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Community Week launches at UCC

3 Oct 2019
More than 50 free public and community sector events are planned for UCC Community Week.

Over 50 free public and community sector events are planned for Cork, as University College Cork (UCC) launches its inaugural Community Week.

Running from October 4th to 13th, UCC Community Week is a programme of events, for all ages, co-created by UCC staff and students, together with community partners.

Among the events planned are:

  • A series of short talks in Lapps Quay as UCC academics present their research in an accessible an engaging format. (UCC Centre for Executive Education, Lapps Quay: 8th October, 5.30pm)
  • A public conversation on the case for urgent climate action with Alicia-Joy O'Sullivan, Ireland's Young Ocean Ambassador, in an event hosted by UCC’s Centre for Law and the Environment in partnership with the Environmental Research Institute. (UCC Main Campus: 10th October, 6.30pm)
  • UCC takes its regular reading series out of the University and into the city, featuring two critically acclaimed poets, Zoe Brigley and Martin Dyar. (Cork City Library: 8th October, 7pm)
  • What we should eat – a public health view - discussion with Professor Ivan Perry (Western Gateway Building: 7th October 2.30pm)
  • An evening of oral history and folklore recordings of the Cork Folklore Project, focusing on the community memories documented by the group over many years. (UCC Main Campus: 9th October, 7pm)
  • RTE Brainstorm’s Jim Carroll will host a public roundtable on fostering inclusive communities in the Aula Maxima, UCC (Aula Maxima: 9th October, 4pm)
  • A lunchtime concert at the Glucksman by Citadel, a group of musicians from the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, who hail from 8 different countries. (Glucksman: 9th October: 1pm)
  • An insight into life in Mexico as the Mexican Ambassador, HE Mr Miguel Malfavón, opens the exhibition Entre Mundos/Between Worlds: Images of Life between Mexico and Ireland, at Cork City Library (Cork City Library: 7th October, 6pm)
  • Launch by Senator Colette Kelleher of a report on workplace violence and its effect on residential disability social care workers, in partnership with Social Care Ireland. (Aula Maxima: 7th October, 11am)
  • World cafe with islanders, academics, politicians, policymakers and civil servants. about the future and sustainability of the West Cork islands (School of Psychology, North Mall Campus, 11th October, 11am)

There are a number of tours, exhibitions and demonstrations taking place throughout the week, as well as events being run in partnership with HSE on Community Mental Health with GAA Healthy Clubs for sports organisations.

“The strength of any university comes from its connection with its community. Community Week is about celebrating the work we do together with our communities to help create a healthier, more inclusive and sustainable society. We have designed a week for all ages, our doors are open and we are coming to the city, we hope the community joins us.” commented Professor Patrick O’ Shea, President, UCC.

Bookings for some events are essential, see a full schedule of events at

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Eoin Hahessy, Head of Media & PR, UCC: 086 046 8950 /

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