Monday, 24 August 2015

HERITAGE WEEK 2015 update from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,
Over 160 events have been organised throughout the County in close to 60 locations and it is hoped that as many people as possible partake in the week’s events. The Heritage Unit of Cork County Council will also be busy getting out and about and will hope to attend a number of events as well. 

County Heritage Week Event leaflets are available in all libraries and a number of tourist offices, council offices and a range of other places, be sure to pick up a copy.

National Heritage Week Website

A few additional Heritage Week events have recently been announced and these are listed here:

Date/Time:  August 26th at 18:30
Launch of Bandon Town Heritage Map
Bandon Heritage Centre, Bandon, Co. Cork
County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman together with Divisional Services (West) have embarked on preparing a number of heritage maps for many of the historic towns within County Cork's Western Divisional Area. Come along on the night to hear more about the project and indeed the launch of the Bandon Town Heritage Map.

Date/Time:  August 27th at 20:00
The Medieval Heritage of Midleton 
My Place, Midleton, Co. Cork
A HERITAGE WEEK EXTRA! From Mainistir na Corann to Midleton - 1177 to 1670. Free public local history lecture. Thurs 27th August, 20.00. For more information email

Date/Time:  August 30th at 15:00
‘Flax from Ancient Times – and ‘Churchtown’s Historic Link to Flax’  
Booney House, Churchtown, Co. Cork
As a contribution to National Heritage Week, Churchtown Historical & Heritage Society is staging a Flax-themed Programme at the Booney House on Sunday August 30th. Denis Hickey will give talks on ‘Flax from Ancient Times – and ‘Churchtown’s Historic Link to Flax’ while Noel Linehan will present specimens of the plant, and will speak on the cultivation and milling process. The growing of flax as part of the new Greening Environmental Programme and its importance as a wild bird cover, will be the theme of a talk by Yvonne Coleman, a Glas planner in Agri-Envoirnonmental Science. Yvonne is representing Teagasc at the event. The Programme, which begins at 3.00pm will additionally feature music both instrumental and vocal. Refreshments will be provided. Like all events at the Booney House, admission is free, but booking is essential. Contact Noel Linehan on 022-48249 or Denis Hickey at

The Cobh Animation Ladies will also be busy during Heritage Week. Here are some of the details and for more information:

Weds. 26th to Fri. 28th Cobh Animation Team each day will present a Living History at the Titanic Experience Centre in Cobh town for the many guests from the visiting liners to the town.

Sun. 30th Cobh Animation Team will be animating the town for the visit of today's liner and will participate in the  official Wave Off from the quayside.

A copy of this year’s Heritage Week leaflet can also be downloaded by clicking County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide for 2015 and be sure to visit for further information.

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The 7th Annual Family Heritage Festival "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition" will take place in the City Hall on Friday 02nd October from 10:00 to 18:30. This is a most wonderful day for all heritage societies, old and new, to highlight their work and meet like minded people on the day. The Exhibition will be officially Launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr, Chris O' Leary and County Mayor, Cllr. John Paul O' Shea in the Millennium Hall at 12noon and the exhibition itself is strongly supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Cork Lions Club." The goal of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is to encourage parishes in Cork City and County to establish their own historical society to promote our unique heritage both local, national and internationally". For those interesting in hosting an exhibition on the day registration is now open - please see the attached document for more information.

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