Thursday 17 October 2019

Projects honoured at National Heritage awards

Donie Howard, Kilcorney and Evelyn Tarrant, Coachford, at last year’s Mayor’s Community Awards ceremony at Co Hall
Donie Howard, Kilcorney and Evelyn Tarrant, Coachford, at last year’s Mayor’s Community Awards ceremony at Co Hall

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

The dedication of individuals and community groups across Ireland to the preservation and promotion of Ireland's heritage was recently recognised at the National Heritage Awards 2018 and closing ceremony for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

The special event, held at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin last week was attended by Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Seán Kyne TD and presented by RTÉ broadcaster, Mary Kennedy.

Hosted by the Heritage Council, the National Heritage Week Awards showcase the most engaging and innovative National Heritage Week events.

Close to 700 nominations were received across the five categories in 2018.

This year's award winners reflect the full breadth of Ireland's diverse heritage, spanning natural, built and cultural heritage and congratulations to Eugene Dunbar of Westmeath who won the National Heritage Hero Award for 2018.

The day also celebrated some of the best Heritage Week and European Year of Cultural Heritage events from 2018.

The National Heritage Communities Award, recognizing events that bring communities together to celebrate National Heritage Week, was won by the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork City for the 'Creative Connections' Project and tremendous credit is also due to the organisers of the Youghal Medieval Festival who were recognised in the national shortlist for Best 'Cool for Kids' Award.

The Youghal Medieval Festival, now in its 12th Year, sees over 8,000 visitors and plans are already underway for the Festival in Heritage Week 2019.

For full information on the Awards visit and we are already looking forward to National Heritage Week 2019, taking place from August 17-25.


Nominations being sought for County Mayor's Awards  

Speaking of awards, nominations are now open for the Cork County Mayor's Community Awards 2019.

Now in its 7th year, this awards scheme was introduced to acknowledge publicly the work of volunteers and to recognise communities working in partnership with the local authority and other agencies to better their communities.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, is asking people and groups to contact their local Councillor or PPN representatives to suggest nominees,

"There are so many wonderful individuals and groups in Cork County that I want to afford recognition for the work they do. These awards are set to congratulate all those nominated on the enormous positives they are bringing to their communities and to promote further their commitment to their communities," said Mayor Murphy.

"Their selflessness, energy and enthusiasm are what these awards represent. I look forward to meeting each and every one of these communities and individuals on the night, which is set to be a wonderful community orientated and inclusive gathering."

Mayor Murphy will make eleven awards on the night including three each from North Cork, South Cork and West Cork. 

There will also be one overall Community and Voluntary Group award and one overall Individual award from within these nine award recipients. 

Cork County Councillors and PPN secretariat members can nominate organisations and individuals and to put someone forward simply get in touch.

More information is available on Cork County Council's website, and the closing date for receipt of completed nominations is Thursday, February 28.


Businesses urged to get behind Artist in Residence programme

Many local communities are involved in numerous wonderful heritage and arts projects, and local business too often get involved.

Recently announced, and no doubt of interest to many businesses in Cork, is the Business to Arts Artist-in-Residence Programme, and the Mayor of the County of Cork has encouraged businesses to get involved.

The programme offers businesses the opportunity to develop their corporate social responsibility activity through an Artist-in-Residence (AR) programme.

Matched funding up to €7,500 will be available to companies participating in the programme which consists of at least 18 months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities.

In welcoming the call Mayor Murphy said "it is great to see schemes which are promoting both best practice for businesses in fulfilling their social corporate responsibility and supporting art and artists within the community."

Business to Arts is a membership-based, charitable organisation that teams business members up with artists and Art organisations.

The matched funding available for the AR programme is provided by Creative Ireland through the 'National Creativity Fund' and the deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is Friday, February 15.

To find out more visit or email


Applications open for community 'Adopt A Monument scheme

As with the potential of the Business to Arts Scheme, good partnership can be key to so many productive and worthwhile endeavours that involve and speak to local communities.

Another partnership that may interest local communities is the Heritage Council's 2019 Adopt a Monument Scheme.

For communities, the Adopt a Monument Scheme offers a way of promoting pride in local historical monuments, sites and buildings.

It also offers opportunities to develop and understand the story of one's locality and to work collaboratively.

From mentoring and training to assistance with funding applications and community events, the Heritage Council works in partnership to help to develop a deeper understanding of the monument and its place in the landscape and the team work with the communities to create and implement bespoke plans for each monument.

For those groups interested in applying, application forms must be submitted to by Thursday, February 28.

For for further information visit


Clonmult Ambush commemoration nest Sunday

In terms of upcoming events, this weekend sees the Clonmult Ambush commemoration take place this coming Sunday.

Commencing at 12.30pm at the Ambush Site itself, Mr. Alan Dukes, who has a family connection with the Ambush, will deliver the oration.

On February 20, 1921 during an action in Clonmult, seven miles northeast of Midleton, County Cork the IRA suffered its greatest loss of volunteers in conflict.

Almost the entire East Cork flying column was wiped out in a single defensive action. 

Twelve men were shot dead and eight men were taken prisoner, two of whom were subsequently executed.

The 98th commemoration, organised by the Clonmult Ambush Committee, will include a cross laying ceremony on behalf of each of the 24 men who had been in the house on that fateful day.

This is a community commemorative event and everyone is welcome, with ample parking provided adjacent to the site on the day.

For further information, email