2014 Press Releases

Meet an alligator's cousin in UCC

17 Sep 2014
BEES student Ben Philip with a gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)which is related to a crocodile and alligator and found in India Image: Clare Keogh

The wonders of the natural world and 10 minute tales from the Vikings to modern day are some of the events that UCC will host on Culture Night. 

The many and varied events reflect the cultural and scholarly richness of the University.  All are welcome and the events are free of charge on Friday, 19 September.

Below is a list of some of the events:

  • Enjoy a twilight tour of the campus which is organized by the Visitors’ Centre (North wing of the Main Quad – near clocktower)  and departs from there at 7pm ending with a visit to the Crawford Observatory
  • Historian James Cronin will present a talk on the Honan Chapel on the artists who designed the mosaic floor and stations of the cross .  His talk is  A hidden history: recovering mosaic artists Lehmann James Oppenheimer and Eric Newton for the story of the Honan Chapel, Cork  Venue: The Honan Chapel    Time: 8pm
  • Visitors will get a chance see some unique animal specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself during his famous voyage aboard the Beagle at the School of Biological, Earth and  Environmental Sciences   With slithering reptiles, carnivorous plants and ancient geological fossils there will be something for everyone!  Taking place in the historic Cooperage building, once home to the Cork Distilleries, members of the public can drop in at any time between 5pm and 8.30pm  with tours at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • Close to the Cooperage is the Cork Enterprise Centre where the School of Applied Psychology are hosting their event.  What better way to experience Culture Night in Cork City than to see how this culture that we surround ourselves with is created, experienced and researched? The School of Applied Psychology  intend to showcase exactly how psychology applies to what Culture Night and Cork itself captures – music, personality, technology, emotion, even how you travelled to the event can be studied from a psychological viewpoint!

          Venue:  The Cork Enterprise Centre, just off the North Mall

           Time: 5pm-8.30pm

  • The Glucksman is hosting  The Art Zoo where they invite you to  fill the galleries with your very own drawings, sculptures and paintings of different animals.
    They will have artists situated on all floors of the gallery to guide you through different artmaking processes and your creations will be displayed throughout the Glucksman. Join them at any time between 5pm -9pm to help transform the gallery into a zoo of animal artworks. The Glucksman Gallery is located near the Main Gates of UCC on the Western Road
  • The Cork Youth Chamber Orchestra (CYChO) will  play a concert in one of Cork’s most beautiful buildings, the Port of Cork offices for Culture night.  The orchestra, conducted by Tom Crowley, is made up mostly of students from UCC and CIT.  Included in the selection that they will play are

            Leos Janacek - Suite for String Orchestra

           Gustav Holst – Brook Green Suite

           George Gershwin – Lullaby

           Time: 6.30pm  - Please note that the venue is small and can accommodate approx. 100 people so visitors would be advised to turn up early to ensure their seat

  • “Ten-Minute Tales” with UCC’s School of English
    UCC’s School of English will present ten-minute introductions to some of the world’s most celebrated writers and texts in a literature extravaganza. Exploring everything from the Vikings to American novelists to Irish film, these bite-sized ‘Tales’ offer something for everyone.

            Venue: The Council Room on the Quad (North Wing, same side as the Clock Tower)

            Time 6pm – 8pm

  • The Granary Theatre will present free Drama Classes for children and  adults in the Granary Theatre on the Mardyke

           The times are as follows:

            5pm-6pm Free Drama Class for 8-10yrs

             6pm-7pm Free Drama Class for 11+ years

             7pm - 8pm Free Acting Class for Adults

              8pm - 9pm  Free Acting Class for Adults

  • “Argentina Since the 2001 Crisis: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future" will be the topic of a seminar on the causes and roots of the 2001 crisis and reflect on the lessons learned for Europe. The seminar is organised by the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and they will launch a book on the topic at the same event

            Venue: Seminar Room 1.23 O'Rahilly Building, UCC

            Time: 3.30pm-5pm



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