Saturday 24 August 2019

National Heritage Week drawing near

Heritage Highlights

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

National Heritage Week this year is little over one month away, taking place from Saturday, August 17, to Sunday, August 25.

So far for the county of Cork, over 130 events have been registered with thanks to each and every group who is getting involved in the week.

The Events Programme will be available in August, just prior to Heritage Week, and details of events can be uploaded to

The Theme for Heritage Week 2019 is 'Pastimes and Past Times', encouraging people to take a stroll through our local history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways from sports and storytelling to music and craft.

Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days which promotes Europe's cultural heritage across the Union - a week very much to look forward to.

Putting heritage on pages in new publications

Over the last number of years Cork County Council has been producing a heritage book each year, from bridges to houses and churches to castles.

What is very evident in these pages is the sheer number of wonderful heritage sites scattered throughout the County, not to mention the household names and legendary cultural characters that are synonymous with the Rebel County.

Late 2019 will see the publication of a book on the Industrial Heritage of County Cork by Cork County Council, and another publication currently being undertaken is a colouring book which sets out to capture, in a fun manner, the wonderful culture and heritage of the County of Cork.

Cork County Council is inviting the people of Cork to put forward any number of suggestions to include everything from natural and built heritage to archaeological sites and famous people from our past, even including traditional crafts and modern day festivals.

The publication - which will be bilingual, in Irish and English - will include numerous drawings and associated text, as well as an overall map to indicate the location of the sites in the context of one another.

The primary aim of the publication is to highlight the vastness of culture and heritage in county Cork, and in particular sites that can be visited and enjoyed by all the family.

Everyone who submits and has a drawing included in the book will receive a number of copies of the publication to be shared with friends, colleagues, classmates and family alike, and it is anticipated that the book will be published just before Christmas 2019.

Cork County Council will be delighted to receive all suggestions and recommendations and, in particular, any drawings or sketches, up to the closing date of Friday, August 2, which can be emailed to

The book, which is supported by the Heritage Council and through the Creative Ireland Programme, will set out to include and reference as many submissions as possible. For further information, visit

Both the industrial heritage publication and the colouring book, it is envisaged, will be available in late November/early December 2019.

Another date later this year to look forward to is Thursday, October 17, when the third County Cork Creative Ireland Conference will take place.

The venue this year is Mallow and the focus will be on the importance of youthful engagement in all things culture and creativity.

The Programme is being developed at the moment, and further details will be provided online shortly at

To book a place or for any queries regarding Creative Ireland simply email or phone (021) 428 5905.

Exciting upcoming heritage-related events

In terms of heritage events and activities there is much to look forward to over the next week or two.

Commencing on Monday, June 15, will be a traditional Irish Music summer camp, as well as traditional solo step-dancing workshops in Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel.

This wonderful programme of activities has been put together by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Bruach na Carraige Rockchapel, and each Tuesday night during July and August there will be traditional live Irish Music performances. For further information visit

A few days later, on July 21, the mid-Cork town of Macroom will take the spotlight with the Free Market Exhibition.

Free Market, the Irish National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, won widespread acclaim for its exploration of the unique identity of Irish rural towns when it showed in Venice in 2018.

It is now preparing to bring this ambitious exhibition back to four towns as part of its National Tour including Macroom from Sunday, July 21, to Tuesday, June 23, 2019. 

As part of the exhibition, the vital role that market places play in the life of rural communities will be celebrated and explored.

It promises to be an outstanding few days and has been supported by Cork County Council through the Arts Office, the Municipal District and through the Creative Ireland Programme.

For more information view the latest information at

Later in the month of July is an event very much to look forward - the Annual Summer Concert in an Enchanted Garden, which takes place in Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey on Friday, July 26, commencing at 7.45pm.

Organised by the Inniscarra Historical Society, it is a wonderful night of musical performance, this year featuring the High Hopes Choir and other popular local performers.

Admission is €10 and by ticket only.

For further information, e-mail