Launch of Irish Community Archive Network Empowers County Cork’s Heritage   

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The County Cork Heritage Unit is excited to announce the launch of the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) in County Cork.  

The Irish Community Archive Network is a collaborative initiative led by the National Museum of Ireland in partnership with the Heritage Council. This network aims to provide a digital platform for local community organisations to share and preserve their valuable archives, including photographs, documents, videos, and oral recordings, ensuring that the rich heritage of localities is accessible to people both at home and abroad. 

The County Cork Heritage Unit, as the point of contact for iCAN in County Cork, is proud to bring together four prominent local groups in this initiative: Bere Island Projects Group, Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association, Kilshanning Heritage Group, and Youghal Community Archives. 

The launch event featured presentations from each of these groups, showcasing their work and contributions to the iCAN network. The event was formally launched by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Frank O'Flynn.  Mayor Cllr. Frank O'Flynn expressed his enthusiasm for the launch, saying,

The Irish Community Archive Network represents a pivotal moment for preserving and celebrating the unique heritage of County Cork. With this digital platform, our local communities can showcase their historical treasures to the world.

Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, commented on the event saying

The operation of the Irish Community Archive Network in the county of Cork is most welcome and Cork County Council is grateful to the organisation and the National Museum of Ireland for the support, advice and training provided.  This platform will not only connect our communities but also ensure that our heritage is cherished for generations to come.

Inclusive engagement is of paramount importance to the Irish Community Archive Network. People from across the county, alongside heritage groups are warmly encouraged to submit their proposals to the Council's Heritage Unit for integration into the Archive.  

For media inquiries and further information, please contact Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer, Cork County Council Email: Phone: 0860676553.