Friday, 5 June 2015

Heritage News from Conor Nelligan

Date/Time Wednesday 10th June 2015 from 18:30 to 19:30
Event: Plant/Sea Life Walk
Location: Blackrock Harbour, Cork
Additional Information: This should make for a great insight into the plant and sea life of this coastal area. For further information contact

Date/Time Friday 19th to Monday 22nd June 2015
Event: The 61st O' Mahony Clan Gathering
Location: Coolcower House, Macroom, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The O' Mahony 2015 Clan Gathering, marking the 61th Annual Gathering of the Clan, will be held Friday, June 19 thru Monday, June 22 at Coolcower House, Macroom, County Cork. For further information visit the O' Mahony Society Website by clicking here.

Date/Time Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10am
Event: Tracton Famine Walk
Location: Tracton to Kinsale, Co. Cork
Additional Information: "An entry in the records of the workhouse in Kinsale, County Cork, made on June 22nd in 1850 shows that four sibling orphans, Mary, Kate, John and Norah(aged 2) Neil(Neill) were all admitted to the workhouse on that day. After being registered, washed, deloused and inspected, John was sent to the boys' quarters and the three girls, Norah in her 'big' sister's arms, were directed to the girls' quarters. During their time in the workhouse this strict segregation continued. Wives and husbands were separated, children were separated from their parents, brothers from sisters. That was the official policy. We do not know if any of the Neil children survived the diseases rampant in the workhouse. The two older girls may have been shipped out to Australia as part of the solution by the Board of Guardians to deal with the large number of orphaned teen aged children left bereft in workhouses during Ireland's Great Famine (1847- 1850. The orphans were of a party of 124 men, women and children, old and young, who left their homes in the Tracton area in South Cork on that day in June 1850 to walk the 8 miles to the Kinsale Workhouse.
In their memory the people of Tracton hold an annual Famine Walk on a date near June 22nd and the same roads are travelled on foot and every walker represents a named Workhouse/Famine victim. So on Saturday, June 20th, 2015, the Neil orphans will be well remembered by those who walk in their names- and if you wish to be part of this annual remembrance do arrive at the Tracton Arts and Community Centre in Minane Bridge at 10 am onwards on Saturday June 20th. Funds raised are donated to the local Community Centre and to the Kinsale Community Hospital. For more information see the web pages of; Tracton Famine Walk; or, Tracton Family History, or, Tracton Arts and Community Centre, or call the Tracton Centre- 086 0711910"

Tracton Famine Walk

Date/Time 28th June to 05th July 2015
Event: "Ancestral Connections: Names, Places and Spaces" - UCC Genealogical Summer School
Location: UCC, Cork
Additional Information: In recent years UCC has been running a most excellent Genealogical Summer School and the dates have been set for 2015. "All aspects of the subject are covered by a series of presentations and hands on workshops given by a selection of Ireland's leading genealogical lectures and experts". For further information on this most interesting summer school see the attached course outline.

UCC Genealogical Summer School 2015

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In addition to the aforementioned events there is also a number of interesting events and heritage attractions open over the summer. Here is a small sample of same:

The Lee Valley Walking Group has organised a delightful variety of heritage walks to take place throughout the summer. The walks are most entertaining and include local information on geology, geomorphology, environment, flora, fauna, archaeology, history and local stories etc. For further information and details of membership fees (one can also pay to attend an event once off) check out the calendar page (

Lee Valley Walking

Fort Camden Meagher is now open for the summer season. For more information click here

Skibbereen Heritage Centre is now open for the summer season. For more information click here

A wonderful exhibition entitled the Dennis Dinneen Photographic Exhibition is currently on display in the Boole Library, UCC and will remain on display until June 27th 2015. For more information clickhere.

The world's largest Battle Scene of the Battle of Waterloo is currently on display at the Toy Solider Factory in Kilnamartyra. For more info see

County Cork has a number of wonderful Museums which are now open for the summer season including Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Bandon Heritage Centre, Cobh Museum, Clonakilty Museum and Kinsale Museum to name but a few. Be sure to support our museums by paying a visit over the summer months.

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It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the best for now,

Le meas,


Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,

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