Heritage and other Updates from Conor Nelligan

Hi All,
I hope you are well.
This is a very quick update regarding a few events taking place this week including the inaugural West Cork History Festival and not to mention a centenary game of baseball tomorrow evening as well a fascinating talk in aid of the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
There will be a further update in the next few days regarding Heritage Week, the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2017 and the launch for sale of the Cork County Council publication ‘1916-2016 Commemorating the Centenary in the County of Cork’ which will be in the book shops in the coming days.
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Date/Time: May 5th to September 17th 2017
: 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
 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
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: July 5th to August 30th 2017 (every Wednesday evening at 19:30)
: Clon Historical Walks
Location: ,Meet (19:30) at Michael Collins House, Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Local voluntary organisation, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage,​ is once again providing​ guided historical  walks of​ Clonakilty Town  for visitors, (and locals!), each Wednesday evening for July and August. This is the third summer the group has organised the popular free walks, which attracted between 30 - 40 people each evening over the last two years. Local historians who are members of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage group lead the tours concentrating on the town centre area.​Interested people should meet at 7pm at the Michael Collins statue which is the starting point. No pre-booking required, and the guided walks are completely free of charge, and suitable for most people as all the route is on the flat. The walks last approx. an hour and a quarter.​

baseball 2017
Date/Time: Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 17:30
Event: A Celebration Baseball Game
Location: Cork Cricket Grounds, The Mardyke, Cork
Additional Information: To mark the centenary of the presence of the US Naval Service in County Cork one hundred years ago and in recognition of the game of baseball played at that very period of time (July 27th 1917)here in County Cork, a wonderful game will take place on Tuesday 25ht July 2017. Admission €5 and all welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 19:30
Event: R.M.S Lusitania & Modern Safety of Life at Sea - Talk in Aid of Irish Community Air Ambulance
Location: Rochestown Park Hotel, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
The talk is about the Lusitania, modern safety at sea (lessons to be learnt from the tragedy - the importance of implementing safety of life at sea regulations, keeping on top of the rules of engagement in war, and the duty to rescue), and Cork's prominence and potential in maritime affairs. It is also about our close bond in Cork / Ireland with the United States and the importance of the tragedy in changing US History, ultimately bringing the US into World War One and becoming the interventionist country in foreign affairs that we see today. It promises to be a wonderful talk. All welcome and for tickets visithttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/rms-lusitania-modern-safety-at-sea-a-talk-by-michael-t-kingston-tickets-34839697473

Date/Time: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017
 The Inaugural West Cork History Festival 
Location: Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: 
The inaugural WCHF will take place at Rosebank, about a mile outside Skibbereen, over the weekend of 28-30 July 2017. This Festival will feature an eclectic mixture of local, national and international topics and speakers and will appeal to everyone with an interest in history and culture, be it professional or non-professional. For more information visit http://www.westcorkhistoryfestival.org/.

Date/Time: Sunday 30th July 2017 at 15:00
Book Launch - Murragh: A Place of Graces
Location: B.E.D.A. Community Hall, Ballineen, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Published by Ballineen, Enniskeane and Newcestown voluntary group.  Murragh, remains an important focal point in local history, and a place of Christian worship/burial since at least the 12
th century.  An ancient burial mound within the church bounds, gives evidence of pre-Christian activity and burial practice.  In recent centuries, movement of the River Bandon course undermined and washed away, a large portion of the graveyard and most of the church.  This book is the culmination of many years hard work by dedicated local groups, intent on preserving and recording the historic character of this ancient and sacred place.  The old graveyard was cleared, headstone inscriptions recorded and long forgotten graves identified. The book was greatly enhanced by the generosity of descendants of those interred at Murragh, who shared their family histories and allowed us the privilege of recording local (and not so local) living  memory.  A must read for anyone interested in local history and mythology.
Book launch - 3pm on 30 July at BEDA Hall, Ballineen. All welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday 01st August 2017 at 13:00
Book Spirit of Mother Jones and Summer School 2017 Festival Launch 
Location: Maldron Hotel, Cork
Additional Information: The Spirit of Mother Jones is an outstanding festival, the launch of which takes place on Tuesday 1st August. For full information visit www.motherjonescork.com. All welcome.

Inniscarra History Society Summer Concert 2017
Date/Time: Friday 11th August 2017 at 19:30
Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden
Location: Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork
Additional Information: Inniscarra Historical Society presents 'Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden', which takes place on Friday 11th August in Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey. There will be a performance by the High Hopes Choir and other groups and admission is €10 - ticket only. For more information emailjournal@inniscarra.org or phone 086 0621947

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

Le meas,


Conor Nelligan
Heritage Officer / 'Ireland 2016' County Coordinator

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3,
County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd. Co. Cork


Phone:      021 4285905
Email:        conor.nelligan@corkcoco.ie


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