HERITAGE EVENTS
 

 


Annual Heritage/Commemorative Dates


Click here to see an annual calendar of commemorative days both in a National and International context (Fully Updated for 2019). The purpose of this is to facilitate the planning ahead of a wide range of heritage events. While this is not an "all inclusive" list it should provide a good summary of the year's many important dates. The planner is essentially a work in progress, should you be aware of any local or County commemorative dates, by all means please do make contact and these dates will be added to the Planner.
 


Event Calenders by Local History/Heritage Societies

The County of Cork is lucky have such a great range of Heritage and Historical Societies, which, on a yearly basis, organise a series of wonderful events for all to attend. Click on any one of the following links to see the details for that particular society:

The Muskerry Local Historical Society are running a number of interesting heritage events over the coming year. Further details can be seen on the attached list of events.

 


Local Heritage Sites, Museums and Regular Walking Tours

The County of Cork has a wonderful selection of local heritage sites, museums and regular walking tours. Some of these are listed below:

 

Clonakilty Town Walks (Summer): 

The popular Clonakilty guided historical town walks are held every Wednesday evening during July and August. Organised and led by volunteer members of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, the walks commence at 7pm sharp from the Michael Collins statue. There is no booking required and no charge. Simply turn up a few minutes before 7pm. They last approximately an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half depending on the guide and interaction from participants. People involved in the tourism/hospitality sectors in Clonakilty and surrounding areas are encouraged to let visitors know about the tours and of course, locals are always welcome.

Independence Museum Kilmurry: .

Kilmurry Independence Museum

 


Passage West Maritime Museum: .

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For further information contact Curator Angela Murphy by emailing  angmurphy@eircom.net

 


Upcoming Events in the County of Cork


 


 

Industrial Heritage Cover

 

Colourful Heritage Cover

Date/Time: Monday 9th December 2019 at 09:15 a.m.  
Event: Joint Publication Launch - Industrial Heritage of County Cork and the Colourful Heritage of County Cork 
Location: Library Exhibition Room, County Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork
Additional Information: 

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. The latest installment in this Heritage of County Cork Publication Series – number seven – is the Industrial Heritage of County Cork. Cork County Council was delighted to have Dr. Colin Rynne, U.C.C. on board for the publication – a book that features over 200 pages giving a great insight into the scope and range of industrial heritage in the County of Cork.

As a new undertaking, this year, 2019, also sees the publishing of a colouring book of heritage and cultural sites from throughout the County of Cork, aptly titled ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork’. Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit and Creative Ireland Culture Team worked with a range of different illustrators and the end product should prove most popular with people of all ages.

The books are being launched by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan, on Monday 9th December at 09:15 in the presence of Chief Executive Tim Lucey and Directors of Service Michael Lynch (DOS, Planning) and Niall Healy (DOS, Municipal District Operations and Rural Development). All welcome to come along on the morning. Copies of the publications will be available for sale.


 

Cork DFAS December 2019

Date/Time: Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 19:45 
Event: Bauhaus 100: Manifestations of this Movement in Architectural Design in Cork 
Location:
Metropole Hotel, Cork 
Additional Information:
 2019 is the centenary of the founding of the twentieth century’s most influential school of design. This lecture will concentrate on buildings built in Cork from the 1930s on, in an attempt to trace the influence of the Bauhaus and other centres of Modernism on the architecture of a provincial Irish city. Whilst focusing on Modernism, it will not ignore other competing ideas of what encapsulated ‘good design’ at the time. The past of the city will be brought to life using slides and lively descriptions. Tom Spalding is a PhD scholar at the Technical University, Dublin (previously the Dublin Institute of Technology). His special area of study is the design of twentieth century buildings and interiors in Cork city between 1920 and 1970. He is the author of a number of books on Cork, including ‘The Cork International Exhibitions, 1902 & 1903’ and ‘A Guide to Cork’s Twentieth Century Architecture’. He can be contacted at tom.spalding@mydit.ie.

 


Date/Time: Thursday 12th December 2019 at 20:30 
Event: Launch of the Kinsale Record Vol, 27
Location: Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Kinsale History Society, Volume 27 of the Kinsale Record will be launched. It will be a Social Night and for more information contact dermotryankinsale@gmail.com 


Date/Time: Sunday 22nd December 2019 at 14:00 
Event: Annual Famine Commemoration 
Location: Famine Graveyard and Millwater, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Kinsale History Society, the annual prayer service will take place at the Famine Graveyard and Millwater at 14:00 on Sunday 22nd December. For more information contact dermotryankinsale@gmail.com 

 


Date/Time: Thursday 9th January 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Lecture: 'Why Can't I Find my Ancestors?'
Location:
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney Secondary School, Blarney, Cork 
Additional Information:
 Blarney & District Historical Society presents an Illustrated Lecture titled: Why Can’t I Find My Ancestors? This illustrated talk will be presented by Karen O’Riordan from Cork County Library and will include specific examples from parish registers, civil records and census returns. It will be of special interest to individuals who have conducted some family history research but have hit the ‘genealogical brick wall.’ Everybody welcome. Non-members €4.. http://blarneyhistory.ie


Date/Time: Thursday 9th January 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Lecture: 'Attack on Kilmurry Barracks' - by Dr. John Borgonovo 
Location:
The Independence Room, Independence Museum Kilmurry, Macroom, Co. Cork 
Additional Information:
 Time: 8.00pm. A presentation by Dr. John Borgonovo, UCC School of History. Topic:  ‘Attack on Kilmurry RIC Barracks’. All welcome.


Date/Time: Saturday 11th January 2020 at 14:00 
Event: Illustrated Lecture: 'Protection of Cork City from Flooding and impact on the Gearagh and Lough Mahon SACs'
Location: 
The Conference Space, Nano Nagle Place, Cork City 
Additional Information: Join us on Saturday 11th January 2020, 14.00. Emeritus Professor Dr Philip O'Kane will speak on 'Save Cork City's counter proposal to the OPW LLFR Scheme to protect the city from flooding and the impact on the Gearagh and Lough Mahon SACs’. No registration required, all welcome. Do arrive early as seating is limited to 100.


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Date/Time: Saturday 18th January 2020 at 19:00 
Event: Exhibition Launch - Waiting for the Apocalypse - Lucy Phelan 
Location: 
Blackwater Valley Makers, Pearse Square, Fermoy, Co. Cork  
Additional Information: An exhibition by Luch Phelan commences on Saturday 18th January and will run up until the end of February. Hosted by the Blackwater Valley Makers and all welcome. 


Bantry Garinish

Date/Time: Monday 20th January 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: The Lives and Times of the Bryces of Garinish Island 
Location: 
Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry, Co. Cork  
Additional Information: The members of Bantry Historical Society are very much looking forward to this much anticipated talk on Monday 20 January 2020 in the Christian Fellowship Church at 8.00pm by Dr. Jim Larner. In 1910, John Annan and Violet Bryce bought a barren rocky island off of Glengarriff in Co Cork and set about creating their own garden paradise. Today, the island of Garinish, is famous the world over for its sub-tropical garden, set against a magnificent backdrop of mountains and sparkling water.  The Italianate garden at its heart is now one of the most iconic images of Irish gardening. This presentation will tell the story of their achievements and set-backs in the turbulent times in Ireland of the early 20th century. Everyone will be very welcome


Date/Time: Tuesday 21st January 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: The Norreys Family and the building of Mallow Castle by Prof. Tadhg O'Keeffe
Location: Social Services Room, New Road, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information:  A look at the Norreys Family and the building of Mallow Castle. Renowned Historian GTadhg O'Keeffe will give this talk which will examine the importance of Thomas Norreys who built what was one of the first fortified houses in Ireland at Mallow. Organised by the Mallow Field Club and all welcome to attend. Door charge to cover costs: €3.


Blackwater Fit-ups 2020

Date/Time: Wednesday 22nd January to Sunday 23rd February 2020  
Event: Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Festival
Location: Various, throughout North Cork, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A great line-up is in store for 2020. For full details click here


Date/Time: Wednesday 22nd January 2020 from 11:30 to 12:30 
Event: Illustrated Talk: The Taking of Carrigtwohill RIC Barracks 3rd January 1920 
Location: 
Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork  
Additional Information: Organised by the Bishopstown Historical Society, a talk by Local Historian Marie McCarthy, on the Taking of Carrigtwohill RIC Barracks, will be held in Bishopstown Library on Wednesday 22nd January. The Barracks was captured on 3rd January 1920 and is reported as being the first officially sanctioned capture of an RIC Barracks during the War of Independence. The talk takes place from 11:30 to 12:30 and all welcome.  


 

Donoughmore Skellig

Date/Time: Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 20:00  
Event: Illustrated Talk: Skellig Michael: Stairway to Heaven 
Location: Firmount National School, Donoughmore, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The Donoughmore Historical Society is planning upcoming events for this winter and spring. The first this January is a talk by John Sheehan of UCC's Archeology Department who will discuss ‘Skellig Michael – Stairway to Heaven’. The talk takes place in Firmount National School on Thursday 23rd January at 20:00. All welcome.


Clonakilty Burning of Cork

Date/Time: Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 20:00  
Event: Illustrated Talk: The Burning of Cork 
Location: Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Hosted by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage as the first in their lecture series of 2020, “The Burning of Cork” will be the topic on the arson attack on the city centre on the night of 11th/12th December 1920, and will be delivered by Michael Lenihan in The Clonakilty Parish Centre at 8pm next Thursday 23rd January. 'A tale of arson, loot and murder' was how one source described the events in Cork city when in a scene of almost unprecedented destruction. RIC “Auxies”, bent on revenge for the ambushes at Kilmichael and Dillon's Cross set fire to both the commercial and the civic heart of the city. One side of Patrick Street and the area surrounding it were razed to the ground, while City Hall and the neighbouring Carnegie Library were gutted as Auxiliaries and Black and Tans shot at Cork's firemen and cut their hoses in an effort to ensure maximum damage. Author of “Cork Burning" (2018), Michael Lenihan uses eyewitness accounts, contemporary sources and exceptional images from the period, to tell the story of the events before, during and after that infamous night. All are welcome to attend the interesting talk next Thursday 23rd January at 8pm in the Clonakilty Parish Centre, but are advised to arrive well before the starting time to ensure a good seat! Further updates on "Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage" Facebook page.


Date/Time: Saturday 25th January 2020 from 11:00 to 14:00  
Event: Beaumount Quarry Clean-up
Location: Beaumount Quarry, Cork
Additional Information: Join us for a day out in an amazing site in Cork City. Beaumont Quarry is a disused limestone quarry that ceased operation in the 1960s. We regularly run clean ups and also run conservation activities. Why not join us on the 25th of January. Blow those Christmas cobwebs away. If you can spare an hour or two then we would love to see you.  All equipment provided. Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing. For further information contact beaumontcnn@gmail.com


Edward Bransfield

Date/Time: Saturday 25th January 2020 at 14:00  
Event: Commemoration and Unveiling of Monument to Edward Bransfield who discovered Antarctica in January 1820 
Location: Lower Road, Ballinacurra, Midleton, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Edward Bransfield discovered the continent of Antarctica in January 1820. To mark the BiCentenary of this important event, a commemorative event will take place in Ballinacurra on Saturday, January 25th 2020. A bespoke monument will be unveiled and it should prove to be a most memorable event. The project has been undertaken by the excellent Remembering Edward Bransfield Group and has been supported by Cork County Council through its Commemorations Committee and the East Cork Municipal District Office. All welcome. 


 

cuisle avondhu tin whistle

Date/Time: Saturday 1st February 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00 
Event: Tin Whistle Workshop 
Location: Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Cuisle Avondhu, supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme, has organised a tin whistle workshop for Saturday 1st February - Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Places are limited and booking is essential. Email cuisleavondhu@gmail.com.  


Cuisle Accordion

Date/Time: Saturday 1st February 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00 
Event: Accordian Workshop 
Location: Nano Nagle Centre, Killavullen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Cuisle Avondhu, supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme, has organised an Accordion workshop for Saturday 1st February. Places are limited and booking is essential. Email cuisleavondhu@gmail.com.  


Date/Time: DATE TBC   
Event: Public Consultation Evening regarding the Draft National Marine Planning Framework
Location: Bantry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A public consultation evening regarding the Draft National Marine Planning Framework will take place in Bantry a date to be established.. More details to follow shortly.  


Date/Time: Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'Heraldry in County Cork' 
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, a talk on the 'Heraldry in County Cork' by Gerard Crotty, will take place in the Crawford Art Gallery on Wednesday 5th February. All welcome.  


Date/Time: Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 20:00 
Event: AGM Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association 
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) AGM at 8pm in Heritage Room Independence Museum Kilmurry on February 5th 2020.Membership renewal will be available for 2020.   


Date/Time: Thursday 6th February 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'Blarney- Music, Poetry and Song' 
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School) Cork
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled: ‘Blarney - Music, Poetry and Song’. Our Guest Speaker, Mr. Barry Looney, is an acclaimed traditional musician who will present a selection of music, poetry and song taking us through times of peace and tranquillity, war and mayhem and much more, all of them referring to the word and the place-name ‘Blarney’ from his vast archive. Everybody welcome.   €4 entry charge for non-members. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel  087 2153216  Web-site http://blarneyhistory.ie/events


Meelin Green Friends

Date/Time: Saturday 8th February 2020  
Event: Trees on the Land GreenFriends Ireland Planting Event 
Location: Meelin, Co. Cork
Additional Information: GreenFriends Ireland invites people to join in and plant some trees in February 2020, on what is one or Ireland's biggest tree planting weekends of the season. Every year, Trees on the Land, collaborate with NGOs from all over Ireland on the weekend of the 15th of February. Last year, over 150,000 trees were planted and collectively over a million native trees have been planted all over Ireland, north and south. It’s a great initiative and GreenFriends love to be part of it. Trees on the Land supply the trees. In 2020, we shall be planting trees once again, in Meelin and Donegal. We will let you know more details closer to the date, pencil it in now, it's a beautiful event to be part of.


Date/Time: Wednesday 12th February 2020 from 19:00 for 19:45 start 
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'A Donegal Artistic Nexus'
Location: Metropole Hotel, Mac Curtain St. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Cork Decorative and Fine Art Society a very interesting talk will take place on Wednesday 12th February. Click here for more information.  


Date/Time: Monday 17th February 2020 at 20:30  
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'Beara Casualties 1916-1923 - Forgotten Stories of the Revolution'
Location: Twomey's Lounge, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Beara Historical Society, Historian Fachtna O Donovan will give a talk entitled "Beara Casualties 1916-1923: Forgotten Stories of the Revolution". Over 20 people, including two women and a thirteen year old boy, lost their lives in the Beara peninsula during the revolutionary years 1916-1923. After a lapse of 100 years their stories can now be told. It promises to be a most interesting talk and all most welcome..  


Date/Time: Thursday 20th February 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: Bowens Court and Elizabeth Bowen 
Location: Social Services Room, New Road, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information:  A look at the Bowens and on the writer Elizabeth including some previously unseen photographs of their Kildorrery Home. David Hicks, Architectural Historian, will give this talk which promises to be a most interesting one.  Organised by the Mallow Field Club and all welcome to attend. Door charge to cover costs: €3.


Date/Time: Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'Iconography: Past and Future Histories and How the Irish have Avoided It' 
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, a talk on the Iconography by Dr. Colum Hourihane will take place in the Crawford Art Gallery on Wednesday 4th March. All welcome.  


Date/Time: Thursday 5th March 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'Irish Police Casualties' 
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Cork
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled: Irish Police Casualties – Including those of the War of Independence The Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) was the unarmed police force of the city of Dublin from 1836 until its amalgamation with the Garda Síochána in 1925.  Mr. Jim Herlihy, an acknowledged historian and author and expert on the history of the Irish Police, highlights the circumstances of an interesting selection of the casualties of both the R.I.C and D.M.P. police forces. Everybody welcome.  €4 entry charge for non-members. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel  087 2153216  Web-site http://blarneyhistory.ie/events


Date/Time: Saturday 21st March 2020  
Event: Annual Genealogy Conference 
Location: Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork
Additional Information: The Cork Genealogical Society’s one day Annual Genealogy Conference will take place on Saturday 21st.March 2020 in the Rochestown Park Hotel Cork City. Further details provided soon.


Date/Time: Tuesday 24th March 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: AGM and the Lighthouse at Ballycotton
Location: Social Services Room, New Road, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information:  An illustrated on the history of lighthouses in Ireland and on Ballycotton in particular. Derry Keogh, will give this talk which promises to be a most interesting one.  Organised by the Mallow Field Club and all welcome to attend. Door charge to cover costs: €3.


Date/Time: Thursday 2nd April 2020 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: 'IcoBetween Glandore and New York: Judge Daniel Colohan and the Irish Revolution 1912-1922' 
Location: Parish Centre, Western Road, Clonakility, Co Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, a talk on Judge Daniel Colohan and the Irish Revolution by Dr. Michael Doorley will take place in Clonakilty on Thursday 2nd April. All welcome.  


 



 
 
 
Upcoming Events of note outside of the County


 

 

 


 

 

Date/Time: Thursday 27th February, 2020
Event: Conference: 'Church of Ireland: Disestablishment and Beyond'
Location: 
Academy House, Dawson St, Dublin 2
Additional Information:  The Royal Irish Academy, in partnership with the Church of Ireland as part of the Church’s National Programme, will host a half day conference titled ‘Church of Ireland: Disestablishment and beyond’ on Thursday 27th February from 1.15 – 6pm in Academy House, Dawson St, Dublin 2.  Tickets: €10 - €15. For further details go to https://www.ria.ie/church-ireland-disestablishment-and-beyond

 


 
 
PAST EVENTS


 

2018: Outside the many hundreds of events that took place during National Heritage Week, Cruinniú na nÓg and Culture Night, etc., over the course of 2018 close to 200 heritage/cultural/commemorative events took place throughout the County of Cork – a credit to all groups and speakers involved. Click here to see a list of the2018 Events.

 

 

Click here to see a list of the2017 Events.