Saturday, 10 September 2016

Upcoming Heritage Events from Conor Nelligan

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Date/Time September 9th to 11th 2016
The 2016 O' Leary Clan Gathering
Location: Creedon's Hotel, Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The 2016 O' Leary Clan Gathering will take place in Inchigeelagh from September 9th to 11th 2016 and for the year that is in it, will be themed 'O' Leary's and the 1916 Easter Rising'. A wonderful line up of events has been proposed as part of the gathering and for further information click here or phone 026 49012.  
2016 O' Leary Gathering
Date/Time September 9th to 11th 2016
The 2016 O' Keeffe Clan Gathering
Location: Dromtarriffe, Kanturk, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 'Preparations are in progress for a major gathering of the global O' Keeffe Clan to be held in the Barony of Duhallow, Co. Cork on September 9th-11th, 2016.We are calling on O' Keeffes and their descendants from all over the world to come to Dromtarriffe, Kanturk, Co Cork, Ireland to visit their ancestral home. Duhallow has been the principal home of the O' Keeffes. Many O' Keeffes immigrated from Duhallow and made their mark all around the world. As the O' Keeffe travelled throughout the world the spelling of the O' Keeffe name has adapted new spelling for example, O' Keefe, O Cuiv, O Caoimh, and Keefe. Come and celebrate our roots with us. Meet long lost family and friends .A very exciting week-end is planned for September next. On Friday night registration will include the official opening by our Clan Chieftain, Dan Joe O' Keeffe followed by some of the best music, song, and dance that Sliabh Luachra has to offer. On Saturday, clan members and their friends may embark on bus tours to local historical sites followed by a clan banquet dinner in The Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet. Again a great night of entertainment is planned. This gathering promises to be a exciting and fascinating weekend of discovery for all. All are welcome!' For further information visit the O' Keeffe website or on Facebook -O' Keeffe clan rally 2016.
Date/Time September 9th to end September 2016
The Rock Art Show
Location: Blue House Gallery, Schull, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Following the successful Rock Art Exhibition at the Cork Public Museum, there will be a new exhibition opening on Sept 9 at The Blue House Gallery in Schull. We would love it if you could drop by on Opening Night (Sept 9, 6-8PM) or at any time after that to the end of September. The Gallery is closed on Mondays but open every other day from 11-4PM Tues to Fri, 11-6PM Sat and Sun. Drawings by Finola Finlay and Robert Harris, Photographs by Ken Williams, Paintings by Keith Payne and Engravings by Brian Lalor.
Date/Time September 9th to 11th 2016
Location: Bantry Community Tourist Office, Bantry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: "As the famous 'Chief' of the Chicago police force, Captain O'Neill won fame and affection in America, but he never lost his love for the Irish music he had learned as a child growing up in Tralibane near Bantry in West Cork. Noticing that Chicago, with its large Irish population, was home to brilliant musicians from across Ireland, O'Neill set about building a unique collection of the tunes they played: a songbook for the musicians of the future. Chief O'Neill not only collected traditional tunes from Irish musicians in Chicago, he also published them in an impressive series of books which are still in print today. In the process, O'Neill helped to safeguard the future of traditional Irish music on both sides of the Atlantic. In Chicago, and in West Cork, his memory has been kept alive over the last century, and we're delighted that our festival will bring his important legacy to an even wider audience. Help us to honour his achievements by coming to Bantry for the Chief O'Neill Traditional Music Festival each year". For further information visit
Date/Time September 9th to 11th 2016
History Weekend entitled -'Charleville - The Croke Family Connection' 
Location: Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In Charleville this weekend, there will be a large heritage festival entitled 'Charleville - The Croke Family Connection'. This history weekend commences on Friday 9th September at 20:15 in the Charleville Park Hotel, with a welcoming address by Cllr. Ian Doyle, Chair of the Charleville Heritage Society and will be officially opened by Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Séamus McGrath. Notable speakers over the weekend will include The Archbishop of Cashel & Emly Most Rev. Dr. Kieran O'Reilly; the President of the G.A.A. Aogán Uas. Ó Feargháil, John Coleman and Sister Bernadette Maria Knopek. All are welcome to attend this wonderful weekend of history.
Date/Time Saturday September 10th 2016 at 14:00 (launch)with exhibition running daily until mid October 2016
Location: Cobh Maritime Building, Railway Station, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 'Cork Harbour Islands Project (C.H.I.P.) will be holding their next Exhibition 'Men and Women of The South - Cobh's Revolutionary Legacy' in the marvellous exhibition space at Cobh Maritime Building in the Railway Station, Cobh opening on 10th September at 2pm. This year's Exhibition will focus on the Cobh men who were involved in the revolutionary period and who have been commemorated in the town by having a street or an estate called after them . The Exhibition will look at their lives, activities during the war of independence or civil war, and the process by which it was decided to honour them in the town. We would also be recognising the input of the many Cobh women who were involved in this important period of time in our country's history.
Cobh's Revolutionary Legacy
Date/Time September 10th 2016 from 14:00 to 17:00
Wildlife Day at Millstreet country Park
Location: Millstreet country Park, Millstreet, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A wonderful wildlife Day will take place in Millstreet Country Park on Saturday 10th September. It will be a day of wildlife and learning for all the family and will include interesting talks, stalls and a Bird of Prey display. Admission is €10 per adult of €15 for a family pass. For more information see the poster below or visit Millstreet Country Park".
Millstreet country Park
Date/Time Sunday September 11th 2016 at 11:00
Cnoc an Tobair
Location: Meet at Kilmurry Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: "Field trip will be led by Bridget Goulding to the ancient site of Cnoc an Tobair - assemble at Independence Museum Kilmurry at 11am on Sunday 11thSeptember. Please bring suitable footwear and clothing as terrain is uphill and on an exposed site, ground underfoot uneven. Cnoc an Tobair was once a popular place of pilgrimage on the feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on 8th September. We will visit the site of the Holy Well and other nearby monuments, i.e. kneeling stone and boulder burial. If the weather is good, bring your camera to capture the stunning panoramic views overlooking Lissarda and the N22 Cork to Killarney road. Bridget will also talk about other historical connections with this ancient site and the 8th September and folktales associated with the site.

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association would like to thank everyone who helped out on the Presidental Visit to Kilmurry on 21st August for the Opening of Independence Museum Kilmurry.Opening hours are Friday,Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 5pm for the Museum."
Cnoc an Tobair
Date/Time September 16th to 18th 2016
Brinkley Weekend in Cloyne - The Astronomer Bishop 
Location: St. Colman's Cathedral, Cloyne, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A fascinating weekend will take place in Cloyne from Friday 16th September until the following Sunday. The weekend, which is being held in honour of Bishop John Brinkley, will look at science and spirituality and indeed the role of Bishop Brinkley in the historic catherdral of St Colman, Cloyne. On the Saturday participants will be able to enter the Stardome Portable Planetarium, which is on tour from Blackrock Castle Observatory. All welcome.
Brinkley Weekend
Date/Time Saturday 17th to Monday 19th September 2016 at 11:00, 13:00, 16:00 and 18:00
Live History - Bantry House
Location: Bantry House, Bantry, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Press Release by Jeremy Jagusch - "Bantry, Ireland All the way from Canada, Live History will be showcasing their highly sought after inte ractive show, Mary's Odyssey, at Bantry House. This one woman experience has traveled extensively for the past 2 years, taking audiences on a journey through time. Attention Lords and Ladies! The Lord of this Manor, W illiam Henry Hare HedgesWhite, 3rd Earl of Bantry , wishes to cordially invite you to help solve a long standing mystery, stepping back in time to experience history as it unfolds before your very eyes! Come join the young maid, Mary as she takes you on a tour of Bantry House. Using Homer's The Odyssey as the cipher, we present you a unique experience. In 1868, Richard White, Second Earl of Bantry, passed away. It is rumored that he left a treasure hidden somewhere in the house, and it is now up to the audience to assist Mary in finding it. The show is a journey back to a time when the house was alive with the past. The audience will experience much about love, loss and honor while being guided through by the one set of eyes that has seen all in this home.
About Live History: Live History ( is a theatre company that specializes in bringing your local history to life. Live History presents shows that can be customized to your historic house. The shows take audiences on a one hour adventure through time. Audiences will experience a full tour of the location while interacting with the character, and assisting her in solving an urgent issue that is plaguing the manor. In 2016, Live History will tour 21 venues around the world.
For tickets contact Bantry House on 027 50047 or email Cost: €15.
Bantry house
Date/Time September 17th and 18th 2016
Spike Island - 1916, the 'Aud' and War of Independence Prisoners commemoration Weekend ' 
Location: Spike Island, Cork Harbour, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A big weekend is planned for Spike Island on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th September. Boats daily at 10:15, 11:00, 12:00 noon, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00. Activities over the weekend will include Irish and Crown Forces re-enactors; exhibition of original artefacts from the period; lists of prisoners and internees, Spike autograph books, photographs of some of the prisoners as well as Militaria and book dealers. All welcome and for further information visit
Date/Time Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September 2016
Symposium: 'The World of William Penn: Toleration and Migration"
Location: U.C.C., Cork
Additional Information: William Penn serves as a huge link between County Cork and the United States of America. Penn, with connections to Macroom and Shanagarry, founded the City of Pennsylvania, where c. 100 years later (1776) the American Declaration of Independence was signed. Thanks to Dr. Hiram Morgan and Ruth Canning of U.C.C.'s School of History, there will be a symposium on William Penn taking place at the end of September in U.C.C. More details will be added here in the coming weeks but see the attached document (click here) for more details in the interim.
Date/Time Friday 30th September 2016 from 10am to 6:30pm
The 8th Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition
Location: Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Additional Information: For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the "Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition". It is a day for the County's hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day. This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 30th September, 2016, and all of the City and County Heritage Groups are invited to participate on the day. The theme for this year's exhibition is 1916 commemoration and please see the attached document for more information.
Date/Time Friday 07th and Saturday 08th October 2016
Irish Oral History Network Annual Conference
Location: U.C.C., Cork
Additional Information: The Irish Oral History Network Annual Conference takes place in Cork this year for the first time. The network undertakes extensive work on ensuring that oral history is at the fore of heritage and this conference will be of interest to many, with the 2016 theme being 'People and Place - Oral History in Ireland'. The 'objective is to bring together individual oral history collectors, local community groups, curators, archivists, academics and policy practitioners to encourage lively discussion across the broad spectrum of oral history'. Over the two days there will be free presentations, workshops and projects and there will be a featured panel discussion on 'valuing intangible cultural heritage in Ireland' as well as a number of keynote speakers. While the event is free, attendees must register at prior to the closing date of 27th September 2016. For more information see the attached document.

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