Heritage week 2017 takes place between 19 and 27 August with over 150 events at 60 locations across Cork County many are family friendly free events..
This year the theme is ‘It’s in your Nature.’ Cork County Council’s heritage officer Connor Nelligan says heritage week gives everyone a chance “ to get out, enjoy and learn about the wonderful natural heritage on our doorstep.”

Here in East Cork the week-long event will help the community revisit the past while celebrating our natural heritage in many ways.
This is just a snap shot of events taking place throughout East Cork. For a full run down on activities please visit http://www.heritageweek.ie/
The Witch of Youghal.
19 August, 11am - 12pm
Youghal Library
Find out about Florence Newton, the witch of Youghal and about her witch trial which reputedly was the last witch trial held in Ireland.
Admission Free. Event not suitable for children under 12 – venue is wheelchair accessible.
Ballycotton Lifeboat Station
19 August, 2pm - 4:30pm
Come and visit the Lifeboat Station in Ballycotton and learn about some of the rescues and histories. Explore the Lifeboat Station and meet some of the present day volunteers.
Biodiversity of Great Island
19, 27 August, 9:30am - 5:30pm Cobh Library, Casement Square, Cobh
The diverse flora and fauna of Great Island in Cork Harbour are captured in a stunning exhibition of wildlife photographs taken by the people of the island reflecting the biodiversity of their home. Curated by Cobh Tidy Towns,
Nature Discovery Walk With Map
19 - 27 August, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Booking Required
Ashton Grove Gardens, Courtyard Gate at Ashton Grove, Knockraha.
Self-guided nature discovery tour with map. Follow the path through formal gardens, field and woodland (wear suitable footwear). Ponds and river: children must be supervised.
Admission Free to book contact ashtongrovegardens@gmail.com
The Hazardous Coast
19 August, 12pm - 1pm Midleton Library, Main Street, Midleton, Co. Cork.
The Hazardous Coast: The coast of Imokilly and East Cork. A Talk by Tony Harpur.
Admission Free, Suitable for Children under 12 Wheelchair Access (Full)
The Old Admiralty House
19 - 27 August, 9am - 4:30pm St. Benedict's Priory, The Mount, Cobh,
The Old Admiralty House overlooks Cork Harbour. It is now home to a community of Benedictine Nuns. The Chapel, Bible Garden and Tearooms are open to the public.
Admission Free Suitable for Children under 12 Wheelchair Access (Partial)

Youghal Medieval Festival
20 August, 12pm - 6pm St Mary's College Gardens, Emmet Place, Youghal.
Youghal’s now famous prizewinning Medieval Festival will once again bring to life our intriguing medieval heritage and continues to deliver unique and innovative heritage activities.
John Saul History Talk
20 August, 2pm - 3:30pm
Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society My Place Hall Midleton
This event is the story of Castlemartyr born, John Saul the famous Horticulturist who worked in and around the Whitehouse, the talk is an insight into the many works achieved by John Saul in his lifetime.
Not suitable for Children under 12, Wheelchair Access (Full)
Cobh Bell Recitals
20, 27 August, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Cobh Carillon Committee, St Colman's Cathedral Cobh
Recitals on the 49-bell grand carillon of Cobh's Cathedral by resident carillonneur Adrian Gebruers (20 August) and guest carillonneur Marc Van Eyck from Belgium (27 August).
Walking Tour of Midleton
20 , 27 August, 3pm - 4pm Midleton Library
A walking Tour of Midleton town with local historian, Tony Harpur, taking in the significant historic sites in the town. The walk will go ahead whatever the weather so please dress appropriately.
History and Nature in Graveyards
20 August, 2:30pm - 4:30pm Cloyne Literary & Historical Society, Cloyne Cathedral
Activities around nature and history, for children and their families, in Cloyne Cathedral's graveyard
Admission Free, Not suitable for Children under 12, Wheelchair Access (Full)
Mrs Kevin's Cat Childrens Tour
21 - 26 August, 12pm - 1pm Booking Required
Irish Heritage Trust Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork
Mrs Kevin is the Housekeeper at Fota House and she has lost her cat! Can you help us explore and find Toby?! Tours run at 12pm daily, places are limited so pre booking is essential!
Admission Free
Digging for History for Kids
21 - 26 August, 2pm - 3pm
Booking Required Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Carrigtwohill.

Get your hands dirty and discover the gorgeous Frameyard Garden at Fota House! Enjoy the tour, followed by seed planting. Bring a yoghurt pot and take a seed home to grow!
Admission Free to book contact 0214815543

Guided Tour of Fota Gardens
23 August, 2pm - 4pm Fota House

Remembering Edward Bransfield
25 August, 8pm - 9:30pm Midleton Library
A talk on Edward Bransfield, Cork's antarctic explorer who hailed from the village of Ballinacurra, one mile from Midleton
Admission Free Not suitable for Children under 12 Wheelchair Access (Full)

Woods Natural and Unnatural
26 August, 12pm - 1pm Midleton Library
Woods Natural and Unnatural: woodlands and tree planting in East Cork from Medieval times to present. A talk by Tony Harpur.
Sing-Sing Prison Knockraha
27 August, 12pm - 6pm Kilquane Graveyard, Knockraha
Sing-Sing was the prison of the Cork No.1 Brigade during the War of Independence. Up to 30 spies, auxiliaries and black and tans were executed out of it and buried locally.
Tours will be given by local historical Jim Fitzgerald every hour on the hour from 12pm with the last tour leaving at 5pm. Admission Free
Suitable for Children under 12 Wheelchair Access (Partial)