Tuesday 16 October 2018

Arise Cork and take your place among the nations of Europe

All about Cork - Heritage Highlights

Cllr. Mary Rose Desmond presenting Mitchelstown Community Council with the main award in the Muintir na Tíre 'Pride in Our Community' Awards Night held recently in the Oriel House, Ballincollig. Well done to all groups involved.
Cllr. Mary Rose Desmond presenting Mitchelstown Community Council with the main award in the Muintir na Tíre 'Pride in Our Community' Awards Night held recently in the Oriel House, Ballincollig. Well done to all groups involved.
Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea; Conor Nelligan and delegates from Mourneabbey at the Creative Ireland Workshop that took place recently in Mallow Library, where the future of culture within the County was discussed

Conor Nelligan - County Heritage Officer

November, or Samhain, traditionally symbolised the start of the New Year in the Ireland of long ago. While 2018 is still two months away there have been some recent announcements that make it a year very much to look forward to from a heritage perspective.

Across Europe, 2018 will see heritage take centre stage, for the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018, which aims to encourage people to explore Europe's rich and diverse cultural heritage, celebrate, understand and protect its unique value and reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in all our lives.

EYCH will be coordinated nationally by the Heritage Council and next year should see a number of local events that take account of our wonderful European Heritage.

The EU is now seeking applications for funding in respect of European Cooperation Projects and will be looking for those that reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European Space as well as projects that promote cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for artistic creation - very much in keeping with the underpinnings of Creative Ireland. The deadline for applications is 11am on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

2018 will also see the National Famine Commemoration take place in County Cork, to be held in University College Cork on Saturday 12th May. The focal point of the commemoration will be the launch of The Great Irish Famine Online. This builds on from the wonderful Atlas of the Irish Famine undertaken by U.C.C. in 2012.

Speaking of the event, Minster Heather Humphreys said she was certain that "the college and the City will come together to produce a fitting tribute to those who suffered during those darkest of years, not only on the day of the commemoration but also through the development of a rich surrounding programme".

UCC President, Professor Patrick O'Shea said the university has supported and invested in research on the Great Irish Famine for over 20 years and the award winning publication 'The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine' is internationally regarded as the most original and insightful publication on this topic.

Speaking of the online project currently underway, Professor O'Shea added: "The project will make unique information globally available and for free. It will facilitate people across the world to explore and analyse the information pertaining to the famine for each individual 3,000 parishes and 1,600 towns across the entire island of Ireland".

The Great Famine of 1845-1852 was a very dark period of Irish history, as also was World War One, and particularly for the County of Cork, where close to 4,500 Corkmen lost their lives in the conflict. Those who took part in World War One will be remembered in an evening of music, song and remembrance in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork City on Friday 3rd November. The event, organised by the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association, commences at 7.30pm and will see performances by the Barrack Street Band, The Youghal Pipers, the Regina Mundi Singers and Liam Hutchinson among others. Tickets for the night are €10 and proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the cathedral.

The 3rd of November will also see a fascinating day of reflection and thought regarding Ireland, Russia and the Revolutionary World of 1917. Over the past number of years U.C.C. has been hosting an annual conference 'Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution' and this year's conference takes note of the approaching centenary of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, as well as the international aspects of Ireland's own experience at this time 100 years ago. The event has been organised by the U.C.C. School of History and the event is free to all who wish to attend. The proceedings commence at 9.20am and the conference will close at 4pm, taking place in the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Lecture Room GO5 in U.C.C.

A few days later, on Wednesday 8th November, there will be a talk by Mary Lantry on 'Tokens of Esteem - Illuminated Addresses from Cork'. The event has been organised by the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and commences at 1pm in the Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork City. More information is available on

The following day, Thursday 9th November, will see another fascinating talk in the Crawford; this one, which will be given by Jim Murphy, will discuss Richard Hingston - Cork's Forgotten Hero. The event has been organised by the Cork Literary and Scientific Society and commences at 8pm - all welcome.

The following week, on Thursday and Friday, 16th and 17th November, the inaugural Creative Ireland County Cork Conference will take place. Titled the 'Culture of Creativity' the conference will examine the importance of our collective culture when it comes to creative outputs such as theatre, music, and visual arts as well as a range of further aspects. The event will take place in the Town Hall in Youghal and is free of charge. To register for the event (booking essential) please email prior to Friday 10th November 2017. Next week's Column will provide more information on the event which promises to be a fascinating one.

For those looking to get involved in Creative Ireland in County Cork, and in particular in the shaping of County Cork's Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022, there are many workshops taking place over the coming days including Fermoy Library on Saturday 4th November from 11.30am to 1pm; Macroom Library on Wednesday 8th November from 2.30pm to 4pm and Ballincollig Library on Tuesday 14th November from 6pm to 7.30pm. Interested participants are requested to register their interest to attend by emailing with their date/venue of choice. Submissions on the Strategy can also be sent to and it is hoped that same will all have been received by Friday 17th November 2017.