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.
One does not need to travel far to come across a feature of industrial heritage within the County of Cork, the County having close to 300 mills alone in the archaeological record. The upcoming publication will take a look at the earliest origins of industry in County Cork, with a particular focus on the industrial revolution and the inclusion of sites right up to and including the 20th century. It will examine their construction and in turn their importance to the locality, as well as where they sat in the wider economic growth of the County. Architectural features associated specifically with industrial sites will be clearly demonstrated and the publication will also feature a number of important industrial sites located within the County of Cork that the public can visit. The text will include fascinating stories regarding these industrial sites coupled with first-hand accounts of the people who worked them, from Breweries and Gunpowder Mills to Linen works, Creameries and Foundries. Industrial heritage has had a profound impact on the places of County Cork and many places owe their name to such industry, for example, Millstreet in North Cork, with other villages owing their origin to industry, for example, the village of Blarney, which was set up around a local Linen Industry over 250 years ago.
One of the most important elements of this publication, if not the most important, is the input of local heritage groups and enthusiasts. Past publications in the Heritage of County Cork Series have benefited hugely from a great number of public submissions including photos for use, stories, and indeed lists of recommended sites that should be featured in the book(s). With respect to the upcoming publication on the County’s industrial Heritage, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council would be delighted to see a similar response in 2019. To this effect local heritage societies, community groups and individuals are requested to get involved in the project by submitting any specific information/stories/photos of interest to Cork County Council by Friday 10th May 2019. Details can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com and the publication will set out to include and reference as many submissions as possible. For further information, visit www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage.