Cork County Council continues to be a leader in the development of Cork’s tourism product and in marketing Cork abroad as a must see visitor destination as well as being a significant financial contributor to many festivals held throughout Cork County each year. The significant role which Local Authorities play in tourism is now strongly recognised in National, Regional and Local Policy. Festivals and events deliver a range of economic, social and cultural benefits. They entertain, they celebrate our communities and they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place. They help to stimulate local economic activity and enhance the visitor experience. Cork County Council will continue to promote and support festivals throughout the County. The Local Festival Fund 2019 is aimed at supporting festivals which drive domestic tourism and help to improve the visitor experience. The maximum available funding is €6,000 under this programme. For more information click here and to make an application visit www.yourcouncil.ie. The closing date for the Scheme is Friday 11th January 2019.
Heritage Ireland 2030 - A New National Heritage Plan for Ireland
Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has recently launched the public consultation process on the new heritage plan for Ireland, Heritage Ireland 2030, a key commitment in the Programme for Partnership Government. Minister Madigan said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the public consultation on Heritage Ireland 2030 - an ambitious new national heritage plan for Ireland. The natural and built heritage around us enriches our lives, inspires our achievements and gives life to our communities. It underpins our culture, our economy and our society. Our vision for heritage is a simple one - that heritage is valued and protected. Heritage Ireland 2030 will be built around that vision: that the way in which we identify and protect our heritage is the best it can be.” Heritage Ireland 2030 – which will be based around three themes of national leadership; supporting stronger heritage partnerships; and building community and local involvement in heritage – will guide the Government’s heritage priorities and investment over the next decade and beyond, including the €285m commitment to heritage in the Department’s 10 year investment plan Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027, which was launched in April 2018. At the launch event in the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square, Minister Madigan urged all to have their say in shaping heritage priorities for the decade to come: “Our heritage is a shared responsibility and a shared treasure. We need to work together at national, local and community level to care for it and to unlock its future potential. So I invite you to play your part in shaping the future of our heritage and have your say during this consultation period”. For more information visit www.chg.gov.ieor see the consultation document by clickinghere
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring have recently announced an award of €2,157,375 to Cork County Council for Kinsale Library under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, which aims to breathe new life into Irelands smaller towns and villages. Permission has been secured for the relocation of Kinsale Library from the Methodist Hall on Market Quay to the Old Mill, Church Square. The project will involve major reconstruction and library fit out. The current library is located in rented premises. The Old Mill has been in Cork County Council’s ownership since the 1980s and has long been ear marked for use as a library. The Ground Floor is slightly less than four times the size of the current building and will accommodate additional mezzanine floors overhead. This will allow for the provision of a modern branch library with a strong cultural, community and educational role particularly in the area of digital literacy while preserving a listed building that is an essential part of the historic fabric of Kinsale town. The project has been designed by Cork County Council’s Architects Department and sets out to reprogram the Old Mill building as the new public library for Kinsale, creating a new nodal point in the urban fabric of the town on an elevated, prominent site, physically and visually linking the two historic churches of St Multose to the south and St John the Baptist to the north. Commenting on the project, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy noted how this project will be fantastic for the people of Kinsale and its visitors, “In the near future everyone will have access to a wonderful library offering literature, culture, arts and lifelong learning.”
Event: Annual Prayers at the Famine Graveyard Date/Time: Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 14:00 Location: Famine Graveyard and Millwater, Kinsale, Co. Cork Additional Information:Sunday, December, 23rd Annual prayers at the Famine Graveyard and Millwater, 2 p.m. Organised by the Kinsale History Society. For further information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date/Time: Monday 15th October to 21st December 2018 Event: The Ellen Hutchins Exhibition at U.C.C. Location: Boole Library, U.C.C., Cork Additional Information:A most wonderful exhibition on Ellen Hutchins will be launched on Monday 15th October, U.C.C., running up until Friday 21st December. The exhibition will be opened by Prof. Sarah Culloty, Director of the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork and Carrie O’Flynn, Historical Re-enactor, will be there in costume at the launch together with many of the Ellen Hutchins Festival Team. Admission is free and all are welcome during the opening hours of the Boole Library (Monday to Sunday, early to very very late, more detail on the website) https://libguides.ucc.ie/aboutus/openinghours. A programme of activities is running alongside the exhibition including a talk by Madeline Hutchins on Wednesday 7th November (1pm) in the Crawford Art Galley. See www.ellenhutchins.com for more information.
Date/Time: Friday 23rd November (launch) and various dates running up to Christmas (see poster for full details) Event: Blackwater Valley Makers Pop-up Shop Location: Old Ulster Bank Building, Pearse Square, Fermoy, Co. Cork Additional Information:Blackwater Makers is a collection of Artists, Crafstpeople, Illustrators and Designers from County Cork who have come together to share and promote their work. The Pop-up Shop, which has been supported by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Grant Scheme, will be launched at 6pm on Friday 23rd November and it promises to be a very special occasion. All are welcome to come along and support the Collective. For further information visit www.blackwatervalleymakers.com/