The County of Cork is steeped in Heritage, particularly when it relates to the County’s Christian places of worship. Since the advent of Christianity in the 4th/5th century and right up to the recent past, the County has been blessed with a wealth of Christian sites, namely the churches, both past and present, which form such a prominent part of the County’s landscape and its history in general.

Following on from the success of the recent publications "Heritage Bridges of County Cork" in 2013 and “Heritage Houses of County Cork” in 2014, the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council, supported by the Heritage Council, is to undertake a publication on the Heritage Churches of County Cork in 2015.

The publication will provide a background to the Christian sites of worship where we as Corkonians have prayed in from earliest times right up to the recent past. It will cover an extensive range of church types and places and will also include a feature section on approximately 30 different churches within the County. These will draw from a wide chronological period covering the Early Medieval Period (4th/5th to 11th century); the High Medieval Period (12th to 14th century), the Late Medieval Period (15th to 16th century), and up to the Post Medieval Period (17th to 19th century). The publication will examine the archaeology, architecture and social context of these Christian places of worship and will include a number of interesting stories, facts and figures.

One of the most important elements of this publication, if not the most important, is the input of local heritage groups and enthusiasts. The Heritage Bridges and Heritage Houses publications both benefited from a huge number of public submissions including photos for use, stories, and indeed lists of recommended sites that should be featured in the book(s). With respect to the Heritage Churches of County Cork, the Heritage Unit would be delighted to see a similar response in 2015. If there are any Christian places of worship in your area that you feel would warrant inclusion in the publication we would welcome any specific information/stories/photos that you may have to share and such details can be emailed to conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie and/orcork.heritage@corkcoco.ie. All submissions will be given due consideration and it is anticipated that a significant number will feature in the publication. Should you be interested in engaging with the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council on this project please submit any and all comments, details and photos by Friday 01st May 2015.