Sunday, 25 June 2017

Heritage News From Conor Nelligan

Hi All,
I hope you are keeping well.

Work is nearing completion on the Heritage Plan for the Múscraí Gaeltacht with two discussion evenings to take place next week, the 5th and 6th July. Any and all comments on the plan are also most welcome.
In addition to the email sent last Friday there is a further event listed for this week – a wonderful Commemorative Weekend on Bere Island regarding the US Naval Service’s involvement on the island one hundred years ago.

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A HERITAGE PLAN FOR THE MÚSCRAÍ GAELTACHT:

Cork County Council, supported by the Heritage Council and, in conjunction with Research and Dig and Acadamh Fódhla, has been undertaking a conservation, management and interpretation plan to look at the importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht and how its heritage can be safeguarded and promoted long into the future. The project, which has had extensive consultation to date has examined in a holistic manner, the wonderful heritage that the area possesses, and has also identified a number of actions that could be implemented for the protection and indeed promotion of heritage in Múscraí. The document is now nearing completion and next week there will be two public consultation meetings to discuss the content of the Draft Plan and to take on board any suggestions and comments. The first discussion evening takes place in the Mills, Baile Bhúirne, on Wednesday 5th July commencing at 18:30 and the second evening takes place at the same time on Thursday 6th July in the G.A.A. Clubhouse in Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. All are welcome to attend and any comments/suggestions and recommendations on the plan as a whole can be emailed to cork.heritage@corkcoco.ie up to Monday 24th July 2017. The Draft Plan to date is available to view by clicking here

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VOTE FOR SPIKE ISLAND AS EUROPE’S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION 2017:

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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY FACILITIES SCHEME 2017:

Cork County Council Community Facilities scheme offers Community and Voluntary groups access to capital funding in order to kick-start, advance or complete their projects. The scheme seeks to address some of the difficulties local community groups face in terms of accessing small-scale levels of funding to match their own fundraising efforts. The 2017 scheme is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and local Government with support from the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and the Municipal Districts of Cork County Council. The scheme will offer grants up to a maximum of €1,000 per project, with examples including Community Centre Equipment, Office Equipment / Meeting Furniture, Sports / Recreation Facilities and Relevant Tools, Machinery and Appliances. The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 30th June 2017 and for further information visit www.corkcoco.ie or email communitydevelopment@corkcoco.ie.
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UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Date/Time: May 5th to September 17th 2017
Event: 
: Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919 : Organised by Damian Shiels
Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In 1917 thousands of American naval servicemen came to Ireland to participate in the First World War. Their interactions with local women, particularly in Cork where they were based, became a major social issue. Many Irish women ultimately married these American sailors, with Queenstown / Cobh in particular seeing a large number of weddings. Who were these women and what were their stories? New research by Damian Shiels to identify them using U.S. passport applications has revealed something of the past - and the portraits of many. The exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre will consider a number of these images, and the stories of those young women depicted.
Sirius Arts Centre is housed in the former Royal Cork Yacht Club building - a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin and built by James Smith Barry of Fota in 1854. The RCYC operated from here for over a century. During the first World War the building was used to host many of these American and British naval servicemen as a place to relax and socialize. Women were not permitted to socialize there nor could they become members of the yacht club until much later.
Damian Shiels is an archaeologist and historian with Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. Formerly a curator in the National Museum of Ireland, he is a specialist on Irish military archaeology and history, on which he has published and lectured widely both nationally and internationally. His latest book "The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America" was published by The History Press in 2016. This exhibition is kindly supported by the Port of Cork. For more information visit www.siriusartscentre.ie.

Revolutionaries Art Exhibition Michael Collins House 2017
Date/Time: Friday 16th June 2017 at 19:30 - exhibition running up until July 30th 2017
Event: 
 Michael Collins House presents ‘Revolutionaries’ - Art Exhibition By Jim Fitzpatrick
Location: Michael Collins House, Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Come along to the official opening of the ‘Revolutionaries’ art exhibition by Jim Fitzpatrick at Michael Collins House on Fri 16th June at 7.30pm as part of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival. Jim Fitzpatrick is a renowned Artist and the quality of work, to be seen in this exhibition, is of the highest quality. All welcome and note that the exhibition runs up until Sunday 30th July.

Date: Every Tuesday evening over the summer from 20:30 to 22:00
Event: 
Free Genealogical Evening with Expert Genealogist Paul MacCotter 
Location: Franciscan Well Brewery, North Mall, Cork
Details: Dr. Paul MacCotter is running a weekly free genealogical evening every Tuesday night 8.30 to 10.00 in the Franciscan Well brewpub on the North Mall in Cork. This consists of a basic introduction to genealogy for the inexperienced and free genealogical advice and problem solving for more advanced. This runs through the summer and the evening is designed to cater for both locals from all over Cork County as well as any tourists who wish to join in. It is a great opportunity to learn more – not to be missed.

Date/Time: Thursday 29th June 2017
Event: 
 Launch of Cork's Revolutionary Dead
Location: Waterstones, Patrick's Street, Cork
Additional Information: A very anticipated publication - Cork's Revolutionary Dead - by Barry Keane and published by Mercier Press, will be launched on Thursday 29th June in Waterstones at 6.30 pm. The book coves the more than 700 deaths during the entire revolutionary period between 1916-1923. The book in itself is an important resource for the history of the period in Cork and all are welcome to attend the launch. A collection of photos of 144 people referred to in the publication will also be launched.

Date/Time: Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 both days
Event: 
Leave No Trace Workshops 
Location: Greywood Arts, Main Street, Killeagh, Co. Cork P36 KN61
Additional Information: South and East Area Development is hosting two Leave No Trace Ireland workshops on Friday, 30th June and Saturday, 1st July, 2017. Friday's workshop is oriented around community groups and individuals (employees and volunteers) while Saturday's will be oriented around families. The location for both will be Fota House Frameyard and Orchard as well as the Fota Scout Centre.
The professional groups might be people who work outdoors, such as Tidy Towns landscapers, farmers and people who might want to know more about the seven Leave No Trace codes as they apply them to the Irish countryside.
The family-oriented workshop will be geared towards casual recreation and enjoying the Great Outdoors in a manner that is no-impact on the environment.
The venue will be both indoors and outdoors and there will be a walk of a little over a kilometre between Fota House and the Scouts’ area so don’t forget your wellies and other appropriate outdoor clothing! Feel free to bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, food and coffees will be available for purchase at the Fota House café. Parking will be free of charge on the day of your chosen workshop. For more information visitwww.leavenotraceireland.org and www.ringofcork.ie/birdtrail and to book a place email biodiversity@secad.ie.

Date/Time: Saturday 1st July 2017
Event: 
Opening Celebration for Greywood Arts in an historic 18th Century Building
Location: Greywood Arts, Main Street, Killeagh, Co. Cork P36 KN61
Additional Information: After two years of preparation, Greywood Arts is officially opening on Saturday the 1st of July. Jessica Bonenfant and Hughie Coogan, proprietors of the multi-disciplinary artist’s residency, invite you to join them from 6pm onwards to celebrate with delicious food, stunning art, and spectacular music.
For a suggested donation of just €10 you get to meet artist-in-residence Naomi Litvack, who will share her paintings-in-progress, as well as a concert by Cork’s own Anna Mitchell. Arrive to music by cellist Ilse de Ziah, grab a glass of wine, and explore an exhibition detailing the fascinating history of the house. Enjoy a variety of delicious tapas, peruse the Exile Project micro-bookshop, and enjoy a performance by the inimitable Natasha Bourke. Paintings by local artists Belinda Walsh and Sinead Ni Chionaola will also be on display. All are welcome.
Greywood Arts is like a guesthouse for artists, where they can stay in self-catering accommodation and have access to workspace. They visit for a week, a month or even longer to delve into a project and explore their artistic process. The three-story Georgian building offers a light filled visual arts studio and a movement studio with a vaulted ceiling performing artists. A desk for writers overlooks the Dissour River, and the library holds a piano for musicians. The large rustic stone walled dining room doubles as a space for meetings. The adjacent Glenblower Wood is the perfect spot for long walks, and the character filled house invites reflection and inspires creativity. With four guest rooms, Greywood Arts can accommodate up to eight visitors at a time. Artists are encouraged to engage with the community in the form of work-in-progress showings, demonstrations, readings, or concerts. It’s a brilliant addition to Killeagh, and a great amenity for East Cork.
The village is delighted to see the transformation of a prominent historic home on the Main Street – on the verge of becoming derelict – spring back to life again. Built in 1767 by the Green Davis family, the building later became an RIC barrack before being burned out by the IRA in 1920. It then had a new life as a sawmill, and later as a guesthouse. The history exhibition, designed by Samantha Agneessens for the opening, will take viewers on a journey from the past to the present, filled with stories, images and significant objects. For more information email create@greywoodarts.org

US Navy on Bere Island Commemoration
Date/Time: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017
Event: 
A Commemoration of the US Navy on Bere Island
Location: Bere Island, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Bere Island, Cork's most inhabited island, is steeped in heritage, particularly from a military perspective. On the weekend of July 1st and 2nd 2017 a wonderful commemorative weekend will take place featuring talks, music, song and guided walks. All are welcome to attend and for more information visit www.bereisland.net

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It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the very best for now,

Le meas,

Conor



Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer 

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