East Cork Gears Up for Heritage Week 2018

By Seamus Whelehan


Heritage Week 2018 takes place between 18 and 26 August, with over 130 events at 60 locations across Cork County, many of which are family friendly free events.

This year the theme is ‘Stories that echo through Time.’  Cork County Council’s Heritage Officer, Connor Nelligan, says that 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/

Saturday 18 August

11:30am – 4:30pm St Coleman’s Cathedral Cloyne.  Visits this historic and atmospheric building. Guided tours at 12:00noon and 3:00pm. Paper crafts in the children’s corner of the Cathedral from 2:30pm to 4:15pm.

11:30am - 12:30pm Cobh Library. The wreck of the RMS Celtic. Historian, Marita Foster, describes the last voyage of the White Star Line, "The Celtic" that ran aground at the mouth of the harbour in November 1929, the salvage operation and the tragic events which led to the death of a number of men working on the wreck.

2:00pm – 4:00pm Mini beasty hunt for families at Marlogue Wood Cobh. Join Animal Scientist, Niamh O’Flynn, on a guided bug hunt and nature walk through Marlogue woods. To book a place on  this free event contact Ruth 0860580606 or cobhtidytowns@gmail.com

2:30pm- 4:30pm Mary Stanford Life Boat Ballycotton. Learn of the vessel's 40 years of lifesaving service, including the most famous rescue of the Daunt Rock lightship.

2:30pm – 4:30pm Ballycotton Lifeboat Station. Visit and explore the Lifeboat station. Meet the volunteer crew and learn about their 160 year history of lifesaving.

11:30am - 1:30pm Visit the Schooner Bar Ballycotton, learn about the Free State C1, the first fishing boat registered in Cork after independence. Hear how the boat was fished by three generations over 70 years.

2:00pm – 4:00pm St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh.  Visit the 150 year old Cathedral which houses a 49 Bell Carillion, and has a 300ft spire.

2:30pm- 4:30pm Killeagh Heritage Trail. Meet the Killeagh Inch Historical Society at Killeagh Community Car Park and enjoy  a walking tour through the main street of the village and onto Glenbower woods, as they reveal a rich tapestry of history from the 6th century to present day.


Sunday 19 August

2:30pm – 4:30pm St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh.  Visit the 150 year old Cathedral which houses a 49 Bell Carillion, and has a 300ft spire.

4:30pm – 5:30pm St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh Bell Recital given by Julie Zhu, Carillonneur of St Thomas Church in Manhattan New York.

10:30am- 12:30pm

Meet the Killeagh Inch Historical Society at Killeagh Community Car Park and enjoy  a walking tour through the main street of the village and onto Glenbower woods, as they reveal a rich tapestry of history from the 6th century to present day.

2:00pm – 5:00pm Glenbower Woods Killeagh – the forgotten wisdom of trees. Ted Cook will guide participants through the kingdom of the forest and Irish nature's highest achievement, whilst recalling how ancient Brehon Forest Law served a forest people.

12:00pm – 6:00pm Knockraha History & Heritage will host tours of Sing-Sing Prison, Knockraha, every hour on the hour from 12-6pm. Sing-Sing was used to hold prisoners by the IRA during the War of Independence.

12:00pm – 6:00pm Celebrating its 12th year, Youghal Medieval Festival brings together over 150 performers, entertainers, musicians, historians, re-enactors and over 40 events , creating a festival time for all ages.

11:00am -5:00pm Castlemartyr Hotel - The Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society will hold an exhibitionand talk on John Saul, a local  Horticulturist and Landscape Architect who assisted in the planning and development of the National Mall in Washington D.C. and served as the first Chairman of Washington D.C.’s Parks Commission.

The exhibition takes place in the Youghal room of the hotel from 11:00 am-5:00pm and the historical talk will take place at 2:00pm at the Hotel Oak Tree at the Castlemartyr village pedestrian access point to the five star hotel.

2:30- 4:00pm a walking tour of sites to illustrate those linked to the development of Midleton from 1180 to 1910. Meet at Midleton Library.

Monday 20 August

3:00pm – 4:00pm Four Score String Quartet recital Cobh Scots Church Museum



Tuesday 21 August

5:00pm – 6:00pm Images we left Behind Cobh Pastimes Old time Photography Studio. The story of emigration and early photography told through narration and slides. Cobh (then Queenstown) was a major port of emigration.

Wednesday 22 August

11:00am – 12:30pm Sharing My Story. Youghal Library Migrants share their stories of their decision to relocate to Ireland and Youghal. Learn about their hopes and fears as they embarked on a new life in a new country.

2:00pm – 4:00pm Fota Arboretum and Gardens. A guided tour of the Arboretum & Gardens, highlighting the unique collection of plants and remembering the dedication of the garden staff who helped develop it, from the 1820's to the present day.

3:30pm – 4:30pm and 7:00pm – 8:00pm Admiralty House Cobh – (Benedictine Priory) Presentations featuring archive material by Tim and Anne McSweeney. 3.30pm: (children aged 6-12) "Every Picture tells a story". 7pm ( adults) "Over There" the US Navy in Cork Harbour during WW1.

Thursday 23 August

8:00pm – 10:15pm Glenville School Heritage and Folklore Project

Modern Heritage and Folklore Project by the pupils of Glenville National School, based on the 1937 survey done by the pupils of Chimneyfield National School.

Friday 24 August

2:00pm -4:00pm St Colman’s Cathedral Cobh.   Visit the 150 year old Cathedral with it’s 300ft spire and houses a 49 bell Carillion.

Saturday 25 August

12:00pm – 1:00pm Midleton Library Genealogy Talk and exhibition on "Researching your Irish family history"

2:30pm – 5:00pm Harty’s Bar Cloyne – Memories of Christy Ring in Cloyne. Personal Memories of Christy Ring from friends and family. This is an informal and free event, where the contributors will share their stories of Christy, in the town where he was born.


Sunday 26 August

2:00pm – 4:00pm Midleton in the Great Famine. A tour of Midleton taking in sites associated with the Great Famine.This tour begins at Midleton Courthouse and finishes at the Kindred Spirits Choctaw Monument.

4:30pm  - 5:30pm Cobh Bell Recital Adrian Gebruers (26 August), the resident Cobh Cathedral Carillonneur.