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Monday, 22 August 2016

OVER 170 EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR COUNTY CORK DURING NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK (August 20th to 28th inc.)





This year, 2016, Heritage Week runs from 20th to 28th August. There are now over 170 events scheduled to take place in close to 60 different locations throughout the County of Cork.
National Heritage Week is growing from strength to strength and last year, throughout Ireland, 405,300 people attended 1,826 events nationwide. Over half a million people are expected to participate in 2016, particularly in that this year we commemorate ‘One Hundred Years of Heritage’ where we reflect on 1916 and the many years since. There really are some fantastic events lined up, for example this coming Sunday will see a wonderful 1916 event in Kilavullen, the Annual Commemoration at Béal na mBláth and the Official Opening of the Kilmurry Independence Museum by the President, Michael D. Higgins.
Cork County Council supports National Heritage Week by producing an Events Guide and by also organising, arranging and promoting a range of other events. The County Library Service has a wonderful line-up for the week -  Heritage Week 2016 in Cork County Library.pdf   and Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit also has a few events lined up:


Event: Heritage Exhibition by the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council
Date and Time: Weekdays during Heritage Week from 08:00 to 18:00
Venue: County Hall Foyer, Cork County Council, Carrigrohane Straight Road
Details: This exhibition will provide a background on Heritage and will highlight the work of Cork County Council’s Heritage Unit in promoting and supporting the appreciation and awareness of Heritage throughout the County. It will showcase a number of past and current projects and will provide information and advice on all things heritage.


Event: Illustrated Talk: The Shopfronts of County Cork
Date and Time: Monday 22nd from 13:00 to 14:00
Venue: Council Chamber, Floor 2, County Hall
Details: Supported by the Heritage Council, Cork County Council is undertaking a publication on good shopfront design and how to ensure that this heritage is preserved and promoted in our town’s and villages. The talk on the scope of the publication will be given by County Conservation Officer Mona Hallinan and John Hegarty.


Event: Illustrated Talk: 1916 and the Heritage Centenary Sites of County Cork
Date and Time: Monday 22nd from 14:30 to 16:00
Venue: Council Chamber, Floor 2, County Hall
Details: Supported by the Heritage Council, and the next installation in the Heritage of County Cork Publication Series that received a citation of excellence in the Local Government Awards 2015, Cork County Council is undertaking a publication on the Heritage Centenary Sites of the County.  This publication will tell of Cork’s role in the story of Ireland’s fight for freedom, focussing on a number of sites throughout the County. The talk  on the book’s overview will be given by Damian Shiels of Rubicon Heritage, with an initial introductory talk by Conor Nelligan regarding 1916 in the County of Cork.



The vast majority of events taking place during Heritage Week are listed in the County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide for 2016. Also be sure to visit www.heritageweek.ie and/or www.corkcoco.ie/heritage for any last minute additions/changes and take note of a number of additional events that have been added including events in Clonakilty by Dúchas Heritage Clonakilty; a talk by Meda Ryan on Thomas Kent tomorrow afternoon in Fermoy, and a range of further events.
Heritage Week would not be the success it is without the many community groups and organisations who organise events. Show your support for your locality by participating in Heritage Week 2016!

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