Friday 23 March 2018

Historic Charleville features in ‘Cork Past’ exhibition at City Hall

Charleville Heritage Society was represented at the Cork Past Exhibition, which was held in the Milennium Hall at Cork City Hall on last Friday.

The event attracted heritage and historical societies from all over Cork county and was declared open by Deputy Lord Mayor of Cllr. Cork Fergal Dennehy and Deputy Mayor of Cork County Cllr. Ian Doyle.

The Charleville stand displayed a board containing photographs of buildings in the town such as the old creameries of Meadownvale and Dowdall's, the exterior and interior of the former Catholic Church in Chapel Street, now the community hall and the present Holy Cross Church. It also showed Moatville House, the former train station, the Convent of Mercy building, the former National School now the Schoolyard Theatre, the Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill headstone in Holy Cross Cemetery, and the Bruce Family Vault, which is located in the Town Plaza.

Both the Deputy Lord Mayor and County Mayor paid tribute to the many committee and society members throughout the county who keep their history and heritage alive through their meetings and publications and interest in preserving the past.

There was also a stand there representing the Buttevant Heritage Society, the members of which are preparing to launch an audio guide to the local heritage trail. Buttevant Walled Town is, this year, celebrating 700 years in existence having been founded in 1317 and to mark this historic occasion they will hold a heritage tourism conference at their recently opened Colaiste Mhuire in the town, on Saturday, October 14 next.

The speakers will include Frances Taylor, Cooley Peninsula Tourism Officer, Trea Heapes of Loop Head Tourism and Purecamping eco-retreat, Co. Clare; Conor Nelligan, Heritage Officer, Cork County Council and Valerie Murphy, CEO Blackwater Partnership, CLG. Further information may be had from Ann Coughlan, Buttevant or by contacting