became the largest prison in what was then the United Kingdom, dwarfing institutions like Dartmoor, Pentonville, Mountjoy and Kilmainham. High death rates during its formative years meant that many of its malnourished inmates were laid to rest beneath its sod. Yet Spike Island was to become a beacon of penal reform, influencing modern correctional systems in countries as far apart as the USA and Germany. Although Spike Island's position in Cork Harbour made it ideal for use as a prison, this is not a Cork story, but rather an Irish story, based in Cork, and one with a significant international dimension. Spike Island was the point where individual stories from all over Ireland were woven together. Moreover, its ripples were felt well beyond the shores of Ireland, as it formed part of a penal system that sent convicts right around the world. Even after transportation to Australia and other destinations ended, most prisoners were encouraged to emigrate to the United States upon release. The story told in this book is one that is, in turn, dramatic, shocking, touching and humorous. The life of the prison was vibrant, peopled by the unfortunate of society alongside those who committed serious, sometimes gruesome, crimes. This is the story of the establishment and evolution of the prison, the often fascinating lives of prisoners and staff and of a time when a renowned Irish fortress of British military power entered the annals of penal infamy. Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets: a history of the Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island is published by Cork County Library and Arts Service and will be available to purchase from Liam Ruiséal, the Bantry Bookshop, O'Mahony's Booksellers, Kenny's of Galway (www.kennys.ie) and other good bookshops from 11th May 2016.
- *Added on 10/05/16* NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY WEEK (May 14th to 22nd 2016)
National Biodiversity Week takes place from May 14th to 22nd, which will see events taking place across the Country, inclduing a number of events in County Cork. "National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It's about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It's also about entertaining them; showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature; and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more" - www.biodiversityweek.ie.
On May 14th in Cape Clear there will be an afternoon event from 12:00 to 16:00 looking at the island's wildlife and later in the week, on Friday 20th, there will be an event from 12 to 15:00 at Coomhola, Bantry, which will feature presentations on the Coomhola River, its ecology & biodiversity. On May 22nd, there will be a bat walk in the Lee Fields, adjacent to the Kingsley Hotel, Cork, from 21:45 to 23:00. For full details of biodiverstiy week events and to take part in the photographic competition, visit www.biodiversityweek.ie.
On May 15th there will also be a Biodiversity Walk in the Gearagh, led by Ted Cook. The event commences at 12 noon and participants are to meet at the Gearagh Entrance Carpark. For further information phone 086 8789891.
- *Added on 06/05/16* REGISTER FOR NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK (AUGUST 20th to 28th 2016)
To date this year in the County of Cork, over 250 commemorative centenary events, organised by close to 200 community groups, have already taken place. This summer will see hundreds of further such events, particularly between the dates of August 20th and 28th - National Heritage Week. The Theme for Heritage Week this year is One Hundred Years of Heritage, a most fitting perspective, given the year that is in it. Last year in Cork, 2015, over 170 events took place throughout the County of Cork and it is hoped that a similar number and perhaps even more, can take place this year. For community groups and organisations looking to get involved and organise a Heritage Week event, online registration opens at www.heritageweek.ie on May 10th. Registration stays open until 19th August 2016 but to ensure inclusion in the National Heritage Week print guide, it is necessary to register by June 10th. The website www.heritageweek.ie contains a number of ideas for exciting heritage events and if events are registered by 15th July 2016, organisers will be sent an organiser's toolkit by post.
- *Added on 06/05/16* HERITAGE COUNCIL GRANTS ANNOUNCED
Close to 400 applications were received by the Heritage Council under this year's Heritage Management Grant Scheme. Of these, 171 applicants were successful, resulting in an overall allocation of €880,346. The County of Cork saw six successful projects, an overall boost of €38,400 to heritage in the County. Successful projects included a conservation plan for church and graveyard in Inchigeela, Conservation works at Donnybrook House, conservation of the wooden ship deck of the ILEN Vessel, conservation of Bandon's King Billy Flag, a conservation report for the Allin Institute Community Building in Bandon and a conservation plan for the O' Daly bardic school on the Sheep's Head peninsula.
- *Added on 20/04/16* SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR THE CENTENARY SITES OF COUNTY CORK PUBLICATION
The County of Cork has a wealth of historically important sites - places with associated events and people - that have collectively shaped the County's heritage as a whole, particularly with regard to the defining years of the Irish Nation. Throughout our past, many of these sites, or indeed the associated events and people, have been commemorated locally through the erection of crosses, plaques, memorials and monuments.
Following on from the success of the Heritage of County Cork Publication Series (which received a citation of excellence in the 2015 Local Government Awards), the latest installation in the series sets out to document these important sites in the County, telling Cork's story in the formative years of the Irish Nation, both before, during and after the Easter Rising of 1916, including the War of Independence and Civil War.
In undertaking this publication, and to add wonderfully to its overall scope and content, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council is asking groups and individuals from throughout the County of Cork, to submit details of the associated sites, events and people near them.
As such, if there are any commemorative/centenary related sites in your area that you feel would warrant inclusion in the publication, the Heritage Unit would be delighted to receive any related details/stories/photos, which can be emailed to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. The spreadsheet available here sets out the information required and more information can be obtained by ringing 021 4285905. All submissions will be given due consideration and it is anticipated that a significant number will feature in the publication.
Should you be interested in engaging with the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council on this project please submit any and all comments, details and photos by Monday 16th May 2016.
- *Added on 20/04/16* ENTER NOW FOR THE TIDY TOWNS HERITAGE AWARD
The Heritage Council has been involved with the TidyTowns Competition since 1999 and the number of entries has grown considerably on an annual basis. The Heritage Award, sponsored by the Heritage Council, seeks to promote a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development. With that in mind, The Heritage Council seeks to recognise projects that benefit heritage, involve the community and motivate people. The Heritage Council seeks to encourage a better understanding of our heritage and the impact everybody's actions have upon it. The project must demonstrate long-term sustainability and appreciation of heritage. The project must benefit aspects of the national heritage as set out in the Heritage Act 1995. These include monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways. Benefit is understood to mean enjoyment, conservation and/or identification.The closing date for entries is 20th May 2016 and for further information visit the Heritage Council website by clicking here.
- *Added on 14/04/16* 2016 GLAS traditional farm buildings grant scheme OPEN
The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will administer an annual grants scheme to GLAS participants for the conservation and repair of Traditional Farm Buildings and other related structures. Only farmers approved in the GLAS Scheme are eligible to apply. Grant amounts vary between €4,000 and €25,000. The process is highly competitive and a grant award will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €25,000. The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm outbuildings, including roof, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors. The grant is also available for other related structures including historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars and gates. Application forms and terms and conditions can be obtained at www.heritagecouncil.ie or from The Heritage Council, Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny Tel. 056 777 0777, E-mail: email@example.com. The closing date for receipt of completed applications for the 2016 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is 5pm Friday 6th May 2016. Applications made by fax or email will not be accepted.
- *Added on 14/04/16* Irish Public Bodies Grant for Community Groups
Irish Public Bodies have a €1,000,000 grant scheme that is currently open to applications from community groups. The closing date for applications is April 25th. There are three areas of interest that are eligible for funding:
1. Healthier and more active communities
2. New ways of working with young and older people
3. Improved frontline services and facilities in the community
Click on the link for further information - http://cse.ipb.ie.
- *Added on 05/04/16* 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards
Nominations for the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards are now being received. These awards, run by the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism, are quite prestigious and many projects which had good heritage practice as their main component have been quite successful in the past. If you are interested in nominating a person or project for these awards you can do so by clicking here . The Awards themselves take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin, on October 6th 2016 and it is hoped that Cork will certainly be in the running. More information is also available throught the website www.icrt.ie/awards .
- *Added on 05/04/16* Protecting our Hedgerows
The network of hedgerows in Ireland is of the utmost importance and here in the County of Cork, this network extends for over 40,000 Km. As many are no doubt aware, under the Wildlife Act it is an offense to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch between March 1st and August 31st each year (there are permissible exceptions for matters of public health or safety but one should always check first). The Heritage Council has updated a most wonderful document that gives a thorough background to our hedgerows; their importance and why they should be protected and encouraged. This document is available to view by clicking here .
- *Added on 31/03/16* STRUCTURES AT RISK SCHEME 2016
Cork County Council in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltact is inviting applications for the Structures at Risk Fund for 2016. This is being administrated by Cork County Council. Only structures that are in immediate danger of significant deterioration will be considered for funding by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Closing date for receipt of applications is 4 p.m. on Friday the 15th of April 2016 and note that late applications will not be accepted. Applications shall be submitted in hard copy to the
Cork County Council,
If you wish to send applications by email, same to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will have to be under 10 MB and in PDF format.
The application form is available to download by clicking here and additional details on the scheme are avaialble in the acompanying circular.
- *Added on 18/03/16* Training for Heritage Week Event Organisers by the Heritage Council
"National Heritage Week takes place from 20 to 28 August. Some of you may already have events scheduled, for others this may be your first year getting involved. We're here to help, whether you're an old hand or a newbie. To help you plan your events, we would like to invite you to attend one of our free training days for event organisers in either Dublin or Galway. This year the Heritage Council has chosen the theme 100 Years of Heritage for National Heritage Week. We will be focusing on how people make places and what that has meant for Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage over the last 100 years" (Heritage Council). The two training events take place in Dublin on April 14th and in Galway on April 27th. Visit www.heritageweek.ie for further information.
- *Added on 22/02/16* County Cork School Garden Competition 2016
The County Cork School Garden Competition 2016, run by Muintir na Tíre and supported by Cork County Council's Environment and Heritage Sections as well as Griffins Garden Centre, was launched on Monday 22nd February by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Kevin Conway, in Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey. The competition is 'growing' from strength to strength year on year and schools from all over the County are invited to get involved. The closing date is Friday March 25th 2016 and for more information email email@example.com or visit the Muintir na Tíre website .
- *Added on 22/02/16* Local Diaspora Engagement Fund 2016
The Dept. of the Taoiseach has made available the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund 2016 which will fund of diaspora related projects including those regarding culture, heritage and genealogy. The closing date is March 1st 2016. For more information and the application form itself visit the Department's website by clicking here.
- *Added on 22/02/16* National Tree Week - March 6th to 13th 2016
National ESB Tree Week takes place from 6th March to 13th March, 2016. ESB Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985 is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees. The event is sponsored by the ESB in association with Coillte and as always there will be a number of various events taking place, ranging from poetry readings to tree planting. For anyone looking to register a Tree Week event or even to see what events are taking place County by County, visit www.treecouncil.ie. Each year the Tree Council of Ireland also makes a number of trees available for planting. For any community groups or schools lookings to obtain some of these trees for a Tree Week event in County Cork, contact Conor Nelligan (firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 4285905).
- *Added on 09/02/16* 1916 CENTENARY FUND (2) - CORK COUNTY
Following a meeting of the Cork County Council 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee on Monday 8th February 2016, the 1916 Centenary Fund, is now receiving applications. Monies have been made available by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and by Cork County Council for the 2016 Initiative in the County of Cork. A significant proportion of the 2016 Centenary Budget has already been allocated to close to one hundred of the County's community groups who are undertaking a range of projects and events locally. There has since been considerable demand by groups for additional funding, and although limited, Cork County Council is now running with a second phase of the 1916 Centenary Fund. This second phase is open to all new applicants looking to engage locally in the 2016 initiative this year as well as existing applicants looking to add further detail and elements to projects and events already proposed. Please note that there are limits to the amount of funding available and not all applications may be successful.
Please note that the closing date for applications is 4pm, Friday 26th February 2016, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, 'Ireland 2016' Cork County Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to email@example.com
The application form itself can be downloaded by clicking 1916 Centenary Fund Application Form.
Details of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme are available at www.ireland.ie. and for a calendar of all upcoming Centenary events in the County of Cork click here. One can also follow Ireland 2016 on Facebook and Twitter: #ireland2016 #eire2016
- *Added on 09/02/16* Heritage Council Heritage Management Scheme 2016
The Heritage Council has just announced the 2016 Heritage Management Grant Scheme, which will see up to €700,000 available for heritage projects across the country. "The objective of this scheme is to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings)". More specifically this includes the preparation of a conservation report, conservation plan or conservation management plan to inform future works; conservation of heritage collections and objects such as statues, also including documents, and works to buildings and structures where the special heritage interest of the building or structure is demonstrated to be at risk. While the scheme does cover works to protected structures, due to funding restraints some applications may not be afforded a high priority as a separate fund had already been made available specifically for such works (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht's 2016 Built Heritage Investment Scheme, which closed for applications in December 2015). From a natural heritage perspective this year's Heritage Council grant scheme will also cover the conservation or management of a wildlife site where a conservation/management plan exists.
In relation to all successful projects, work on same must have commenced by the end of April 2016 and will need to be completed by 18th November, 2016. Given the scope of the grant scheme as a whole, there are a wide range of projects that would in principle be elligible and it is hoped that the County of Cork will see a number of successful applications. The closing date for applications, all of which must be made online at www.heritagecouncil.ie, is 5pm on Monday, 7th March, 2016.
- *Added on 02/02/16* Irish Georgian Society Conservation Grants Scheme 2016
The Irish Georgian Society, through the support of its London Chapter, is pleased to announce an open call for applications to its Conservation Grants Scheme 2016. Now in its third year, the Grants Scheme aims to provide financial support for works to structures of significant architectural merit. A total of €50,000 is available and grants will be awarded with priority given to protected structures and recorded monuments of significant importance. Structures of all periods are eligible but priority will be given to older buildings on the basis of rarity and potential fragility relating to age. Expressions of interest providing general details of proposed conservation projects are to be submitted by Thursday, 3rd March. All applications are to be submitted to the Irish Georgian Society by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines and an application form are available by clicking here and awards will be announced by June of this year. Information on previously funded projects under this scheme can also be viewed by clicking here.
- *Added on 27/01/16* City Online Heritage Calendar
A City Heritage Calendar of events will shortly go online featuring details of all of the heritage related events taking place around the City. If you and your heritage society/organisation have any events planned for the upcoming year regarding heritage and Cork City, email email@example.com with the details. For details of all County events taking place click here and if you would like to have an event listed for the County email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- *Added on 27/01/16* Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition
For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition". It is a day for the City and County's hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day. This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 30th September 2016, and the Committee will be working hard over the coming months to ensure that this will be the best year yet. More information to follow in the coming months but for now, certainly Save The Date.
- *Added on 27/01/16* Tourism Strategy Launched for Cork
A Tourism Strategy for Cork City and County was launched yesterday, on Tuesday 26th January, in Cork Airport. The Cork Region currently receives close to 18% of those who visit Ireland and the aim is to grow this to 25% over the coming years. Cork has a lot to be proud of in terms of its tourism offering, particularly given the wonderful heritage that the county possesses - people and place combined. To see the Strategy in full click here
- *Added on 27/01/16* Heritage Council Grant Scheme 2016
Heritage is at the heart of many a community and with the recent announcement by the Heritage Council that there is to be a Heritage in Community Grant Scheme for 2016, heritage groups all over the Country will be looking at the various heritage projects and initiatives they hope to undertake in their community this year. It is anticipated that this funding will be announced in February and the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council are at hand to provide and support and advice to potential applicants from Cork.
- *Added on 21/01/16* Cork County Council Municipal District Community Grant Schemes 2016
Municipal District funding is available as financial support to community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake development projects in their area, to support festivals, and for local communities to work with Cork County Council on projects that enhance the area in which the group is active. There are three distinct funding Schemes which are the Capital Fund Scheme; Community Contracts and the Amenity Fund Scheme.
A number of heritage projects will in principle fall under these schemes. Past examples of successful projects include PA equipment for heritage groups; cleaning of heritage monuments, restoration of stone walls, conservation works to buildings, heritage/tourist signage and plaques, walking trails, contribution to festivals, erection of memorials, etc.
For further information on these grant schemes please visit the following link - Municipal District Grants. Note that the Closing date for receipt of Completed Applications is 4pm Friday 5th February 2016.
- *Added on 21/01/16* Ecological Papers
Atkins has recently published a collection of papers that focuses on ecological obligations and the European Commission's strategy for no net loss of biodiversity. "New challenges for biodiversity require robust ecological methodologies and innovative solutions and mitigation measures to ensure built development and infrastructure projects are delivered taking full account of environmental issues". Atkins has kindly made these papers available for all to see and there is a great wealth of information there including details of a Little Egret study in Cork and further papers on Badgers, Otters, High Nature Value Farming and indeed the Economic Value of Ecosystem Services. The collection of papers (entitled 'From Regeneration to Roman Snails') is available to view by clicking here.
- *Added on 07/01/16* Adopt A Monument Scheme Ireland
The Heritage Council has recently announced the introduction of Ireland's pilot 'Adpot a Monument Scheme'. This particular scheme, which has already been rolled out in Scotland with great success, will focus on five archaeological or cultural sites in 2016. The range of sites that can potentially be included is fantastic and includes 'pre-historic tombs or stone circles, early monasteries, medieval walled towns, mighty castles, churches and graveyards and landed estates to industrial and agricultural heritage like mines, kilns and mills to more recent cultural sites like handball alleys, traditional houses and architecture or key areas from social history such as battlefields, or sites associated with political struggle'. According to Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation with the Heritage Council, 'Ireland has some of the finest archaeology in Europe and to date we have not really understood how valuable a resource this is'. The Heritage Council is now looking for community groups to put forwards sites in their area, to be submitted to the Heritage Council by 22nd January 2016. Here in the County of Cork, with some of the most important battle sites in the Country, over 19,000 archaeological monuments and over 3,000 protected structures, there is a terrific variety of sites that could be put forward. The scheme, which will 'provide opportunities for community training and engagement' and will 'provide expertise, mentoring and support to interested community groups' sounds most promising and hopefully Cork will see a number of applications. For further information and application forms click here.
- *Added on 08/12/15* County Cork Events in 2016
Over 300 undertakings will take place in the County of Cork with respect to the commemoration of the centenary year in 2016. The Programme itself is available to view online by clicking here and a calendar of events has recently been prepared by Cork County Council's Heritage Unit, providing a chronological listing of events throughout 2016. This will be updated regularly and for the most recent version click here.
- *Added on 24/11/15* Discover Ireland 2016 Events Database Register
The Discover Ireland database of Festivals and SPECIAL Events is a bank of key events taking place in the Republic of Ireland throughout 2016. It is NOT a general entertainments database, NOR a regular 'What's On' database, NOR is it a listing of ALL events. It is intended to gather and collate information on one-time, annual, seasonal or infrequently occurring festivals and special events that are of a QUALITY and SCALE to specifically target and attract overseas and/or non-local visitors to the area they are being staged in". If you have details of such an event please see the information document here and the list of criteria is available to view by clicking here.
- *Added on 24/11/15* Archaeology 2025
Archaeology is a huge component of our heritage and an area which requires a strategic outlook into the future. The Royal Irish Academy and The Discovery Programme have devised a discussion document entitled 'Archaeology 2025'. "Do you benefit from, or are involved with, archaeological issues? Take a look through the Archaeology 2025 Strategy - Discussion Document to see if, how, when and why you can contribute to this strategy. Look at the Ways to Have Your Say section and get involved in steering a new direction for archaeology". Responses are welcome up to the closing date of January 29th 2016 and to see the document itself click here.
- *Added on 12/11/15* Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2016 -
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is operating the 'Built Heritage Investment Scheme' for 2016, which will be administrated by the Architectural Conservation Officer. The allocation for Cork County Council under the Scheme is €50,000. The fund is intended to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and, in certain cases, works to structures within Architectural Conservation Areas. The fund is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations, improvements, or pre-existing works.
Please ensure the works applying for qualify under the details of the scheme (Guidance Circular BHIS15/1). Works approved under this scheme must meet all statutory requirements including the need for planning permission, where appropriate. Please ensure that forms are fully completed and all relevant information as incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note that the deadline for submission of completed applications to Cork County Council is before 5pm, 7th December 2015. Application should be addressed to the Conservation Officer, Planning Department, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork. Late applications will not be accepted.
The application form can be downloaded by clicking here and a further informational leaflet is available here.
- *Added on 22/10/15* Charity Registration
There is a number of wonderful heritage groups in the County who organise a range of heritage events and undertake a range of local heritage projects; all on a not for profit basis. For those inquiring about obtaining charitable status Muintir na Tíre is a great first point of call and there area also a number of upcoming 'Charities Regulation Authority' meetings taking place around the Country including one in Cork on November 5th 2015. For further information and to register click here.
- *Added on 19/10/15* Realising the Hidden Potential of Irish Towns
"One third of Irish people live in towns but over the years they have suffered from a policy vacuum, poor planning and external pressures. On Thursday 5 November, the Heritage Council will host a conference, 'The Future of Irish Towns - Heritage, Community and Economic Development', to coincide with the launch of their 'Policy Proposals for Ireland's Towns'. The conference will discuss how the historic urban characters of many of our main streets are losing vitality and value through under-use or over-development. It will look at how the social and economic factors which drive towns need to be better understood in order to manage the process of change and maximize the towns' value. The history of our governance and planning is one where thematic policy has been trumped by the electoral cycle. In that context towns have slowly become a 'hidden-Ireland' in policy terms. Individual towns, lacking the heft of numbers, have not had the policy or political pull cities or rural areas to advance an agenda or command attention. On 5 November, the Heritage Council will bring together a wide ranging and thought provoking group of speakers to agree a policy agenda to advocate for the economic future of Ireland's towns. The conference will be of particular relevance to policy decision-makers working in community, regional and rural development, in addition to planners and architects.The conference costs €55 (conc €45). On-line registration will be available Please rsvp to email@example.com. For further information click here.
- *Added on 19/10/15* Ancient Sweet Donoughmore
"Ancient Sweet Donoughmore", a book by Gerard O' Rourke, was launched last Friday evening in Donoughmore by Michael Lenihan, author of 'Hidden Cork'; 'Pure Cork' and 'Timeless Cork'. The book traces the history of the old and ancient Parish of Donoughmore. "In its 496 pages with over 200 images (including maps & tables) previously unpublished material is unfolded". For more information see www.donoughmore.com. For a review of the launch night and for a list of shops stocking the publication click here
- *Added on 16/09/15* Culture 2025
A discussion document has been prepared by the Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht which "aims to set the narrative for the formation of Culture 2025". As part of the project the Department is carrying out extensive consultation and there will be a workshop in Cork on September 25th 2015. Quoting from the Department website - "the aim is to have a national discourse on the role of culture in modern multicultural Ireland and what should be done to foster and develop it. This consultation process will inform and underpin the first ever National Cultural Policy - Culture 2025 - which will clearly articulate the important role of culture in our country and which will set out a road map for what we want to achieve in the cultural sector for the next 10 years leading up to 2025". For further information and indeed to register for the workshop visit the Department website by clicking here.
- *Added on 16/09/15* Heritage Council to run advice clinic on the repair of traditional farm buildings at the National Ploughing Championships
The Heritage Council has today (16/09/15) announced that they will run an advice clinic on the repair of traditional farm buildings for the duration of the National Ploughing Championships. The drop in advice clinic will offer conservation advice on typical building issues affecting historic farm buildings. A brochure and short film featuring projects supported under Council's REPS4 traditional farm buildings grant scheme will be on hand to provide inspiration. Advice to visitors on architectural heritage, wildlife and archaeology on the farm will also be available, as will information on Council's grant schemes. For those children and teachers who have just returned to primary school there will be information on the Council's Heritage in Schools Programme through which a panel of 175 heritage specialists visit schools nationwide, bringing heritage to life in the classroom. To learn more visit the Heritage Council stand in the Dolmen Arcade, Block 1, Row 27 Stand No: 470.
- *Added on 02/09/15* Thomas Kent State Funeral
Thomas Kent's State Funeral will take place on Friday 18th September 2015. On the eve of this day, Thursday 17th September, his remains will arrive at the Chapel in Collins Barracks and following a private family sitting, a prayer service will commence at 6.00pm to which members of the public are welcome (do note that access will be dependent on space). On the same eve, the Barracks and Chapel will remain open to allow all members of the public to pay their respects.
The State Funeral on September 18th will commence at 1.45pm in St. Nicholas Church, Castlelyons. The Church can only accommodate a limited number of people and provision has therefore been made for public viewing of the Funeral outside of the church (an area will be set aside with limited covered seating).
The proceedings will be broadcast live on RTE 1 and it is anticipated that the ceremony will conclude at approximately 3.00pm, followed by the re-internment of remains at the Kent Family Plot located on site. The re-interment will feature the key elements of a State Funeral including a Military Firing Party rendering honours, the Last Post, the Reveille, and the National Anthem. Accompanying music will be provided by the Cork Prison Officers Choir and the Army Band.
- *Added on 21/08/15* Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2015 - Existing and New Heritage Societies all invited to Participate
The 7th Annual Family Heritage Festival "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition" will take place in the City Hall on Friday 02nd October from 10am to 18:30. This is a most wonderful day for all heritage societies, old and new, to highlight their work and meet like minded people on the day. The Exhibition will be officially Launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr, Chris O' Leary and County Mayor, Cllr. John Paul O' Shea in the Millennium Hall at 12noon and the exhibition itself is strongly supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Cork Lions Club." The goal of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is to encourage parishes in Cork City and County to establish their own historical society to promote our unique heritage both local, national and internationally". For those interesting in hosting an exhibition on the day registration is now open - please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- *Added on 06/08/15* Heritage Week 2015 in the County of Cork
This year, 2015, Heritage Week runs from 22nd to 30th August. There are over 162 scheduled events taking place in 58 different locations throughout the County and full details can be seen in the attached County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide for 2015.If you would like a copy just send an email with your postal address to email@example.com and a copy will be posted out to you.
- *Added on 06/08/15* The Heritage of the Múscraí Gaeltacht - Update
As many of you are aware, Cork County Council, in conjunction with Research and Dig and Acadmah Fódhla, are undertaking a conservation, management and interpretation plan to look at the importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht and how its heritage can be safeguarded and promoted long into the future. The project, which has had extensive consultation to date has two phases: Phase I which looks at the area's heritage and Phase II which looks at the actions that need to be implemented for the benefit of this heritage. Phase II of the document is nearing completion and in the next few weeks there will be two public consultation meetings to discuss these important elements (details to be provided once confirmed). The Plan to date is available for all to view by clicking here and any and all comments would be most welcome by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- *Added on 06/08/15* Industrial Heritage for Professionals One Day Course
The Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland presents a one-day course INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE FOR PROFESSIONALS taking place on Tuesday, 29th September 2015 in the Dublin City Council offices at Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Full details are available by clicking here and for further information visit here.
*Added on 06/08/15* Mayor of Cork on Facebook and Twitter
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O'Shea recently launched a brand new dedicated Facebook and Twitter page in order to keep the people of Cork connected with him in his role as Mayor. The initiative, which is the first in the Council's 116 year history, will be used to keep the people of Cork and staff of Cork County Council up to date with the work he is doing in his role as Mayor and also keep the public and staff informed regarding the on-going work of the Council. Commenting on the new social media initiatives, Mayor O' Shea said "I want to be as accessible and visible to the people of the county as possible during my term. The position as Mayor of the County of Cork is indeed a very prestigious and honourable role and I intend to make every effort to ensure that the people of the county are constantly aware and updated on the work the Mayor's office does". The Mayor's Facebook page can be followed by clicking on the following link and liking the page: www.facebook.com/CorkCountyMayor. You can also find the Mayor on Twitter by following him at @mayor_co_cork
- *Added on 06/08/15* European Heritage Award 2016 Deadline Approaches
"The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe's highest honour in the heritage field. The awards are given to the most outstanding achievements in conservation; research and digitization; dedicated service; and education, training and awareness-raising. Take your place among the best! See how you can submit your project here. The deadline for entries is 1 October 2015. For more information click here.
- *Added on 06/08/15* O'Donovan Rossa Souvenir Funeral Pamphlet available on Cork County Council's Library Website
"Saturday 1st August marked the centenary of noted Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa's funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. The funeral was an elaborately orchestrated event aimed to publicise the Fenian cause and celebrate the contribution of O'Donovan Rossa. The funeral was also remarkable for the famous graveside oration of Padraig Pearse. Cork County Library's Local Studies Dept has a digitised copy of the "souvenir" funeral pamphlet published to mark the occasion in 1915 available to view on by clicking here.
- *Added on 06/08/15* Local Agenda 21 Fund
The Local Agenda 21 2015 Environmental Partnership 2015 grant scheme has been launched by The Department of the Environment & Cork County Council. "This fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs. The Fund encourages involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates". The closing date for receipt of applications by Cork County Council's Environment Directorate is August 28th at 5pm. For more information click here.
- *Added on 06/08/15* Clonakilty, Cobh and Youghal have been shortlisted for the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns Awards 2015
15 towns are included in the shortlist which has been released by Fáilte Ireland. The competition, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community go the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists. Towns in the competition will be judged on development and promotion, local involvement, tourism products available and "sense of place". The towns selected will now be subject to unannounced inspections by 'secret shoppers' over the coming weeks who will visit each location and look for evidence of a high quality visitor experience and of involvement by the local community and businesses in delivering this experience.. The list will then get narrowed down to 10, when both the best large and small tourism town for 2015 will be announced in November. Last year, Westport won the award for best large tourism town and Kinsale won the award in the small tourism town category. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said the awards were about recognising the efforts of towns and villages to make Ireland a more attractive place to tourists. Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O'Shea, is delighted to see the inclusion of three Cork towns in the shortlist and acknowledges the efforts of all involved in such a worthy accolade. "Cork County Council is taking a very active and leading role in the promotion of tourism within the County and is brilliant to see three towns having made it to this stage of the Tourism Town Awards for 2015. It is a wonderful recognition of the co-operation and dedication of all stakeholders promoting Tourism in these towns and I wish them every success over the coming weeks while the final judging takes place".
- *Added on 06/08/15* Spike Island Construction Project
Construction work will commence in August on a 5 million Euro investment in the development of Spike Island. Cork County Council has awarded the contract for the works to Cumnor Construction Ltd; and the project is due for completion in June 2016. Spike Island occupies a key location in lower Cork Harbour, the multi-cultural island has hosted a monastery, a fortress and a prison within its 104 acres, all of which have left their mark. The council is now developing the island as a vehicle for retelling the story of 1400 years of history and the Irish diaspora. Cork County Council is currently embarking on the development of Spike Island as a unique cultural heritage and activity destination, offering a compelling, high quality, rich and diverse set of experiences for all visitors. It is hoped that the development of Spike Island as a visitor attraction will help build on the existing tourism and heritage infrastructure in Cork Harbour. Horgan Lynch has been appointed Consultant Engineers for the construction stage of the project and Vidar Media Group has won the Interpretative Design contract. A 100% Council owned company, Spike Island Development Company, has been established and Mr. Declan Daly, Divisional Manager South Cork County Council and Mr. David Keane, Cork County Engineer, appointed directors to implement the constructional phase and oversee the day to day operation of Spike Island Interpretative Centre. Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland have co-funded this initial development which will include the upgrading and interpretation of specific buildings, access to the Bastions, landscaping works, a new Gun Park, infrastructural works together with improving the access to the Island. There is a regular ferry service from Cobh to Spike Island and visitors can avail of a guided tour or can explore the island at their own pace and view what the island has to offer. Information for visitors and details of the construction works can be found on www.spikeislandcork.ie.
- *Added on 06/08/15* Cork City and County Archives (Recently Listed Collections)
The Cork City and County Archives (CCCA) continues to provide an unrivalled service for heritage researchers and historians. The list of collections at CCCA is continously being added to and for the most recent update visit their website by clicking www.corkarchives.ie.
- *Added on 15/07/15* Annual Conference: Oral History Network of Ireland
The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI) is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference 'Voicing Commemoration'. This two day conference will take place from 11 - 12 September 2015 in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.Registration for the conference is now open through our website at www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie and for further information email email@example.com.
- *Added on 13/07/15* National Library of Ireland (NLI) Catholic Parish Registers Online
As many are already aware, the NLI recently launched the inclusion of almost 400,000 Parish Registers online. This is a wonderful resource for anyone doing genealogical research. Click here for more information.
- *Added on 13/07/15* 1916 Relatives to Register for State Centenary Event Next Year
On Easter Sunday, 27th March, 2016 there will be a major State Ceremony to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1. Where an individual is a relative of a participant in the 1916 Easter Rising they are requested to fill in a Relatives Application Form, available by clicking here.
- *Added on 10/07/15* Heritage Officer Programme
The Heritage Council has recently brought out a brochure indicating the work and involvement of the numerous Heritage Officers working for Local Authorities throughout the County. This brochure is available by clicking here and many a Corkonian may notice that one of the photos included is of Bantry Bay, during an event that was held by the Bantry Historical Society during Heritage Week 2014.
- *Added on 10/07/15* Waterways Ireland Photography Competition
Waterways Ireland has recently announced details of a Heritage Photography/Art Competition based on the theme "What Heritage Means to Me". "Our inland waterways support significant natural and industrial heritage - we want to see exactely what that means to you!" For further information see the attached poster . Details and further guidelines are available by clicking here and note that the closing date is September 30th 2015.
- *Added on 03/07/15* Bird Watch Ireland's "Save Our Nature" Campaign
The Bird Watch Ireland Save Our Nature Campaign is about defending the Birds and Habitats Directives. "It is THE most important campaign BirdWatch Ireland has ever been involved with". The proposed opening up of the Directives for review could mean less protection for birds and biodiversity in Ireland. Over 250,000 people have signed up across the EU and Bird Watch Ireland are requesting that as many people as possible in Ireland sign the petition. See here for more information.
- *Added on 03/07/15* The popular names and surnames of 100 years ago
Frank O' Donovan, Bantry, has compiled a wonderful summary of some of the top names and surnames from the 1911 census. The four names of Mary, John, James and Patrick accounted for over 25% of the Irish population back then, it would appear that things are slightly different now today! The summaries are available by clicking firstnames or surnames. As always thanks to Frank for providing this wonderful information.
- *Added on 03/07/15* Clonakilty Historical Walks
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce have come together to provide guided historical walks in Clonakilty Town for visitors, (and locals!), each Wednesday evening for July and August, starting on 1st July. Interested people should meet at 7pm at the Michael Collins statue which is the starting point. No pre-booking required, and the guided walks are completely free of charge.
- *Added on 26/06/15* CORK COUNTY COUNCIL FORMALLY SEEKS WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TO FORM PART OF CORK'S 2016 PLAN AND ALSO ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF THE 1916 CENTENARY FUND
Following a meeting of the Cork County Council 1916 Centenary Commemorative Committee on Friday 26th June, 2015, Cork County Council with the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is delighted to formally seek details of all written proposals to form part of Cork's Plan for 2016 and indeed to announce details of the 1916 Centenary Fund. Full details and the application form itself are available by clicking here. Please note that the closing date for proposals and application forms is Tuesday 28th July 2015, to be sent to: Conor Nelligan, 'Ireland 2016' Cork County Coordinator, Cork County Council, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme are available at www.ireland.ie. A Working Document with a background to Cork and 1916 as well as a summary of the National 2016 Agenda is available to on the Ireland 2016 - Cork section of www.corkcoco.ie/heritage. One can also follow Ireland 2016 on Facebook and Twitter: #ireland2016 #eire2016
To see the National Commemoration Plan for 2016 click here.
- *Added on 26/06/15* O' Donovan Rossa Commemorative Events
A most wonderful programme of events taking place between the end of June and the start of August has been organised both at home and abroad in respect of the Centenary of the death of Cork Fenian Jeremiah O' Donovan Rossa. To see the full list of events visit www.odonovanrossacentenary.com and for details of events in Reenascreena see the attached document
- *Added on 26/06/15* Congratulations to Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Girls National School Carrigtwohill who won the Cork School Garden Competition 2015
"Scoil Chlochair Mhuire Girls National School Carrigtwohill were named Overall Winners at the Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre Pride in our Community School Garden Awards 2015 which were held in County Hall on Wednesday. The Competition is just in its third year and judging from the amount of entries received, the enthusiasm and high standard and quality involved from all the schools it was a huge success. The competition involves schools developing/planning a garden and bring nature into schools. Both adults and students work together and decide what type of garden they want to create. The competition encourages all students to get involved in working in the garden and the competition also promotes sustainability and biodiversity.
This year the judges were very impressed with the high standard of the gardens involved. Mr Sean Holland introduced the schools involved and congratulated each school individually. The schools were shown an audio visual presentation which show cased all of the schools. Sean then thanked Muintir ná Tíre for all their hard work in making the Pride in the Community School Garden's Awards a huge success. He also thanked Cork County Council for their huge support.
County Mayor Alan Coleman who presented the awards was highly impressed with the response to the School Garden competition and encouraged everyone to partake next year. He congratulated all the schools and said they were all winners. He hoped next year's competition would be even bigger and better. Dr Mary Stack, Environmental Awareness Officer, Cork County Council was very impressed with the huge involvement from all the schools and congratulated all the schools on their huge contribution and the amount of work that was done by Parents Teachers and pupils. She said the competition hugely complimented the Green Schools programme, She mentioned in particular the huge amount of upcycling going on in schools. Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer of Cork County Council thanked everyone for partaking and attending the Awards Ceremony. He said the competition was a huge success and congratulated all involved and he was particularly impressed with the commitment to biodiversity in the schools. Brendan Scahill HSE was highly impressed with the commitment of all the involved and said that children enjoy many health benefits physical and emotional by getting out and having fun in the garden. Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Federation Muintir ná Tíre also spoke about the standard of the gardens entered and spoke about the importance of getting into the garden and "getting your hands dirty." She asked pupils to think outside the box and to include lots of colour in their gardens. She also thought that the PowerPoints on the gardens was a good way for new entrants to see other school's work and come up with new ideas.
2015 Pride in Our Community Schools Garden Award Winners Overall Winner: Scoil Chlochair Mhuire National School, Carrigtwohill.
St. Lachteens N.S Donoughmore, Kealkill N.S
Highly Commended: Scoil Phadaig Naofa N.S, Scoil an tAthair Maitiu N.S, Scoil Iosaf N.S Castlemartyr, St. Mary's Primary School Rosscarbery, Glenhulla N.S, CBS Primary School Mitchelstown, Carrigboy N.S Durrus, St. Catherine's N.S Conna St. Coleman's N.S Cloyne, Kilcredan N.S, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig, Bweeng N.S, Scoil Fhursa Lyre N.S, Goggins Hill N.S, Gaelscoil Dr. Ui Shuileabhain N.S, Drinagh N.S, Knockskeagh N.S, Walterstown N.S Cobh, Canovee N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil N.S, Gaelscoil Ui Riordain N.S, Rath N.S Baltimore, St. Mary's School Rochestown, Scoil Aban Naofa N.S, Drimleigh N.S, Rylane N.S, School of Divine Child Ballintemple, Scoil Bhride N.S Ballydehob.
Best in Category:
Banteer NS (Most improved garden)
Scoil Mhuire Schull (Edible Garden)
Muinefluich N.S Macroom (Bio Diversity Garden)
Scoil Eoin Naofa Ballyclough (Art/ Upcycling in Garden)
Rusheen N.S (Mixed Garden)
Timoleague N.S Second Year Running (Best Small Garden)
Scoil Na Buachailli Clonakility (Best New Entry)
Castletownroche (Most Innovative Entry)
Organised by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire and Cork County Council"
- *Added on 16/06/15* Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2015 - Details and Registration
For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition". It is a day for the County's hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day.
This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 2nd October, 2015, and all of the County Heritage Groups are invited to participate on the day. Please see the attached document for more information.
- *Added on 16/06/15* Over 80 Events registered for Heritage Week in the County of Cork
Over 80 wonderful events have already been registered to take place during Heritage Week (August 22nd to 30th 2015) in the County of Cork. Cork County Council will shortly commence on undertaking a County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide and to ensure inclusion in same, event organisers are required to register via www.heritageweek.ie prior to June 30th 2015 (events may still be featured online after this date but they will not however feature in the Printed Guide). Last year over 130 events took place in Cork County for Heritage Week and it is hoped that a number of further events are registered in the coming weeks.
To facilitate the organisation of events an Event Organiser's Toolkit has been prepared which should prove useful for a number of event organisers. Events can be registered online via www.heritageweek.ie
- *Added on 16/06/15* Ireland's Ancient East Capital Grants Scheme
"Fáilte Ireland has now launched its New Ideas in Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland's Ancient East region. Approximately €1m will be invested in the scheme this year in the first phase of funding which is intended to ensure that the Ireland's Ancient East brand delivers on its promise to visitors. As you will be aware, Ireland's Ancient East builds on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east and south of Ireland. Stretching from Carlingford to Cork and from Cavan to Carnsore, Ireland's Ancient East is intended to match and complement the Wild Atlantic Way in terms of scale and ambition.
The funding is the first phase of our New Ideas in Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme, intended for projects which will deliver by June 2016. It is envisaged that further schemes will be available in the future. The scheme will favour those projects which match what visitors to Ireland's Ancient East are expecting, namely a destination:
* that is easy and enjoyable to explore;
* where heritage experiences are memorable because they tell their story so well;
* where the stories told at individual heritage sites link to other sites across the region and to an overall timeline, building to a unique, fascinating and enriching journey through 5000 years of European history.
Application forms may be requested from email@example.com . Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with us here in Fáilte Ireland at the earliest possible stage of development before submitting an application. Completed applications must be submitted by 12 Noon on Monday July 13th 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines for the scheme can be accessed here New Ideas in Ancient Spaces Application Guidelines".
- *Added on 16/06/15* Minister launches Forest Neighbourwood Grant Scheme
On Friday, 12th June 2015, Minister Tom Hayes T.D. launched the NeighbourWood Scheme - a scheme which "enables local communities to create, in co-operation with Local Authorities or other public bodies, 'close to home' woodlands. NeighbourWoods can vary greatly in size and location, from forests in the countryside and on the outskirts of our villages, towns and cities, to woodlands located in our more built-up areas. The common theme is that they all provide an important opportunity for young and old to experience nature and the environment, to see and enjoy forests and to appreciate the rich variety of plants and wildlife that exist in these habitats". For more details on this wonderful grant scheme see the press release by clicking here and or visit the website by clicking here.
- *Added on 16/06/15* A recent EU Study finds "compelling evidence of the value of Cultural Heritage"
A recent EU project has found "compelling evidence of the value of cultural heritage and its impact on Europe's economy, culture, society and the environment. Key findings show how adopting a holistic approach is an added value when measuring the impact of cultural heritage on employment, identity, regional attractiveness, creativity and innovation, economic contribution, climate change, quality of life, education and lifelong learning, and social cohesion". The steering committee who undertook this report has asked "EU Institutions and its Member States at all levels of governance to integrate the care, protection and proper use of heritage in all related policies, programmes and actions and to include all stakeholders and civil society in developing strategies and policies for cultural heritage".
The executive summary and full report are available for free download by clicking here.
- *Added on 16/06/15* Irish Walled Town Network 10 Years Going (Infographic)
The Irish Walled Town Network will be familiar to many and here in the County of Cork there are three towns which are on the network (Bandon, Buttevant and Youghal). Each of these towns undertake a range of different projects and events to preserve and promote the wonderful heritage of their historic towns and they are part of an island-wide network of similar and historic walled towns. The Irish Walled Town Network has been going 10 years strong and the following infographic shows some of the many highlights:
- *Added on 10/06/15* Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa Cultural & Heritage Studies Course now Enrolling
This year represents the 25th year of this hugely entertaining and interesting course which incorporates: Archaeology * Folklore & Ethnology * Local History (including Genealogy) * Cultural & Social History * Literary, Visual & Performing Arts * Irish Cultural & Heritage Resource Management * Exhibition Development * Tour-guiding * Communications * Work Experience. The course includes a field-trip each and every Wednesday and two extensive trips to Newgrange and the Aran Islands. Full details can be found by clicking here and applications are available online by clicking here.
- *Added on 10/06/15* 1.6m Irish People interested in the Country's Heritage with heritage also being the number One reason why people holiday in Ireland
"Levels of public interest in, and engagement with, our natural and built heritage have increased significantly over the past 15 years, according to research conducted on behalf of the Heritage Council. Direct community involvement in heritage issues has increased from 7% in 2000 to 19% this year, while the percentage of people interested in specific aspects of our heritage has gone up from 25% in 2000 to 36% this year. This amounts to over 1.6 million of Irish residents.
This was highlighted today on Saturday, June 6th, by the Council's Chief Executive, Michael Starrett, in advance of an event at its headquarters in Kilkenny to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Heritage Council; an event that attracted over 300 people from every corner in Ireland. The guest of honour was President Michael D. Higgins who, as the then Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, piloted the Heritage Act into law in 1995 to establish the Heritage Council.
Mr. Starrett also pointed out that the Council's Community Grants Programme this year was massively oversubscribed. And the fact that the Council had a fund of just €547,000 to disburse nationally meant that only a third of the 612 applications, from community groups all over the country, could receive any assistance.
In addition to the strong levels of public interest in heritage issues, Ireland's natural and cultural heritage is a key driver of tourism revenue. Mr. Starrett pointed out that nearly 90% of tourists who come to this country say that heritage is an important factor influencing their decision to holiday here, and Ireland's historic environment directly supports over 25,000 jobs and contributes in excess of €1.5 billion to the economy annually. ." .
- *Added on 10/06/15* Cork County Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) Public Consultation Process
Cork County Council has commenced work on preparing a 6 Year Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP) for the County. The Public Consultation phase has been officially launched and remains open for a six week period from June 2nd to July 10th 2015. Detailed information on the LECP process and a background document are now available on a dedicated website www.corkcountylecp.com.
In order to facilitate community and economic stakeholder engagement a series of Conference Workshop events have been scheduled to take place across the County as follows;
* South Cork Public Consultation Event Douglas: Rochestown Park Hotel 16 June 2015 9.00am to 1.15pm(morning event)
* West Cork Public Consultation Event Skibbereen: West Cork Hotel, 17 June 2015 9.00am to 1.15pm (morning event)
* North Cork Public Consultation Event Mallow: Mallow GAA Sports Complex, 18 June 2015 9.00am to 1.15pm(morning event)
The workshops will be an important and exciting opportunity to shape the future Local Economic and Community Development of Cork. To register your organisation's attendance for one of these workshop events please click here. Please note that in addition to the workshops there will also be a shorter more informal evening event open to all from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on each day of the workshop conferences which does not require registration.
- *Added on 28/05/15* Carnegie Trust Fund
"We are delighted to announce that Carnegie UK Trust will once again be running the TestTown programme this year. TestTown is the UK and Ireland's biggest accelerator programme for young entrepreneurs with fresh ideas for rejuvenating our high streets and town centres. This year we will be supporting more towns across the UK and Ireland to hold local activities that support start-ups in ways that are appropriate and effective for each community. We will provide up to 10 towns with funding of up to £3,000 each to run a skills development activity for entrepreneurs that uses the town centre." The closing date for applications is 15th June 2015 and for further information visit www.testtown.org.uk/.
- *Added on 20/05/15* National Biodiversity Week
Ireland's National Biodiversity Week takes place between May 16th and June 01st 2015. Friday, 22nd May is indeed International Biodiversity Day and there are a number of nature events taking place throughout the Country. As part of National Biodiversity Week, the Irish Environmental Network has organised two photography competitions, for "enthusuastic amateurs and smartphone snappers alike".
"We are inviting amateur photographers to submit images that capture the drama and beauty of Ireland's wildlife and landscapes. The theme of the photo competition in 2015 is 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' to coincide with the theme of the International Day of Biological Diversity and the work being carried out this year on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We interpret this as relating to: nature in urban spaces, sustainable farming, habitats and species threatened by development, species that have adapted to development, initiatives to reduce biodiversity loss, understanding the importance of biodiversity, and the celebration of biodiversity in all its forms. Photographs entered must be consistent with the theme. The winner will be determined by a judging panel whose decision is final"
The winner will receive €500, with second place receiving €200 and third place €100. All entries are to be sent via email to email@example.com and the closing date for entry is 5pm 29th May 2015. For further information visit www.ien.ie.
- *Added on 20/05/15* Bird Watch Ireland Launches "Save Our Nature" Campaign
BirdWatch Ireland has launched a campaign entitled 'Save Our Nature' to defend the Birds and Habitats Directives. The European Commission has been tasked by its President Jean-Claude Juncker to undertake a review of the Birds and Habitats Directives with the possibility of merging them and a number of notable wildlife organisations are concerned about any such implications. Bird Watch Ireland is seeking people to get involved in the Save Our Nature Campaign. The public can get involved by clicking here and those who work in the Conservation Sector have also been requested to get involved, which can be done by clicking here.
- *Added on 20/05/15* Lusitania Centenary Video now available to view
A wonderful video showcasing the commemorative efforts on Lusitania Centenary Day, May 07th 2015, is now available to view by clicking here. A very kind thank you to Dermot Ryan of the Kinsale History Society for providing the link.
- *Added on 12/05/15* The Jan/Feb edition of Irish Lives Remembered FREE Genealogy eMagazine now available
The May/June edition (29th issue) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now live and can be read/downloaded FREE of charge via www.irishlivesremembered.com or directly by clicking here. The 76 page issue includes a number of interesting topics and also includes the Genealogy Summer School taking place shortly in UCC.
- *Added on 11/05/15* Local Diaspora Engagement Fund 2015
Applications are now being invited for funding for local diaspora engagement projects and initiatives under the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund from local and community groups and organisations based in Ireland. A total of €200,000 is being made available under the scheme (no one grant to exceed €10,000) and the closing date is noon on May 29th 2015. For more information see the attached Guidance and Application Form.
- *Added on 11/05/15* Register Events for Heritage Week 2015
Quoting from the Heritage Week 2015 Press Release (available to read in full by clicking here)"Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open and this year we want to shine a light on Ireland's Industrial and Design Heritage. So if you would like to include your local heritage project in this year's programme, please register it now for National Heritage Week 22nd- 30th August 2015. Last year over 400,000 people participated in 1800 events around the country including historical walks and talks, workshops, archaeological digs, historical re-enactments, most of which were free" ... " The deadline for inclusion in the National Heritage Week print guide is the 31st May 2015 however it is possible to continue to upload events for the National Heritage Week's online listings right up until the 22nd August when the celebrations begin. All events are subject to approval. Participants are encouraged to incorporate the industrial heritage theme into their project where possible".
To facilitate the organisation of events an Event Organiser's Toolkit has been prepared which should prove useful for a number of event organisers. Events can be registered online via www.heritageweek.ie and all events registered by May 31st 2015 will also feature in Cork County Council's Heritage Week Guide for the County of Cork.
- *Added on 08/05/15* Heritage Council Community Grant Scheme 2015
The Heritage Council's Community Grants Scheme which was advertised in February of this year saw over 600 applications across the length and breadth of the Country. With just over €500,000 available there was always going to be a high level of competition for the hundreds of heritage groups and organisations in the Country. In this regard for the heritage of Cork it is quite reassuring to see that 13 applicants (2 from Cork City and 11 from the County) were successful, receiving a combined €30,500 for a wonderful range of projects. In Timoleague €1,500 was awarded to Molaga Tidy Towns for a tourist brochure on Timoleague Abbey and in Kilmurry, €3,000 was awarded for the conservation of selected artefacts at Kilmurry Museum including the Kathleen O'Callaghan Celtic Revival costume (of which only about five of these costumes survive). The Glanmire Heritage Society received €1,500 for a heritage recording project at Rathcooney Graveyard and IRD Duhallow received €1,000 for a wonderful programme of events to mark Heritage Week 2015, which takes place between August 22nd and 30th 2015. Other projects included a Trail at St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Youghal (€2,000); a place name study of Bere Island (€1,000), the renewal of original windows at Bantry House (€4,000) and €4,000 towards the undertaking of immediate works and surveys of a very rare 17th century timber framed house in Bandon.
- *Added on 24/04/15* Lusitania Centenary approaches - May 7th 2015
Almost one hundred years ago a tragedy of overwhelming proportion occured off the coast of Cork; the sinking of the RMS Lusitania where some 2,000 souls passed over. This was a defining event in history and in Cork it is most apt that a number of commemorative events have been proposed to mark the event. There will be events in Courtmacsherry, Kinsale, Old Head and Cobh as well as other events throughout the County.
Some of the events include a most notable Lusitania Conference in Kinsale (which will also see the AGM of the Federation of Irish History Societies on May 9th (click here) as well as another wonderful Conference on the Lusitania in UCC on May 6th (entitled "Lusitania and the War at Sea, 1914-8" - more info available here). The Old Head will see some very special events including the official opening of the recently restored signal tower and a Funeral re-enactment is planned in Cobh for May 10th. In Courtmacsherry a week long centenary programme of events commences on May 1st.
The aforementioned events are only a small selection of the wonderful commemorative programme for the County of Cork and the www.visitcorkcounty.ie/lusitania100cork/ website is a great source for all of the events taking place, particularly regarding the Centenary Date itself, May 7th. The Centenary brochure is available to download by clicking here>.
- *Added on 24/04/15* Heritage Ireland Ezine - 1st Issue now out!
Heritage Ireland is an ezine/online magazine featuring a wealth of information regarding heritage in Ireland. It is a collaboration between the Office of Public Works and the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, and includes news and features on Ireland's wonderful heritage sites and cultural institutions. To see the very first issue in full click here/
- *Added on 15/04/15* Enter now for the 2015 SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition and the Heritage Award
"On launching the competition Minister Phelan said "The SuperValu TidyTowns Competition encourages the efforts of local people who bring huge benefits to their communities. It recognises all the work of the TidyTowns volunteers, from the planning stage to the completion of projects. It gives communities a vehicle to come together to effect change where they live. Each year for the last four years this competition has attracted over 800 entries from cities, towns and villages throughout the country and I hope that this impetus will be sustained this year".
In conjunction with this competition the Heritage council sponsors "The Heritage Award" which seeks to "promote a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development". As such projects that benefit heritage, involve the community and motivate people will always be in the running for the Award. Applications for the Heritage Award must be made online via www.heritagecouncil.ie by 22nd May 2015, also the same closing date for Tidy Town applications (see www.tidytowns.ie for more information).
- *Added on 15/04/15* Winners of 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage
Quoting from the Europa Nostra Press Release "The European Commission and Europa Nostra have revealed today the winners of the 2015 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, considered Europe's most prestigious prize in the heritage field. The 28 award winners, selected from 263 applications submitted by organisations and individuals from 29 countries, are honoured for outstanding achievements in four categories: 1) conservation, 2) research and digitization, 3) dedicated service to heritage, and 4) education, training and awareness-raising"
Congratulations to all involved in the Fota Walled Garden Project in Cork who won an award under Category 4 for Awareness-Raising. For more information on this Walled Garden Project and indeed on the European Cultural Heritage initiative click here.
- *Added on 15/04/15* Summary of National Tree Week Events by Ted Cook
National Tree Week (1st to 8th March 2015) was a great success. Renowned Heritage Specialist held a number of Tree Weeks in and around the Macroom area including a wonderful walk and talk throughout the Castlelands in Macroom on Sunday 8th March. A write-up of this event is available to view by clicking here.
- *Added on 15/04/15* The new issue of Irish Birds, BirdWatch Ireland's annual scientific journal, is out now
"This issue contains papers on the breeding waders of the Shannon Callows, a census of Barnacle Geese and papers on Little Tern nest movements and Buzzards re-colonising Co. Cork. It also contains regular features, including common breeding bird trends, the 2013 Rare Breeding Birds in Ireland Report, the 2013 Rare Bird Report and the 2013 Ringing Report, plus notes and reviews". For more information on birds in Ireland and indeed to purchase a copy of this report visit www.birdwatchireland.ie.
- *Added on 14/04/15* Launch of new Tourism Initiative: Ireland's Ancient East
Quoting from the Press Release: " The Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, together with Minister of State, Michael Ring TD, today (Tuesday) officially launched Ireland's Ancient East, Fáilte Ireland's latest tourism initiative which will build on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east and south of Ireland". The Functional area stretches from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley in Meath all the way down to the South of the Country including Waterford and "Cork's many cultural attractions" including Blarney Castle. An illustrated factsheet containing some of the highlights is available to see by clicking here and to see the press release in full which also includes links to videos and documents visit the Fáilte Ireland website by clicking here. Fáilte Ireland research suggests the initiative, which will be rolled out in 2016, has the potential to deliver an extra 600,000 overseas visitors, which equates to growth of more than 20 per cent in the region increasing visitor revenue by almost 25 per cent to €950million in total by 2020.
- *Added on 09/04/15* Launch of O' Donovan Rossa Website
A special website dedicated to the centenrary commemoration of Cork Fenian Jeremiah O' Donovan Rossa has been recently launched and contains a wonderful programme of events that will take place in the coming months in his honour. Visit www.odonovanrossacentenary.com.
- *Added on 02/04/15* Heritage Churches of County Cork
The County of Cork is steeped in Heritage, particularly when it relates to the County's Christian places of worship. Since the advent of Christianity in the 4th/5th century and right up to the recent past, the County has been blessed with a wealth of Christian sites, namely the churches, both past and present, which form such a prominent part of the County's landscape and its history in general. Following on from the success of the recent publications "Heritage Bridges of County Cork" in 2013 and "Heritage Houses of County Cork" in 2014, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, supported by the Heritage Council, is to undertake a publication on the Heritage Churches of County Cork in 2015.
The publication will provide a background to the Christian sites of worship where we as Corkonians have prayed in from earliest times right up to the recent past. It will cover an extensive range of church types and places and will also include a feature section on approximately 30 different churches within the County. These will draw from a wide chronological period covering the Early Medieval Period (4th/5th to 11th century); the High Medieval Period (12th to 14th century), the Late Medieval Period (15th to 16th century), and up to the Post Medieval Period (17th to 19th century). The publication will examine the archaeology, architecture and social context of these Christian places of worship and will include a number of interesting stories, facts and figures.
One of the most important elements of this publication, if not the most important, is the input of local heritage groups and enthusiasts. The Heritage Bridges and Heritage Houses publications both benefited from a huge number of public submissions including photos for use, stories, and indeed lists of recommended sites that should be featured in the book(s). With respect to the Heritage Churches of County Cork, the Heritage Unit would be delighted to see a similar response in 2015. If there are any Christian places of worship in your area that you feel would warrant inclusion in the publication we would welcome any specific information/stories/photos that you may have to share and such details can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. All submissions will be given due consideration and it is anticipated that a significant number will feature in the publication. Should you be interested in engaging with the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council on this project please submit any and all comments, details and photos by Friday 01st May 2015.
- *Added on 02/04/15* Lusitania Centenary approaches - May 7th 2015
Almost one hundred years ago a tragedy of overwhelming proportion occured off the coast of Cork; the sinking of the RMS Lusitania where 1,198 souls passed over. This was a defining event in history and in Cork it is most apt that a number of commemorative events have been proposed to mark the event. There will be events in Courtmacsherry, Kinsale and Cobh as well as other events throughout the County. Visit the events section of this website regularly (by clicking here) to see details of these events as they are announced. Already listed are a number events taking place in Kinsale and Cobh over the coming weeks as well as details of the various events happening on and around the centenary date of May 7th 2015.
A Conference in UCC regarding the centenary of the Lusitania has been organised, entitled "Lusitania and the War at Sea, 1914-8". The draft programme for the day's activities is available to view by clicking here.
Full details of events taking place in Courtmacsherry from May 1st to 7th 2015 can be viewed by clicking here
The Kinsale History Society has organised a number of events to mark the centenary of the Lusitania. Click here for more information.
In Cobh a number of events have been scheduled with one of the biggest being the re-enactment of the Lusitania Funeral Mass on 10th May 2015. The Cobh Lusitania Centenary Committee is asking for as many people as possible to attend.
"The re-enactment will be Cobh's final tribute to all those who lost their lives and to everyone who played a role in the rescue, recovery and care of the bereaved one hundred years before to the day. We will be inviting people to consider wearing clothing of the era as can be seen in this segment of an actual photograph of the funeral procession. Start planning now by checking your wardrobe or that of your grandparents for anything with a vintage look.
For details of this and further events in Cobh visit www.visitcobh.com.
- *Added on 30/03/15* Community Tourism Diaspora Fund 2015
The closing date for the Community Tourism Diaspora Fund 2015 is almost upon us with interests to be declared by 31st March 2015. This Initiative, first launched in 2014, "builds on the community involvement legacy of The Gathering 2013 and is a joint partnership between Cork County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland". The scheme, which operates nationally, will see a fund of €1m distributed throughout the Country to the organisers of various community-based events and festivals. "Last year 22 local events were supported in Cork County attracting up to 1,000 visitors from overseas. The festivals funded last year included: Queen of the Sea Festival, Youghal; Mitchelstown Gathering 2014, Eyeries Family Festival, Irish Redhead Convention, Crosshaven, Liscarroll Welcome Home Festival and the Chief O Neill Traditional Festival in Bantry".
. The Initiative is being administered at County Level with grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria. For further information and the application form visit www.corkcoco.ie. Posted applications to be received by Maria O' Callaghan, Mallow Tourist Office, Town Hall, Main Street, Mallow, Co. Cork. Maria can be contacted on 022 42222 for anyone interested in making an application.
- *Added on 30/03/15* REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2015
In partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, the Heritage Council administers a grants scheme to REPS 4 participants on the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings called the REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme (TFBGS). Grants are available to carry out approved conservation works to the exterior of farm outbuildings (roof, outside surface of walls, windows and doors) and associated structures (historic yard surfaces, walls, gate pillars, gates). Grant amounts vary between €4,000 and €20,000. The process is highly competitive and a grant award will not be for more than 75% of the cost of the works with a maximum available grant of €18,000 to €20,000. The balance of funding may not be from any other State source. The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine make all payments in relation to this scheme. The scheme has just opened for applications with a closing date of 5pm on Monday 27th April 2015. Forms and Guidance documents are available via the Heritage Council website by clicking here.
- *Added on 30/03/15* National Commemorative Plan for 2016 to be launched on 31st March 2015
With Easter 2015 almost upon us, many of us also find ourselves looking back to the events of Easter 1916. The Easter Rising of 1916 is traditionally commemorated at Easter time and this time next year Ireland will commemorate the Centenary of the Easter Rising on Easter Monday, March 28th, 2016. Of course, the calendar year is increasingly playing an important role and further commemorations will undoubtedly take place on Monday, 24th April 2016, exactly 100 years on from the Rising, which took place on Easter Monday, 24th April 1916. A number of public forums have already taken place within the County of Cork regarding commemorative proposals for 2016 and there will be many more to come in the coming weeks and months ahead. In the County the launch of the National Commemorative Plan for 2016 is greatly anticipated, which will be launched on March 31st 2015. Visit www.ireland.ie for more information and for a whole host of information pertaining to Ireland 2016.
- *Added on 30/03/15* Mayor's Community Awards 2015
Each year, since 2013, the Mayor of County Cork has given awards to a number of the County's community/voluntary groups and individuals who have worked tirelessly in promoting and supporting their community. In 2015, the Mayor will give 11 awards in total (9 Divisional awards, 3 for each of the three Divisions (North, South and West) and 1 overall award for Community/Voluntary groups as well as 1 overall award for individuals). The Closing Date for submission of nominations is Friday 24th of April 2015 and the Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday the 3rd of June 2015. Each County Councillor can nominate 1 group and 1 individual (The Mayor, the SPC chair and Chairs of Divisional Committees will be asked not to nominate to avoid conflict of interest) and nominations will also be sought from the Cork Community and Voluntary Forum. More information is available via the attached Guidance Document for anyone interesting in having a group or individual nominated for this prestigous award.
- *Added on 19/03/15* National Pilgrim Paths Day takes place on April 4th 2015
Easter Saturday, April 4th 2015, marks the second official National Pilgrim Paths Day; a day to celebrate Ireland's extensive network of Christian pilgrim routeways. Some of these include Cosán na Naomh in Kerry (Mount Brandon) and St. Kevin's Way (Glendalough in Wicklow) and County Cork also has a very widely known Pilgrim Path - St. Finbarrs. For centuries people have routinely walked this route to Gougane Barra, many embarking on the 35kn walk from the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague, crossing four river valleys with breathtaking views. In recognition of National Pilgrim Paths Day 2015, a 3-day event has been organised along St. Finbarr's Pilgram Path. This walk comes highly recommended and for further information visit www.pilgrimpath.ie.
- *Added on 19/03/15* Irish Walled Town Network Grant Schemes 2015
"The Heritage Council established the Irish Walled Towns Network in April 2005 to unite and co-ordinate the strategic efforts of local authorities involved in the management and conservation of historic walled towns in Ireland, both North and South. The Irish Walled Towns Network is formally linked to European Walled Towns (EWT), which is the international association for the sustainable development of walled towns, walled cities and fortified historic towns. There are currently 27 Members in the Network (26 walled towns in the south, 1 in the north)"
The IWTN has just announced details of two funding schemes: - 1)Funding for Capital Works, and 2) Funding for Heritage Interpretation. These two seperate funding streams will cover a range of different projects and for further information see the two attached documents (IWTN Capital Projects 2015 and IWTN Heritage Interpretation 2015). The window for applications opens on Saturday 21st March 2015 and all applications must be submitted online via www.heritagecouncil.ie by 5pm on Monday, 13th April 2015. Only members of the Irish Walled Town Network can apply under these schemes.
- *Added on 16/03/15* Reminder re Heritage Week Training for Event Organisers
"On Thursday April 9th 2015 a training day for event organisers will take place in Dublin Castle. It promises to be a very enjoyable day with a great mix of ideas and areas covered that will be of use to you as you plan your events for National Heritage Week 2015. Some of those who were recognised for their events in 2014 will present their successful ideas. Topics covered will include Social Media, creating Creative Events and Media Relations. We will also discuss the theme of Industrial and Design Heritage and how to create some wonderful experiences for NHW 2015". This will be a most productive day and there are only a few spaces remaining. To book a place fill in the attached short form.
The Heritage Council, thanks to Niamh Donnellan (Heritage Week Coordinator), has also published a very useful document - "101 Events Ideas for National Heritage Week 2015" which is available to view by clicking here.
For all of those looking to promote their Heritage Week event, details can be registered with the Heritage Council as of April 9th 2015 with a closing date of May 31st 2015. Events listed after this deadline will not make the National Events Book/Leaflet but details can be added to the Heritage Week website up until August 21st 2015. See www.heritageweek.ie for more information.
- *Added on 13/03/15* Irish Georgian Society 2015 Grant Scheme
The Irish Georgian Society, through the support of its London Chapter, is pleased to announce an open call for applications to its Conservation Grants Scheme 2015. Now in its second year, the Grants Scheme aims to provide financial support for works to structures of significant architectural merit. A total of €50,000 is available and grants will be awarded in two categories:
* A core grant for one larger project that is considered of particular importance and which would especially benefit from the support of the Irish Georgian Society.
* Smaller grants for projects such as the repair of roofs, fanlights, doorcases, ironwork, historic stained glass windows, decorative plasterwork etc. and for the provision of essential conservation advice.
Expressions of interest providing general details of proposed conservation projects are to be submitted to the Irish Georgian Society by Monday 6th April 2015. A shortlist of preferred projects will be selected about which more detailed information will be sought. A final decision will be reached in June. Guidelines and an application form can be downloaded here.
- *Added on 10/03/15* The Arts Council's Programme as part of Ireland 2016 - Funding available
The Arts Council has announced details of a new funding programme for Arts Projects that will be inspired by or reflect on the centenary of the 1916 Rising. €1 million will be available for ambitious projects, in any artform, up to €500,000 and with no lower limit . The Open Call for National Projects gives artists and arts organisations the opportunity to engage with the centenary through the creation of ambitious projects. An International Jury will select the final projects.Responses will be sought for projects which;
* are large in ambition, but which can be realised in a range of scales, from large to small,
* are in any art form or cross disciplinary,
* engage with the public, as audience members and/or participants.
Guidelines and application forms will be available from the Arts Council www.artscouncil.ie from March 25th. The closing date for initial proposals is April 15th. In addition to the Open Call for National Projects, The Arts Council will also shortly announce details of its 16x16 Artists' Bursaries, a special 2016 strand of touring as well as a large scale national event.For further information see the (attached document).
- *Added on 10/03/15* Free online history course - Irish lives in war and revolution: exploring Ireland's history 1912-1923
Trinity College Dublin is running a free six week Massive Open Online Course entitled 'Irish lives in war and revolution: exploring Ireland's History 1912-1923', commencing on 16th March, 2015. The course ran for the first time last October and had over 18,000 participants. For further information see the attached document (click here).
- *Added on 09/03/15* Framework Policy for Local and Community Development -public consultation
A public consultation process for a national framework policy for local and community development was commenced recently by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Advertisements have been placed in national newspapers and a copy of the draft framework policy is available on the Department's website (click here). The public consultation process will close at 5pm on Friday 10 April, 2015.
- *Added on 24/02/15* Youghal's Heritage to feature in a dedicated Nationwide Episode on RTE1, Friday 27th February 2015 at 7pm
Youghal and its unique heritage will feature in a dedicated episode of Nationwide to be shown on RTE 1 on this Friday, 27th February 2015, at 7.00pm. A film crew, fronted by Anne Cassin was in the town recently to showcase all the positive developments which have taken place in Youghal in recent years. It will show the progress of the renovation of the Clockgate Tower, the magnificent Medieval Town Wall, a visit to St Mary's Collegiate Church along with details of the reinstatement of Youghal's Eco-Boardwalk. The programme will include an interview with local man John McGrath and his memories of life in the Clockgate Tower, together with many local contributors such as Town Crier, Cliff Winser, Mark Golden, President of Youghal Chamber of Tourism & Development among others.
- *Added on 24/02/15* "Digging for Britain" BBC 4 - 24th February featuring Spike Island
Recent archaeological excavations carried out on Spike Island during summer 2014 under the guidance of Dr Barra O'Donnabhain, Dept of Archaeology, University of Cork will feature in a series called "Digging for Britain" on BBC Four, 24th February at 8pm. This should make for interesting viewing and is not to be missed.
- *Added on 24/02/15* New Clonakilty Journal: Call for Submissions
In 2015 Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage aims to launch a new journal that will showcase historical and archaeological research pertaining to Clonakilty and the wider West Cork region. The journal will comprise articles, shorter notes and annotated illustrations/images/photos. Submissions of unpublished work are now being sought for the debut issue. If you are interested in submitting, please contact Clíodhna at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 13th, 2015 with a brief proposal. Please note that all proposals are subject to review before acceptance. Word count, referencing and bibliography guidelines will be specified in due course. Successful applicants will be notified of a summer deadline for completion of the first draft of the articles and notes.
- *Added on 24/02/15* Community Projects by Rubicon Heritage
Rubicon Heritage has been very much involved in a number of worthwhile heritage projects and have financed research for two fantastic resources: the Midleton Archaeology and Research Project and the Bere Island Archaeology Project. New posts have recently been generated on both websites regarding local involvement in the Napoleonic Wars - most interesting and well worth the read.
- *Added on 18/02/15* Heritage Council Community Grants Scheme 2015
The Heritage Council has today announced details of the 2015 community based heritage grant scheme. This grant scheme will make up to €600,000 available throughout the Country and a wide range of different applications can be applied for (examples include educational, repairs to buildings, conservation plans, research, etc.). While the scheme is geared at community groups individuals may also apply where they can make a strong case that their project will benefit the local community. For full details see the attached Scheme Guide and any applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council's Online Application System (www.heritagecouncil.ie/grants/) prior to the closing date of 5pm on March 20th 2015.
- *Added on 18/02/15* County Cork's Prison Records
Frank O' Donovan, Bantry, has put together a wonderful summary of the historic Prison Records of County Cork (1840 - 1870). This is a most fascinating insight into crimes and convictions of the mid 19th century and with a breakdown of surnames, conveys a whole range of different offences which include "bowling on the public road", "suspicion of stealing a duck" and "obstructing the streets by selling cabbage"! Here is the introductory text of the summary:
While browsing through some Prison records for County Cork I stumbled across one which "caught my eye", so to speak. It was a Donovan man in 1853 and the reason he was sent to prison was for 'Furious Driving'. Now the motor car was not around in that era so I can only guess that he was driving a donkey and cart, a horse and cart or trap. And of course there were no tarmacadamed roads either. A bit more curiosity and I saw a wide variety of offences. These included assaults, being drunk, owing money and suspicion of ... It was the latter which surprised me in that clearly people were imprisoned based only on a suspicion. I decided to note a selection of Offences and I kept going until I reached a total of 5,179 covering the period from 1840 to 1870 inclusive. To get a balanced picture I took a selection of surnames and for each I took a sample of offences for that name for each year, with a few exceptions. Thus I believe I got a representative sample in the survey...
This is a great piece of work and is available to read in full by clicking here.
- *Added on 16/02/15* "Saints and Sinners" BBC TV Series features Labbamolaga, North Cork, in the very first episode airing on Thursday 19th February
A new BBC series entitled "Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millenium of Monastries" begins this coming Thursday, 19th February 2015 and will be shown on BBC4 at 9pm. The very first episode features footage from the Labbamolaga site near Mitchelstown when the film crew did some recording of the site in August 2014. St. Molagga was a very famous Saint in the 7th Century and the site in question contains a number of interesting aspects including the church and graveyard, ritual site, bullaun stone and cross-slab as well as standing stones in close proximity. The first episode will also detail Sceilig Mhícheal in Kerry and should prove to be very interesting.
- *Added on 16/02/15* Update on the National Biodiversity Data Centre's "Atlas of Mammals in Ireland"
The National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) has been very busy in establishing a database of all mammal sightings in Ireland. The database and maps have very recently been updated and are available to view by visiting www.mammals.biodiversityireland.ie. The website will shortly be updated again with details of cetacean sightings from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. "2015 is the final year of data collection for the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland, before we begin work on the production of a hard copy Atlas in late 2016. Despite the huge progress that has been made in collating mammal data - at last count the database held around 130,000 mammals records - there are still gaps in distribution maps which are almost certainly due to under-recording". If you have any details of mammals you are kindly requested to submit said sightings to the NBDC which can be done so by clicking here.
- *Added on 13/02/15* STRUCTURES AT RISK SCHEME 2015
Cork County Council is now inviting applications under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2015. This scheme was introduced by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the amount of funding being made available nationally is €624,000, to be divided amongst the 31 Irish Local Authorities.
The purpose of the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) is to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended); including works to proposed protected structures, and in certain cases, works to safeguard structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, where, in the opinion of the Department, an urgent need for works to such structures has arisen and has been demonstrated. Only structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding by the Department. The scheme is not intended to assist in the carrying out of routine maintenance, alterations or improvements.
Due to limited capital resources available only two applications from each Local Authority will be accepted for consideration by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
The attached document outlines the operation of the scheme and includes the relevant application forms. Anyone interested in applying must ensure their application (completed form together with accompanying documents such as photographs, method statements, etc.) is submitted to the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, no later than 16.00 on Friday the 13th of March 2015, in order to comply with the timescales set out by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, for this scheme. Applications will be assessed under the criteria of the scheme. Two applications will then be chosen for submission to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for consideration of funding. Please be advised that incomplete or late application forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.
All applications shall be submitted to the Heritage Unit, Planning Department, Floor 3, County Hall, by 16:00 on Friday the 13th of March 2013. The submission must include an electronic version of the application and associated documents, the size of which shall not exceed 15MB.
Please click here for further information and for the application form itself. For all additional queries please contact the Conservation Officer, Heritage Unit, Floor 3, County Hall, Cork, 021-4276891.
- *Added on 13/02/15* 2015 Invitation for applications for grant funding under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has just announced a call for proposals for funding of projects as they relate to the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 - 2015. This policy "provides the appropriate framework for architectural policy in Ireland, placing an emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and urban design, incorporating architectural heritage in a holistic integrated manner". €80,000 is being made available in 2015 for projects that are in support of the Policy actions. These actions are set out in the attached document (policy actions) and a list of the succesful applications in 2014 is included here for information purposes. Please note that finanical assitance from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will not exceed 80% of the estimated overall cost of delivering a project. All terms and conditions are set out in the attached document (terms and conditions) and please be advised that the closing date for receipt of applications by the Department is Monday 30th March 2015. "Applications, including any supplementary material, will be accepted in softcopy format (ideally .pdf or .doc) by email to email@example.com. The email subject should be entitled "GPA Grant Aid 2015" and include the project name. The size of the email should not exceed 15MB".
- *Added on 13/02/15* Irish Walled Town Network AGM
The 2015 Irish Walled Town Network AGM takes place on Thursday 5th March in the AV Theatre, Collins Barracks, Dublin, commencing at 10am. The Irish Walled Town Network (IWTN) is a countrywide network of historic towns with walled defenses, in the County of Cork these include Youghal, Bandon, Buttevant and of course Cork City. For further information on the IWTN see the IWTN website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
- *Added on 10/02/15* All-Ireland Pollinator Draft Plan now out for Public Consultation
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has recently brought out a draft All-Ireland Pollinator Plan for wider consultation. The plan provides an important framework to bring together pollinator initiatives across the island of Ireland, and is the start of a process by which we can collectively take positive steps to protect Irish pollinators and the service they provide into the future. Pollinators are hugely important from a biodiversity perspective supporting the ecology of many areas and adding to the wealth of wildlife which exists in Ireland. For further information on the Plan and to make a submission on the draft (comments invited up until March 1st 2015) please click here.
- *Added on 10/02/15* A history-based Cork GAA book entitled "The Quest for the Little Norah"
A history-based Cork GAA book entitled "The Quest for the Little Norah" by Tom Lyons has been recently launched. Consisting of 430 pages and 400 photographs, it tells the story of the famous 'Little Norah Cup,' which was presented for the West Cork Junior Football championship from 1949 to 1997. It is a very historic cup and is a very history-based GAA book, now available in a number of outlets throughout West Cork.
- *Added on 30/01/15* Cork County Council Municipal District Community Grant Schemes 2015
Cork County Council, through its Municipal Districts, is committed to supporting local communities. Grants from the above Schemes will be available as financial support to community groups and local organisations wishing to undertake development projects in their area, to support festivals, and for local communities to work with Cork County Council on projects that enhance the area in which the group is active. There are three distinct funding Schemes, announced today 30/01/15:
1. Capital Grant Scheme
2. Community Contracts
3. Amenity Grant Scheme
A number of heritage projects will in principle fall under these schemes. Past examples of successful projects include PA equipment for heritage groups; cleaning of heritage monuments, restoration of stone walls, conservation works to buildings, heritage/tourist signage and plaques, walking trails, contribution to festivals, erection of memorials, etc.
For further information on these grant schemes please visit the following link - Municipal District Grants .
Please note that the closing date for receipt of Completed Applications is 4pm Friday 27th February 2015.
- *Added on 27/01/15* Minister Humphreys announces new Heritage Council Community Grants Scheme for 2015
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has recently announced a new Community Grants Scheme for 2015 to be administered by the Heritage Council. The Minister made the announcement on a visit to the Heritage Council's offices in Kilkenny last Friday and it is expected that the scheme wuill generate a total investment of €1 million. €250,000 is being provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and additional monies will come from the Heritage Council and from private sector investment to make up the one million sum. In the Press Statement Minister Humphries said
"Support for heritage projects has a very positive impact on local communities, where so much time and energy is given to conserving heritage projects on a voluntary basis. As well as delivering conservation benefits for heritage in the long term, this scheme will also help to support building and conservation jobs at a local level.
I have a huge appreciation for the value of protecting and promoting our heritage. It is expected that this scheme will fund up to 100 projects nationally, and I have no doubt that it will make a huge difference to the individual heritage projects which benefit.
I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Heritage Council on its upcoming 20th anniversary this year. I look forward in particular to working with the Council in the year ahead on Ireland 2016, which will include local heritage initiatives to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising."
Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett said:
"In the year when the Heritage Council celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the additional €250,000 in funding from Minister Humphreys will help us maintain support for a range of communities across the country. It recognises the value and significance of their work and gives us something on which to build for the future. Full details of the scheme will be published on the Heritage Council website (www.heritagecouncil.ie) in mid February 2015".
- *Added on 27/01/15* Cork Wild Atlantic Way to feature in TV3 Programme "Holday Show" on Wednesday 28th January at 8pm
Some of you may be familiar with the Holiday Show which is a six part series televised on TV3 about Holiday Destinations. The programme is now in its fourth series having covered destinations abroad for the first two series, destinations in Ireland for the third series which included an episode on attractions within Cork County sponsored by Cork County Council and currently the fourth series which commenced 3 weeks ago is also covering holiday destinations in Ireland. Cork County Council is on this occasion sponsoring half an episode on Cork as the focus is on attractions/activities along the Wild Atlantic Way. This episode will be aired on this coming Wednesday, 28th January at 8.00pm on TV3 and will feature the following: * Old Head of Kinsale * Michael Collins House, Clonakility * Model Railway Village, Clonakility * Sheep's Head Way * Durrus Cheese making * Whale Watch, West Cork * Bantry Bay Pony Trekking * Shoeniversity Shoe Making, Bantry * Good Things Café Cookery Class, Durrus
This programme should present a good idea as some of the popular attractions of the Cork leg of the Wild Atlantic Way so be sure not to miss it.
- *Added on 23/01/15* The Heritage of the Múscraí Gaeltacht - updated Phase 1 document
As many of you are aware, Cork County Council, in conjunction with Research and Dig and Acadmah Fódhla, are undertaking a conservation, management and interpretation plan to look at the importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht and how its heritage can be safeguarded and promoted long into the future. The project, which has had extensive consultation to date has two phases: Phase I which looks at the area's heritage and Phase II will look at the actions that need to be implemented for the benefit of this heritage. The Phase I document has recently been completed and updated and is available for all to view by clicking here . Any and all comments would be most welcome. Those with an interest in the heritage of the area are asked to come along to the next public meeting which will take place in February. Full details of same will be provided closer to the date.
- *Added on 23/01/15* Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014 - Overview
Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has recently publicised the details of the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme which was piloted in 2014. The 2014 Scheme, which was achieved through the provision of €5 million by the Government, leveraged an additional spend of €10 million throughout the Country(private matching funds by owners of protected structures, etc.) and generated a total of 175 jobs. The heritage buildings in the County of Cork faired quite well owing to the scheme. A total of 28 projects were completed in Cork County (figures for City not available) which saw over €250,000 received from the State and almost €500,000 leveraged locally by way of matching funds.
Quoting from the National Press Release: "Structures funded under the scheme included churches, country houses, thatched houses and townhouses. While many of the structures were private dwellings or places of worship, a large number of heritage tourism structures were also funded, the works permitting greater public access to heritage buildings or improving educational use through new interpretation of heritage buildings. More unusual properties also benefitted including follies, market houses, railway structures and workhouses".
Minister Humphries has said that "The allocation of this funding in 2014 has also reignited private sector investment in heritage buildings, both urban and rural" noting that "Ireland's heritage buildings and protected structures are a vital part of our villages, towns, cities and also the rural landscape". There is no news yet as to whether the scheme will operate for a second year in 2015, but it is hoped that a decision will be taken shortly on the matter.
- *Added on 12/01/15* The Jan/Feb edition of Irish Lives Remembered FREE Genealogy eMagazine now available
The January/February edition (27th issue) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now live and can be read/downloaded FREE of charge via www.irishlivesremembered.com or directly by clicking here. The 76 page issue includes a number of interesting topics and also includes the schedule of speakers for the upcoming 2015 ACE Irish Genealogy Summer School to take place at UCC, Cork.
- *Added on 09/01/15* Cork County Council to establish Public Participation Network
You may have heard of changes that are happening in local government and the impact for citizen engagement and community representation. Cork County Council is establishing a new network to enable people in Cork County to have a say on issues that concern them. This will be known as the Public Participation Network (PPN). It is a new national initiative and will be the main link through which Cork County Council will engage with the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors. It will be a two-way communication mechanism between the local authority and the community. All groups / organisations are invited to register and participate in this new network. Online registration for the Public Participation Network is now open and will continue until February 4th 2015. Further information is available on the Council's website by clicking here.
- *Added on 08/01/15* Cork County Library and Arts Service announce details of the 2015 "From the Well" short story competition
The Cork County Library and Arts Service have just launched their "From the Well" Short Story competition. The competition is open to people aged 18 or over, who are registered library members. To mark the UN's International Year of Light 2015, the theme of this year's short story competition is "Light". Entrants may interpret the theme in its broadest sense and the closing date for entries is Friday 20th February 2015. Stories are not to exceed 2000 words and must be fictional. Hopefully we might see a number of fictional stories with a heritage theme entered in the competition. For further details please see the attached document.
- *Added on 08/01/15* Damian Shiels of Rubicon Heritage and "the Irish in the American Civil War" which featured recently on C-Span's American History TV
For those with an interest in the Irish involvement in the American Civil War, Cork's Damian Shiels of Rubicon Heritage recently delivered a wonderful address to the 2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event in America last November. "The event was organised to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. In the Keynote Damian discussed the life, legacy and death of Patrick Cleburne, along with the stories of a number of other Irishmen who were involved in the engagement. C-Span were in attendance to record proceedings, and they recently broadcasted the full address of c. 50 minutes". This address is available to see by clicking here.
- *Added on 08/01/15* The Kinsale History Society has recently published the "Kinsale Record No. 22"
As Kinsale is linked with two notable centenaries this year, the World War One and the sinking of the Lusitania it is not surprising that there are a number of articles on both topics in the recently published Kinsale Record. William Butler writes on British Army Recruitment while Karen Healy has produced an extensive Roll of Honour to remember those who died in WW1 as well as research on the Connaught Rangers. Padraig Walsh has researched the story of Kinsale men in Gallipoli while Colm Gimblett does the same for local connections with Trafalgar. The story of the Lusitania is related by Michael Martin and Patrick O'Sullivan, both of whom have released books on that topic and Peter Kelly tells the story of a survivor, Charles ScannelL from Minane Bridge. Fergal Browne tells the story of the Fighting Pirates at Oysterhaven and also comes closer to home with research on Rural Unrest and Land Agitation in the parishes of Tracton and Clontead. Padraig Walsh has located some Hidden Treasures an article by Seamus Breathnach as well as a glimpse of the life of O'Donovan Rossa in the Unrepentant Fenian. Padraig also tells the story of Squire Roche and the youngest contributer, Therese O'Donoghue gives the results of her research on Land Ownership in Courtaporteen.
Nicholas Cook has unearthed some intriguing facts about life in Kinsale in the 19th century as told in a poem and has traced each of the references and has also provided a cure for the "flu ! There are also reminders of life in Kinsale provided by Denis Higgins while Colm Gimblett has edited Newsletter articles articles by his uncle, Gerard, which provide an insight into life in Scilly and the town, and readers will enjoy an account of the fishing industry as seen by Thomas O'Brien as well as the story of a visit of the musician, Arnold Bax by John James. Leo McMahon and Dermot Ryan recall the story of Kinsale in 2013 in words and pictures and Terry Connolly has some stories to tell of the Aran Odyssey, this year's Field Trip. Also included is the updated Index of previous articles to enable research on the history of Kinsale and encourage the production of new articles.
- *Added on 07/01/15* "Industrial and Design Heritage" is the theme for Heritage Week this year, 2015, and the Heritage Council has just announced details of a "Training Day for Heritage Week Event Organisers" to take place in Dublin Castle on April 09th 2015
The dates for Heritage Week 2015 have been recently announced (August 22nd to 30th inclusive) and the theme for Heritage Week this year is "Industrial and Design Heritage". According to the Heritage Council, "our shared industrial past is a story of change, development and creativity and of the men and women who were a part of that story whether as mill worker, a dock worker or the proud owner of a motor car. Industrial heritage engages all of us and has left a legacy in the buildings, records and memories of people across Ireland, a legacy that paved the way for how we live today". Industrial heritage is a phenomenal part of Cork's heritage, just take for example the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, which at over 130 acres, happens to be the largest industrial heritage site in Ireland.
In terms of organizing heritage week events we are most fortunate that there are dozens of seasoned veterans in the County of Cork - those who without fail, continue to expertly showcase and highlight the rich heritage and history of their local area. However, more and more recently, and most positive to see, is an increasing number of community groups also involved in promoting their locality's heritage. Whether a long established heritage group, or new to the fold, the Heritage Council has proposed a most useful "training day for event organisers" to take place on April 9th in Dublin Castle. This event will provide a great overview and insight into the many considerations of organizing a successful Heritage Week event and more information can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
- *Added on 15/12/14* Phase 1 document as part of the Conservation, Management and Interpretation Plan for the Múscraí Gaeltacht now available
As many are aware, a Conservation, Management and Interpretation Plan is being undertaken for the Múscraí Gaeltacht. Extensive background research has already been undertaken and to reflect this work, a detailed phase 1 document has just been completed. Everyone is requested to look through same and offer any suggestions and comments. There will be a number of public participation events in the New Year where any suggestions, comments and ideas can be taken on board. Beidh an documéid le fáil as gaeilge go luath in san Áth-bhliain. The english version of the document can be viewed by clicking here.
- *Added on 15/12/14* EPA releases National Landuse Landcover Dataset for 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently completed and released CORINE 2012 data. CORINE stands for Co-ORdinated INformation on the Environment and is a Pan European Land Use & Land Cover Dataset. It is produced by the EPA for the European Environment Agency and has now been produced in 1990, 2000, 2006 & 2012. The dataset just added shows landuse and landcover in Ireland as it was in 2012 (at a 25Ha resolution) and the changes from 2006 have also been tracked to show how the use in our landscape has changed over time (a very important aspect of heritage in itself). The data is now free to download from the EPA website and is available to view on EPA Maps.
- *Added on 12/12/14* Fáilte ireland launch its grants programme 2015 for national festivals and events
The grants programme for 2015's National Festival and Events has been launched by Fáilte Ireland. The closing date for applications is 17th January and for full information see the attached document.
- *Added on 10/12/14* Heritage Council calls on people to have their say on hedge cutting and burning of vegetation
The Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys has announced that she is undertaking a review of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act which sets the times for cutting of hedges and burning of vegetation each year. Currently, the closed dates for cutting hedges are set at 1 March to 31 August, to protect nesting birds. The Heritage Council is calling on people to have their say. Commenting on the review Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer said, "The bird nesting season is starting earlier each year and in recent years we are seeing an increase in the number of birds nesting outside the closed period, with many nests being destroyed especially in February. While there are many exemptions to the current closed dates the fear is that this review by the Minister could result in a blanket exemption for roadside hedges all year round. Such an exemption will have a devastating impact on our wildlife". "The purpose of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act is to protect bird life during the nesting season, to prevent forest fires and protect vegetation and wildlife habitats during the months of growth and reproduction. We are encouraging anyone who has concerns about hedgerows and wildlife to write to the Minister and outline their concerns. You can send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Review of Section 40" as the subject. The closing date is Friday 9th January 2015".
- *Added on 10/12/14* Churchtown Church Celebrates its 175th Year
St. Nicholas Church, Churchtown, celebrated its 175th Anniversary on Sunday 7th December 2014. Visit the Churchtown website by clicking hereto read all about this notable commemoration.
- *Added on 10/12/14* Cork County Council launches Planning App for Mobile Phones
Although not specifically news of a heritage nature there has been a recent development worth mentioning - the creation of a planning app for mobile phones (both Iphones and Android). The App is called "Planning Viewer" by Cork County Council and is free to download, containing a wealth of planning information such that users can easily "search a vast array of planning applications and associated documents from the comfort of their own home or on the move". Users will be able to view all the up to date information regarding planning applications lodged in their local area.
- *Added on 10/12/14* Join Ireland's largest citizen science project this Christmas and help map Ireland's wildlife
The National Biodiversity Data Centre, with its partner organisations, aims to produce for the first time ever, detailed distribution maps for all species of wild mammals that occur in Ireland and its marine water but needs your help to do this. To make it easier for everyone the Data Centre has released a biological recording app, developed by Compass Informatics, which allows anyone, young or old, to send it details of sightings of wildlife directly from their phone. The mobile app Biodiversity Data Capture is free to download for IOS and Android phones. So far the project has collated an amazing 113,000 records of more than 60 species. For more information click here.
- *Added on 02/12/14* Launch of Heritage Houses of County Cork Publication
The official launch for "Heritage Houses of County Cork" takes place on Friday 19th December at 10am in the County Library, with County Mayor Cllr. Alan Coleman and Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey. All are welcome to come along to the launch on the morning of the 19th with copies of the publication available for sale. Please rsvp to email@example.com as space is limited.
- *Added on 02/12/14* Heritage Houses of County Cork Publication
The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council is very focused on raising the awareness and indeed profile, of heritage within the County. One of the major flagstone projects within the last year in this regard was the publication of a book entitled "Heritage Bridges of County Cork". One year on, the second in the Heritage of County Cork series has been published - this one focussing on the "Heritage Houses of County Cork".
"Heritage Houses of County Cork" contains over 200 pages and over 200 maps and illustrations, encapsulating in the one publication, the history of the home from our earliest evidence for a house at Barnagore in Ballincollig 6,000 years ago, right up until the turn of the 20th Century with associated workers' housing in Blarney, for example. This book examines the full spectrum of housing across the millennia (also touching on the social context and stories of many of these homes), covering the bronze age (round houses), the early medieval period (ringforts), the arrival of the Normans and the late medieval castles and tower houses from the 12th century on, and the fortified houses built in the 17th century such as Kanturk Castle. The houses of the elite are also examined with some of the main examples including Bantry House, Mallow Castle House, Doneraile Court and Ballymaloe House, and the book also describes the main architectural styles that have existed, particularly in recent centuries such as Georgian and Victorian architecture. The architecture of the more common vernacular houses in which the majority of Cork's ancestors would have lived in is also examined including farmers' houses, thatched cottages, and the condition of housing at the time of the Famine is also examined.
While over 150 different houses are mentioned throughout the publication, 30 of these are specifically featured to give a more in-depth, personal view, of the Heritage Houses of County Cork. These features cover houses both large and small and everything in between, showing that our Heritage Houses come in many different shapes and sizes. In addition to the previously mentioned houses, this book also features the 15th century Ballynacarriga Tower House near Dunmanway; a 17th century farmhouse near Mogeely, an early 18th century Queen Anne style house in Youghal known as the "Red House", a Georgian House in King Square Mitchelstown, thatched cottages in Charleville and Kildorrery and a vernacular cottage with a corrugated roof in Liscarroll.
These examples have been carefully chosen to represent house types from a wide range of eras and also from a wide variety of locations within the County, giving a good geographical spread. This publication also includes a number of wonderful houses recommended by numerous heritage groups throughout the County and the book is now readily available in a number of book stores throughout the County.
- *Added on 02/12/14* European Commission's Natura 2000 Awards 2015 - now open for applications
The European Commission's Natura 2000 Award opens for a second year of applications. The aim of the award "is to bring the success of Natura 2000 network to the public's attention and to demonstrate its importance for protecting our valuable natural heritage. The annual award is open to any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000. Local and national authorities, businesses, site managers, land owners, NGOs, educational institutions and individuals from all 28 EU Member States are all eligible to apply". The call for applications has very recently been launched and the deadline of 21 January 2015 has been set.
"The winners will be announced at a high level ceremony in Brussels on Natura 2000 Day - 21 May 2015. We would greatly appreciate your support in raising the profile of the Award and reaching out to all those involved in the Natura 2000 network. Please spread the word to ensure as wide a range of potential applicants as possible are informed. For more information on how to apply, please consult the website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/awards/".
- *Added on 02/12/14* Mapping Ireland's War of Independence - A Case Study of Knockraha, by Rubicon Heritage
The War of Independence was a defining moment in Irish History and yet many of the sites associated with this conflict are not known to the wider public. Rubicon Heritage has recently been examining the War of Independence and have completed a most fascinating case study at Knockraha, County Cork. This study examines the bomb factory, prisons, training areas and the role of the village itself. For more information click here.
- *Added on 19/11/14* Heritage Week to take place between August 22nd and 30th 2015
The Heritage Council has just announced the dates for Heritage Week 2015, to take place between Saturday 22nd and Sunday 30th August. It is never too early to start planning events and the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council is only too willing to offer advice for anyone looking to host an event in 2015. For a flavour of Heritage Week events, which took place in 2014, a review of same is available to view by clicking here.
- *Added on 19/11/14* Courtmacsherry RNLI to organise Lusitania Exhibition for May Bank Holiday Weekend 2015
Courtmacsherry RNLI are organising an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania and to remember the tragic loss of life and the gallant efforts of the Courtmacsherry lifeboat crew who responded in selfless determination on that fateful day. It will take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend 2015. They are appealing for artefacts, stories and memorabilia to be part of their exhibition. They would love to hear from any family members of those lost or saved in the Lusitania tragedy to share their stories with them, which will then be compiled and included in the exhibition. Anyone with stories, memorabilia or artefacts for the exhibition is requested to please contact the Committee at Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station at firstname.lastname@example.org. All memorabilia or artefacts loaned for the exhibition will be receipted by their committee curator and returned to their owners after the exhibition. More information on www.lusitaniacentenary.com.
- *Added on 19/11/14* Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Society Winter Newsletter 2014
The Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Society has recently released its newsletter for Winter 2014. This is a great review of a number of 2014's successes and the newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
- *Added on 31/10/14* Children's Wildlife Series
A new series on wildlife geared towards the young minds amongst us has commenced recently on RTE2 and on RTE junior. The programme is called "Shutterbugs" and it is a new ten part series combining wildlife, wild places, photography and adventure. In each episode a team of two young people head into the countryside to learn about Irish wildlife as they try and photograph one particular animal. The series is presented by wildlife expert and photography enthusiast John Lusby, who will guide the teams along the way. The programme is currently being aired on RTE2 at 09:20am and has started being aired on RTE junior this past week being shown at 17:10. There are ten episodes in total which include foxes, seals, puffins, pine martens, bats, barn owls, badgers, peregrine falcons, dolphins and red deer.
- *Added on 31/10/14* Conservation, Management and Interpretation Plan for the Múscraí Gaeltacht - Public Information Event on Saturday 15th November 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. Public participation is an essential component of this process and to this effect on Saturday 15th November, there will be a public information meeting in the Mills, Ballyvourney from 12pm to 4pm. This plan will be greatly enhanced by the active involvement of Múscraí locals and all are most welcome on the day to offer their suggestions and to get involved.
- *Added on 31/10/14* Heritage-led Regeneration Strategy for Youghal
Work is underway for the creation of a new heritage-led regeneration strategy for Youghal which will be titled "Youghal to 2020: A Heritage-led Vision to the next decade". Quoting from the press release "the new strategy will propose ways in which the physical and non-physical heritage resource of the town can be used as a catalyst in urban regeneration and tourism growth. This document is intended both as a strategic document which contains broad policy recommendations and as an action plan, containing a 'tool-kit' which sets out projects and actions to be implemented and reviewed over a period of five years, to 2020". Everyone with an interest in the heritage of Youghal is welcome to get involved and for those who have not already done so, submissions to be considered as part of the new draft plan can be submitted up to Friday 7th November, 2014, at 5pm. Submissions must be made in writing and marked 'Draft new Youghal Heritage-led Regeneration Plan' and addressed to: The Manager, The Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group, 7-10 Enterprise Youghal, Emmet Place, Youghal Co. Cork or by e-mail to the following address: email@example.com.
- *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* 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!
Click here to see details of all past news and updates.
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.