Thursday 20 June 2019

Rediscovering Duhallow

This year, the 'Discover Duhallow - A Day of the Region' initiative has expanded to include almost 100 events in 23 communities, spread across 12 weeks of celebration

Maria Herlihy

There will be more activities and events throughout Duhallow  than any culture vulture will be able to shake a stick at over the next three months.

As explained by Mary Creedon, Development Officer with IRD Duhallow and co-ordinator of the mammoth 12 weeks of celebration, she said over 23 different communities across Duhallow along with North and South Cork and East Kerry will host just shy of 100 events under the 'Discover Duhallow - A Day of the Region' initiative which is a Leader funded co-operation project.

Mary told The Corkman that IRD Duhallow piloted this initiative seven years ago and, due to its success, they opted to expand the programme from six to 12 weeks.

"This project is about building community capacity and boosting regional pride in our rural communities," Mary Creedon said. "It is evident there is a real community spirit out there and we are proud of all the communities for their involvement in the project. We are now asking that the public will come out and support these fantastic events." Already, Laharn open air dancing has kicked off and will continue each week until the first week of September. 

Aghinagh Macra Na Feirme are full steam ahead organising their 5km Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour evening on June 9.  Anyone who wants to get training to digitally record historic graveyard related stories can do so on June 10 at the James O'Keeffe Institute. IRD Duhallow's Ability Programme will host an art exhibition on June 11. 

In addition, Cork Sports Partnership are promoting their Sports Fest which will allow older people to partake in a range of physical activities. 

Castlemagner are hosting their Countdown to Summer night which will take place on Saturday, June 15 and this promises to be a night of great music, food and fun. 

IRD Duhallow's Grow It Yourself re-launch will also take place on Saturday, June 15  along with a cookery demonstration from the Community Food Initiative and speaker Kitty Scully will be on hand to provide an informative talk on growing your own food successfully.

This day will also see the Duhallow Carers host National Carer of the Year Brenda O'Connell Barry to launch their new Dormant Accounts Carers programme.

 Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club will host Youth Races on Sunday, June 16 and the sportive will be held on Sunday, June 30. 

Then factor in the  Kanturk Arts Festival on June 21 where there will be an eclectic mix of literature, music, arts and  crafts celebrating the summer solstice. 

In nearby Newmarket, there will be the three day, highly successful Scully Fest where a traditional strawing will take place in Newmarket Saturday, June 22. 

Croí na Laoi, Inchigeelagh will have their village picnic following the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 23. Then on Monday will see the commencement of the Mushera Platform dances from 8.30p.m. 

Any sleep deprived parent should make their way to hear Lucy Wolfe who will give a talk on 'sleep - what every parent needs to know' from birth until six years and that will be held on Saturday, June 29. 

Tureencahill community group are hosting their annual barbeque on Sunday, June 30  where there will be food by top chef Denis Doody and plenty of music and dance. 

A week long Sliabh Luachra Summer School in Rockchapel will feature master classes on Irish Traditional Solo Step Dancing (July 1st) In addition, Bruach na Carraige's tradition of Tuesday night summer seisiúns will commence on Tuesday, July 2. 

Keep your diaries free on July 7 where Dr. Croke house will see an informative night about illustrious Kilbrin native Bishop McEgan along with songs and music. Lismire Community Association invites you to a historical walk and talk on the areas historical interest in the vicinity of Lismire. This is a great opportunity to meet up with your neighbours and friends and will take place on Saturday 13th July. 

Also on the 13th there will be a holy wells tour covering part of Duhallow which will depart the James O'Keeffe Institute at 1.30p.m. Freemount Comhaltas (C.C.E.) annual seisiún commences on Wednesday 17th July and will run until Wednesday 28th August. Each night will consist of traditional music, singing, dancing and storytelling. 

Thursday 18th July will see Donoughmore Carnival celebrating their 50th Annual Carnival. This four-day event will see a range of activities that will keep the whole family entertained! Cullen & District Special Needs Association invite you to take part in their 21st Annual Harvest Afternoon & Vintage Display at 1p.m. in Cullen GAA grounds. 

This day will also see Banteer Community Centre host their family fun day along with a 5k Road Race hosted by the local athletic club. 

Meanwhile, Duhallow Angling Centre of Excellence are hosting Angling Taster Sessions on the rivers of Duhallow. 

Millstreet Community Council are busy getting ready for their 'Party in the Park' which is a programme of events aimed at young families, the young at heart and everyone in between.

A full activity of events will take place on Saturday, July 27. 

IRD Duhallow will hold its A.G.M. and launch of their Progress Report 2018/2019 on Wednesday, July 31.  Advanced Authentic Traditional Music Classes directed by Nicolas McAuliffe will commence on the same date.