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 and Museums

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

Independence Museum Kilmurry: .

Kilmurry Independence Museum


Passage West Maritime Museum: .


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


Upcoming Events in the County of Cork



Essex   brigade

Date/Time: Thursday 13th and 20th June 2019
Event: 'The Brigade' - A living History Documentary exploring the War of Independence in West Cork
Location: RTÉ One
Additional Information: The Brigade, a living history documentary exploring the lives of the ordinary West Cork men and women who fought for Irish freedom during the War of Independence will air on RTÉ1 on Thursday June 13th and Thursday June 20th. In the documentary, a group of 12 Volunteers were chosen after an open day at Clonakilty GAA. These men then spent a week training as a flying column in locations in Kilbrittain, Enniskeane and Kilmichael. The training started at West Cork Secret, Kilbrittain before moving to locations directly associated with the original flying column training, the week culminated in an ambush scenario at the Michael Collins Centre in Castleview. Their role was to follow in the footsteps of the flying column and to gain an understanding of what life would have been like for the men by being on the run, marching across country and living in barns. In a secondary strand, a group of history students from the University of Essex spent a week travelling around West Cork discovering the history by meeting local historians and descendants of the original Brigade. They heard the stories of the brave men and women from the area and the dangers they faced, they also heard about the notorious Essex Regiment who were based in West Cork and the suffering they caused the local population, something not taught in British schools. The documentary seeks to take a fresh approach in telling the history and hopefully bring the stories to life in a way that will hopefully connect with people, in particular a younger audience, and inspire them to discover more about the War of Independence period in their local area. The documentary was the brainchild of Clonakilty man, Samuel Kingston and produced by Abú Media with funding from Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ and Cork County Council through its Commemorations Committee and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


Starry Flag Clonakilty

Date/Time: Thursday 13th June 2019 at 20:30
Event: Illustrated Talk: Unde the Starry Flag - by Lucy E. Salyer
Location: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
In 1867 forty Irish American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition on Erin’s Hope
, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance to fight. British authorities arrested them for treason as soon as they landed, sparking an international conflict that dragged the United States and Britain to the brink of war. John Warren, born in Clonakilty, turned his trial for treason into a bold challenge to British authority. The small ruckus created by these impassioned Irish Americans provoked an international human rights revolution that is not, even now, fully realized. The Fenians claimed American citizenship. British authorities disagreed, insisting that naturalized Irish-born Americans remained British subjects. “Once a subject, always a subject,” they quipped. Whose vision would prevail? Since the American Revolution, the United States had been on a collision course with European nations as migrants poured out of Europe and into America. “Sending” states often refused to relinquish their legal hold on emigrants. The Fenians stepped into an international controversy that had been brewing for years over “whose was whose.” The crisis resulted in a dozen landmark treaties and path-breaking domestic laws – in Britain, Germany, and the U.S. – acknowledging the right of exit and the freedom of migration. Dr Lucy E. Salyer is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and author of Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law, which won the Theodore Saloutos Book Award for the best book on immigration history. A former Constance E. Smith Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Salyer received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship for teaching excellence, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her latest book Under the Starry Flag recovers a forgotten chapter in international history, a time when nations sought to tear down walls preventing the free flow of people. Copies of the book will be on sale at the lecture.

CnanÓg 2019

Date/Time: Saturday 15th June 2019
Event: Cruinniú na nÓg in the County of Cork
Location: Various locations, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
The involvement of young people in cultural and creative projects has so many positive benefits and this is one of the key principles underlying Ireland’s National Day of Culture for Young People- Cruinniú na nÓg.
Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities. Led by the local Creative County Cork Culture and Creativity Team, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals, activities include everything from traditional Irish Music to Creative Animation. With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition. In the County of Cork over 30 events will take place with different forms of creative activity for toddlers to teenagers and indeed for the kid in all of us. To find out more about the Creative Ireland Programme in the County of Cork visit www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland or email creative.ireland@corkcoco.ie and to see the full list of events taking place for Cruinniú na nÓg visit https://cruinniu.creativeireland.gov.ie/events/location/cork%20county.

Date/Time: Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th June 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00
Event: Innishannon Gardens and Galleries
Location: Innishannon, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
The Innishannon “Gardens and Galleries” Festival takes place on Sat 15th and Sun 16th June from 10am to 5pm each day. It is the opening of gardens and art exhibitions around Innishannon and many other accompanying events.  All welcome.

Date/Time: Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 20:00 
Event: 1798 Battle of the Big Cross to be rememberd in Clonakilty 
Location: Asna Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, a local, non-political historical organisation in Clonakilty will remember "The Battle of the Big Cross" this Wednesday evening, 19th June at 8pm at Asna Square. "The Battle of the Big Cross" which took place on 19th June 1798, was significant in that it was the only rising in the whole of Munster during that historic year. Over 100 local United Irishmen, including their leader Tadhg Ó Donnabháin Asna, died in the battle against Crown Forces who are thought to have lost less than a dozen soldiers.The battlesite is just north of Shannonvale village and about two miles from Clonakilty town. During the commemoration, the new Mayor of Clonakilty, Michael O' Neill will lay a wreath at the base of the Tadhg an Asna statue, erected in memory of the local United Irishmen leader who fell at the battle, and a local historian will give a brief outline of the battle and the times and aftermath and the event will conclude with "Amhrán na bhFiann". All are welcome to attend.

Date/Time: Friday 21st June 2019 at 20:00 
Event: The Scily Walk for Midsummer Night - with Dermot Ryan 
Location: Perryville, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
The Scilly Walk for Midsummer Night with Dermot  Ryan, meeting at Perryville, 7.30 p.m., followed by light refreshments at the Armada.


Date/Time: Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 13:00 
Event: 'Ode to a Local Hero' - song performances by the winning school and by Cork Bard John Spillane 
Location: Veritgo (Floor 17), County Hall, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
As part the Heritage in Schools Programme, supported by the Heritage Council, in conjunction with Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme, a fascinating competition open to all schools in the County of Cork took place.This was a song competition with local heritage as the theme. From the middle of May, last month, Áine Brosnan, Archaeologist on the panel for the Heritage in Schools Scheme, went to participating schools and took the children on a fieldtrip to visit a local monument. Then it was back to the classroom where the children wrote their ‘Odes to their local hero’ who may have lived at the monument. All kinds of sites were visited from Castles to Stone Circles, Stone Rows, Abbeys, a martello tower on a tropical island and a Clock Tower. The children’s ages varied from jnr and snr infants to 6 th class students. Each Ode was absolutely fantastic in its own right so the job of choosing winners was taken on by Cork Bard John Spillane - a really difficult task!!! On Wednesday 26th June, the winners, who won a workshop with John Spillane to help them develop their Ode into a song, will perform there songs following a short Concert with John Spillane himself. The event commences at 1pm in Vertigo (Floor 17 of the County Hall). All welcome.


Buttevant talk June 2019

Date/Time: Thursday 27th June 2019 at 20:00 
Event: A talk on recent Archaeological Discoveries in Buttevant by Trish Long 
Location: Muintir na Tíre Hall, Buttevant, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
Buttevant Heritage Group are delighted to announce a presentation by Trish Long of Rubicon: “To Enclose it with Walls”: Archaeological Discoveries Regarding Medieval and Late Buttevant. Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd were the archaeologists in Buttevant throughout the recent roadworks. Trish will deliver an analysis of the archaeological works that took place during the street works in 2015-16. So many people admire how well the town looks and now we will learn of the significance of the painstaking archaeological works that took place on the Main Street. The presentation will take place in the Muintir na Tire hall on Thursday 27 June 2019, at 8pm. Entry is free, and all are welcome.

Date/Time: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019  
Event: Charleville Agricultural Show to include Pop-up Museum and Visit of Croesgoch Heritage Society and Goodwick Brass Band 
Location: Charleville, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
VISIT OF CROESGOCH HERITAGE SOCIETY AND GOODWICK BRASS BAND TO CHARLEVILLE - Charleville Heritage Society is twinned with the Croesgoch Heritage Society (near Fishguard) in Wales. Some of latter's members are also associated with the nearby Goodwick Brass Band, who are UK and Welsh national title winners and one of the top brass bands in the world. Charleville will be hosting members of the Croesgoch Heritage Society over the last weekend in June and the 42 strong Goodwick Band is also coming to town. They will perform at Charleville Agricultural Show on Sunday afternoon and in a concert at the Charleville Park Hotel on Sunday night 30th June, with a full supporting programme. Admision is only €10 to the concert and a terrific night's entertainment is assured. All welcome.

POP-UP MUSEUM - To mark the 40th year of Charleville Agricultural Show Charleville Heritage Society are organising a pop-up museum on their stand at the Show. They will display storyboards of the town's founder Roger Boyle (Lord Broghill) and the many famous people who were either born in or are associated with the town, such as Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill, Archbishop Thomas W. Croke of Cashel, Archbishop Daniel Mannix of Melbourne, Bishop William Reeves, Churhc of Ireland Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore, Eliza Lynch, National Heroine of Paraguay, Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne, John Anster, to mention but some. We will also display items of historical interest plus many photographs. So, if you are at the Show please visit the Charleville Heritage Society stand.

Date/Time: Thursday 4th July 2019 at 20:00
Event: Manchester Martyrs - by Bob Bateman
Location: Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: On 23rd November 1867, Cork Fenians William Allen (Bandon) and Michael O’ Brien (Ballymacoda), together with Michael Larkin, were the subject of the last public hanging ever carried out in Manchester, England. These three men were known as the Manchester Martyrs and were executed for their part in the Fenian Rising of 1867 and in particular an event that occurred in Manchester in September 1867, known as the ‘Smashing of the Van’. The 'Smashing of the Van' involved the rescuing of some prominent Fenians, including none other than Captain Timothy Deasy. Cork County Council's Commemoration Committee was honoured to have Captain Deasy's Great-GrandNephew Bob Bateman, from the USA, deliver a talk on the Manchester Martyrs on in November 2017 and on July 4th 2019, with thanks to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, Bob Bateman will give this talk in Clonakilty. All welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th July 2019 at 19:00
Event: Mallow Field Club Tour of Kanturk Town - with Pat O'Sullivan 
Location: Meet outside Garda Station, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Organised by the Mallow Field Club, a tour of Kanturk Town, led by Pat O'Sullivan, will take place on the evening of Tuesday 9th July. The meeting point is the Garda Station in Mallow at 19:00 and all welcome to attend.

Date/Time: Sunday 21st to Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Event: FREE MARKET National Exhibition Tour - Macroom
Location: Market Square and Town Hall, Macroom, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Free Market, the Irish National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, won widespread acclaim for its exploration of the unique identity of Irish rural towns when it showed in Venice in 2018. It is now preparing to bring this ambitious exhibition back to four towns as part of its National Tour including Macroom from Sunday 21st to Tuesday 23rd June 2019.  As part of the exhibition the vital role that market places play in the life of rural communities will be celebrated and explored. It promises to be an outstanding event and has been supported by Cork County Council through the Arts Office, the Municipal District and through the Creative Ireland Programme.  For more information view the latest Press Release by clicking here

Date/Time: Sunday 4th August to Sunday 1st September 2019
Event: Exhibition at Independence Museum Kilmurry - 'It Wasn't All Work You Know'
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
Kilmurry will be exhibiting a wonderful exhibition over the month of August looking at what people did for leisure during the past 150 years. It promises to be a great exhibition and opens on Sunday 4th August.

Date/Time: Saturday 24th August 2019 at 20:00
Event: Concert at St. Nickolas's Church in Churchtown - 150th Celebration
Location: St. Nicholas', Churchtown, Co. Cork
Additional Information:
Parish launch of the Shandrum Ceili Band new CD entited “The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy” at 8.00pm. This event is presented with the compliments of Churchtown Heritage Society and Shandrum Ceili Band.

Upcoming Events of note outside of the County


Date/Time: Friday 27th April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00
Event: Heritage Week Event Organising Training Day
Location: National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin
Additional Information: Preparations for Heritage Week 2018 are well underway across the country. From 18-26 August 2018, hundreds of event organisers in local community organisations will host Heritage Week events and in recognition of this, the Heritage Council is organising a free Training Day for National Heritage Week Event Organisers, taking place in Dublin on April 27th. The day will include talks and workshops with practical event planning advice, networking with other event organisers, and lots of inspiration! Registration is now open. Please note places are limited so only a maximum of two participants from any organisation or group is permissible. If you can't make the Training Day www.heritageweek.ie provides lots of information on planning a great Heritage Week event.



art heritage seminar 2018 IWTN

Date/Time: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Event: Art and Heritage Seminar
Location: Solas Bhríde, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare
Additional Information:  The first event of the Irish Walled Towns Network training programme in 2018 is a conference titled 'Art & Heritage Seminar, Exploring Ways to Work Together' which is taking place in Kildare town in partnership with Kildare Heritage Office and Kildare Arts Office as part of their Creative Ireland programme. The day will explore creative ways where heritage and arts can combine and speakers include Charles Duggan, Dublin City Heritage Office, Michael Fortune, Michele Horrigan, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Aileen Lambert, Deirdre O'Mahony,X-PO and many more. The event is free but booking is essential by emailing hkearns@heritagecouncil.ie



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.