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: .


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


Upcoming Events in the County of Cork


Date/Time: Monday 2nd to Saturday 14th September 2019
Event: Cape Clear Wildlife Festival 
Location: Cape Clear, West Cork
Additional Information: 
This year marks the 60th anniversary of BirdWatch Ireland's bird observatory on beautiful Cape Clear Island, off the West Cork coast. To celebrate this milestone, we are holding the inaugural Cape Clear Wildlife Festival, running on the island from September 2nd to 14th, organised by our Cape Clear Wildlife Officer, Steve Wing. The festival will be opened by the well-known birder, author and TV presenter David Lindo (aka The Urban Birder), and we will have an action-packed range of exciting events over the course of the festival, including guided natural history tours, sea-watching, whale-watching, bird-ringing demonstrations, bee and butterfly walks and fun family wildlife days. All events are free and everyone is welcome. We hope you will be able to join us and see all that this beautiful island has to offer. For more information click here

Date/Time: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: Families and Society in 18th and 19th Century Cloyne 
Location: Cloyne Catherdral, Cloyne, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Clodagh Tait will give an illustrated talk on the families and society of 18th and 19th century Clyone on Tuesday 3rd September. It promises to be a great event and all welcome. 

Spike WOI 2019

Date/Time: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019 
Event: Spike Island War of Independence Prisoners and Aud Weekend 
Location: Spike Island, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Spike Island is steeped in heritage and not least when it comes to remembering the AUD in 1916 and the War of Independence. A wonderful new Independence Exhibition has been opened on the Island and this will be available to see, together with reenactors, autograph books, original artefacts and much more. For more information see the poster and/or visit www.spikeislandcork.ie  

Date/Time: Commencing Monday 9th September 2019 
Event: SECAD's My Town, My Plan Community Programme 
Location: Various, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 

SECAD is running a wonderful initiative called ‘My Town, My Plan’ community planning and training sessions. This free training is aimed at community volunteers, groups and individuals interested in planning for their town and surrounding area for the future.  Twelve sessions will take place in each town between September and April 2020, with a shared learning conference in South Cork and West Cork in April 2020. Below is a list of the dates of the first session in each of the eight towns across South and West Cork.  If you or a member of your community group would like to be part of this exciting initiative, and have not already signed up, please contact Nuala on noconnell@secad.ie or 021 4613432. This My Town, My Plan training courses will be delivered as part of the LEADER Programme in South and West Cork, which SECAD manages as an Implementing Partner on behalf of the South and West Cork Local Community Development Committee and Cork County Council.






Mon 9 Sept 2019


West Cork Hotel


Tues 10 Sept 2019


Saile Sports & Leisure Centre


Tues 10 Sept 2019


Celtic Ross Hotel


Wed 11 Sept 2019


Cumann na Daoine, Catherine St


Thurs 12 Sept 2019


Cobh Great Island Community Centre


Thurs 12 Sept 2019


Clonakilty Hotel


Tues 24 Sept 2019


Carrigaline Lions Youth Centre


Thurs 26 Sept 2019


MY Place, Mill Road



Date/Time: Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: Round Tower Revelations 
Location: Cloyne Catherdral, Cloyne, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Joan Rockley  will give an illustrated talk on the Round Tower in Cloyne on Tuesday 10th September. It promises to be a great event and all welcome. 

Date/Time: Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Event: Kealkill Stone Circle and Carriganass Castle
Location: Meet at Ouvane Falls Inn Carpark, Ballylickey, Bantry, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Bantry Historical Society has this year teamed up with the organisers of  " A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2019".  Here’s a brilliant opportunity to tour the fascinating and magnificently sited megalithic Kealkill Stone Circle and standing stones just outside the village of Kealkill with local guide Aine Brosnan, Archaeologist, who will share her extensive knowledge of this ancient site.   (In event of damp weather bring suitable footwear). Travel the short distance by coach to the strategically sited Carriganass Castle in the village of Kealkill.  Carriganass Castle was built in the mid 1500s by the O'Sullivan Beare clan, who wielded considerable power in West Cork during the 16th and early 17th centuries.  Learn the turbulent history of the O'Sullivan clan from local guide Dan Sullivan. Meet at Ouvane Falls Inn car park, Ballylickey, near Bantry @10.00am. At the end of the tour, on return to Ouvane Falls, call in for the festive special Taste of West Cork plate at the Ouvane Falls. When:  A morning event Tuesday 10th Sept 2019 at 10.00am.  For enquiries contact Bantry Historical Society  -   bantryhistorical@gmail.com. Booking essential through Eventbrite:



Date/Time: Saturday 14th September 2019 at 15:00 
Event: Official Opening of the Corrin Nature Reserve 
Location: Corrin, Fermoy, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Corrin Nature Reserve is situated on the southern slope of Corrin Hill. The reserve consists of six acres and includes 1000 meters of walkways. It is partially a natural habitat and partially planted and managed for wildlife. The land was purchased in 2011 as the Rathcormac Game & Wildlife Club members recognised a huge decline and loss of wildlife habitat in the area. They were so concerned by this loss that they were determined to save some habitat from the bulldozer to pass on to future generations. The Reserve will be officially opened on Saturday 14th September 2019 by the Rev Father Nelius O'Donnell. A donated sculpture 'Consider the Lillies' by Maggie Blackley will also be unveiled. All are most welcome to attend and for more information and directions click here

Date/Time: Saturday 14th September 2019 from 15:00 
Event: Cork Multicultural Day
Location: City Hall, Cork 
Additional Information: The Cork Multicultural Day takes place in the City Hall on September 14th and will feature a great range of cultural activity from a number of different people now resident in Cork City and County. The event is supported by Cork City Council and by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme. 

Date/Time: Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 20:00 
Event: Illustrated Talk: Bishop Woodward and Father O'Leary 
Location: Cloyne Catherdral, Cloyne, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Patricia Lyons will give an illustrated talk onBishop Woodward and Father O'Leary on Tuesday 17th September. It promises to be a great event and all welcome. 

Date/Time: Friday 20th September 2019
Event: Culture Night in the County of Cork
Location: Various, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 20th September between 4pm and 11pm. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge. Over 100 events will be taking place in the County of Cork and for full details visit http://culturenightcorkcounty.ie/



Date/Time: Thursday 26th September 2019 at 20:30 
Event: Illustrated Talk: From Skibbereen to the Moon - by Finola Finlay 
Location: Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
Agnes Mary Clerke, born 1842, was a celebrated astronomer and a founder of the craft of science writing. Her mother was a Deasy from Clonakilty and her father came from a prominent Skibbereen family. Agnes and her family lived through the famine in Skibbereen, but at the age of 19 she moved to Dublin, then Italy and finally settled in London. Her 1885 book, A History of Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century is still in print, and NASA named a crater on the Moon in her honour. How did this West Cork young woman attain such a high level of education and knowledge in an age when women didn’t go to university, and what is her legacy today? Finola Finlay lives near Ballydehob where she writes the blog Roaringwater Journal with her husband, Robert Harris. Finola has degrees in history and archaeology from UCC. She writes about the history, archaeology, landscape, wild flowers and the artistic heritage of West Cork, and her current research interests include prehistoric rock art, stained glass, West Cork during the Famine, and the natural habitats we need to preserve. She and Robert give frequent talks and presentations and have organised several rock art exhibitions. This event is organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and all welcome.

Thomas Kent

Date/Time: Friday 27th to Sunday 29th September 2019
Event: Thomas Kent School of History 
Location: Fermoy, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
The 2nd Thomas Kent School of History will take place in Fermoy in September 2019 with a great line-up of speakers already in place. For further information and to book a place email thomaskenthistory@gmail.com. 

Date/Time: Saturday 28th September 2019
Event: Youghal Celebrates History Annual Conference - Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets 
Location: Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
The 17th Annual Conference of Youghal Celebrates History will explore the hidden history of Youghal - the secret societies and the societies with secrets. It promises to be a fantastic conference and for further information see the Conference Programme and Booking Form by clicking here

Date/Time: Saturday 28th September 2019
Event: Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 
Location: City Hall, Cork 
Additional Information: 
A day for heritage groups from throughout the City and County to come together and celebrate the heritage of County Cork. 2019 is the 11th year of the Exhibition and will feature over 40 groups. All are most welcome to attend - exhibition taking place between 10:00 and 16:00. 

Date/Time: Saturday 28th September 2019
Event: Commemoration of Irish Defence Forces who died in the Service of Peace
Location: Benedictine Bible Garden, Cobh, Cork 
Additional Information: 
The Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women Cobh Branch and the Irish Lenanese Cultural Foundation will be planting a Cedar of Lebanon in honour of members of the Irish Defence Forces who died in the service of Peace at the Benedictine Bible Garden in Cobh on Saturday 28th September at 14:00. For more information email timaleacobh@gmail.com.  

Date/Time: Thursday 17th October 2019
Event: The 3rd Annual Creative County Cork Conference 
Location: Mallow, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: 
The third County Cork Creative Ireland Conference will take place in Mallow on Thursday 17 October 2019 with a focus this year on the importance of youthful engagement in all things culture and creativity. The Programme is being developed at the moment and further details will be provided here (www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland) shortly but now for, certainly take note of the date! For further information and to book a place email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.

inniscarra changing times 2

Date/Time: Friday 8th November 2019 at 20:00 
Event: Launch: 'Changing Times Issue 2' - The Journal of the Inniscarra Historical Society 
Location: Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: On the evening of Friday November 8th 2019, Issue No. 2 of Changing Times - the journal of the Inniscarra Historical Society - will be launched. All are most welcome to attend. 


Upcoming Events of note outside of the County





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.