Castlemartyr has been recognised on the National Heritage Stage, having picked up a short-listing award in the 2016 National Heritage Week Awards. The short-listing award was presented at a recent event in Dublin to David and Liz Maddox of the Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society, by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D. Also present at this prestigious event was Minister David Stanton, T.D.; Heritage Council Chief Executive, Michael Starrett; Chair of the Heritage Council Board, Michael Parsons and Cork County Council Heritage Officer, Conor Nelligan.
The short-listing Award was presented to the Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society for the fantastic work they have been undertaking in promoting the wonderful connection between Castlemartyr and John Saul - the famous horticulturist who left Ireland for American shores in the mid 19th century and designed some of America's most famous Civic open spaces including the White House Grounds, the Mall, Smithsonian Grounds, Lafayette Park and the Ellipse to name but a few.
In 2016 Heritage Week saw over 1,800 events taking place nationally. The National Heritage Week Awards recognises 12 outstanding achievements in four different categories and it is testament to the work of the Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society that they received such recognition in the Reaching Out Category - a Category that recognises organisers who reach out to new audiences and help more people enjoy Heritage Week. At the 2016 John Saul Event, the society reached out to local family carers, disability groups, the elderly and young people to help in the organisation and enjoyment of the event.
The receiving of this award for Castlemartyr comes as great news and adds to the strength and depth of heritage in the East Cork and wider Cork area. Well done to Liz, David and all in the Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society.