National Heritage Week 2020

National Heritage Week 2020 at Cork City Libraries


National Heritage Week 2020 | Seachtain Náisiúnta Oidhreachta 2020

Celebrate National Heritage Week 2020 with us online.  We have a full line-up events ready for you to enjoy at home - videos, blog articles, podcast and exhibitions. We bring you exclusive access to the 2003 documentary Frank O’Connor - The Lonely Voice, directed by Pat Collins. Go back in time to see what Cork was like in 1920, or take a virtual tour of the Rory Gallagher Music Library. You can even celebrate our natural heritage by 3D printing an otter bookmark, a bat charm, or a bee pencil top, created exclusively by Cork City Libraries for National Heritage Week.  Enjoy!

Seamus Murphy | Tributes in Verse

From Blackpool Library in association with Tom Foley and the Blackpool Historical Society

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Reading the Beautiful City

The most popular books about Cork as borrowed by our readers

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Songs of Cultural Importance from the Cork Traveller Women's Network

In association with Louise Harrington and the Cork Traveller Women's Network

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Máirtín Ó Cadhain

Céiliúraimid saol agus saothar Mháirtín Uí Chadhain caoga bliain i ndiaidh a bháis.

This article is available in Irish and in English.

Heritage Week Podcast

Listen to a special National Heritage Week episode of our podcast A City Reading, featuring: a profile of Cork City Libraries online events for Heritage Week; A Brief History of Cork City Libraries; Deirdre Swain reads An Dubh by Máirín Lankford, Claire tells us the most popular books about Cork borrowed from our libraries, and we celebrate sculptor Séamus Murphy in verse. 

Cork 1920 - street directory, texts, and newspapers from 1920

Step back into Cork of 1920 with Guy’s Cork City & County Almanac and Directory 1920, digitised and made available online for Heritage Week 2020. You can also browse a selection of newspapers from the time, and browse works by Terence MacSwiney. Available on our Cork 1920 page.

3D Files | Our Natural Heritage


Bishopstown Library have created three original 3D files created to celebrate our natural heritage -  a bat charm, an otter bookmark, and a bee pencil top. Visit our 3D printing page to download the files and find out about our 3D printing services.

Cork 1920 : A City in Flames

Preview of Hollyhill Library CD project

Quakers of Cork online exhibition

quakers of cork

Glanmire Library presents an online exhibition: Quakers of Cork

Heritage and Education Online Lecture - Tuesday 18 August

In the first edition of this online series, presenters will look at some of the connections between heritage and education in Cork city. They will start by looking at the wonderful educational resources available through the Heritage Council, who organise and co-ordinate Heritage Week activities nationwide.  Also, they will outline the fantastic heritage projects running in Cork city for National Heritage Week 2020.

Watch this lecture.

Ballyphehane Heritage Pod

An electronic Heritage Pod was compiled by the Ballyphehane 1916-2016 Centenary Commemoration Committee and it covers the history of 1916 as well as a short biography of each of the leaders. There are numerous photos to browse, along with videos, audio clips of the Ballyphehane Folklore project along with the history of Ballyphehane and much more. Visit the pod at

More about the Ballyphehane 1916-2016 Centenary Commemoration Committee on or

Virtual Tour of Rory Gallagher Music Library

Enjoy a 360 degree virtual tour of the Rory Gallagher Music Library at