Wed, 07/08/2019 - 16:37
L-R Conor Nelligan, Heritage Officer, CorkCoCo, Emma Moir, Heritage Section Cork Co Co, The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O'Sullivan, Rachel O’Callaghan, Heritage Section Cork Co Co - No re pro fee

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. 

In Cork County, 140 events will take place, across 52 locations, from the award winning Ellen Hutchins festival programme, primarily based in Bantry, to a workshop on how to shop with minimal waste in Twig Refill Shop, Clonakilty. Dancing at the crossroads in Lombardstown may appeal to some, while a tour of Ballycotton Lighthouse may be of preference to others. 

Heritage week 2019 runs from 17th-25th August and the theme this year is ‘Pastimes & Past Times’. Take a wander through our past and see how our world today has been shaped by historical events and our historical livelihood. The prime focus is allowing us to gain an insight into our heritage and to achieve an understanding about how things have changed so much over the years while also partaking in various activities, and perhaps taking up a new pastime. The success of Heritage Week is credited to different heritage groups, organisations and communities who take the time to immerse themselves into the historical aspects of their local region and endeavour to promote it.

Commenting on the events of this year’s Heritage Week, the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan said

“The County has an array of heritage embedded within it, from ring forts and castles to monuments and natural heritage sites, as well as places synonymous with past events in the county for example the famine trail within the town of Skibbereen. Thanks to a wealth of organisations and communities in Cork County, there will be a big variety of events that portray a vast amount of our heritage and our past. As Mayor of the County of Cork, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone and anyone, of all ages and interests to come along to some of the events which have been arranged especially for the week that’s in it.”

Each year Cork County Council brings out a Heritage Week County Cork Events Guide to promote these wonderful events and this is now available throughout the County in Tourist Offices, Libraries, Area Offices, and Museums and in a number of other outlets. The Events Guide can also be posted out upon request from

To keep up to date with Heritage Week Activities nationwide check out the Heritage Council's website to find details of all events taking place throughout the country as well as a few different competitions to enter. 

For Heritage Week Events in County Cork see brochure here:

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