Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Heritage Updates from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,

The County of Cork has a lot to be proud of from a heritage and commemorative perspective and a few upcoming events in the County Hall will undoubtedly interest a number of people. 

Heritage Churches of County Cork (a Cork County Council publication) will be launched on Wednesday 9th December by County Mayor Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea.

County Mayor Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea will also on Monday 14th launch the Cork County 2016 Centenary Commemorative Programme. 

On Thursday 10th December there is a talk in the Council Chamber looking at the commemorations held with regard to the 50th Anniversary of the Rising, and the County of Cork will also be in the spotlight on RTÉ 1 television on Sunday 20th December at 20:30.

It would be wonderful to see many of the County’s heritage groups and societies present at one or even a few of these events, all welcome.

Heritage Churches Cover

Date/Time Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 10:30am 

Event: Official Launch of Cork County Council's publication "Heritage Churches of County Cork" 

Location: Vertigo, Floor 17, County Hall, Cork

Additional Information: Cork County Council's Heritage Unit has recently completed a publication entitled "Heritage Churches of County Cork". The book contains a wealth of information on the heritage churches surrounding us in County Cork and forms the 3rd in the Heritage of County Cork Series, a series which was shortlisted in 2015 for the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. The publication will be officially launched on Wednesday 9th December at 10:30 with the Mayor of the County Cllr. John Paul O' Shea and the Chief Executive Tim Lucey in attendance. All welcome on the day and copies of the book will be available for sale.

Event: "1966 Remembered" - An illustrated talk on the Commemorations of 1966 by David Foley, with reflections from others also involved 

Date/Time Thursday 10th December 2015 from 13:30 to 14:30 

 Location: Council Chamber, County Hall, Cork

Additional Information: The 50th Anniversary of the Easter Rising saw a number of events throughout the Country in 1966 both on the ground and through the medium of television. David Foley will give an insight into some of these commemorations and a number of members of local community groups who have commemorative events proposed for 2016 will recap on their experience of 1966, giving a local flavor to the talk. All are welcome to attend what should be a fascinating lecture.

Date/Time Monday 14th December 2015 at 15:30
Event: Official Launch of Cork County's 2016 Commemorative Centenary Programme Location: Vertigo, Floor 17, County Hall, Cork

Additional Information: Of the 1800 plus undertakings scheduled for 2016 by way of commemorating the centenary of 1916 across the country, over 300 take place in the County of Cork. The Programme features events and undertakings as proposed by over 100 groups and physical copies of the plan will be available at the launch and thereafter. The Programme will be launched by Mayor of Cork County Cllr. John Paul O' Shea and Cork County Council's Chief Executive Tim Lucey will also be in attendance. If you are interested in attending this event please send an email to

ON TV -Sunday 20th December 2015 at 20:30  RTÉ Programme entitled 'Ireland's Rising' with a focus on County Cork Location: RTÉ1 television

Additional Information: Ireland's Rising has been on air the last few Sundays. "The series, which marks the start of RTÉ One's 1916 programming, sees Anne Doyle, Ryan Tubridy, Jim McGuinness and Fiona Shaw travel to Wexford, Galway, Donegal and Cork respectively to learn about their county's circumstances in 1916 and to discover how each county is planning to commemorate the centenary". On Sunday 20th December at 20:30 on RTÉ1, the focus will be on Fiona Shaw and the County of Cork. It promises to be a most enjoyable programme.

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