Wednesday, 25 March 2015

News From Heritage Section Cork County Council Conor Nelligan

Hi All,


The Irish Georgian Society, through the support of its London Chapter, is pleased to announce an open call for applications to its Conservation Grants Scheme 2015. Now in its second year, the Grants Scheme aims to provide financial support for works to structures of significant architectural merit. A total of €50,000 is available and grants will be awarded in two categories:

* A core grant for one larger project that is considered of particular importance and which would especially benefit from the support of the Irish Georgian Society.
* Smaller grants for projects such as the repair of roofs, fanlights, doorcases, ironwork, historic stained glass windows, decorative plasterwork etc. and for the provision of essential conservation advice.

Expressions of interest providing general details of proposed conservation projects are to be submitted to the Irish Georgian Society by Monday 6th April 2015. A shortlist of preferred projects will be selected about which more detailed information will be sought. A final decision will be reached in June. Guidelines and an application form can be downloaded here.

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The Arts Council has announced details of a new funding programme for Arts Projects that will be inspired by or reflect on the centenary of the 1916 Rising. €1 million will be available for ambitious projects, in any artform, up to €500,000 and with no lower limit . The Open Call for National Projects gives artists and arts organisations the opportunity to engage with the centenary through the creation of ambitious projects. An International Jury will select the final projects. Responses will be sought for projects which;

* are large in ambition, but which can be realised in a range of scales, from large to small,
* are in any art form or cross disciplinary,
* engage with the public, as audience members and/or participants.

Guidelines and application forms will be available from the Arts Council from March 25th. The closing date for initial proposals is April 15th. In addition to the Open Call for National Projects, The Arts Council will also shortly announce details of its 16x16 Artists' Bursaries, a special 2016 strand of touring as well as a large scale national event.For further information see the (attached document.

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"The Heritage Council established the Irish Walled Towns Network in April 2005 to unite and co-ordinate the strategic efforts of local authorities involved in the management and conservation of historic walled towns in Ireland, both North and South. The Irish Walled Towns Network is formally linked to European Walled Towns (EWT), which is the international association for the sustainable development of walled towns, walled cities and fortified historic towns. There are currently 27 Members in the Network (26 walled towns in the south, 1 in the north)"

The IWTN has just announced details of two funding schemes: - 1)Funding for Capital Works, and 2) Funding for Heritage Interpretation. These two seperate funding streams will cover a range of different projects and for further information see the two attached documents (IWTN Capital Projects 2015 and IWTN Heritage Interpretation 2015). The window for applications opens on Saturday 21st March 2015 and all applications must be submitted online via by 5pm on Monday, 13th April 2015. Only members of the Irish Walled Town Network can apply under these schemes.

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"On Thursday April 9th 2015 a training day for event organisers will take place in Dublin Castle. It promises to be a very enjoyable day with a great mix of ideas and areas covered that will be of use to you as you plan your events for National Heritage Week 2015. Some of those who were recognised for their events in 2014 will present their successful ideas. Topics covered will include Social Media, creating Creative Events and Media Relations. We will also discuss the theme of Industrial and Design Heritage and how to create some wonderful experiences for NHW 2015". This will be a most productive day and there are only a few spaces remaining. To book a place fill in the attached short form.

The Heritage Council, thanks to Niamh Donnellan (Heritage Week Coordinator), has also published a very useful document - "101 Events Ideas for National Heritage Week 2015" which is available to view by clicking here.

For all of those looking to promote their Heritage Week event, details can be registered with the Heritage Council as of April 9th 2015 with a closing date of May 31st 2015. Events listed after this deadline will not make the National Events Book/Leaflet but details can be added to the Heritage Week website up until August 21st 2015. See for more information.

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Date/Time Wednesday 04th March 2015 at 13:15 (launch) - exhibition running until April 10th 2015
Event: Library Exhibition entitled "Religious Art of Cork Graveyards"
Location: LHQ Gallery in the County Library, Carrigrohane Rd., Cork
Additional Information: The exhibition is being hosted by the Library in partnership with the Heritage Section of Cork County Council and will be launched by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Alan Coleman, on Wednesday 4th March, 2015 at 1.15pm and will run until April 10th, 2015. The exhibition consists of a range of Gravestone Rubbings carried out as part of the Historic Grave project funded by West Cork Leader, SECAD, IRD Duhallow and Ballyhoura Leader through the Rural Development Fund. These rubbings will be scanned to exhibition boards with accompanying text and exhibited in LHQ gallery. The objective of the exhibition is to show the art work that is to be found in the graveyards around us and encourage people to look for this art work themselves. All are welcome to attend the launch. However, as space is limited you are requested to RSVP to by Monday March 02nd.

Library Exhibition on Graveyards 2015

Date/Time Wednesday 04th March until 20th March 2015
Event: Irish Military Archives historical exhibition on the Irish Volunteers @Cork City and County Archives
Location: Cork City and County Archives, Séamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork
Additional Information: HISTORICAL EXHIBITION: 'Irish Volunteers 1913-1918', from the Irish Defence Forces Military Archives, also with some original archival documents from the Cork Archives collections. The exhibition, which is kindly hosted by the CCCA is open to all, free of charge, from 10am to 5:30pm.

Irish Military Archives historical exhibition on the Irish Volunteers @Cork City and County Archives

Date/Time Thursday 19th March 2015 at 18:00
Event: The Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Lecture - Professor J. J. Lee - "Interpreting 1916"
Location: Aula Maxima, UCC, Cork
Additional Information: Joe Lee is one of Ireland's most celebrated historians. Currently Glucksman Chair of Irish History at New York University, he was Professor of Modern History / History at UCC from 1974-2002. He is best known for his two ground-breaking books, The Modernisation of Irish Society (1973, 2008) and Ireland 1912-1985: Politics and Society (1989), currently on its eleventh reprint. Professor Lee's current research focuses on Irish and Irish-American historiography in a transnational context. Ireland 1912-1985 contained characteristically thought-provoking perspectives on the 1916 Rising and its context, and this lecture, in memory of his former graduate student Diarmuid Whelan, will build on those insights in the context of current debates about how best to commemorate this seminal event.

Date/Time Friday 20th March 2015 at 13:00
Event: Mainistir na Corann - of Monasteries, Mad Monks and the medieval origins of Midleton - by Tony Harpur
Location: Midleton Library, Midleton, Cork
Additional Information: Tony Harpur will give a fascinating insight into the medieval origins of Midleton, focusing on the monasteries and monks of the time. The expected duration of the talk is 45 minutes and all are most welcome. For further information contact Mary Mitchell or Eimer Kelliher in Midleton Library

Date/Time Sunday 22nd March 2015 from 11am
Event: Final Opening Day of Kilmurry Old Museum
Location: Kilmurry Museum, Kilmurry, Lissarda, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The old museum in Kilmurry which has been running for the past 50 years in its current location will be open for one final day on Sunday March 22nd from 11am. This will be the last chance to see the old museum before artefacts are moved to the new facility. The meeting hall in the new 'Museum and Cultural Facility' is now open to the public and people are invited to take a look around the new building on the day. Following the closing of the old museum, work will commence on the fit out of the new display. Light refreshments will also be served. All Welcome.

The association is keenly aware of the need for a community meeting space in Kilmurry and we firmly believe that the new facility will be enjoyed by people not just from Kilmurry village but also from the wider community. This project is being driven with the knowledge that it will benefit all local communities in the lee valley who wish to promote the history and heritage of their area and also to have a meeting room available to groups who wish to promote their own particular ambitions. Kilmurry Museum holds around 400 objects and has considerable integrity as a collection. It has maintained focus on the locality and on its archaeology and history. The collections fall into three principal categories. Archaeology and historic landscape of this part of the Lee Valley ,Local history and traditional life, War of Independence in County Cork and the Civil War.

The old museum has the original wheel from a Black and Tan Crossley Tender burnt at the Kilmichael Ambush, presented to the Museum by General Barry .It also has the original chassis plate from Crossley Tender at Kilmichael Ambush .General Tom Barry's suitcase, presented to the Museum by General Barry is also present in the museum .Original iron cross marking the site of Kilmichael Ambush.Wheel of the hearse which carried the remains of Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney for burial Death mask of Terence MacSwiney.Books, photographs and letters by Terence MacSwiney and other family memorabilia. Rifles form the War of Independence ,proclamation Poster from 1918 election. Prison items from both Kilmainham Gaol and Frongoch Internment Campare also in display in the museum. There are many more items that are of huge interest on display in the old museum for the final time. The grand opening of the new museum and cultural centre will take place in early 2016. The museum has been in existence in the village for 50 years. It will be the public last chance to view items in the old museum before artefacts are moved to the new museum".

Date/Time Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 19:30
Event: Launch of O' Donovan Rossa Commemorative Programme 2015
Location: West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Originally scheduled for March 16th, this event will now take place at 19:30 on Wednesday 24th March. This event will see the official launch of the programme of events in Cork (regarding the centenary commemoration of Cork Fenian Jeremiah O' Donovan Rossa) and will take place in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen, at 19:30. A wonderful lineup of events has been scheduled and all are welcome to attend on the night.

Jeremiah O' Donovan Rossa Launch

Date/Time Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Talk: "From Crookstown to Vienna in the Middle Ages - bad news travels fast"
Location: Kilmurry Museum, Kilmurry, Lissarda, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Dr. Dagmar O' Riain-Raedel Medieval Historian (UCC) will gave a talk on From Crookstown to Vienna in the Middle ages' bad news travels fast'. Wednesday 25th March at 8:00pm at Kilmurry Museum. This should be a most fascinating talk and all are welcome on the night.

Date/Time Saturday 28th March 2015 at 20:30
Event: A Night at the Movies in Ballinacurra House (Film "Terror at Sea")
Location: Ballinacurra House, Cork
Additional Information: Saturday Night at the Movies, " Terror at Sea " the best Lusitania film, courtesy Kinsale Film Society, in aid of schools project. For more information email

Date/Time Wednesday 01st April 2015 at 19:45 (reception from 19:00)
Event: Illustrated Lecture - The Design of Cork's Street Furniture
Location: The Clarion Hotel, Cork City
Additional Information: The Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society presents an illustrated lecture titled "The Design of Cork's Street Furniture". This exciting talk will be give by author Tom Spalding on the night and all are welcome. See for more information.

Date/Time Wednesday 08th April 2015 at 20:00
Event: The Mass Rocks of County Cork
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
Additional Information: Dr. Hilary Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University, will give a talk on the numerous Mass Rocks located within the County of Cork. This talk has been organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. All welcome, no cover charge.

Date/Time Thursday 09th April 2015 at 20:30
Event: A Talk on the "Famine in Kinsale" - by Gerry McCarthy
Location: Acton's Hotel, Kinsale, Cork
Additional Information: The Famine in Kinsale, with Gerry McCarthy, Acton's Hotel at 8.30 p.m. For more information email

Date/Time Saturday 11th April 2015
Event: O' Donovan Rossa Commemoration in Clonakilty
Location: Various throughout Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Cumann Seanchais Chloch na gCoillte in association with Daonscoil an Fhomhair are holding a commemoration to O'Donovan Rossa on April 11th, starting with a lecture by Traolach Ó Donnabháin trí mheán na Gaeilge at 3pm in the Parish Centre, Clonakilty. Following this, Gerry Motherway will deliver Pearse's Oration at 4pm in Emmet Square. Traolach will then lead a historical walk of Clonakilty, starting at 4.15 and this will be followed by a music session with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí in O'Donovan's Hotel at 5pm. This should be a most fitting commemoration and all are welcome on the day. See the attached poster for more information.

Date/Time Sunday 12th April 2015
Event: The Launch of "the World's largest Battle Scene of "the Battle of Waterloo""
Location: The Toy Soldier Factory, Kilmamartyra, Macroom, Cork
Additional Information: On the 18th June 1815, over rolling countryside between two ridges 11 miles south of Brussels, the entire course of European history changed. On the Battlefield at Waterloo, the tactical skill and staying power of the Irish born Duke of Wellington opposed Napoleon Bonaparte's military brilliance, in an effort to decide the providence of Europe. If you have never been to Waterloo, or indeed to any battlefield, fear not as the Toy Soldier Factory will be displaying Phase 1 of the world's largest battle scene "The Battle of Waterloo" in Ireland's and Europe's only Toy Soldier Factory. The huge Diorama totaling 26 x 13 feet (8x4 Metres) in size, houses 15,000 hand cast and hand painted Prince August Model Soldiers by Andre Rudolph from Germany. It took Andre 8 passionate years to complete his creation. The mighty scene will arrive on Irish shores over the next few weeks and will be transported carefully to its new home in the tiny village of Kilnamartyra just outside Macroom town in West Cork.

Lars Edman MD of the Toy Soldier Factory is honoured and excited at Phase 1 of a 5 year plan to implement carefully the three day long struggle of The Battle of Waterloo. "We are delighted with the way the new construction of the enormous room is going, where the large battle scene will reside for the next five years. This June will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. We have to showcase this battle correctly to emphasize to the public how important it was to Europe's history so we are planning to incorporate a multimedia show with lights and sound effects in future development into this epic installation as this was a defining moment in Europe's history, ending 23 years of war" says Lars Edman. Lars quoting the words of the renowned Dublin born Duke of Wellington "It was the most desperate business I ever was in: I never took so much trouble about any battle - and never was so nearly beat."

The Unveiling of the Large Battle of Waterloo diorama will take place on Sunday April the 12th and "maybe even before that date. Keep a close eye on our Facebook" Lars says. The demand for this event is extremely high and therefore you are urged to book as soon as possible by going to their web site on . Tel: 026 40342 or follow their event page on Toy Soldier Factory Visitor Centre Facebook page.

Date/Time Thursday 16th April 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture - Gallipoli 1915 - The 100th Anniversary
Location: Blarney Secondary School (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál), Blarney
Additional Information: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this lecture, originally advertised for the 9th April, has been deferred to 16th April. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Continuing our series of Lectures commemorating the official foundation of Blarney Village in 1765, Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled 'Gallipoli 1915 - The 100th Anniversary'. Our guest speaker, Mr. John Mulcahy, will detail this ill-fated campaign during which thousands of Irish soldiers died . At least five soldiers from Blarney and nearby localities were among the many thousands of casualties on the infamous beaches. Lt Edward Charles Ellis, Clogheenmilcon, whose memorial plaque is in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney, was but one of these victims of the horror of that campaign Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216.

Date/Time Monday 20th April 2015 at 20:00
Event: The Battle of Aubers Ridge and the Last Absolution of the Munsters
Location: Ballincollig Rugby Club, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Author Gerry White will give an anniversary lecture on the Royal Munster Fusiliers involvement in the3 Battle of Aubers Ridge and the famous painting of Fr. Gleeson's general absolution of the soldiers. Attendance on the night is €3 (annual subscription for all lectures €10). Event organised by the Muskerry Local History Society, for more information contact Rod MacConaill (086 1089524) or Dermot Lucey (087 9331135).

Date/Time Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 14:30
Event: The Lusitania with Dermot Ryan
Location: Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Cork
Additional Information: The Lusitania with Dermot Ryan at the Temperance Hall at 2.30 pm. For more information email

Date/Time Thursday 30th April 2015 at 20:00
Event: Illustrated Lecture: "Holy Wells: patterns and rituals"
Location: Radisson Park Hotel, Cork Airport, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A wonderful lecture by Dr. Shane Lehane entitled "Holy Wells: patterns and rituals" takes place Thursday 30th April at 8pm. This event has been organised by the Ballygarvan and District Local History Society and takes place in the Radisson Park Hotel, Cork Airport at 8pm. Admission to lectures are free to members. €5 on the night for non-members. For further information contact Secretary Tom Ryan - email

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Le meas,

Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,
County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd. Co. Cork

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