Muintir na Tire News – August


Date/Time Weekends from July to September 14th 2015
Event: See the RNLI “Hope in the Great War” Exhibition at Camden Fort Meagher
Location: Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven
Additional Information: Internationally recognised as being “one of the finest remaining examples of a Coastal Artillery Fort in the world” Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven hosts the RNLI “Hope in the Great War” Exhibition each Saturday and Sunday throughout July. An ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War. The exhibition focuses on heroic rescue stories told in an atmospheric multimedia display and brought to life by community art projects. Camden Fort Meagher is proud to have been chosen as the only location in Ireland to host this UK based interactive exhibition in 2015! Click here for further details on the exhibition. The fort is open every weekend until September 14th and is an ideal family day out with lots to see and do, including underground tunnels and chambers, exhibitions and harbour view Tearooms. There is also a full line-up of events throughout the summer with live music, military re-enactments and more! Admission: €5 per adult, €4 for 4-18 years old and children under 4 go free. For times and further information, click on or follow us on Facebook!

Date/Time Saturday 22nd August 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00
Event: Curach agus Kayak Workshop
Location: Meitheal Mara, Crosse’s Green, Cork City
Additional Information: Did you know that there are around 10 different types of curach? And for its size, it is one of the best sea-boats in the world. From his workshop, Padraig Ó Duinnín gives an insight into the building of and heritage of native boats. An raibh a fhios agat gur ann do timpeall 10 gcineál curach difriúla? Agus dá mhéid, go bhfuil sé ar cheann de na báid-farraige is fearr ar domhan! Óna cheardlann, tugann Padraig Ó Duinnín léargas ar thraidisiún tógála agus dearradh na mbád dúchasacha. Is ócáid dátheangach í seo. This is a bilingual event and please note that booking is advised by or by phoning 021 4310841. Thanks to Meitheal Mara and Gael Taca for facilitating the event.

Date/Time Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th August 2015
Event: National Heritage Week
Location: Over 50 locations throughout the County
Additional Information: Over 162 events have been registered for the County of Cork this year as part of National Heritage Week, the highest yet. To see the full list of events see the attached County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide 2015. Any updates/amendments to events will be featured on available to view by clicking here and be sure to check the site regularly.

Date/Time Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 18:30
Event: Mallow Field Club visit Annakissa Church and Clenor Graveyard
Location: meet at 18:30 at the Mallow Garda Station, Mallow, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The Mallow Field Club is taking a field trip to visit Annakissa Church and Clenor Graveyard on Tuesday 1st September. The event will be guided by heritage experts Séamus Crowley and Mehaul Magner.

Date/Time 18th to 20th September 2015
Event: Youghal Celebrates History 13th Annual Conference: “The Fitzgeralds of Desmond”
Location: Mall Arts Centre, Town Hall, Youghal, Co. Cork
Additional Information: The 13th Annual Youghal Celebrates History Conference takes place from the 18th to 20th September 2015 and will focus on the “Fitzgeralds of Desmond”. A wonderful line up of events and speakers has been organised over the few days and for full information visit

Date/Time Friday 02nd October 2015 from 10am to 6pm
Event: The 7th Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition
Location: Millenium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Additional Information: For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the “Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition”. It is a day for the County’s hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day. This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 2nd October, 2015, and all of the County Heritage Groups are invited to participate on the day. Please see the attached document for more information.

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The Lee Valley Walking Group has organised a delightful variety of heritage walks to take place on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, in addition to a number of walks which take place fortnightly on a Sunday. The walks are most entertaining and include local information on geology, geomorphology, environment, flora, fauna, archaeology, history and local stories etc. For further information and details of membership fees (one can also pay to attend an event once off) check out the calendar page (

Clonakilty Historical Walks: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce have come together to provide guided historical walks in Clonakilty Town for visitors, (and locals!), each Wednesday evening for July and August, starting on 1st July. Interested people should meet at 7pm at the Michael Collins statue which is the starting point. No pre-booking required, and the guided walks are completely free of charge.
Fort Camden Meagher is now open for the summer season. For more information click here
Skibbereen Heritage Centre is now open for the summer season. For more information click here

The world’s largest Battle Scene of the Battle of Waterloo is currently on display at the Toy Solider Factory in Kilnamartyra. For more info see

County Cork has a number of wonderful museums which are now open for the summer season including Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Bandon Heritage Centre, Cobh Museum, Clonakilty Museum and Kinsale Museum to name but a few. Be sure to support our museums by paying a visit over the summer months.

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It is hoped that this update has been of interest and all the best for now,

Le meas,


Conor Nelligan

Heritage Officer / ‘Ireland 2016’ County Coordinator
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As many of you are aware, Cork County Council, in conjunction with Research and Dig and Acadmah Fódhla, are undertaking a conservation, management and interpretation plan to look at the importance of the Múscraí Gaeltacht and how its heritage can be safeguarded and promoted long into the future. The project, which has had extensive consultation to date has two phases: Phase I which looks at the area’s heritage and Phase II which looks at the actions that need to be implemented for the benefit of this heritage. Phase II of the document is nearing completion and in the next few weeks there will be two public consultation meetings to discuss these important elements (details to be provided once confirmed). The Plan to date is available for all to view by clicking here and any and all comments would be most welcome by

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The Local Agenda 21 2015 Environmental Partnership 2015 grant scheme has been launched by The Department of the Environment & Cork County Council. “This fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs. The Fund encourages involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates”. The closing date for receipt of applications by Cork County Council’s Environment Directorate is August 28th at 5pm. For more information clickhere.
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15 towns are included in the shortlist which has been released by Fáilte Ireland. The competition, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community go the extra mile to enhance their appeal to tourists. Towns in the competition will be judged on development and promotion, local involvement, tourism products available and “sense of place”. The towns selected will now be subject to unannounced inspections by ‘secret shoppers’ over the coming weeks who will visit each location and look for evidence of a high quality visitor experience and of involvement by the local community and businesses in delivering this experience.. The list will then get narrowed down to 10, when both the best large and small tourism town for 2015 will be announced in November.

Last year, Westport won the award for best large tourism town and Kinsale won the award in the small tourism town category. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said the awards were about recognising the efforts of towns and villages to make Ireland a more attractive place to tourists.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea, is delighted to see the inclusion of three Cork towns in the shortlist and acknowledges the efforts of all involved in such a worthy accolade. “Cork County Council is taking a very active and leading role in the promotion of tourism within the County and is brilliant to see three towns having made it to this stage of the Tourism Town Awards for 2015. It is a wonderful recognition of the co-operation and dedication of all stakeholders promoting Tourism in these towns and I wish them every success over the coming weeks while the final judging takes place”.
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Cork County Council have announced that construction work will commence in August on a 5 million Euro investment in the development of Spike Island. Cork County Council has awarded the contract for the works to Cumnor Construction Ltd; and the project is due for completion in June 2016. Spike Island occupies a key location in lower Cork Harbour, the multi-cultural island has hosted a monastery, a fortress and a prison within its 104 acres, all of which have left their mark. The council is now developing the island as a vehicle for retelling the story of 1400 years of history and the Irish diaspora.

Cork County Council is currently embarking on the development of Spike Island as a unique cultural heritage and activity destination, offering a compelling, high quality, rich and diverse set of experiences for all visitors. It is hoped that the development of Spike Island as a visitor attraction will help build on the existing tourism and heritage infrastructure in Cork Harbour. Horgan Lynch has been appointed Consultant Engineers for the construction stage of the project and Vidar Media Group has won the Interpretative Design contract. A 100% Council owned company, Spike Island Development Company, has been established and Mr. Declan Daly, Divisional Manager South Cork County Council and Mr. David Keane, Cork County Engineer, appointed directors to implement the constructional phase and oversee the day to day operation of Spike Island Interpretative Centre.

Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland have co-funded this initial development which will include the upgrading and interpretation of specific buildings, access to the Bastions, landscaping works, a new Gun Park, infrastructural works together with improving the access to the Island. There is a regular ferry service from Cobh to Spike Island and visitors can avail of a guided tour or can explore the island at their own pace and view what the island has to offer. Information for visitors and details of the construction works can be found
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Cork County Council have announced that around 100 applications have been received by Cork County Council in respect of the County Cork 1916 Centenary Fund. These applications cover a whole range of fascinating and exciting proposals for the Centenary next year and Cork County Council will be busy processing these applications over the coming weeks. Thanks to all who made a submission and selected projects will feature in the Cork County 2016 Programme to be made available later in September 2015.
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 More on the Invitation to PPN Member Groups to nominate to Council Committees

               For members registered to the Community & Voluntary Electoral College

The PPN Secretariat (i.e. the coordinating group comprised of 22 no. members elected by the PPN member groups in April/May) has met on two occasions to date. The Secretariat is now arranging for the filling of PPN seats on various Cork County Council policy committees. The membership structure of these various committees provides for representatives from the three electoral colleges of the PPN i.e. Community & Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environment (as applicable).

Accordingly, every member of the PPN is now invited to make nominations to the various committees (there is no obligation to put forward nominees, but it is an opportunity for your group to participate in the policy-making structures of the Council). Nominees will go forward to contest elections for the various seats; it is anticipated that the elections will be held in mid-October.  In making a nomination(s), it is important for the nominee to realise that the role of a Committee Representative is a challenging and demanding one, involving significant time commitment. The Secretariat strongly recommends that every group – and nominee – would read and carefully consider the role and responsibilities attaching to being a Committee Representative prior to deciding whether or not to make a nomination.

For the role and requirements of a Committee Representative click here

The Council is seeking to fill seats on 9 different Committees each of which have a countywide remit.

  • For a list of Committees, their role and remit and the frequency and location of meetingsclick here
  • To make a nomination(s):

Again it is strongly recommend that you would first read carefully the role and requirements of a Committee Representative, as set out in the above link.

SPC = Strategic Policy Committee             JPC = Joint Policing Committee

  • To make a nomination to the Planning & Strategic Development SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Environment SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Economic Development & Enterprise SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Tourism SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Housing SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Roads and Transport Policy SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Social Inclusion & Community SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the Arts, Culture & Languages SPC click here
  • To make a nomination to the JPC click here

***Closing date for receipt of nominations is 4pm on Friday 11th September 2015***

Once all nominations are received and validated, the next step will be to hold elections.  We expect elections to take place in each Division in mid October and a further email and information will follow once dates have been decided.


PPN Admin Team

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“Saturday 1st August marked the centenary of noted Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. The funeral was an elaborately orchestrated event aimed to publicise the Fenian cause and celebrate the contribution of O’Donovan Rossa. The funeral was also remarkable for the famous graveside oration of Padraig Pearse. Cork County Library’s Local Studies Dept has a digitised copy of the “souvenir” funeral pamphlet published to mark the occasion in 1915 available to view on by clicking here.
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The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea recently launched a brand new dedicated Facebook and Twitter page in order to keep the people of Cork connected with him in his role as Mayor. The initiative, which is the first in the Council’s 116 year history, will be used to keep the people of Cork and staff of Cork County Council up to date with the work he is doing in his role as Mayor and also keep the public and staff informed regarding the on-going work of the Council. Commenting on the new social media initiatives, Mayor O’ Shea said “I want to be as accessible and visible to the people of the county as possible during my term. The position as Mayor of the County of Cork is indeed a very prestigious and honourable role and I intend to make every effort to ensure that the people of the county are constantly aware and updated on the work the Mayor’s office does”. The Mayor’s Facebook page can be followed by clicking on the following link and liking the page: You can also find the Mayor on Twitter by following him at @mayor_co_cork
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Cork County Council is currently working on a Countywide Programme of events and projects for 2016 which will be completed in September and launched officially later in October. As part of the Programme Cork County Council is seeking a number of 1916 themed/related photos that could feature in the publication. If you or anyone you know has a suitable photo in mind and would consent to Cork County Council utilising same in the Plan, please email said photo digitally
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Ted Cunningham is looking to put together a steering group to organize and coordinate some events for the commemoration of the women of Cumman na mBan in Co. Cork for 2016. A number of fascinating projects have been put forward including the creation of a video documentary looking at the activities of the Cumman na mBan in the Macroom and surrounding areas. For expressions of interest please email
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For a number of years now a must wonderful event takes place in the City Hall each year, entitled the “Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition”. It is a day for the County’s hard-working Heritage and Historical Societies to highlight and showcase the heritage they preserve and protect locally to other like-minded groups and indeed to the hundreds of visitors who attend on the day.

This year the exhibition will take place on Friday, 2nd October, 2015, and all of the County Heritage Groups are invited to participate on the day. Please see the attached document for more information.
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The Cork City and County Archives (CCCA) continues to provide an unrivalled service for heritage researchers and historians. The list of collections at CCCA is continuously being added to and for the most recent update visit their website by

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As part of Cork County Library’s 1916 Commemorative plans, the Local Studies Dept would like to make contact with local history groups and members of the public to offer the library as a repository for storing memories and recollections relating to the period. We would ask people to send us written accounts or photographs of recollections or stories relating to 1916 from family members or those involved. The library will keep these accounts on file with a view to digitising them and making them available online in the future. Please email: or write to Local Studies Library, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.
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On Easter Sunday, 27th March, 2016 there will be a major State Ceremony to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Where an individual is a relative of a participant in the 1916 Easter Rising they are requested to fill in a Relatives Application Form, available by clicking here.
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“The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. The awards are given to the most outstanding achievements in conservation; research and digitization; dedicated service; and education, training and awareness-raising. Take your place among the best! See how you can submit your project here. The deadline for entries is 1 October 2015. For more information click here.
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