Tuesday, 10 March 2015


Hi All,

Since the last update a number of additional heritage events have been scheduled and these are now included in full below. Also note that the closing dates for the Structures at Risk Scheme and the Heritage Council Community Grant Scheme are fast approaching (March 13th and 20th respectively) – full details below.

Date/Time Wednesday 04th March running until April 10th 2015
Library Exhibition entitled "Religious Art of Cork Graveyards" 
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 was launched by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Alan Coleman, on Wednesday 4th March, 2015. The exhibition consists of a range of Gravestone Rubbings carried out as part of the Historic Grave project www.historicgraves.com funded by West Cork Leader, SECAD, IRD Duhallow and Ballyhoura Leader through the Rural Development Fund. These rubbings have been 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 exhibition.

Library Exhibition on Graveyards 2015

Date/Time Wednesday 04th March until 20th March 2015
Irish Military Archives historical exhibition on the Irish Volunteers @Cork City and County Archives 
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 exhibtion, 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 05th March 2015 at 20:00
Illustrated Lecture - The Story of Blarney Castle Grounds
Location: Blarney Secondary School (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál), Blarney
Additional Information: Continuing our series of Lectures commemorating the official foundation of Blarney Village in 1765, Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled 'The Story of Blarney Castle Gardens'. Our guest speaker, Mr. Adam Whitbourn, is the highly acclaimed, Head Gardener of the beautiful Blarney Castle Estate and Rock Close. He will give a history of these fantastic gardens, their purpose and on-going projects. Adam also writes a regular monthly column in the Muskerry News. Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216 .

Date/Time Friday 06th March 2015 at 19:30
Illustrated Lecture: "Coachford & District: The World War I Experience (with new material)"
Coachford National School, Coachford, Co. Cork
Additional Information: This lecture will be given by Anthony Greene and should prove a most fascinating insight into World War 1 and its impact on this local area. The event has been organised by ACR Heritage and all are most welcome on the night. Further information can be obtained by emailing acrheritage@gmail.com
ACR Heritage March 2015

Date/Time Saturday 07th March 2015 from 11am to 5pm
Exhibition and Lectures on Fermoy's War - World War I
Location: Palace Theatre, Fermoy Community Youth Centre, Fermoy
Additional Information: Interest is growing in the World War 1 event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Palace Theatre in Fermoy. The event will not only serve to remind us of those who died in the war, but is particularly concerned to commemorate those who survived the war and returned to Fermoy, Mitchelstown and the local villages and town lands. If you know of anyone who fought in the war and survived, we particularly look forward to welcoming you. The Western Front Association will conduct research into military records. If you want to research an ancestor, to do so and to make the most of their expertise and their findings, please provide as much information as possible, such as date of birth, service number, the name of the regiment. This is a great opportunity for people to reflect on those who returned from battle to a changed world where their story was not to be told and who had to, as a result, bear their burden of horror and mayhem in silence. We will create a dynamic wall of commemoration to honour the survivors of the war and hope that you will help us add as many names as possible to it on the day. Every local family had some experience of the war and most knew somebody directly involved in it. This one-day event will be an opportunity to add these survivors of the war to the historical record. Military service research, remarks and talks by military historians, memorabilia and personal experiences of learning about this historical period will be the order of the day. For more information, please contact Kieran Barry at (025) 32042 and see the attached poster

Date/Time Sunday 08th March 2015 from 12 noon to 4pm
Tree Planting Event in Macroom 
Location: Macroom Golf Clubhouse, Macroom, Co. Cork
Additional Information: "2015 marks the 90th Anniversary of her gift of Macroom Demesne by Olive, Lady Ardilaun - who shortly after passed over in 1925. We acknowledge as Environmentalists, the enormous responsibility of safeguarding Olive's beloved Veteran Trees placed on Trustees. As Parnell's ancestor Sam Hayes stated - "We can never be too careful with Trees we already possess". Trees love care" - Ted Cook
National Tree Week, from March 1st to 8th inclusive, is a weeklong promotion of our native Irish Trees and all the heritage and splendor they encompass. Throughout the County of Cork, local schools, Tidy Town Groups and Community Councils are busy planting trees in recognition of the week and thanks to tree expert Ted Cook, on Sunday March 8th, from 12 noon to 4pm, there will be a community planting project in Macroom's castleground, directly opposite the Macroom Golf Clubhouse. People can try their hand at planting a tree so bring a packed lunch; a few gardening tools and of course dress for all seasons!

Date/Time Tuesday 10th March 2015 from 10am to 8pm
Cultural and Heritage Studies Open Day at CSN 
Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Tramore Road, Cork City
Additional Information: For a number of years now CSN has been running a very popular and very successful course entitled "Cultural and Heritage Studies". There will be an open day on Tuesday 10th March for all to attend and to find out more about the course. This course which covers archaeology, folklore, local history and much more "is an exciting, entertaining, deep exploration of Irish culture that provides students with the skills, knowledge and practical know-how". For more information visit the CSN Website.
Cultural and Heritage Studies at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa 2015

Date/Time Tuesday 10th March 2015 at 20:00
Lusitania Slideshow and Talk 
Location: Bandon Library, Bandon, Cork
Additional Information: Paddy O'Sullivan, Maritime Historian, will present a virtual tour of the Lusitania in Bandon Library on Tuesday March 10th at 8.00pm. Everybody welcome!

Date/Time Thursday 12th March 2015 at 20:30
Illustrated Lecture: The Life and Times of John B. Keane by Billy Keane
The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: One of Ireland's most prolific literary figures, John B. Keane lived most of his life in Listowel, where as a publican he was provided with a rich source of inspiration for his humorous and passionate plays, novels and short stories. His vast list of plays include The Field, Sive, Many Young Men of Twenty, Big Maggie and many more. He also wrote many fine novels. A member of Aosdána and a founding member of the Society of Irish Playwrights, he won many awards for his literature, including a Gradam medal, the Abbey Theatre's highest award, in 1999. Well-known broadcaster and journalist Billy Keane is, like his father, a publican and novelist. He too possesses a fountain of knowledge on the colourful characters of his native Listowel. Rather than following in his father's footsteps he sees himself as walking beside his father. Who better to speak on the life and times of John B? This event has been organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and all are most welcome to attend.
Date/Time Friday 13th March 2015 at 20:00
White-tailed Sea Eagles - an illustrated talk by Dr Allan Mee (Golden Eagle Trust)
Location: Park Hotel, Glengarriff, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Dr Allan Mee will be talking about biology and behaviour of the White-tailed Eagles, the potential benefits to tourism and how people can help ensure the reintroduction project succeeds. For further information on the White-tailed Eagle Project generally see www.goldeneagletrust.org. Further details are also available via www.facebook.com/glengarriffwoodsnaturereserve or ring Clare Heardman (NPSW) on 027 63636

Date/Time Monday 16th March 2015 at 20:00
Landmarks of East Muskerry - past and present
Location: Ballincollig Rugby Club, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Tim O' Brien will give a fascinating slideshow on the key historic features of the East Muskerry local area, taking in the parishes of Blarney, Donoughmore, Grenagh, Aghabullogue, Inniscarra, Ballincollig and Ovens. 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 Thursday 19th March 2015 at 18:00
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 Monday 23rd March 2015 at 7pm
Talk on George Boole, the man and his life 
Aula Maxima, UCC, Cork
Additional Information: "Monday 2nd November 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Boole, first Professor of Mathematics at University College Cork. The bicentenary year will be celebrated with a series of events, conferences and exhibitions in our George Boole 200 programme". On the evening of March 23rd will be a most fascinating lecture on George Boole and his work, given by Prof Patrick Fitzpatrick and Ms. Olivia Frawley. All are welcome to attend and one can register for the event by clicking here.
George Boole Talk

Date/Time Wednesday 01st April 2015 at 19:45 (reception from 19:00)
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 
www.corkdfas.iefor more information.

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I hope this update is of interest and all the best for now,

Le meas,


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