2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Joan Denise Moriarty. It is also the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Cork Ballet Company, to date still Ireland’s longest-lasting amateur ballet company. 2012 is the probable centenary of Moriarty’s birth according to estimates of relatives and friends – no record of her birth has been found.
The year of celebrations is supported by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork City Libraries, the Firkin Crane Dance Centre, Cork City Ballet and the Irish Examiner. The commemorations began with a Mass celebrated on the 24 January, the anniversary of her death; on 22 February, the Lord Mayor and City Council launched the centenary programme in the City Hall.
March sees a number of major events, both at Cork City Central Library, and at the Firkin Crane in Shandon put on by Cork City Ballet with distinguished guest artists.
A series of events throughout the year continue the celebrations, which end with gala ballet performances in the Cork Opera House. The centenary year will have a number of outcomes of a lasting nature, among which are the following:
• The Moriarty Collection will be archived and digitised by the Rory Gallagher Music Libraries, Cork City Libraries
• The Moriarty website will be hosted by Cork City Libraries on a permanent basis
• The Moriarty centenary commemorations will be documented on the website