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Following a number of successful online creative writing and digital music performances, the latest offering from Cork County Council’s Library and Arts service will provide free online workshops for crafters throughout the county.

The recently launched “An Artist by My Side” programme includes a series of interactive Zoom sessions including ‘Creative Stitch’ with Carmel Creaner, ‘Wet Felting’ with Stephanie from Feltastik and a ‘Magical Mystery Quilt’ workshop with Mary Palmer of Marimu Designs. For younger craft enthusiasts, acclaimed Architect and Designer Anja Reinhold, will present a four session ‘Arts and Crafts with Anja’ course.

Those lucky enough to secure a space at these creative sessions, will also receive unique “craft packs” prior to embarking on their chosen artistic journey. With the pack in tow, participants will be free to craft without having to worry about any difficulties in sourcing materials.

Welcoming the “An Artist by My Side” programme, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley commented,

“Learning a new skill is an achievement at any age and now you can access these expert craft tutorials from the comfort of home. At a time that is challenging and stressful for many, it is essential that we find ways to switch off and relax. Being creative is a wonderful way to keep active and to lift your mood. Cork County Council Library and Arts Service continues to illustrate how creative and innovative they are in bringing these Zoom workshop sessions to people all corners of Cork County. I know that this programme will act as a pilot for many more exciting projects in 2021 and beyond.”

For further information on the “An Artist by My Side” programme, please contact Cork County Council Library & Arts Service on 021 4346210, email arts@corkcoco.ie or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Feltastik.

Cork County’s Colourful Heritage Book Returns. Following the success of Cork County Council’s original ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork’ bilingual colouring book, a second volume has now been launched as part of the Council’s ‘Keep Well’ wellbeing campaign.

Following the success of Cork County Council’s original ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork’ bilingual colouring book, a second volume has now been launched as part of the Council’s ‘Keep Well’ wellbeing campaign.

Volume Two of the popular series features 30 brand new sites from across the county, from Bandon and Buttevant to Kanturk and Youghal. Supported by The Heritage Council and the Creative Ireland Programme, the publication is bilingual in both Irish and English and covers a wide range of culture and heritage, from craft and archaeology to biodiversity and maritime heritage.

Members of the public were invited to contribute drawings of heritage and cultural sites, while the Council also worked with illustrators to complete the latest addition to ‘The Heritage of County Cork’ series, combining culture and heritage with colour and creativity.

Welcoming the publication, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley said

“This fantastic publication provides Corkonians near and far, and prospective future visitors, the opportunity to connect with the heritage of Cork County from the comfort of home. Thanks to the amazing public contribution there are illustrations for all ages and abilities, as well as fascinating insights into our heritage. Whether you’re looking for a quiet activity for yourself, or a fun family night, ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork Volume Two’ is an excellent companion to switching off, keeping well and staying active during the restrictions.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey noted

“Cork County Council is committed to preserving, promoting and supporting our heritage in all its forms. The size of Cork County means we have a rich diversity of built, natural and cultural heritage to celebrate in our communities. This latest publication will provide a great resource for the people of Cork and future visitors for years to come.”

The Colourful Heritage of County Cork - Volume Two is available to download on Cork County Council’s website at www.corkcoco.ie. A limited number of printed copies are available free of charge. To request a copy of the new release or the original publication, simply email cork.heritage@corkcoco.ie.

The publication forms part of Cork County Council’s “Keep Well” Campaign, which aims to provide resources, advice and support on maintaining mental and physical health this winter. These resources are available on https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/keeping-well-your-community and are promoted across the Council’s social media channels.

To download a pdf version of Cork County’s Colourful Heritage Book Returns click here.

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Tá an Leabhar Oidhreachta "Dúchas Dathannach Chontae Chorcaí" ar ais.

Tar éis an ratha a bhí ar an gcéad imleabhar dathúcháin dátheangach Chomhairle Contae Chorcaí ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork/Dúchas Dathannach Chontae Chorcaí’, seoltar an dara himleabhar anois mar chuid d’fheachtas folláine ‘Keep Well’ na Comhairle.

In Imleabhar a Dó den tsraith tá 30 suíomh úrnua ó gach cearn den chontae, ó Dhroichead na Bandan agus Cill na Mallach go Ceann Toirc agus Eochaill. Le tacaíocht ón gComhairle Oidhreachta agus ó Chlár Éire Ildánach, tá an foilseachán dátheangach i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla agus clúdaíonn sé raon leathan cultúir agus oidhreachta, ó cheardaíocht agus sheandálaíocht go bithéagsúlacht agus oidhreacht mhuirí.

Tugadh cuireadh do bhaill an phobail líníochtaí de shuíomhanna oidhreachta agus cultúrtha a sheoladh chugainn, agus leo siúd d’oibrigh an Chomhairle le maisitheoirí chun an leagan is déanaí den tsraith ‘Dúchas Dathannach Chontae Chorcaí’ a chur i gcrích, ag comhcheangal an chultúir agus na hoidhreachta le dath agus cruthaitheacht.

Ag fáiltiú roimh an bhfoilseachán, deir Méara Chontae Chorcaí, an Clr. Mary Linehan Foley

“Tugann an foilseachán iontach seo an deis do Chorcaígh ó chian agus ó chóngar, agus do chuairteoirí ionchasacha amach anseo, nasc a dhéanamh le hoidhreacht Chontae Chorcaí ó chompord an bhaile. A bhuíochas leis an ionchur iontach ón bpobal tá léaráidí ann do gach aois agus cumas, chomh maith le léargas suimiúil ar ár n-oidhreacht. Cibé an bhfuil tú ag lorg gníomhaíocht chiúin duit féin, nó oíche spraíúil teaghlaigh, is compánach den scoth é ‘Dúchas Dathannach Chontae Chorcaí - Imleabhar a Dó’ chun tú féin a coimeád go maith agus gníomhach le linn na srianta. "

Thug Príomhfheidhmeannach Chomhairle Contae Chorcaí, Tim Lucey fé ndeara

“Tá Comhairle Contae Chorcaí tiomanta ár n-oidhreacht a chaomhnú, a chur chun cinn agus tacú léi i ngach foirm. Mar gheall ar cé chomh mór is atá Contae Chorcaí tá éagsúlacht shaibhir oidhreachta tógtha, nádúrtha agus cultúrtha againn le ceiliúradh inár bpobail. Cuirfidh an foilseachán is déanaí seo acmhainn iontach ar fáil do mhuintir Chorcaí agus do chuairteoirí amach anseo ar feadh na mblianta atá le teacht. "

Tá "Dúchas Dathannach Chontae Chorcaí- Imleabhar a Dó" ar fáil le híoslódáil ar shuíomh Gréasáin Chomhairle Contae Chorcaí ag www.corkcoco.ie. Tá líon teoranta cóipeanna clóite ar fáil saor in aisce. Chun cóip den eisiúint nua seo nó an chéad imleabhar a iarraidh, ní gá ach ríomhphost a sheoladh chuig cork.heritage@corkcoco.ie.

Tá an foilseachán mar chuid d’Fheachtas “Keep Well” de chuid Comhairle Contae Chorcaí, a bhfuil sé mar aidhm aici acmhainní, comhairle agus tacaíocht a sholáthar maidir le sláinte mheabhrach agus choirp a chothabháil an geimhreadh seo. Tá na hacmhainní seo ar fáil ar https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/keeping-well-your-community agus cuirtear chun cinn iad ar fud bhealaí meán sóisialta na Comhairle.

 

Cork County Council presents the Children’s Book Festival Online

As part of the Being Creative initiative, Cork County Council Library & Arts Service has transformed this year’s Children’s Book Festival (CBF) into a digital celebration of literature and creativity in County Cork. The new look festival is set to bring the cream of children’s literature and illustration to Cork, with authors making virtual visits to schools and interactive Zoom sessions broadcast in classroom smartboards across the county.

In other years the book festival, part of the national “Right to Read” initiative, has been unable to facilitate some rural locations due to constraints, this year however by the nature of the virtual event, many more schools across the county can participate. Eyeries, Béal na Marbh, Mallow and Cobh were some of the schools taking part last month while Leamlara, Vicarstown, Baltydaniel, Ahiohill, Clogagh, and Ballinspittle get their turn this month. Similarly, the wide range of authors and artists available virtually gives CBF an extra mix of local and international flavour this year.

Highlights include Wicklow based author and illustrator Alan Nolan, creator of the ‘Murder Can Be Fatal’ series, Limerick writer Judi Curtin of ‘Alice & Megan’ series, illustrator Tatyana Feeney bringing her inimitable illustration style, storyteller extraordinaire Paddy O’ Brien regaling tales as Gaeilge and as Bearla and bestselling author Cathy Cassidy joining in all the way from North Wales thanks to the magic of digital technology.

Also joining the stellar line-up is Oisín McGann, writer and illustrator in a range of genres for children and teenagers, mainly science fiction and fantasy, has illustrated many of his own short story books for younger readers and Natasha Mac a Bhaird, author of a children’s biography of Sonia O’Sullivan, who will “visit” two schools in Sonia’s hometown of Cobh.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley welcomed the virtual festival,

“This year’s Children’s Book Festival, brought to us by our Cork County Council Library and Arts Service, is part of the Council’s “Keep Well” Campaign, to promote health and wellbeing for everyone during these difficult times.  Authors have begun making virtual visits across Cork County to a great reception from the schools. The new digital approach to the annual event has proved a winning formula; the ease of access and use of resources provided by Cork County Council Libraries have made the visits entertaining and educational. The fantastic posters, reviews and stories created by the kids after author visits prove that festival has evolved and evoked a great response from everyone taking part in 2020. While we all look forward to a return to physical events for 2021, this year’s festival in its new format, visiting new places without ever having to leave the cosiness of the classroom setting, has been a great success.”

Cork County Council’s Arts Service brings music to County Schools during lockdown. The latest project in ‘Tuning Up’, Cork County Council’s Music in Schools Programme, will see Ensemble Dagda, visit six primary and secondary schools, to give virtual performances in the classroom.  Developed by Cork County Council, ‘Tuning Up’ aims to give children and young people a unique experience of live music performed by professional musicians.

Cork County Council’s Arts Service brings music to County Schools during lockdown. The latest project in ‘Tuning Up’, Cork County Council’s Music in Schools Programme, will see Ensemble Dagda, visit six primary and secondary schools, to give virtual performances in the classroom.  Developed by Cork County Council, ‘Tuning Up’ aims to give children and young people a unique experience of live music performed by professional musicians.

Irish early music group Ensemble Dagda was formed in 2014 and is based in Cork. Popular with audiences for their playful interpretations and engaging performances, in recent years they have championed lesser-heard works by seventeenth-century composers and works by women composers of the Baroque era. The group has been invited to play the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, ‘Finding a Voice’ Festival, Clonmel, and the Kaleidoscope Night Series, Dublin.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley commented,

“The current Level 5 restrictions mean musicians are unable to go into schools to perform. As part of the Council’s new ‘Keep Well’ initiative to promote wellbeing, Cork County Council Arts Service along with West Cork Music and Ensemble Dagda have come together to develop a way in which the musicians can have a live interactive event in the classroom using ZOOM technology and the ingenuity of local teachers. The many innovative approaches people are coming up with, finding new ways to deal with present challenges, never cease to surprise me. I congratulate all involved in this invaluable scheme.”

Ensemble Dagda is passionate about education and making music accessible and engaging to everyone. They have brought workshops to Primary and Secondary schools around Ireland, introducing students to historical instruments, and the style and context of music they play.

Inspired by the popular Horrible Histories books Ensemble Dagda has created a fast-paced tour through music history.  Students in the classroom will encounter Henry VIII - his wives and his music, strings made of guts, the grisly fate of Louis XIV's court composer. Horrible Histories and Harmonies with Ensemble Dagda romps through the 16 to18th centuries through music and dance.

Schools taking part in this series are:  Lisavaird NS, Crossmahon NS; Scoil Eoin, Innishannon, Star of the Sea Primary, Passage West, St Mary's Senior School, Dunmanway and St Mary's Secondary, Charleville.

“Tuning Up” is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is managed by West Cork Music.  “Tuning Up” is part funded by the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon.

The Cork County Council Heritage Section has developed a series of Historic Town Maps for 10 towns and villages in Cork County. Initially a West Cork initiative with 8 maps produced for that region, the project has expanded to include production of Historic Town Maps for the towns of Charleville and Mitchelstown, with plans to produce additional maps for other historic towns around the County.

The maps are designed to be a self-guided tour of the town’s key heritage sites.  Each one contains beautiful illustrations of the key sites and buildings and a brief history.  They are part of a strategy by Cork County Council to highlight the rich heritage resource to be seen in our towns and villages in County Cork. 

To view and download maps please click the image below:

Bandon Historic Map Icon
Bandon
Clonakilty Historic Map Icon
Clonakilty
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Charleville
Dunmanway Historic Map Icon
Dunmanway
Kinsale Historic Map Icon
Kinsale
Skibbereen Historic Map Icon
Skibbereen
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Bantry
Castletownbere Historic Map Icon
Castletownbere

 

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Mitchelstown

 

 

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Schull

 

 

 

Skibbereen Heritage have made a lovely short video tour of Caheragh Old Graveyard just north of Skibbereen.

Those with an interest in local history and genealogy can access the Cork Local Studies Digital Collection online at www.corklocalstudies.ie .

Usually used to accompany self guided tours, Michael Collins House, Clonakilty, has now edited the Michael Collins House Virtual Tour Application to make it available to all at home. Containing a 45 minute Audio Guide; Photos and Videos, people can learn all about Micheal Collins and the history of Irish independence.

The application, which is available online at  www.michaelcollinshouse.oncell.com (or on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store) now also contains a short 16 min Michael Collins documentary and the new Michael Collins House (MCH) Podcast, Episode One. With the commemoration of the War of Independence being such an important consideration right now – Covid-19 aside - it is a great way of learning all about this pivotal period in Irish life.

Set in West Cork in 1947, “Shadows” tells the story of a middle-aged farmer - Tim Ahern, who is walking with his sixteen-year-old daughter “Mary” to the train station. She is heading off for war-scarred London to work as a nurse. Tim Ahern a veteran of the War Of Independence carries a dark secret, which is revealed during this sad walk with his daughter. The film also shines a light into other aspects of Irish society during that period and in particular the influence of the Church.

“Shadows” was filmed in the Clonakilty / Timoleague area in 2018, with the cast and crew primarily based in West Cork. The short film  was supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme.

The Celebrating Cork Past Heritage Exhibition has been running for over 10 years and for the 10th year anniversary in 2018, a video showcase of the day was made. This is now available to view online and gives a great overview of the work of Heritage groups throughout Cork.

The Carrigtwohill branch of the ‘Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service’ (CDYS) has just launched a documentary on the Taking of Carrigtwohill RIC Barracks 1920, produced in association with Twenty4Films and CDYS, and supported by Cork County Council’s Commemorations Committee. It is a most enjoyable 18-minute feature and a credit to all involved including narrator Killian Kavanagh and Project Coordinator Adrian Nolan. 

Covid-19 reminds all of us of hard times and we all certainly remember the hard times of the Famine 175 years ago. Skibbereen Heritage Centre has conducted much research on the impact of the famine in Skibbereen and on the Skibbereen Heritage Website there are a number of short clips looking at local famine sites.

Please click the following link for information on how to download the app: Famine Story App.

 

Cork Movie Memories is an online archive that hosts a range of materials relating to film-going and cinema culture in County Cork including footage of people's personal recollections. Supported by the Creative Ireland Programme it is a wonderful showcase of times past. 

 

Skibbereen Heritage Centre has made some great resources available online on their website and YouTube channel for an immersive experience.

Get an insight into what happens on our Safety Awareness Events for school children in County Cork. This one took place in Tír na Sí Open Farm where the kids learned all about safety on the farm and around water.

Fishing with Kinsale Deep Sea Angling, lunch at Diva Café & Bakery, a zero waste store - Leafling Mercantile - in Ballinaspittle & local food with Neighbourfood.ie.