Cork County Council is pleased to announce that National Heritage Week 2019 is almost here and is looking better than ever! With 2,000 events taking place across the country and 140 of those in the County of Cork, there is something for everyone, from various exhibitions to walking tours, dances and arts and crafts, you name it. The week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council and carries the main aim of promoting our heritage, not just in Ireland but across Europe as part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme.
Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 15th June was a great success around the country and particularly here in the County of Cork. 35 events took place around the County and saw great attendances with young people participating in a whole range of different creative activities, from ceramics and painting to singing and craft.
The Heritage in Schools Scheme is an outdoor education programme for primary school children operated by the Heritage Council. The Scheme is unique in Ireland and provides a diverse panel of Heritage Specialists who work directly with children in primary schools throughout the country. It is leading the way in promoting outdoor education and encouraging children to engage directly with the natural and cultural heritage that surrounds them. The current panel is being reviewed this year and up to 40 new positions should be available heritage specialists.
The National Women’s Council of Ireland has published a booklet titled ‘Celebrating the role of Women over 120 years of Local Government’. To read or download this booklet go to https://www.nwci.ie/images/uploads/Celebrating_the_role_of_Women_over_120_years_of_Local_Government.pdf
The Community Foundation of Ireland is running an Environment & Nature Fund 2019 grants programme which opened on 17th May for applications. Communities are invited to apply for grant funding to engage an ecologist and develop a Community Biodiversity Action Plan for their local areas.
National Heritage Week this year is little over two months away, taking place from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August, 2019. So far for the County of Cork over 120 events have been registered with an expectation that Heritage Week 2019 will see over 2,000 events around the Country.
Over the last number of years Cork County Council has been producing a heritage book each year, from bridges to houses and churches to castles. What is very evident in these pages is the sheer number of wonderful heritage sites scattered throughout the County; not to mention the household names and legendary cultural characters that are synonymous with the Rebel County of Cork.
The Discovery Channel has just recently wrapped up filming on Spike Island Cork for their premier new series, ‘Breaking History’, due to air in the autumn. The series is visiting some of the world’s iconic historical sites to film new areas being uncovered.
Over the past number of years many in the County of Cork, and quite a few further afield, will have become familiar with the Heritage of County Cork Publication Series – a Series that explores the vast heritage of the County of Cork, having to date focused on bridges (2013); Houses (2014), Churches (2015), Rebel Sites (2016), Castles (2017) and the most recent installment: Europe and the County of Cork: A Heritage Perspective (2018). In continuation of the Series, 2019 will see the publication of a book that examines the Industrial Heritage of County Cork.
National Tree Week takes place between March 31st and April 7th 2019 and is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Coillte.
To be part of National Tree Week, the Tree Council of Ireland invites Community groups, organisations, schools, and people everywhere to organise or participate in one or more events for the week. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, woodturning displays, listening to the trees and what lives in the trees.