Sunday 16 December 2018

Submissions wanted for inventory of cultural heritage that’s hard to put a finger on

All About Cork - Heritage Highlights

County Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan, Cork County Council

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, has recently launched an open, nationwide call for submissions to Ireland's National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Once compiled, the list will acknowledge and promote Ireland's living culture through official State recognition. In tandem with this, it will fulfill Ireland's obligations under the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which Ireland signed up to in December 2015 to raise awareness of, and respect for, our unique living culture.

Intangible cultural heritage represents living forms of heritage that cannot be touched, in other words it is the practices, representations and expressions that are central to the lives and identities of our communities, groups and individuals. Such intangible heritage will play a prominent role in the roll-out of the Creative Ireland Programme, particularly here in the County of Cork.

The call for submissions seeks details with regard to oral traditions and expressions, including language; performing arts; social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and traditional craftsmanship.

Minister Humphreys noted that: "The traditions and practices of our communities are the backbone of Irish culture and identity. They mould our past, inform our present and pave the way for our future. Up to the present day, they have been a source of great inspiration and pride to our people. I believe that it is our responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate them at a national level for the Ireland of tomorrow."

Individuals or organisations seeking to be considered for inclusion on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage are invited to complete an Expression of Interest form and full information will be posted online at The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Creative Ireland Programme

From our valleys and uplands to our towns and villages, the County of Cork is host to some truly terrific cultural heritage, and the Creative Ireland Programme is one to embrace with regard to safeguarding and further promoting this culture, both within the county and further afield.

Only one week away, one of the key undertakings with regard to the Creative Ireland Programme in the County of Cork this year, is the Culture of Creativity Conference, organised by Cork County Council and taking place in Youghal on Thursday and Friday, November 16th and 17th.

Day One of the Conference on November 16th, commencing at lunch time (1.30pm), will see talks by Dr. Matt Crannitch; Paul O'Reilly and Ian Wilson with regard to our musical creativity and Eoin Nash, John McHarg, Billy O'Callaghan and Kevin O'Shannahan will deliver presentations on the importance of inclusivity in cultural undertakings. Cork County Council's Culture Team (with representation across the Arts, Library, Heritage, Tourism and Irish sections of the Council) will also shed light on the cultural activities of Cork County Council and the various supports and initiatives currently in place.

The evening, commencing at 7pm, will then see a wonderful conference performance which will include the Youghal Comhaltas Group (CCE Craobh Eochaille); Ian Wilson with Saxophonist Cathal Roche and a performance by Peadar Ó Riada.

The following day will see a wonderful morning of talks on film, theatre and the visual arts and will feature Rossa Mullin, Oonagh Kearney, Mary McGrath, Con Downing, Katie Holly, Geoff Gould, Dr. Eimear O'Connor, Miranda Driscoll and Ann Davoren. Aileen Murray of Youghal's Socio-Economic Group will also speak about the historic town of Youghal from a cultural perspective and Tom O'Neill will speak about the cultural importance of Spike Island.

The afternoon will then see the engagement of conference participants in a discussion and workshop with Cork County Council's Arts Strategic Policy Group and Culture Team to assist in the formulation of Cork County's very first Culture and Creativity Strategy (2018 - 2022). The Conference will close at about 3.30pm.

There will be much activity taking place in Youghal around the Conference and attendees will also be able to avail of designated free tours of the newly opened Youghal Clock Gate Tower - a wonderful cultural heritage asset in the historic Walled Town of Youghal. These will take place on the morning of Thursday 16th, the late afternoon of Friday 17th and the morning of Saturday 18th for anybody staying on in Youghal to experience the wonderful culture and heritage that the town has to offer.

The Inaugural Creative Ireland County Cork Conference takes place in the Town Hall in Youghal and is free of charge. Take-up for the conference is expected to be high and early registration is therefore advisable by emailing The precise schedule for the event and full details will be available on

The following day, Saturday 18th November, will also see the commencement of three days of workshops for anyone and everyone interested in the maintenance and management of local historic graveyards. Supported by the Historic Monuments Advisory Committee of Cork County Council the aim of the workshops is to help interested community groups and individuals on all aspects of care and maintenance of historic graveyards. The workshops will be delivered by two experienced archaeologists - Jacinta Kiely & John Tierney, over a full day, and entailing presentations, discussion and a site visit. The Workshops are to take place in Springfort Hall near Mallow on Saturday 18th; Skibbereen Monday 20th and Midleton on Tuesday 21st November. All are welcome to attend and it is free of charge. Spaces will be allocated on a first come basis. If you are interested in attending, sharing your knowledge and experience as well as receiving training, email or telephone 0872362319.

Remembrance ceremony

In terms of the week ahead there is a number of further heritage events. On Friday 10th November the Coppeen Archaeological, Historical and Cultural Society will host their annual Table Quiz, taking place at 10:30pm in 'An Caipín' in Coppeen.

Saturday 11th November (the date when WWI ended back in 1918) will see an annual Remembrance Ceremony in memory of those from all countries who died in the First World War. A number of embassies have committed to be represented at the ceremony and the Lord Mayor of Cork City and the Mayor of the County of Cork County will also participate, in addition to other civic dignitaries and veterans organisations. The event takes place from 10:30am to 11:40am at the Great War Memorial in the South Mall, Cork City.

Manchester Martyrs

A few days later, on Monday 13th November there will be a wonderful talk regarding the 150th Anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs taking place at 7pm in the County Hall (Council Chamber on Floor 2).

On 23rd November 1867, Cork Fenians William Allen (Bandon) and Michael O' Brien (Ballymacoda), together with Michael Larkin, were the subject of the last public hanging ever carried out in Manchester, England. These three men were known as the Manchester Martyrs and were executed for their part in the Fenian Rising of 1867 and in particular an event that occurred in Manchester in September 1867, known as the 'Smashing of the Van'. The 'Smashing of the Van' involved the rescuing of some prominent Fenians, including none other than Captain Timothy Deasy.

Cork County Council's Commemoration Committee, chaired by Cllr. Frank O'Flynn, has invited Bob Bateman from the USA (Captain Timothy Deasy's great grandnephew) to deliver the talk. This is a very special event and all are most welcome to attend.