Kieran’s Community Projects 2020

- Remembering 1920, Kieran’s Our City, Our Town column in the Cork Independent

The column for 2020 highlights everyday events and local history nuggets from this period of centenary commemorations, and are weekly posted on this blog website.


 – 12th Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition produced by Red Sandstone Varied Productions.


AUDITIONS, SUNDAY 19 APRIL 2020, 10am-4pm Old Cork Waterworks, Lee Road.

FREE ENTRY event for Primary and Secondary school children. No advance booking required, simply turn up on the day to audition.

The year 2020 coincides with the twelfth year of Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition (MCTC) in Cork city. The auditions for the FREE ENTRY arts participation event take place on Sunday 28 April, 10am-4pm at the site of the Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Lee Road, with call-backs the same day. It is a Cork performance arts project for young people with no entry fees, where all talents are valid for consideration. The final takes place at Firkin Crane, Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm..

This not-for-profit community project supports our community’s young people and creates a great night’s entertainment for all the family. There are two categories primary school and secondary school, so two winners will be awarded a perpetual trophy and prize money of €150. The project is founded and funded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy in association with RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions).

- McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project, 22 May 2020


 Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy invites all Cork young people to participate in the tenth year of McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project. All interested must make a model boat at home from recycled materials and bring it along for judging to The Lough on Friday 22 May 2020, 6.30pm. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s Cork Harbour Festival. There are three categories, two for primary (4-8 and 9-12) and one for secondary students. The theme is ‘A City Rising, which is open to interpretation. There are prizes for best models and the event is free to enter. For further information and to take part, please sign up at The application process will open in early April 2020.


- Suburban historical walking tours, summer 2020 (Corona  Virus Pending).




Award Ceremony, Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project 2020

Wednesday evening, 4 March coincided with the Cork City award ceremony of the Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project. A total of 25 schools in Cork City took part in the 2019-2020 edition, which included schools in Ballinlough, Ballintemple, Blackrock and Douglas. This year the project was open to new schools within the broader area of the new city boundary. Circa 1200 students participated in the process with approx 220 project books submitted on all aspects of Cork’s local history & heritage.

The Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project is in its 17th year and is a youth platform for students to do research and write it up in a project book whilst offering their opinions on important decisions being made on their heritage in their locality and how they affect the lives of people locally.  The aim of the project is to allow students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun way.

Co-ordinator and founder of the project, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that: “The project is about developing new skill sets within young people in thinking about, understanding, appreciating and making relevant in today’s society the role of our heritage - our landmarks, our stories, our landscapes in our modern world. The 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 City Council with further sponsorship offered by Learnit Lego Education, Old Cork Waterworks Experience and Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Full results for the City edition are online on Cllr McCarthy’s heritage website,

2019 Report: Community Events 2019, Cllr Kieran McCarthy