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.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy convened a special meeting today in Cork County Hall to mark the centenary of the sitting of the very first Dáil.
1918 was a significant year in Irish history, both nationally and internationally. Democracy was coming to the fore following the ending of World War I. In Ireland, the elections of December 14th, 1918 afforded all men over the age of 21 and, for the very first time, women over the age of 30, the right to vote and indeed stand for Parliament.
The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has recently announced 2 funding schemes for Protected Structures - the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019 (BHIS)and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2019. Across the country, the BHIS Scheme will see funding of up to €2.5m and up to €1.8m in respect of the HSF Scheme.