Wednesday 16 October 2019

Creative County Cork Conference headed for Baile Mhúirne

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 online at and for further information or to book a place email All groups and individuals with an interest in their local culture and heritage are encouraged to come along - fáilte roimh cách.

Groups interested in local cultural and heritage projects will also be happy to hear of the recent announcement of the Cork County Community Development Initiative - a €1.5 million fund launched recently by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy.

The scheme, which is being rolled out by Cork County Council, in association with their Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), 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," he said. "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," he said.

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

In relation to upcoming events, and in addition to the Creative County Cork Conference, the coming week sees a great range of events beginning with a wonderful Schools' exhibition display in the Kilmurry Independence Museum, on Saturday November 3rd at 2pm, featuring lots of old school photographs, accounts and artefacts of the schools in and around Kilmurry, including Lackareigh.

The exhibition will remain open to the public on Sundays for the month of November. On Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of November there will be a series of lunchtime talks in Cork Public Museum, all commencing at 1pm. The talks discuss Cork in 1918 focusing on Cork Nurses in the Great War (Marie McCarthy); the Life and Death of Lt. Michael Higgins (Denis Kirby) and Cork 1918: Victory, Virus and Votes (Gerry White). All talks are free to attend.

The following day, November 9th, in Cork Public Museum will see a further event - the closing ceremony of the Cork Public Museum's Replica WWI Trench. The event takes place at 10:30 and will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. All welcome.