Saturday, 20 August 2016


Last year's Heritage Week in County Cork which saw 170 events was most memorable, particularly with the recent announcement that the National Heritage Week Hidden Heritage Award went to West Cork; a joint event organised by National Parks and Wildlife and the Bantry Historical and Archaeological Society, in commemoration of Botanist Ellen Hutchins (1785 - 1815). A number of events were held in honour of this remarkable lady in locations such as Glengarriff, Bantry, Ballylickey and Whiddy Island. Today, more than a dozen species are named after Ellen. Also fairing well in the Hidden Heritage Category - runner up - was an event entitled "A Smithy Reborn"; a wonderful event organised by the Coppeen Historical and Archaeological Society, which saw the restoration of an old forge. Congratulations to Bantry/Glengarriff and Coppeen

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