National Heritage Week 2021

National Heritage Week 2021 at Cork City Libraries

National Heritage Week 2021 | Seachtain Náisiúnta Oidhreachta 2021

Nationa Heritage Week 2021

Celebrate National Heritage Week 2021 with us.  We have a full line-up of events ready for you to enjoy including online events, exhibitions, walking tours and much more.  


Earth Song | Coming to you on National Heritage Week




Exhibitions


Exhibitions will be available to view during National Heritage Week subject to library opening hours.


Ballincollig’s native son, the sculptor, Joseph Higgins

Location: Ballincollig Library


Mileposts on the Old Cork to Innishannon Road

Location: Bishopstown Library


On Our Doorstep Photography by Diane Haly Buckley

Location: The City Library


Cork: A Library Burning – A Library Reborn

Location: The City Library


Joan Denise Moriarty: The Dancer and the Dance

Location: The City Library


Treasures from the Dr Seán F. Pettit Bequest

Location: The City Library


Cork: A City Burning – A City Reborn

Location: Glanmire Library


Sarah Curran – a second chance at love

Location: Glanmire Library


A Maritime Journey

Created by pupils of 5th Class at St. Mary’s on the Hill N.S. in collaboration with ‘Tools of the Trade’ 2021

Location: Hollyhill Library


The Water Tower in Knocknaheeny

Location: Hollyhill Library


Poetry in the Park Series | Installations celebrating our multi-lingual city

Locations: Fitzgeralds Park, Ballincollig Park and Tramore Valley Park


Crossing Points – Some Blarney Bridges

Location: Blarney Library


Old Blarney: film footage

Location: Blarney Library


Like Fighting with a Ghost: the Spanish Flu 1918-1919

Location: Douglas Library


Douglas – An Industrial Village

Location: Douglas Library


Mary Elmes: I got things done

Location: Frank O’Connor Library, Mayfield


Daniel Corkery and his pupils; Frank O’Connor and Séamus Murphy

Location: Frank O’Connor Library, Mayfield


No Longer Forgotten; Cork’s Revolutionary Women

Location: Blackpool Library


Father O’Flynn The Man for The Job

Location: Blackpool Library


Blackpool’s Silver Screen

Location: Blackpool Library


Joe Murphy – The Boy from Pouladuff

Location: Tory Top Library


Vintage Children’s Toys

Location: Children’s Library, Grand Parade

Online Events


Earth Song: A Many Tongues of Cork Collaborative Project

A poetry film produced by Joanna Dukkipati 

Led by Cork City Libraries' Writer-in-Residence, Tina Pisco, this group met regularly from January to May.

Exploring feelings, reactions, hopes and fears in relation to climate change and how multi-lingual backgrounds shape how we expressed ourselves.

Earth Song will be available to view on our YouTube channel during National Heritage Week.


Elizabeth Bowen and her connections with Bowenscourt, Co. Cork

An online talk on writer Elizabeth Bowen and her connections with Bowenscourt, Co. Cork.

Presented by Dr. Mary Breen, Dept of English, UCC

Available to view here during National Heritage Week.


Virtual Exhibition: The day Ireland made world history: the journey to marriage equality

Available to view here during National Heritage Week.


Plus ça change: the woven history of Douglas

An online talk on artwork in textiles by Anne Kiely and Carmel Creaner.Made over a seven-month period, this artwork is a response to stories collected from the community of Douglas, based on the history of Douglas Mills. The project was commissioned by Cork City Libraries under the Percent for Art scheme as part of there-opening of the Douglas Library in 2020.

Available to view here during National Heritage Week.


Virtual exhibition: Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills

Available to view here during National Heritage Week.


Nostalgic Ancestral Connections

An online talk with Seamus Fox. Available to view here during National Heritage Week.


Dedication to Local Hero Joe Murphy

Date: Friday 20 August at 3.00 pm
This event will be live streamed from Ballyphehane 1916-2016 Facebook Page

In association with the Togher/Ballyphehane Centenary Committee a plaque will be unveiled dedicating the community room at Tory Top Library to Joe Murphy, with a talk on his life and times and a performance of the Ballad of Joe Murphy by his great grandniece.

Tinned Stories: From Story to Print at Cork City Libraries

Tinned Stories: From Story to Print at Cork City Libraries

Date: Monday 16 August, 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Location: The City Library, Grand Parade
Booking Essential:contact 021 492 4900 patricia_looney@corkcity.ie

Drop-in introduction session:

As part of Heritage Week 2021, artist Aoife Barrett from Print Van Go is looking to capture and share your local Cork story by transforming it into a unique set of hand carved stamps.  

Working on a one-to-one basis with participants, Aoife will gently help to draw out stories, memories and skills before co-creating a unique set of hand-carved rubber stamps in response to the themes of the story.   Each story makes a new set of stamps that is fitted into a small aluminium tin.  As well as a selection of hand-carved stamps each ‘tinned story’ includes a handmade book or print illustrating the story behind the set and suggesting how it could be used.  A great way to share your local story with others! Tinned Stories is all about keeping company and sharing stories so if you have a story to tell we want to hear it! 

Funded by Creative Ireland

For more information or see how you can get involved contact 021 492 4900 patricia_looney@corkcity.ie

Adhering to Covid-19 public health guidelines, numbers are limited and booking is essential.

Walking Tours


Celebrating Heritage: Cork's River Lee Bridges | A walking tour of the bridges of Cork with Antoin O’Callaghan

Author ofWhere Bridges Standand Of Timber, Iron and Stone.

Date: Saturday 14 August
Location:Starts at The City Library, Grand Parade
Booking Essential: contact 021 492 4900  or patricia_looney@corkcity.ie

Over the decades and indeed centuries, thousands of people have walked, paraded and processed on Cork's River Lee Bridges. Each stone holds embedded within the legends, stories and wisdom that have made Cork what it is today. The bridges are an essential part of Cork's historical narrative and there is no better way to experience this rich heritage and learn of the city's past than by walking in the footsteps of those who have gone before - by walking the River Lee Bridges of Cork. 

Adhering to Covid-19 public health guidelines, numbers are limited and booking is essential.


Where Douglas Began from Sail Cloth to the Woollen Mills | A Walking Tour

Date: Wednesday 18 August
Location: Starts at Douglas Community Park
Booking Essential: contact Mary O’Leary on 021 492 4932 or douglas_library@corkcity.ie

Presented by Michael Lenihan

Meeting at the Douglas community park taking a short walk through the woods to the former Morrogh’s Mills, to discuss the history of the mill from its very first beginnings, employment and its major influence on the surrounding Douglas area. The local mill cottages in Donnybrook and Grange will also be covered. The final stop will be at St. Patrick’s Mills in the village with a short history of the building. These were two very contrasting mills which were to dominate and create the very fabric of Douglas Village.

Adhering to Covid-19 public health guidelines, numbers are limited and booking is essential.


Mayfield, Montenotte and Dillon’s Cross in the Rare Oul’ Times | A History Walk with Brendan Goggin

Date: Saturday 21 August at 11.00 am
Location: Starts outside Frank O'Connor Library, Mayfield
Booking Essential: contact 021 492 4935 or mayfield_library@corkcity.ie

Starting at Mayfield Library, the History Walk will take a route through Montenotte, Gardiner’s Hill and Dillon’s Cross. It will explore the rich and chequered history of the area and its people as it evolved in a period of over two centuries from thriving agricultural land to a vibrant modern suburb. The expected duration is one and a half to two hours.

Adhering to Covid-19 public health guidelines, numbers are limited and booking is essential.


St Joseph’s Cemetery by Liam O hUigin | A Walking Tour

Date: Saturday 21 August at 11.00 am
Booking Essential: contact 021 492 4947 or caroline_longnolan@corkcity.ie

Weather permitting

Adhering to Covid-19 public health guidelines, numbers are limited and booking is essential.

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