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Friday 18 August 2017

Putting culture at the heart of everything we do

All About Cork - Heritage Highlights

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

On Monday 26th June, Cork County Council launched the 2017 Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme. There has been great interest in this scheme to date in relation to a range of different proposals and there is likely to be many more until the official closing date of 4pm on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

The scheme itself is being financed by Cork County Council and through monies from the Department of Culture and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The grant scheme aims to support people and communities in undertaking projects and events that are in keeping with any one or many of the Creative Ireland Programme Strands as well as the County Cork Culture and Creativity Plan 2017. This covers a whole range of projects in principle, from history and heritage projects to arts and cultural festivals. Full details of the grant scheme as well as the application form itself are available online via www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage/creative-ireland or by requesting same via creativeireland@corkcoco.ie.

Creative Ireland is a national programme to put culture at the heart of everything we do as a people. This working together in the realm of culture can have resounding successes, such as for example, the development of wonderful walking cultural trails the length and breadth of the country.

A lot of focus nationally has been put on long walking trails and the benefits which these can have - just look at the success of Ireland's Pilgrim Paths including Cork's very own St. Finbarr's Way from Drimoleague to Gougane Barra (see www.pilgrimpath.ie for more information).

Recently the Government has invited submissions on a public consultation paper (Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways), with submissions to be received by 14th July 2017.

"The consultation paper discusses a wide range of issues surrounding the development of greenways and poses a number of questions to prompt further debate and inform the development of an overarching Strategy for the future development of Greenways".

It takes into account the main issues encountered as well as many of the benefits, for example from an economic, health, community, rural and tourism perspective. Speaking on greenways, Minister Shane Ross stated: "It is important that investment in greenways is targeted so that it delivers the most for the communities and for the country at large".

Full details of the public consultation are available on http://www.smartertravel.ie/content/greenways.

Meanwhile, many heritage groups in recent weeks and months have been busy planning their events for Heritage Week, many of which will include heritage walks. To date over 130 different events have been scheduled for County Cork and over 1,500 events are already scheduled nationally.

Heritage Week 2017 takes place between August 19th and 27th and promises to be a wonderful week. Heritage Week as always covers a great range of heritage and this year the focus will be on Natural Heritage, to help 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 website www.heritageweek.ie, run by the Heritage Council, contains up to date information on all of the events taking place as well as over 100 different ideas for undertaking a local Heritage Week Event.

Event organisers within Cork County are encouraged to register their event as soon as possible on www.heritageweek.ie to ensure inclusion in the County Cork Heritage Week Guide. This guide will be available in Libraries throughout the county and in other locations at the start of August and will feature all events registered by Monday, 14th July.

Last year a great number of heritage events took place of a commemorative nature and 2017 has already seen a number of such events with it being the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising / Manchester Martyrs of 1867 and the centenary of the arrival of the US Naval Service to Cork's shores in the part they played in World War One.

This weekend, Camden Fort Meagher will welcome people in their droves with the undertaking of a fun filled American themed weekend. Camden Fort Meagher, based in Crosshaven and overlooking Cork Harbour, is one of finest coastal artillery fortifications in the world and is well worth the visit.

Also on the subject of commemorations regarding the Centenary of the US Naval Service in Cork, is a wonderful conference taking place in U.C.C from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th July. Organised by U.C.C.'s History Department, the conference is titled "Winning the Western Approaches: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland, 1917-18". The conference is taking place primarily in the Geology/Geography Lecture Theatre on U.C.C.'s main Campus and all are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Raising Awareness Section of www.corkcoco.ie/arts-heritage and to see the full conference schedule.

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