Monday 22 July 2019

Shining the spotlight on Cork's rich industrial heritage

Heritage Highlights

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer

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

What has become very evident in these volumes 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 of Cork.

Late 2019 will see the publication by Cork County Council of a new book on the Industrial Heritage of County Cork, and just announced is another publication with an exciting twist - a colouring book that will capture in a fun and exciting manner the wonderful culture and heritage of the county.

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 both 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 will be 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.

Cork County Council will be delighted to receive all suggestions and recommendations, and in particular, any drawings or sketches, which can be emailed to by Friday, August 2.

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

Get creative for Cruinníu na nÓg 2019

On mention of the Creative Ireland Programme, one of the biggest Programme Events of the year is Cruinniú na nÓg, taking place this Saturday (June 15).

Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities and around the country more than 600 events will be taking place on the day.

North and Mid-Cork will be well represented on Saturday, with a great range of events taking place at locations in Kanturk, Mallow, Mitchelstown, Baile Bhúirne, Macroom and Millstreet.

With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new, with activities in Cork on the day ranging from animation, dance and jewellery-making to storytelling, drawing and ceramics.

In Fermoy a 'Family Fun and Creativity' afternoon, organised by the Fermoy Educate Together National School, between 3pm and 5pm, will take place in the Youth Centre, focusing on painting, art, book reading and Lego building.

To find out more about the Creative Ireland Programme in the County of Cork visit and to see the list of events taking place for Cruinniú na nÓg visit

National Heritage Week on the horizon

Not too far away is another national event that hundreds of thousands of people look forward to - National Heritage Week - which this year will be taking place from August 17 to 25.

So far for the County of Cork more than 70 events have been registered with an expectation that Heritage Week 2019 will see over 2,000 events around the Country.

All proposed events uploaded to prior to June 28 will feature in the official 2019 County Cork Heritage Week events guide.

It is hoped that 2019 will indeed see a wonderful line-up and a great number of events across the county. Indeed, the popularity of National Heritage Week is growing enormously in recent years as more and more people take stock of and value the heritage that surrounds and connects us all.

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.