Wednesday 15 August 2018

Hopefully May will give a sunny start to tidy season

All About Cork - Heritage Highlights

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

The month of May is here and hopefully with it the start of what is to be a fine summer.

Tidy Towns groups around the county have been undertaking projects and putting together their applications for the National Tidy Towns Competition, open up until May 23rd 2018. The competition is growing from strength to strength and 2017 saw entries from 870 towns and villages across Ireland.

Last year in the National Tidy Towns Competition County Cork enjoyed much success with Clonakilty, winning the outright best large town in Ireland and many towns and villages in the County such as Ballincollig, Carrigaline and Cobh won Gold Medals. Carrigaline also won the National Tidy Towns Local Authority Pollinator Award for large towns in the South Mid-West Region, which was a great accolade for the County; with Kildorrery also having seen regional success in 2016.

The 2018 Local Authority Pollinator Award, which is supported by a number of Local Authorities throughout the country, including Cork County Council, is now accepting applications. The application form is available for download via and the closing date for entries is 23rd May 2018 (same as for national TT competition).

In order to support TT groups who enter the award, a very useful newsletter, providing hints and tips, has been put together which also highlights good examples from the 2017 entries. This newsletter is available on the news and events section of Cork County Council's Heritage website - It is hoped that many of County Cork's Tidy Towns Groups get involved again in the competition and the Local Authority Pollinator Award in 2018.

There is another project currently underway whereby it is also hoped that many community groups will get involved from throughout the County of Cork. This is the Heritage of County Cork publication series, which is supported by the Heritage Council, and which in 2018, will see an examination of our European connections, given that 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. The book will convey the strong connections between Cork and Europe, and will also examine how mainland Europe has influenced Cork over the many years, through a manner of mediums. The book therefore aims to take a holistic approach to heritage and will examine a plethora of heritage aspects ranging from archaeology and architecture to natural heritage, military history, ecclesial developments and maritime trade. The primary aim is to highlight the in-depth connectivity between the County of Cork and Europe as a whole.

The Heritage of County Cork Publication Series, which has been recognised at the national stage, owes much of its success to the wonderful engagement by community groups, historians and the public at large with regard to their stories, connections, and photographs and accounts submitted for inclusion in each publication. Cork County Council is now inviting submissions for the upcoming publication, to include details of local connections with Europe, either through people, place and/or both, and any such details including a short bit of text, any photographs, etc.

Anyone looking to get involved is requested to submit the details to, preferably prior to Monday May 29th 2018. It is envisaged that all submissions will be referenced in the publication and for further information visit

With regard to upcoming events, the Irish Famine and its commemoration takes centre stage over the coming week. On Thursday May 3rd there will be a talk in Charleville (in the E-Centre on Bakers Road) regarding the role the local cemetery played in the days after the July 1847 evictions in the town. The talk commences at 8pm and all are welcome.

On Wednesday 9th May at 16:00 in the County Hall (Council Chamber on Floor 2), there will be a talk by noted historian Pat Gunn of the Cork Famine Group entitled 'An Gorta Mór'. The talk, which has been organised by Cork County Council's Heritage Unit, will delve into the history of the Famine, including the background to same and its impact and aftermath.

The following day, 10th May, will see a talk and walk in Skibbereen Town examining the famine sites within the town. The event commences at 18:30 at the Courthouse in North Street and will work its way through the town, finishing at the Heritage Centre at 20:00. The event is free of charge but to book a place call 028 40900 or email

The big day this year by way of Famine commemoration is Saturday May 12th, when the National Famine Commemoration takes place in University College Cork. The impact of the Famine on the County of Cork is known the world over and the commemoration will remember all of those who suffered during what was arguably the darkest period in Irish history.

The event in U.C.C. commences at 13:00 and will run up until approximately 16:30. All are most welcome to attend and for full details of the day itself visit