Heritage Update from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,

Heritage is on the up and up these days with so much happening by way of developments, updates and events.

This email update contains information on the Creative Ireland Programme, the Muintir na Tíre Cork County School Garden Competition, National Tree Week, a reminder regarding the Heritage Council Grant Scheme and features details of close to 20 upcoming events.

With Lá Féile Pádraig amárach, let us hope the weather is kind and that the day is thoroughly enjoyed by all. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

News and Events in full now as follows:

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Cork County Council Invites Local Groups, Organisations and Individuals to be part of the Creative Ireland Initiative in County Cork

The Centenary Commemoration of 1916 was a tremendous success in the County of Cork, as it was across the entire nation. In response to the heightened sense of shared identity that was established in 2016, and in respect of the breadth of cultural activity and public engagement that took place, the Irish Government has embarked on an insightful legacy project that sets out to harness the country's culture, arts and heritage over the next five years with the purpose of ensuring 'that Ireland offers a meaningful, value driven quality of life'.

The project, titled 'CREATIVE IRELAND', is an ambitious one and has full government support, firmly based on the principles of collaboration and communication, community empowerment and internationalisation. It has five key strands; Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production and Unifying our Global Reputation.

The Community Participation strand is being led by local authorities across the country and Cork County Council is currently undertaking a 2017 Creative Ireland action plan for County Cork, as well as a five-year strategy up until 2022, to tie in with the aims of the National Creative Ireland Initiative. To this end a Culture Team has been established within Cork County Council, who will drive and support the County's Creative Ireland undertakings, both in 2017, and in the years ahead.
Whether you are an artist or maker, a member of your local library, a local arts groups, a local historical society, a drama club, or community group in its widest sense, or even if this is something that is purely a personal interest, this is an opportunity to share ideas, pool resources and be part of the creation of a unique and distinctive Cultural Project, with full National Support, in the County of Cork.
With this in mind, Cork County Council will host a series of open meetings for anyone interested in participating in the development and delivery of County Cork's contribution to the Creative Ireland Initiative. Your attendance at any of the following venues would be appreciated:

Location: Bantry Library on Wednesday 29th March, 2017, from 13:00 to 15:00
Location: Midleton Library on Wednesday 29th March, 2017, from 18:00 to 20:00
Location: Mallow Library on Thursday 30th March, 2017, from 13:00 to 15:00

Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest to attend by emailingcreativeireland@corkcoco.ie before Monday 27th March. 
Cork County Council, in addition to organising this series of open meetings, is also seeking written submissions from interested parties with suitable ideas, events and suggestions for the Creative Ireland Initiative in County Cork (these decisions will help to shape and inform the County's Cultural Strategy over the next number of years). Closing date for receipt of said submissions is Monday 03rd April 2016, to be sent to creativeireland@corkcoco.ie


One of the cornerstones of the National Creative Ireland Initiative, is the establishment of a new national day of cultural celebration - Criunniú na Cásca - that will take place on Easter Monday, April 17th this year, and each and every Easter Monday henceforth. With respect to Crinniú na Cásca 2017, Cork County Council will be supporting a whole range of activities in each of the eight Municipal Districts that make up the wonderful County of Cork. We would be delighted for you/your group to get involved on the day, be it a cultural commemoration of 1916, or an event that recognises the importance of Irish culture to our everyday lives, ranging from art and creativity to local history, language and folklore right through to our natural heritage and archaeological/architectural heritage. Let the events be creative in nature and fully inclusive, inspired by the wonderful culture that surrounds and connects us all. It is hoped, in addition to a most successful Crinniú na Cásca in County Cork, that community based Creative Ireland natured events and projects will take place across the County throughout 2017 and in the many years ahead.

If you would like for any local event/project to form part of the Creative Ireland legacy project in County Cork, please email creativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905. Should you have a particular event in mind for Crinniú na Cásca, Monday April 17th, 2017, please make contact by Monday 27th March with the said details. Where possible, Cork County Council will support, and certainly promote a range of events throughout each of the eight Municipal Districts in County Cork.

'CREATIVE IRELAND' is a project that will have tremendous benefit for the County of Cork and one very much to look forward to. For further information, emailcreativeireland@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285905.

Details of the National Creative Ireland Programme are available at www.creative.ireland.ie. The Programme itself is also available to view by clicking here.


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The Heritage Council has just announced the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme, in addition to two further new schemes - a Grant Scheme for the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland Participants and a Thatch Conservation Grant Scheme.

The first of these, the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Scheme, will see €700,000 made available for a range of different projects and undertakings. The scheme aims to promote appreciation and enjoyment of heritage, and to make a lasting difference to heritage, people and communities. Through the Scheme the Heritage Council intends to reach out to new audiences and make heritage accessible to people with special needs, young adults and minorities, for example. They seek to support 'creative, engaging projects that provide a way for the public to learn about and manage our natural and cultural heritage'.

Many different projects can be applied for under the scheme ranging from surveys and audits of a range of heritage attributes, from wildlife to folklore, as well as report and plans, conservation works, National Heritage Week initiatives and community efforts to educated about and manage heritage.

In relation to all successful projects, work on same must have commenced by the end of May 2017 and will need to be completed by 17th November, 2017. In 2016, the scheme saw over 400 applications, 171 of which, were successful. These included six from the County of Cork totaling a sum of €38,400 - a considerable boost to heritage spend within the County. Successful projects included a conservation plan for a church and graveyard in Inchigeela, Conservation works at Donnybrook House, conservation of the wooden ship deck of the ILEN Vessel, conservation of Bandon's King Billy Flag, a conservation report for the Allin Institute Community Building in Bandon and a conservation plan for the O' Daly bardic school on the Sheep's Head peninsula. In 2017 it is anticipated that 150 plus applications will be successful and given the scope of projects that could be applied for it is hoped that the County of Cork will see a number of successful applications. The closing date for applications, all of which must be made online atwww.heritagecouncil.ie, is 5pm on Friday, 24th March, 2017.

The second Heritage Council Scheme is called the Caring for Collections Scheme. €50,000 has been made available for the scheme, which can only be applied for by existing museums/institutions already participating in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). The third Heritage Council Scheme on offer is for those who intend to carry out good practice in thatch conservation. Under this scheme €70,000 is being made available nationally and one of the main aims is to ensure the longevity of thatching as a trade such that projects that include demonstration or teaching a trainee will in principle be very well received. The two aforementioned Grant Schemes also close on March 24th at 5pm and again it is hoped that the County of Cork will see a number of successful applications.

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The Muintir na tire Cork School garden competition was officially launched last week by Deputy County Mayor Cllr. Kevin Conway in Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey and many primary schools across the County have already entered their school garden in the competition. Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council and the team at Griffins created a Real buzz at the official Launch of the Competition.
Deputy Mayor Conway said he personally and the County Council were delighted to be associated with this great initiative that helps children to learn the importance of nature and growing your own food while at the same time staying active. Margaret Griffin and her team were on hand to gave the children and teachers lots of invaluable advice in Fruit and Vegetable Gardening.

Special guests included the children and teachers of Scoil Choí Iosa Blarney, and Aghabullogue and Banteer National schools where they got the opportunity to Meet and chat with local beekeepers Ben Phillpott and Noel Riordan and learn the importance of Bee friendly Gardening. The children learnt the fun of guerrilla gardening. The queen Bee Jennifer Cotter taught the local kids how to make bee friendly seed bombs. When they throw these bombs in to wasteland, the seeds will germinate into a wonderful bee friendly flower patch.

A real Favourite with the children was the Bee Mobile at Griffins. To celebrate the work of the bees and pollinators the vibrant bee mobile at Griffins was unveiled. This is a fun bright display that portrays the importance of bees to our environment. This year Griffins are awarding a special award for the best 'Bee friendly School Garden' and the Bee mobile was a great attraction to all at the launch. Margaret Griffin and the Local beekeepers have asked all schools to help protect our bees and Plants Bee friendly gardens. Her message is simple. Plant flowers and bees will follow. Through the Cork Schools garden competition, Muintir na Tire Griffins and Cork County Council will reward schools for their hard work with biodiversity and bee friendly gardening.

Dr. Mary Stack Environmental Awareness Officer of Cork County council encouraged schools to rethink, repair, refurbish along with reusing & recycling items in their garden as this is very important for the environment.

Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer, urged schools to think Biodiversity when gardening. He particularly suggested the inclusion of natural hedges, log piles, bird boxes, bird tables, wildflower meadows, nature-trails and the use of native flora.

Sean Holland of Muintir na Tire who co-ordinate the competition thanked Cork County Council and Griffins Garden Centre for all their support in organising the Competition. He said that Garden Categories for 2017 will include Edible Garden, Biodiversity/Wildlife Garden, Up-Cycling Art and colour Garden, Mixed Garden, Small Garden, Best New Garden , Innovation and Creativity and the overall best Pride of County Cork Garden for which all schools will be automatically judged. He said children and teachers can Log on now to www.muintir cork.com to register your school for the 2017 School gardens competition. He said the website and the School Gardens Blog are filled with great advice and inspiration for school kids and teachers alike. Sean said that all schools big and small should enter the competition. 'dont worry if your garden is in its early stage you should still enter and learn as you go along'.

For more information please contact Denis Kelly at admin@muintircork.com.
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National Tree Week 2017 and Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 have been a marvelous success. For Tree Week a number of events took place and with thanks to the Tree Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, through Martin Millerick and Conor Nelligan of the Council's Heritage Unit, were involved in the distribution of 400 trees to a variety of different community groups and organisations. Cork County Council's Irish Officer Aileen Loughrey organised a number of fabulous Seachtain na Gaeilge events in the County Hall, thoroughly enjoyed by all. In relation to Tree Week, Ted Cook has kindly provided a write-up of some events, available to view by clicking here .
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The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has announced the funding of ,000 (approx. €57,000) towards the setting up of short-term research fellowships for Irish postgraduate students at three of the top museums in the United States in a joint collaboration with the Fulbright Commission. The funding is being made available under the Creative Ireland Programme. This exciting development, initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, will see a total amount of ,000 made available to fund twelve fellowships over a four year period from 2018 to 2022. The participating museums are The Smithsonian Institution, The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas and The Exploratorium in San Francisco. The fellowships will be known as 'The Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships' and the award of the fellowships will be made by the Minister and the U.S. ambassador in conjunction with the Fulbright Commission.
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Ballyhoura Development is the Local Development Company that provides supports to communities, individuals and businesses in east Limerick and north Cork. The Company is currently seeking applications for the post of ‘Tourism & Heritage’ Officer. “The Tourism & Heritage Officer will be responsible for designing, developing and delivering integrated development and marketing supports to community groups, businesses and individuals, across a range of tourism, heritage and cultural initiatives, projects and programmes throughout the Ballyhoura Development area, in line with the company’s core economic and community development strategies”.

A detailed job specification is available to download from: www.ballyhouradevelopment.com/our-company/employment-opportunities and to apply an email must be sent tomquane@ballyhoura.org by the closing date of 5pm Thursday 30th March 2017

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The County of Cork was honoured at the 2017 IPB/LAMA National Awards last month by the StreamScapes Project by Mark Boyden and the Coomhola Salmon Trust winning a National Award for <'Most Significant Contribution to Water Quality'. This is a wonderful honour and for more information on the fantastic StreamScapes project visit www.streamscapes.ie .
Streamscapes Awards 2017= 
Image courtesy of Paul Sherwood

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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.
Heritage Week Awards 2016 - Castlemartyr= 
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Heritage Week 2017 takes place from August 19th to 27th 2017. The Theme for Heritage Week this year is Nature with the aim of helping 'more people learn about and enjoy Ireland's nature. From urban wildlife tours to foraging walks to building bee hotels, Heritage Week 2017 is all about being active, having fun and getting involved with our natural heritage' The Heritage council is encouraging people to get involved and a promotional video on the week is available to view on YouTube by clicking here.

In order to further promote and support Heritage Week 2017, the Heritage Council has organised a free Training Day for National Heritage Week event organisers, which will take place in Dublin on Tuesday 28 March at Dublin Castle. 'The day will be jam-packed with ideas, inspiration and practical tips covering every aspect of event planning. Some of Ireland's best event organisers will share their secrets to running great National Heritage Week events. Please note places are limited so we can only accept a maximum of two participants from any organisation or group' . To register for the day please fill in the following Heritage Council online form 
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Date/Time: Saturday 18th March 2017 at 12:00
: Bold Fenian Men: The 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Rising of March 1867
Location: Midleton Library, Main Street, Midleton, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Historian Tony Harpur will present a talk at 12 noon in Macroom Library on Saturday 18th March, looking at the history of the Fenian Rising, 150 years ago this month. It promises to be a fascinating talk and all are welcome.

Date/Time: Saturday 18th March 2017 at 14:00
: General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne(1828-1864): An Irishman by birth, an American Southerner by Adoption and Residence!
Location: The Kasbah @ The White Horse, West Village, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A talk presented by Orla Murphy exploring the Irish roots and the life & times of local hero General P.R. Cleburne, one the Confederacy's greatest military leaders and most distinguished officers. This talk forms part of the General Patrick Cleburne Trad and Roots weekend at The White Horse which runs from the 17th to the 19th of March and features traditional Irish music and Americana artists as well as festival headliners The Voice Squad. (This talk will include complimentary tea and coffee).

Date/Time: Saturday 18th March 2017 at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00
: This Must be the Place | The Great Island 2017 
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A wonderful month long programme of events is taking place in the Sirius Arts Centre, running up until Sunday 26th March 2017. As part of the month long event, on Saturday 18th March, a Miniature Landscapes Workshop will take place with Susan Walsh. Create your own miniature landscape in this collaborative parent and child workshop. Drawings with inks, sharpies and paint markers on a special film will miraculously shrink and your artwork is transformed into a sturdy and small pendant, keyring or light-catcher! Suitable for children from 4+. Hourly 40 min sessions at 12, 1 & 2 pm. €5 PER FAMILY. ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISED. For more information and to see the full range of events taking place visit www.siriusartscentre.ie.

Date/Time: Monday 20th March 2017 at 20:00
Henry Ford, the Cork Connection (ADDITIONAL PRESENTATION)Location: Ballincollig Rugy Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Muskerry Local History Society are organising a lecture on 'Henry Ford, the Cork Connection'. The lecturer, Denis McSweeney, will talk about the origins of the Ford family in Cork, the foundation of the Ford vehicle manufacturing company by Henry Ford to become one of the largest Corporations in the United States and the establishment of the Ford factory on the Marina in Cork which set Ireland on the road to industrialisation in 1917. Henry Ford's subsequent history will be outlined and the history of the changing fortunes of the Marina factory and its eventual closure. Denis, a native of Gurranabraher, joined Ford Cork in 1971 and worked his way to becoming Ford Marketing Director in Cork. This very interesting lecture will be held to commemorate the founding of the Ford factory in Cork, one hundred years ago, in 1917. The lecture will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday, 20 March in Ballincollig Rugby Club.


Date/Time: Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 13:00
: This Must be the Place | The Great Island 2017 
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A wonderful month long programme of events is taking place in the Sirius Arts Centre, running up until Sunday 26th March 2017. As part of the month long event, on Tuesday 21st March, a Basic Patchwork Demo will take place. Assumpta Lydon is a member of the Southern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society. Assumpta will give a demonstration in basic patchwork. FREE.. For more information and to see the full range of events taking place visit www.siriusartscentre.ie.

Date/Time: Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 20:00
AGM of Mallow Field Club, followed by Lecture on 'Placenames in North Cork'Location: Social Services Centre, Mallow. Co. Cork
Additional Information: The annual AGM of the Mallow Field Club will take place on Tuesday 21st March 2017. Following same, a wonderful talk by Professor Emeritus Pádraig Ó Ríain will take place, examining the placenames of North Cork. The event has been organised by the Mallow Field Club and all are welcome to attend. Admission is €3 to cover costs on the night.

Date/Time: Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 18:30
: Launch of Youghal 1916 Commemoration Garden 
Location: Brú na Sí, Youghal, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The official unveiling of the 1916 Commemorative Garden at the entrance to Brú na Sí will take place at 6-30pm on Wednesday 22nd March. At the event a short ceremony will take place and the garden will be officially unveiled by Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Chair of the East Cork Municipal District. All are welcome to this event.

Date/Time: Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 20:00
: Launch of Youghal Celebrates 1916 Publication
Additional Information: At the Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, on Wednesday 22nd March, a wonderful publication entitled 'Youghal Celebrates 1916' will be officially launched. This is the first Youghal Celebrates History Publication and contains chapters by Marian O'Hallroan, Dympna Quill, Patrick Cockburn, Kieran Groeger, Felix Larkin, Michael Hussey and Denise Fitzgerald. It is a wonderful publication and copies will be available for sale on the night. RSVP to ytta@eircom.net.


Date/Time: Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 13:00
: This Must be the Place | The Great Island 2017 
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A wonderful month long programme of events is taking place in the Sirius Arts Centre, running up until Sunday 26th March 2017. As part of the month long event, on Thursday 23rd March, a wonderful talk will be given by Veronica Stuart on the history of Lace. Veronica has been responsible for the revival of lace making - even setting up a lace trail around West Cork for tourists to follow - and is chairperson of the Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland. She has won international and national competitions, has judged many competitions and teaches lace classes. FREE.. For more information and to see the full range of events taking place visit www.siriusartscentre.ie.

Date/Time: Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 19:30
: This Must be the Place | The Great Island 2017 
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: A wonderful month long programme of events is taking place in the Sirius Arts Centre, running up until Sunday 26th March 2017. As part of the month long event, on Thursday 23rd March, a wonderful talk will be given on the subject of ship building in Cork Harbour. Admission €5. For more information and to see the full range of events taking place visit www.siriusartscentre.ie.

Date/Time: Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 20:00
: U-260: The Glandore Sub 
Location: The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The U-260 was a World War II Type VIIC German submarine which sank off Glandore in April 1945. A number of its crew made it to shore at the Galley Head and the remainder were rescued the following morning. The reason for its sinking is unclear and has resulted in some speculation as to its cause with several possible explanations. Its present location is approximately 4 nautical miles south of the entrance to Glandore Harbour in 45 metres of water.
This lecture will outline the background and circumstances surrounding its sinking, the rescue of the survivors, the discovery of the wreck and its present condition. Actual footage of diving to the submarine and its condition will be shown. Brendan Cahill, a native of Dublin, is a Rosscarbery-based Garda. Living in West Cork for the last 16 years, he is a former Garda diver who has a keen interest in wreck diving. He first dived the Glandore sub in the 1990s and has been diving to this and other wrecks for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Toe Head/Glandore Coast Guard Unit with an interest in the coastal history of the area.