Heritage Week 2018

Heritage Week – coordinated by the Heritage Council and part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme - takes place from August 18th to 26th 2018. This is a special year for Heritage being the European Year of Cultural Heritage and this year’s Theme is ‘Sharing Stories’. Cork County has been excelling in Heritage Week activities in recent years with national acknowledgments given to the Ellen Hutchins festival in West Cork and the John Saul event in East Cork.

Illustrated Lecture - 'Her Story'

Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled Blarney 1918 - Anti-Conscription - Armistice - Election in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School).

In April 1918 the British government attempted to impose conscription in Ireland by imposing a law which was passed but never put into effect. No Irish person was ever drafted into the British Army. The Armistice of 11 November 1918  brought an end to fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and Germany.

Sinking of the RMS Leinster - Tragedy, Romance and a link to Bantry, Kinsale and Monkstown

Bantry Historical Society will host a talk by Niall O'Reilly of Dublin, on The Sinking of the RMS Leinster - Tragedy, Romance and a Link to Bantry, Kinsale and Monkstown.


The talk will take place in the Christian Fellowship Church, Bantry on Thursday 25th October at 8.00pm. 

Everyone very welcome.

Cork County Council 'Conservation of Historic Ruins' Workshops

Do you have a ruined historic building in need of some attention? 

Is your community group involved in maintaining a local historic graveyard, perhaps one that contains the ruin of a historic church? 

If yes, then you will be interested to hear that The Historic Monuments Advisory Committee (HMAC) has organized a series of training workshops on the Conservation of Historic Ruins.

Oral History Training Course - Cork Folklore Project

Our next training course for 2018 'An Introduction to Oral History – the Life Cycle Approach' takes place on Saturday 20th October 2018 in Cork Folklore Project, Cork City.

Booking is currently open for members only, but remaining places will be made available to non-members from Monday 1st October.

This one day workshop will offer a basic introduction to all aspects in the life cycle of an oral history project including commissioning, interviewing, disseminating and archiving oral history.

The World of Nano Nagle: ’The Catholic Interest in the late 18th century Ireland’

Maurice Bric UCD: The World of Nano Nagle: ’The Catholic Interest in the late 18th century Ireland’

The lecture will examine the Ireland in which Nano Nagle grew up and developed her mission. An Ireland of great change during which the Penal Laws were enforced, ignored and abolished.

Also on the day Charles Lysaght, Dublin based biographer and Mathew descendant, will speak on 'Nano Nagle's Mathew Mother's Home' and Declan Downey, U.C.D. will speak about 'Nano Nagle's Jacobite Heritage and her family's continental networks.


The second annual Creative Ireland Conference will get under way in the Abbey Hotel on the morning of Friday 9th November in the culture steeped village of Baile Mhúirne, beginning with talks by members of Cork County Council’s Culture Team (with representation across the Arts, Library, Heritage, Tourism and Irish sections of the Council) to indicate the various supports and initiatives currently in place for promotion of culture within the County.