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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Heritage News from Conor Nelligan Cork County Council

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope you are keeping well.

Cork County Council, through the Creative Ireland Programme, is hosting a conference next week in Ballyvourney. The Conference, which is titled ‘Contae Chorcaí Ildánach – Creative County Cork’ takes place in the Abbey Hotel on Friday and Saturday, 9th and 10thNovember – free of charge and Fáilte romh Cách. The conference will be a great opportunity for local groups and organisations to hear a range of expert speakers and to learn about the various cultural services provided by the Council and, in turn, see how they can get involved in cultural endeavours locally, particularly with regard to promoting the Irish Language – as we mark 2018 as Bliain na Gaeilge. At the Conference, Cork County’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 will be launched by the Mayor of the county of Cork Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy. To book a place email

There is a great variety of further events taking place over the next few weeks, including events to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI and groups might also be interested in Cork County Council’s Community Development Initiative – full details below.

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Date/Time: Friday 09th and Saturday 10th November 2018
The Annual Creative Ireland County Cork Conference 2018 
Location: Abbey Hotel and surrounds, Baile Bhuirne, Cork
Additional Information: The Creative County Cork Conference takes place in Baile Mhúirne on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018. At the conference on the Friday morning, which commences at 11:00, the County Cork Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018-2022) will be launched by the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy and copies will be made available for all in attendance. For the conference, a range of great speakers has been lined up. The Friday morning will see presentations by staff of Cork County Council with regard to the many Cultural Services available and with 2018 being Bliain na Gaeilge, the afternoon will see an Irish Theme to it with a range of excellent speakers including An Coimisnéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill, Laurence Lord, Peadar Ó Riada, Rachel Ní Riada, Bríd Cranitch and Máirtín Ó Méalóid, followed by a performance by local school-goers involved in Aisling Gheal. The evening will also see a musical performance in the Ionad Cultúrtha and some tickets have been set aside for conference attendees.
The second day of the conference, Saturday 10th November, will also see a range of speakers in the morning commencing at 10:30 including Rachel Holstead (Arts in the Gaeltacht), Dr. Rosarie Crowley from the HSE (culture and well-being) and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín regarding Dance. Following lunch, conference attendees will be able to avail of two free tours – one of St. Gobnait’s Ecclesial Complex by County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman, and this followed by a Tour of the Nine White Deer Brewery. The full conference programme is available by clicking here at and for further information or to book a place or phone 021 4285905. All groups and individuals with an interest in their local culture and heritage are encouraged to come along – Fáilte romh Cách.

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Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy has welcomed the releasing of a €1.5M grant scheme known as the Cork County Community Development Initiative. Cork County Council, in association with their Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), are releasing the monies as Phase 1 of a €3.5M fund with €500k from Cork County Council’s own funds being put aside on a yearly basis over seven years from 2016 – 2022.  These monies will be used to fund local community development capital projects to a minimum of €1,000 with a maximum of €25,000. Speaking of the initiative, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey highlighted how the Cork County Community Development Initiative was an example of the Council’s continuing dedication to local communities, “Through our 3 Local Development Committees, we are committed to improving the range and quality of community based facilities which will assist in providing the very best quality of life offering to our citizens.  The Cork County Community Development Initiative in cooperation with the Local Development Companies can be used to enhance facilities in communities or to kick-start, advance or complete their projects.” Mayor Murphy also reiterated the Council’s commitment to community development undertakings which improve the prosperity of both people and places, “I know first hand how important community and voluntary groups are.  Not only are they an asset to their own communities but there are an asset for Cork.  This fund will give further recognition for the tremendous work and commitment given by all involved.  I would encourage all groups to get their applications in.” Closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm Friday, 14th December, 2018. Applicants will be notified if successful, in early March with a view to having all projects completed by 30th September, 2019. For full information and application forms visit

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Date/Time: Saturday 13th October 2018 at 14:00 and daily until November 24th from 10:00 to 16:30
An Exhibition on St. Colman's Cathedral 
Location: Cobh Maritime Building, Railway Station, Cobh, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Cork Harbour Islands Project (C.H.I.P.) are holding its next Exhibition in Cobh Maritime Building, Railway Station, Cobh with the Official Opening on Saturday 13th October at 2pm and will run for approximately 6 weeks (opening hours 10-4.30). This year’s exhibition will focus on one of the most iconic buildings in Ireland – St Colman’s Cathedral. This beautiful Cathedral will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the laying of its Foundation Stone this month and next year will see the 100th Anniversary of its Consecration. The Exhibition will focus on the all aspects of the Cathedral from its beginning, to those that worked on it and also the huge social aspect it has played in the history of Cobh over the last hundred years and more.

Date/Time: Monday 15th October to 21st December 2018
The Ellen Hutchins Exhibition at U.C.C. 
Location: Boole Library, U.C.C., Cork 
Additional Information: A most wonderful exhibition on Ellen Hutchins will be launched on Monday 15th October, U.C.C., running up until Friday 21st December. The exhibition will be opened by Prof. Sarah Culloty, Director of the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork and Carrie O’Flynn, Historical Re-enactor, will be there in costume at the launch together with many of the Ellen Hutchins Festival Team. Admission is free and all are welcome during the opening hours of the Boole Library (Monday to Sunday, early to very very late, more detail on the website) A programme of activities is running alongside the exhibition including a talk by Madeline Hutchins on Wednesday 7th November (1pm) in the Crawford Art Galley. See for more information. 

Date/Time: Wednesday 31st October to Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 20:00
Horrid History Tours at Michael Collins House 
Location: Michael Collins House, Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Cork 
Additional Information: Horrid History Tours at Michael Collins House will delve into the gruesome, the scary and horrid folk stories and histories associated with the revolutionary period in Irish History. Standard Entry fees apply for the tours and as space is limited booking is advised. See poster for more information.

Date/Time: Thursday 1st November 2018 at 20:00
Illustrated Lecture - Blarney 1918 - Anti-conscription - Armistice - Election 
Location: Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School), Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled Blarney 1918 - Anti-Conscription - Armistice - Election in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School) In April 1918 the British government attempted to impose conscription in Ireland by imposing a law which was passed but never put into effect. No Irish person was ever drafted into the British Army. The Armistice of 11 November 1918  brought an end to fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and Germany. The General Election of 1918 resulted in a landslide victory for the Sinn Féin party, and was the first election in which women over the age of 30, and all men over the age of 21, could vote. Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons,  and, along with other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also the first woman in the world to hold a cabinet position as Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922.  Guest Speaker, Author and Lecturer, John Mulcahy analyses the effect these three momentous events had on the Blarney and District of 1918. Everybody Welcome. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 0872153216. For more information see

Date/Time: Thursday 1st November 2018 at 20:00
Chaplains in the British Army 
Location: Temperance Hall, Kinsale, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Thursday, 1st November, Chaplains in the British Army with Peter Rutherford at the Temperance Hall at 8 p.m.Organised by the Kinsale History Society. For further information email

Kilmurry Schools 2018
Date/Time: Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 14:00 (exhibition continuing every Sunday from 2-5pm for month of November)
Kilmurry Parish Schools Exhibition
Location: Independence Museum, Kilmurry, Cork 
Additional Information: A wonderful Schools' exhibition is being put together featuring Kilmurry Parish Schools, including Lackareigh, and will feature lots of old school photographs, accounts and artefacts. The exhibition will be launched in the Museum on Saturday November 3rd 2018 and will open on Sundays for the month of November. All most welcome to attend.

james mountain fenian
Date/Time: Saturday 3th November 2018 at 14:00
150th Anniversary of James Mountain - the first Cork Fenian
Location: St. Joseph's Cemetery, Ballyphehane, Cork
Additional Information:  Ballyphehane 1916-2016 Centenary Commemoration Committee has organised an afternoon to commemoration James Mountain on Saturday 3rd November 2018. The event will include a ceremony, music and the reading of the Fenian Proclamation followed by a talk and refreshments in the Ballyphehane Community Centre. All welcome.

Date/Time: Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th November 2018 at 13:00 each day
A Series of Talks re Cork 1918 
Location: Cork Public Museum, Ftizgerald's Park, Cork
Additional Information:  Cork Public Museum Curator Dan Breen has organised a series of talks for the 6th to 8th of November to take place in the Museum, looking at such topics of Cork Nurses in the Great War; the Life and Death of Lt. Michael Higgins and Cork 1918: Victory, Virus and Votes. All talks are free to attend and commence at 1pm. See poster for more details.

Date/Time: Monday 5th to Saturday 17th November 2018
Women of Independence Exhibition
Location: Cork Folklore Project Outreach Hub, North Cathedral Visitor Centre, Cork
Additional Information:  From 05-17 November, Cork Folklore Project will be working with Together-Razeem to host an exhibition celebrating women in Polish Independence (Join us for the launch at our Outreach Hub on Friday 02nd at 5.00pm, by Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tomás Moloney)

Date/Time: Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 20:30
Illustrated Talk - Exploring the Origins and Practices of Station Masses 
Location: An Caipín, Coppeen, Co. Cork
Additional Information:  Coppeen Archaeological, Historical & Cultural Society presents "Exploring the origins and practices of Station Masses” an illustrated talk by Fr Tom Hayes, PP. Enniskeane. Wed. 7th Nov at 8:30 in An Caipín. Not to be missed!  Adm. €5 inc teas. Everybody welcome.

Date/Time: Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 13:00
Illustrated Talk - Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) Ireland's First Female Botanist and her Cork Connections'
Location: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork 
Additional Information:  As part of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Annual Series of Lectures, a wonderful talk by Madeline Hutchins regarding Ellen Hutchins, will take place in the Crawford Art Gallery. All welcome.  

Date/Time: Friday 9th November 2018 at 10:30
Closing Ceremony for Cork Public Museum's Replica WWI Trench 
Location: Cork Public Museum, Ftizgerald's Park, Cork
Additional Information:  To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War Cork Public Museum will host a small ceremony to officially close the replica trench located on site. The event commences on the morning at 10:30 and all are most welcome to attend.

Date/Time: Friday 9th November 2018 at 10:30
1918 - 2018 An Evening of Remembrance in Music, Song and Story 
Location: St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork
Additional Information:  To commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War, the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association will be holding an Evening of Remembrance in  Music, Song and Story at 7:30pm on Friday, 9th November at St. Fin Barre's Cathedral The event will feature the Barrack Street Band, Jimmy Crowley, Liam Hutchinson and vocalists Emily Rose Doyle, Sarah Barry and Timothy O'Sullivan. There will also be readings of poetry and extracts from memoirs of the war. Tickets cost €10.00 and are available at O'Connor's Shoe Store on Prince's Street and in Ballincollig, at the cathedral and at the door on the night.

Date/Time: Sunday 11th November 2018 at 11:00
Event: Annual WW1 Commemoration 
Location: World's End, Kinsale, Co. Cork 
Additional Information: Sunday 11th November, Annual Commemoration at the World's End at 11 a.m. Organised by the Kinsale History Society. For further information email

Date/Time: Sunday 11th November 2018 from 10:30 to 17:00 (Official Launch at 12:45)
Armistice Day Commemoration 
Location: Muintir na Tíre Hall, Buttevant, Co. Cork 
Additional Information:  Buttevant Heritage Group presents an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW 1, which will take place in the local Muintir na Tíre Hall. After 11.30 Mass: Commemoration to remember interred soldiers in St Mary’s Graveyard and 12.45: Official Launch by Cllr John Paul O’Shea. Buttevant Heritage Group will also launch two initiatives:
Artist’s Impression of Medieval Buttevant: Recent archaeological works provided us with new information on Buttevant’s medieval walls and streetscape. The IWTN funded an update to our artist’s impression of medieval Buttevant. We are proud to launch this new information at the Armistice Exhibition.
Buttevant Heritage Website Buttevant Heritage Group is amassing a lot of material relating to Buttevant’s heritage. Our new website will provide easy access to our audio guides of Buttevant’s heritage sites, an archive for visual and oral material while new drone footage gives an aerial overview of Buttevant, past and present. Funded by the Heritage Council, we are proud to introduce this new resource to our community. 
Saor in Aisce agus fáilte romh Cách.

 Date/Time: Monday 12th November 2018 at 20:00
Illustrated Talk - Sam Maguire: The Man and the Cup
Location: Ballincollig Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork 
Additional Information:  Organised by the Muskerry Local History Society a wonderful talk by Kieran Connolly titled 'Sam Maguire - The Man and the Cup' will take place on Monday 12th November. All welcome.  

Date/Time: Thursday 15th November 2018 at 19:00
Against All Odds 
Location: Clayton Silversprings Hotel, Cork
Additional Information: On Thursday 15 November audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear hugely inspirational speakers at the 'Against All Odds” conference in The Clayton Silversprings Hotel, Cork. Six life changing stories from six remarkable people.  “Against All Odds” is the biggest event of its kind to take place in Cork.  The 6 international speakers will each share their experiences of challenges and adversity and how through resolve, resourcefulness and resilience they have changed their lives and in turn have inspired and enlightened many others to change their lives too. This conference will help and inspire everyone who attends.
Speakers include:
Dave O’Brien: worldwide inspirational speaker on health and wellbeing and world record holder.
John Lonergan: Former Governor of Mountjoy and Portlaoise prisons shares his rare insight into the human condition.
Henk van der Klok:  Serial adventurer, now walking from Holland to Jerusalem…without any money or back up.
Click for more information

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

Le meas,


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