Cllr Kieran McCarthy is encouraging students from Ballinlough through to Douglas area to enter the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, which has been launched for the 2016/ 17 school season. The Project, which is entering its fourteenth year, allows students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun way. Interested students can pick any topic on Cork’s heritage to research and can participate as individuals, groups or as a class. Students produce a project using primary material such as fieldwork, interviews, making models, DVDs of their area. This year, the project in particular is looking for projects that might explore the story of the Ford Tractor and Motor Car Company, which established in Cork in 1917 (to 1984). One hundred years on the company has left a huge legacy on the story of transport in the city and country and a myriad of personal memories by people who worked there.
Co-ordinator and founder of the Schools’ Heritage Project, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that “The project is about thinking about, understanding, appreciating and making relevant in today’s society the role of our heritage- our landmarks, our oral histories, our scenery in our modern world for upcoming citizens. So the project is about splicing together activity on issues of local history and heritage such as thinking, exploring, observing, thinking, discovering, researching, uncovering, revealing, interpreting and resolving. The Schools’ Heritage Project also focuses on motivating and inspiring young people, giving them an opportunity to develop leadership and self-development skills, which are very important in the world we live in today.”
The City Edition of the Project is funded by Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council, The Heritage Council, Lifetime Lab, Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre, Watergrasshill and Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Application forms have been sent to all principals and history teachers in Cork. A County Cork edition of the project is also in operation and organized by Kieran.