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Friday, 31 August 2018

County Cork, 2018 - 2022.

In keeping with the overarching aims of Creative Ireland, a 5-year Culture and Creativity Strategy is being undertaken for County Cork, 2018 - 2022. ‘Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.  It is a high-level, high-ambition, all-of-government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential. Underpinning this creative potential is an understanding of the importance of the Arts, Heritage, our Libraries, our Irish Language, our Music and Traditions, our Commemorations and our Cultural Tourism and how these can collectively promote and encourage creativity in all its forms.

The Creative Ireland Programme is an ambitious one and is 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. It is Strand 2, Creativity in Every Community, that each Local Authority across the country seeks to embrace most strongly and here in County Cork, with such a strong community sector with an unrivalled track record, the 5-year plan is one to openly embrace. 

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 and Creativity Strategy for County Cork, as part of the Nationally aligned and fully supported Creative Ireland Programme.

Location: Mallow Library on Thursday 26th October from 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Skibbereen Library on Thursday 2nd November from 14:30 to 16:00
Location: Fermoy Library on Saturday 4th November from 11:30 to 13:00
Location: Cobh Library on Saturday 4th November from 15:00 to 16:30
Location: Macroom Library on Wednesday 8th November from 14:30 to 16:00
Location: Midleton Library on Wednesday 8th November from 18:30 – 20:00 
Location: Bandon Library on Thursday 9th November from 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Ballincollig Library on Tuesday 14th November from 18:00 to 19:30

Interested participants are kindly requested to register their interest to attend by emailing with their date/venue of choice preferably prior to Wednesday 25thOctober.

Charleville Annual Festival of History

Date/Time: Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th September 2018
Event: Charleville Annual Festival of History 
Location: Charleville, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: The theme of the weekend will be ‘The Legacy of Roger Boyle’ who was the founder of Charleville in 1661. It will consist of lectures on the life of the Richard Boyle, the father of Lord Broghill (Roger), and Broghill’s life itself, his building of Charleville town and Charleville Manor and the destruction of the latter by the Duke of Berwick during the Williamite War in 1690. The programme will also include a cultural aspect with poetry and writer’s seminars in association with the local poetry circle and writer’s groups, traditional Irish music performance in association with Charleville’s Craobh An Rath Comhaltas branch, theatre production and art exhibition, as well as children’ s involvement from many diverse groups of nationalities who have made Charleville their home. Support by Cork County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme it promises to be a great weekend and further information on same will be provided here shortly.
Event Date
2018 - 00:00

The Thomas Kent History Symposium

Date/Time: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018
Event: The Thomas Kent History Symposium 
Location: Fermoy, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: A wonderful three day symposium taking place in Fermoy supported by the Heritage Council and Cork County Council's Commemoration Committee.
Event Date
8/09/2018 - 00:00

Cork County Alerts

Cork County Alerts
Do you want to know when Roads in your area are Closed?
Cork County Alerts is a free text message, social media and email alert service.
Be Winter ReadyIt is a free service that gives Cork County Council the ability to issue alerts. Rather than informing an entire town about a specific road closure, all alerts are mapped so only the affected residents are notified. This ensures a high level of satisfaction among Cork County Alerts subscribers because everything they receive is relevant to them.
It issues alerts for:
• Floods
• Severe weather alerts from Met Eireann
• Road Closures due to severe e.g. Storm Ophelia
• Road Closure due to scheduled Road works
• Planning Application Alerts
This is one of Cork County Council’s primary communication channels and will provide registered users with regular updates with actual real time alerts for severe weather road closures.
You can register for a free account to receive alerts by SMS text message, email or smartphone app notification. You can also sign up to get alerts through Facebook Messenger when an alert is issued for your location.
It is quick and easy to register – just click on the link
If you would like to find out more about being winter ready please click on this link

Culture Night Friday September 21st.

The countdown has started for this year’s Culture Night, which takes place on Friday, September 21st.
Charlotte and Jane FASHION SHOW in the county hall largeCork County Council are delighted to support this years 'Culture Night', It is an ideal opportunity to enjoy an abundance of free events happening all over the County of Cork from 4pm until midnight.  There will be plenty to see and do; including art trails, tours and talks; music, poetry and storytelling; theatre, street performance & workshops.
County Hall will host a fantastic variety of events, one of the highlights being a *Fashion Show, showcasing the bespoke creations of established Cork designers, featuring Charlotte & Jane from Kinsale. There will be two great talks on the outstanding musical careers of *Sean Ó Riada and *Aloys Fleischmann.  Sam Claque and John Spillane will entertain us in Vertigo and Cork Craft & Design will bring you a craft fair filled with handmade craft from local makers. Kids Culture will be in Library HQ. Bring along your appetite as there will be plenty to eat, with a great selection of food stalls.
*booking required -call Judy in the Arts Office on 4285000 ext 6971
For a full list of all events happening around the county please visit or check out our daily posts on Facebook  
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Making their mark – Women’s Road to Franchise, an exhibition by Cork County Library

Making their mark – Women’s Road to Franchise, an exhibition by Cork County Library
As part of Cork County Library’s Heritage Week and Creative Ireland programme Cork County Library’s Local History Dept launched an exhibition, Making their mark – Women’s Road to Franchise at the Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. The exhibition was launched by the County Mayor, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy and keynote talk was given by Dr. Sandra McAvoy; formerly of UCC, coordinator of the MA in Women’s Studies. Exhibition Board
The exhibition focuses on the background to the suffrage movement in Ireland and Britain. It concentrates on some of the prominent Cork figures involved in the movement; Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, Anna Haslam and the Munster Women’s Franchise League. Also included is Geraldine Laura Lennox a native of Durrus who worked in London and was heavily involved in the Women’s Social and Political Union along with Sylvia Pankhurst. Geraldine Laura was arrested for her actions and went on hunger strike for the cause. This Cork woman had a remarkable life. Much of the material on Geraldine Laura was provided by her family and in particular her great grandniece Karen Fitzgerald.
Many members of Geraldine Laura’s family attended the launch, her grandniece and extended family.  The exhibition will be on display in the County Library Building from August 21th to September 20th, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. It will be on display in Bantry library in October.   
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Thursday, 23 August 2018

‘Nothing About You / Without You’ Preparing for Commencement - Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

‘Nothing About You / Without You’ Preparing for Commencement - Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The event will be of interest to health, social care, legal, financial and regulatory professionals, organisations concerned with the rights of vulnerable adults and older people, and members of the public with an interest in the area. 
 Chair:    Professor Deirdre Madden, Professor of Law, UCC & Chair: National ADM Steering Group
Speakers:  Áine Flynn, Director Decision Support Service 
Professor Mary Donnelly, School of Law UCC & Chair: HSE Advance Healthcare Directive Subgroup of National ADM Steering Group
Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Chair: Sage Advocacy & Chair: National Safeguarding Committee

 Wednesday 5th September 2018
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Registration from 4:45 p.m.

Venue: Room G01, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork

Funding for Projects on Cork’s Islands

Funding for Projects on Cork’s Islands

Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has recently announced that a grant of €1,073,863 has been sanctioned to carry out improvement works on various islands around the country, including €313,500 for the County of Cork, with the Council to provide match funding.The islands involved in Cork, which are steeped in heritage, include Bere Island, Long Island, Whiddy Island, Dursey Island and Sherkin Island. Minister of State McHugh said "These kinds of investments are about improving the lives of islanders, improving accessibility, investing in the future of island communities and in works that will sustain and develop vital tourism offerings. Our islands are truly at the heart of what is best loved and admired about Irish culture and these kind of investments demonstrate how highly we value these communities.”

Monthly Health and Wellbeing Talks

Monthly Health and Wellbeing Talks

Fermoy Community Health Worker Jacinta Mc Cormack is hosting a series of monthly Health&Wellbeing Information Talks on a wide range of topics throughout 2018.
These talks are free of charge and are open to everyone.
On Thursday 30th August the monthly talk will be given on the topic of Eye Health. Jennifer Feeney of Feeney Opticians, McCurtain St.,will talk about eye care and how your eyes say much more than you think.
Refreshments will be provided after the talk, giving attendees an opportunity to have a chat with the speaker at the end of each session.
Further details about these monthly talks can be found on the Fermoy Community Health Project Facebook page or by contacting Jacinta directly on 085 8742320

Calls for Events and Activities for European Year of Cultural Heritage

Calls for Events and Activities for European Year of Cultural Heritage

The Heritage Council is seeking heritage initiatives – existing and new – planned for 2018 for European Year of Cultural Heritage. These Types of Activities include: Information, education or awareness-raising campaign; Festivals, including film festivals; Conference, symposium, forum, debate, Study, survey, Training/ workshops; Research activities; Visit, exchange; Digital projects; Cultural event or performance; Media event, launch event and exhibitions and shows.

 Activities, events and projects should take place between 7th December 2017 and 31st December 2018 and contribute to achieving one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

 Events can be officially registered by applying for the European Year of Cultural Heritage label.  Permission must be granted by the Heritage Council as National Coordinator to use the European Year of Cultural Heritage label/logo