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Heritage Events taking place in Cork City and County during February and March 2014

24 Feb 2014
Heritage events feb march 2014

Check out the list of events taking place in the City and County over the next few weeks advised by Cork City Council Heritage Unit,

Date/Time February 23rd at 14:00
Event: Warrenscourt Woodswalk with Dan Buckley
Meet by the upper car park (adjacent to Kilmurry Village), Co. Cork.
Additional Information: This event is open to everyone. This is a free event. Clothing worn at this event should be suitable for the outdoors - we recommend stout shoes, warm clothes and raingear. Warrenscourt Wood is a Coillte managed forest that was once part of Warrenscourt Estate. It is mixed woodland with a healthy population of red squirrels, sika deer, fallow deer, badger, fox and several bat species, along with woodland birds, such as Jay and Sparrowhawk. The forest also has a diverse ground flora. On this walk Dan Buckley will tell us about the history of the wood, he will talk about sustainable forestry management and also the abundant woodland flora and fauna. Please contact the branch to reserve a place. For any further queries please contact Katrina on 0872106373 or email the branch at

Date/Time February 25th at 20:00
Event: Finding James' by Aideen Johnson
O' Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
Additional Information: Cumann Seanchais Chloch na gCoillte - Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage presents an illustrated lecture titled: "Finding James" by Aideen Johnson. Aideen Johnson had a granduncle called James O'Connor who died in France in 1918 during WW1. He is buried in Boulogne, France. Aideen's lecture will deal with how she traced his past history. It is hoped it will encourage local people whose relatives were lost in WW1 to similarly trace their family member's history. It is proposed to have a follow-up historical night in October to include input from local families, display of WW1 memorabilia etc.

Date/Time February 26th at 17:00
Event: "Mothú Áite/Sense of Place" - Taispeántas/Exhibit
Seomra Caidrimh, Áras Uí Rathaille/O'Rahilly Building, UCC
Additional Information:'A Sense of Place' is a solo exhibition by emerging Cork illustrator and artist JG O'Donoghue. The exhibition will be opened by a talk given by Dr. Kevin Murray of the department of Sean- Agus Meán-Ghaeilge/Early and Medieval Irish. The exhibition itself explores the Irish landscape through the perspectives of language and archaeology with pieces of art and illustration on placenames, fairytales, archaeology and on the Irish language itself. The Placename art pieces are either directly inspired by what the placename points to or illustrations of placename stories. The Language illustrations are inspired by Irish, Ogham, and the language decline. While the archaeological pieces are either Prehistoric tombs found in county Cork or reconstruction illustrations done professionally.

Date/Time February 27th at 19:30
Event: Launch of Dr. Paul MacCotter's latest publication: "A History of the Medieval Diocese of Cloyne"
Mallow Parish Centre, 27/8 Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Additional Information: You are cordially invited to the launch of Dr. Paul MacCotter's latest book - "A History of the Medieval Diocese of Cloyne" - published by Columba Press. The book will be launched by Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin of UCC and will be available for purchase on the night. Refreshments will be served.

Date/Time February 28th at 19:45
Event: Illustrated talk by Pádraig Whooley, IWDG in support of whale and dolphin conservation in Irish waters.
Kinsale Yaught Club, Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Additional Information: Pádraig Whooley of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is delivering an illustrated talk at Kinsale Yacht Club on Friday 28th February at 8:00pm. This event is being organised by Kinsale Yacht Club. Proceeds from this talk will help fund the cetacean recording schemes that monitor whales and dolphins in all Irish waters. Pádraig is the IWDG Sightings Co-ordinator and has been involved in the IWDG since 1992. He has travelled extensively overseas following his passion for whales and whale-watching. Pádraig moved to Cork from Wicklow in 1999, where he spent four years scanning from the cliffs at Old Head of Kinsale, recording the seasonal movements of some of the planet's largest marine mammals. This early body of work helped highlight the importance of places like West Cork as a critical feeding habitat for large whales. Pádraig continues to monitor fin and humpback whales through the Large Whale project, and curates the Irish Large whale Photo- ID catalogues. He is an advocate of sustainable Whale Watching and among other things delivers IWDG whale-watching weekend courses on Cape Clear Island and All-Ireland Whale Watch Day each August at Galley Head. Pádraig is a regular contributor to a range of natural history publications, media and wildlife documentaries. This event is open to all, but will be of particular interest to the wildlife enthusiast and mariners alike. Students of all ages are welcome. Doors open at 7:45pm and there will be many fascinating whale artefacts and resources to browse and some resources on sale after the talk, which will be followed by a "question and answer" session. Proceeds from the evening will go to the IWDG For further information contact Caroline on 087 2046711 or email

Date/Time March 06th at 20:00
Event: "The Life of Michael Collins"
Mitchelstown Town Hall, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
Additional Information: Mitchelstown Heritage Society presents a lecture titled: "The Life of Michael Collins" - Noel Scannell will give a talk on the life of Michael Collins. There may be memorabilia on display on the night as well. Mr Scannell has an impressive depth of knowledge and collection of artifacts associated with the great man.

Date/Time March 06th at 20:00
Event: An illustrated lecture entitled "The Battle of Crossbarry - March 1921" (by Mr. Donal O' Flynn)
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School), Blarney, Co. Cork.
Additional Information: Blarney & District Historical Society presents an illustrated lecture titled: 'The Battle of Crossbarry - March 1921' - This excellent illustrated presentation outlines and explores the events which led to the epic encounter between the British Crown forces and General Tom Barry's 'Flying Column' and its subsequent consequences. The speaker is Mr. Donal O'Flynn of The Muskerry Local History Society. A nominal cover charge of €3 applies to non-members and for further information contact Brian Gabriel on 0872153216

Date/Time March 09th at 11:00
Event: Esknamucky Walk in Glengarriff Nature Reserve with NPWS Ranger Clare Heardman
Meet Glengarriff Nature Reserve Carpark, Glengarriff, Co. Cork.
Additional Information: Clare Heardman NPWS Ranger will lead this walk, which climbs up through the woods to a series of viewing points with fantastic views over the trees to the mountains beyond. Clare is full of information and has promised to give us an interesting insight into Nature Reserve Management and the issues around balancing conservation and amenity. This event is open to everyone. The event is free. The walk is about 3km in length. Clothing worn at this event should be suitable for the outdoors - we recommend stout shoes, warm clothes and raingear. Please contact the branch to reserve a place. For further information please contact Katrina on 0872106373 or email the branch at

Conor Nelligan,Heritage Officer

Heritage Unit, Planning Dept. Floor 3, County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd. Co. Cork

Phone:      021 4285905 / Email: / Website:

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