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Community Projects 2017

Forthcoming, Spring  2017

McCarthy’s ‘Make a Model Boat Project’ 2017

 First Call

  Cllr Kieran McCarthy invites all Cork young people to participate in the eighth 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 and floating at Cork’s Lough on Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6.30pm. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara and the Cork Harbour Festival. There are three categories, two for primary and one for secondary students. The theme is ‘Cork Harbour Boats from 100 years ago inspired by the 1917 Naval commemorations’, which is open to interpretation. There are prizes for best models and the event is free to enter. There are primary and secondary school categories. Cllr McCarthy, who is heading up the event, noted “I am encouraging creation, innovation and imagination amongst our young people, which are important traits for all of us to develop; places like the Lough are an important part of Cork’s natural and amenity heritage and in the past have seen model boat making and sailing. For further information and to take part, please sign up at www.corkharbourfestival.com. Registration is to open very shortly.

 

McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2017

    Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the eighth year of Cllr Kieran’s McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition’. The auditions will take place on Sunday 27 April 2017 between 10am-5pm in the Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held on Sunday 7 May. There are two categories, one for primary school children and one for secondary school students. Winners will be awarded a perpetual trophy and prize money of €150 (two by €150). The project is being organised and funded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions (RSVP).

Cllr. McCarthy noted: “The talent competition is a community initiative. It encourages all young people to develop their talents and creative skills, to push forward with their lives and to embrace their community positively”. Further details can be got from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan at rsvpireland@gmail.com.

Historical Walking Tours:

Tuesday 2 May 2017, Historical Walking Tour with Kieran of Eighteenth Century Cork, from the walled town to an eighteenth century Venice of the North; meet outside Cork City Library, 6.45pm, (free, 2 hours, finishes on St Patrick’s Street)

Wednesday 3 May 2017, Historical Walking Tour with Kieran on the Walk of the Friars, from Red Abbey through to Greenmount; meet at Red Abbey Square, 6.45pm, (free, 2 hours, finishes near Deerpark)

Thursday, 4 May 2017, Historical Walking Tour with Kieran of Blackrock Village, from Blackrock Castle to Nineteenth Century Houses and Fishing; meet outside Blackrock Castle, 6.45pm, (free, 2 hours, finishes at railway line walk)

 

Completed Projects:

Award Ceremonies for Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2017 to take place

    The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2016-17 will come to its conclusion over two evenings in March. The award ceremony for County Cork schools takes place on Wednesday 15 March whilst the ceremony for City schools is on Monday 20 March (7pm start both evenings, Silversprings Convention Centre). Founded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, the year 2017 marks the fourteenth year of the award ceremonies for best local history projects submitted into the project. The Project is open to schools in Cork; at primary level to the pupils of fourth, fifth and sixth class and at post-primary from first to sixth years. A total of 20 schools in Cork City and 18 in Cork County took part in the 2017 Project. Approx 150 projects were submitted on all aspects of Cork’s history with 900 students participating between individuals, group and class entries. The project in the city is kindly funded by Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council and the Heritage Council. In the 2017 season prizes will also be provided by Learnit Lego Education, Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre Watergrasshill, and the Lifetime Lab.  The project in the County is funded by students and Cllr Kieran McCarthy.

     Commenting, co-ordinator of the project, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted that one of the key aims of the project is to allow students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun way. “Every year we get really creative projects, which take on the many complex stories of Cork and its region. The Project is all about building awareness on the many sides of development of an ancient port city region such as Cork. The project attempts to provide the student with a hands-on and interactive activity that is all about learning not only about your local area but also about the process of learning by participating students”.

   Continuing Cllr McCarthy highlighted that the Schools’ Heritage Project also focuses on motivating and inspiring young people. “Every year as well many teachers, parents and extended family are involved in assisting students in their work – by offering their own story or helping with fieldwork and creative methods such as model and short film making. It is estimated that apart from the 800 students involved directly with projects, a further 4,000-5,000 people every year are also involved indirectly with the projects that are taken on”. A list of winning projects can be viewed at Kieran’s heritage website www.corkheritage.ie.

Historical Walking Tour:

 Sunday 9 April 2017, Historical Walking Tour with Kieran of the Victorian Quarter, From Fever Hospital to Street Grandeur, meet at the green (Bell’s Field) at the top of St Patrick’s Hill, 2.30pm (free, 2 hours)

 

 

Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, 2017 Launched

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.

 

Sunday 27 November 2016, Historical walking tour of Blackrock with Kieran, 2.30pm, free, leaving from Blackrock Castle, two hours

Sunday 16 October, The Victorian Quarter, 2pm, free, leaving from Audley Place, the top of  St Patrick’s Hill, duration: two hours; ends at St Patrick’s Church, Lower Road.

 

- Publication, Cork 1916, A Year Examined (2016, c0-edited)

- Publication, Cork City History Tour (2016)

-  Heritage Week 2016, six walking tours

      National Heritage Week is upon us again at the end of next week (20th – 28th August). It’s going to be a busy week. For my part I have organised six tours. These are all free and I welcome any public support for the activities outlined below. There are also brochures detailing other events that can be picked up from Cork City Hall and City libraries. If you are up the country on holidays, check out www.heritageweek.ie for the listings of national events. It is always a great week to get out and explore your local area and avail of talks, trails and a wide range of family events.

 

Heritage Open Day:

Saturday 20 August 2016 – Historical Walking Tour of City Hall with Kieran, learn about the early history of Cork City Hall and Cork City Council, learn about the development of the building and visit the Lord Mayor’s Room, 11am, ticketed (free, duration: 75 minutes); contact The Everyman Palace, 0214501673.

    The current structure, replaced the old City Hall, which was destroyed in the ‘burning of Cork’ in 1920. It was designed by Architects Jones and Kelly and built by the Cork Company Sisks. The foundation stone was laid by Eamonn de Valera, President of the Executive Council of the State on 9 July 1932 (www.corkheritageopenday.ie).

 

Kieran’s Heritage Week, 20-27 August 2016:

Sunday, 21 August 2016, Eighteenth Century Cork, Branding a City: Making a Venice of the North; historical walking tour with Kieran on how streets like Oliver Plunkett Street and French Church Street came into being; meet at the City Library, Grand Parade, 7pm (free, duration: two hours, www.corkheritage.ie)

Monday 22 August 2016, The Victorian Quarter; historical walking tour (new) with Kieran of the area around St Patrick’s Hill – Wellington Road and McCurtain Street; meet at Audley Place, top of St Patrick’s Hill, 7pm (free, duration: two hours, www.corkheritage.ie)

   This is a new tour that hopes to bring the participant from the top of St Patrick’s Hill to the eastern end of McCurtain Street through Wellington Road. The tour will speak about the development of the Victorian Quarter and its hidden and beautiful architectural heritage. All are welcome and any old pictures and documents that people have of these areas, please bring along.

 

Tuesday 23 August 2016, Cork Docklands, historical walking tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy; Discover the history of the city’s docks, from quayside stories to the City Park Race Course and Albert Road; meet at Kennedy Park, Victoria Road, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

Thursday 25 August 2016, The City Workhouse, historical walking tour with Kieran; learn about the workhouse created for 2,000 impoverished people in 1841 (the year 2016 marks the 175th anniversary of the site’s creation), meet at the gates of St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road, 7pm (free, duration: two hours).

Friday 26 August 2016, The Walk of the Friars; historical walking tour (new) with Kieran, explore the local history from Red Abbey through Barrack Street to Friars Walk; meet at Red Abbey tower, Mary Street, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

July 2016 Historical Walking Tours with Cllr Kieran McCarthy

 Monday 25 July 2016 – Blackrock Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, From Blackrock Castle, learn about nineteenth century life and a fishing village, castles, convents and industries, meet in courtyard of Blackrock Castle, 7pm (free, duration: two hours, finishes St Michael’s Church of Ireland).

Wednesday 27 July 2016 – Sunday’s Well Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, From Wise’s Hill to the heart of Sunday’s Well learn about the development of an eighteenth century suburb, historic churches, gaol, and the early origins of the Mardyke, meet at Old Wise’s Distillery House, North Mall, 7pm (free, duration: two hours, finishes at Shaky Bridge).

 Thursday 28 July 2016 – Ballinlough Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, From the heart of Ballinlough, learn about nineteenth century market gardens, schools, industries, and Cork’s suburban standing stone, meet outside Beaumont BNS, Beaumont 7pm (free, duration: two hours, finishes at Ballinlough Community Centre).

 Friday 29 July 2016 – Blackpool Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, From Fair Hill to the heart of Blackpool, learn about nineteenth century shambles, schools, convents and industries, meet at the North Mon gates, Gerald Griffin Avenue, 7pm  (free, duration: two hours, finishes on St Mary’s Road).

 

 

McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project with Ocean to City Maritime Festival, 12 June 2016

  • Open to primary and secondary students all interested must make a model boat at home from recycled materials and bring it along for judging to Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Sunday 12 June, 2pm.  The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara and the Cork Harbour Festival. More information on  this to be posted here shortly.

 

    Cllr Kieran McCarthy invites all Cork young people to participate in the seventh 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 Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Sunday 12 June 2016, 2pm. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara and the Cork Harbour Festival. There are three categories, two for primary and one for secondary students. The theme is ‘Cork Harbour Boats’, which is open to interpretation. There are prizes for best models and the event is free to enter. Cllr McCarthy, who is heading up the event, noted “I am encouraging creation, innovation and imagination amongst our young people, which are important traits for all of us to develop”. In addition, Cllr McCarthy emphasises that places like the Atlantic Pond are an important part of Cork’s natural and amenity heritage. For further information and to take part, please sign up at www.corkharbourfestival.com.

    The Cork Harbour Festival will bring together the City, County and Harbour agencies and authorities. It connects our city and coastal communities. Combining the Ocean to City Race and Cork Harbour Open Day, there are over 50 different events in the festival for people to enjoy – both on land and on water. The festival begins the June Bank Holiday Saturday, 4th June, with the 28km flagship race Ocean to City – An Rás Mór. Join thousands of other visitors and watch the hundreds of participants race from Crosshaven to Douglas to Cork City in a spectacular flotilla. Cllr McCarthy noted: “During the festival week embark on a journey to discover the beautiful Cork Harbour and enjoy free harbour tours, sailing tasters, open days at Spike Island and Fort Camden, and lots more; we need to link the city and the harbour more through branding and tourism. The geography and history of the second largest natural harbour in the world creates an enormous treasure trove, which we need to harness, celebrate and mind”.

Historical walking tours:

Historical Walking Tour of St Finbarre’s Hospital

   On Saturday, 25 June 2016, 12noon, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, in association with the Friends of St Finbarr’s Hospital, will give a public historical walking tour of the hospital grounds (meet at gate). The walk is free and takes place to support the summer bazaar of the Friends. Cllr McCarthy noted: “St Finbarr’s Hospital, the city’s former nineteenth century workhouse, serves as a vast repository of narratives, memories, symbolism, iconography and cultural debate, this year the site is 175 years old”. When the Irish Poor Relief Act was passed on 31 July 1838, the assistant Poor Law commissioner, William J Voules came to Cork in September 1838 to implement the new laws. Meetings were held in towns throughout the country. By 1845, 123 workhouses had been built, formed into a series of districts or Poor Law Unions, each Poor Law Union containing at least one workhouse. The cost of poor relief was met by the payment of rates by owners of land and property in that district.

   In 1841 over eight acres, were leased to the Poor Law Guardians from Daniel B. Foley, Evergreen House, Cork. Mr. Foley retained an acre, on which was Evergreen House with its surrounding gardens, which fronted South Douglas Road (now a vacant concrete space). The subsequent workhouse that was built on the leased lands was opened in December 1841. It was an isolated place, built beyond the City’s toll house and toll gates. The Douglas Road workhouse was also one of the first of over 130 workhouses to be designed by the Poor Law Commissioners’ architect George Wilkinson.

 

 

 

 

  Cllr McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2016

  Cllr McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2016 Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the eighth year of Cllr Kieran’s McCarthy’s ‘Community Talent Competition’. The auditions will take place on Sunday 8 May between 10am-5pm in the Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held two weeks later. There are two categories, one for primary school children and one for secondary school students. Winners will be awarded a perpetual trophy and prize money of €150 (two by €150).

   The project is being organised and funded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions (RSVP). Cllr McCarthy noted: “In its eight year, the talent competition is a community initiative. We generally get to audition people who have very little experience of performing. Within the audition process there is friendly feedback from our judges and if the auditionee gets through there are workshops to offer advice and support. The talent competition is all about encouraging young people to develop their talents and creative skills, to push forward with their lives and to embrace their community positively. I am delighted with the nuggets of talent that we have found in Cork communities over the years and very proud of those who post audition and competition, have taken up music, drama, and other elements of the performing arts within Cork – they engage with their talent and develop and enjoy it more”. Further details can be got from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan, 086 8764685 or email rsvpireland@gmail.com.

 

 

    Cork City Musical Society to present award winning musical Crazy for You in Firkin Crane

Cork City Musical Society is preparing for its second musical outing. This time they take on Crazy for You from 29 April to 1 May in Firkin Crane, four performances (three evening shows and a matinee). The show for all the family is being directed by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, has a cast of 30 and a 7-piece band, with musical direction by Michael Young and choreography by Aisling Byrne Gaughan.

    Founder of the society Cllr McCarthy noted “We are delighted to present our musical to the public. Our cast of 30 have worked very hard on this production to bring a toe-tapping, sing-along and funny musical, which will leave a smile on the faces of the audience. Amateur musical societies are multiple in nature up and down the country. All bring their local communities together under a volunteer and charity umbrella – collaborating and bringing people together to create an outlet for people and to put drama, music and all ultimately form a key cultural vein within towns and villages. It’s important that a city such as Cork has a musical society to promote the inherent love for musical theatre”.

   Crazy for You is a romantic love musical with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as “The New Gershwin Musical Comedy”, it is largely based on the song writing team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but incorporates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can’t Be Bothered Now, Bidin’ My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.Tickets are e.20 online at www.firkincrane.ie or from the box office at 021 4507487. There is a special deal of four tickets for e.70.

 

Kieran’s Talk, Lifelong Learning Festival Week 2016

    For the forthcoming Lifelong Learning Festival Week, Douglas Road Cllr Kieran McCarthy will give a talk on some of the histories of West Cork through old postcards at the meeting room of the Church of the Real Presence, Curaheen on Wednesday 13 April, 10.30am. Based on his book, West Cork Through Time, Cllr McCarthy noted: “The talk focuses on in selective detail postcards from Cork City museum of the region of West Cork from one hundred years ago. It takes the reader from Bandon to Castletownbere through the changing landscapes and seascapes. This region is a striking section of Ireland’s coastline, over 320 kilometres in length, encompassing a raw coastal wilderness with expansive inlets eroded away by the Atlantic Ocean. The old postcards represent many memories of the landscape, sold to visitors and locals a century ago. There are places that charm, catch and challenge the eye. West Cork in itself is a way of life where individuals and communities have etched out their lives. It is a place of discovery, of inspiration, a place of peace and contemplation, and a place to find oneself in the world”.

 

 

Award ceremonies, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, March 2016

      The date for the Cork City schools’ award ceremony of the Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project is Monday 14 March and the county schools’ award ceremony is Tuesday 15 March (start 7pm at Silversprings Convention Centre, both evenings). A total of 42 schools in Cork took part in the 2016 Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project. Circa 900 students participated in the process with approx 250 projects submitted on all aspects of Cork’s local history heritage. The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, in its thirteenth year is a youth forum for students to do research and offer 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 thinking about, understanding, appreciating and making relevant in today’s society the role of our heritage - our landmarks, our oral histories, our landscapes in our modern world for upcoming citizens. 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 Civic Trust, Cork City Council, The Heritage Council, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Lifetime Lab and Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre. Full results for the City edition and the County edition of the project are online on Cllr McCarthy’s heritage website, www.corkheritage.ie.

 

Male Ensemble Sought for Cork City Musical Society

   Cork City Musical Society is putting together its male ensemble for its second musical outing, Crazy for You in the Firkin Crane in late April. The show is being directed by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, with musical direction by Michael Young and choreography by Aisling Byrne Gaughan. Participants must be over 18 to join and the society is seeking males from 18 to 75 years of age. If you are interested in taking part in the male ensemble and can ‘hold a note and move’, please contact Kieran at 087 655 3389 or mccarthy_kieran@yahoo.com.

   Founder of the Cork City Musical society Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted “Amateur musical societies are multiple in nature up and down the country. All bring their local communities together under a volunteer and charity umbrella – collaborating and bringing people together to create an outlet for people and to put drama, music and all ultimately form a key cultural vein within towns and villages. The creation of an amateur musical society brings together many strands but in particular focuses on the aspect of community building and the promotion of musical theatre amongst adults and the idea of inclusivity and self- development for all who wish to engage with it”.

 

Auditions for Crazy for You

   Cork City Musical Society is hosting auditions for its second musical outing. This time they take on Crazy for You in late April. Shandon, Auditions for ensemble and principal parts will take place at Firkin Crane Theatre on Thursday 14 January, 6.30-9pm, Saturday 16 and 23 January, 2-5pm. Auditionees are asked to prepare one song from any musical. Script material will be there on the day. Participants must be over 18 to join Cork City Musical Society; to book an audition time slot please log on and message our facebook page Cork City Musical Society or email corkmusicalsociety@gmail.com.The show is being directed by Cllr Kieran McCarthy with musical direction by Michael Young.

   Founder of the society Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted “Amateur musical societies are multiple in nature up and down the country. All bring their local communities together under a volunteer and charity umbrella – collaborating and bringing people together to create an outlet for people and to put drama, music and all ultimately form a key cultural vein within towns and villages. The creation of an amateur musical society brings together many strands but in particular focuses on the aspect of community building and the promotion of musical theatre amongst adults and the idea of inclusivity and self- development for all who wish to engage with it”

     Crazy for You is a romantic love musical with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Billed as “The New Gershwin Musical Comedy”, it is largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but incorporates songs from several other productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical. Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Can’t Be Bothered Now, Bidin’ My Time, I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me. It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.

Historical walking tours: No tours at present are organised; the weather is too bad.

Kieran’s Cork Heritage website with an index of Our City, Our Town articles in the Cork Independent: www.corkheritage.ie

Ring of Kerry, The Postcard Collection (2015)

    The third of three books Kieran McCarthy has been compiling and penning this year is entitled Ring of Kerry, The Postcard Collection. Vibrancy, a wild vibrancy, is perhaps the best way to describe the Ring of Kerry. Exposed by raw elements, the landscape is windswept and awe inspiring. This book follows on from Kieran’s previous work of exploring the nature of postcards in the south west region and how they helped to place-make and construct local, regional and national identity. The book explores the fascination of landscapes around the Ring of Kerry or the Grand Atlantic Tour as it was known a century ago and comprises what could be genuinely described as stunning images. Many could be printed in large sizes and hung on walls and I have no doubt many have over the decades. They are beautiful images made to entice the viewer to remember, to visit and not forget.

   These postcards were the preferred souvenirs for connoisseurs of the landscape. They framed a world for people to view, consume, keep a part of, send to other people and mass produce. The mass production of such images helped advance the narrative in promoting the south west Iveragh peninsula. The communication of the message behind these postcards in the early twentieth century was important and the messages were and still are numerous and strong. They showcase extraordinary and geologically ancient but desperate spaces in an artistic narrative our countryside, a sense of adventure, ideas of self-discovery, true, honest and valuable experiences, the 40-shades-of-green package, concepts of Irish culture and identity, and ultimately the collective memory of a country and what it stands for.

Ring of Kerry, The Postcard Collection by Kieran McCarthy is published by Amberley Press and is available in any good book shop.

 North Cork Through Time (2015)

  The second of three books Kieran McCarthy has been involved in penning this year focuses on postcards of historic landscapes of North Cork. Entitled North Cork Through Time, it is compiled by Dan Breen of Cork Museum and Kieran and published by Amberley Press.

  The region is defined by the meandering River Blackwater and its multiple tributaries and mountainous terrain to the north. It borders four counties that of Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. The postcards, taken for the most part between c.1900 and c.1920 show the work of various photographers, who sought to capture the region and sell their work to a mass audience. Not every town and village were captured in a postcard. This book brings together many of the key sites of interest and serves as an introduction to the rich history of the region.  In the postcards, one can see the beauty that the photographers wished to share and express.  The multitude of landmarks shown in this book have been passed from one generation to another, have evolved in response to their environments, and contribute to giving the County of Cork and its citizens a sense of identity and continuity.

 Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2015/16

   Cllr Kieran McCarthy is encouraging Cork students to enter the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, which has been launched for the 2015/ 16 school season. The Project, which is celebrating its thirteenth 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.

   Co-ordinator and founder of the 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, Evening Echo, Lifetime Lab, Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre, Watergrasshill and Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Application forms to enter the project can be viewed on Cllr McCarthy’s heritage website, www.corkheritage.ie.

 

Kieran’s New Book, Little Book of Cork (2015)

   The Little Book of Cork is a new book penned by Cllr Kieran McCarthy and published by History Press Ireland. It aims to be a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about Cork City. Here you will find out about Cork’s buildings and businesses, its proud sporting heritage, its hidden corners and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through its bustling thoroughfares and down winding laneways, this book takes the reader on a journey through Cork and its vibrant past, recalling the people and events that shaped this great city. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of Cork.

    The book has nine chapters. This book begins by delving into the multiple phases of Cork’s development, its tie in to wider Irish history and to a degree how Cork branded itself through the centuries. From the creation of the first port, the city’s coat of arms, to building international confidence as one of the self-proclaimed Venices of Northern Europe, Cork’s historical development and ambition knew no bounds! However, certainly colonists such as the Vikings and Anglo-Normans and immigrant groups (and eventually citizens in their own right) such as Huguenots and Quakers led the settlement to have a role in the wider North Atlantic trade and beyond. All were involved in physically altering the townscape, constructing new buildings and quays and improving the interface with the river and the sea. Some key events such as Cork’s role in the Irish War of Independence in the early twentieth century also led to changes to the city’s fabric. The Burning of Cork incident led to many of its main street buildings, City Hall and Library being destroyed. The city rose from the ashes with a rebuild plan plus also strategies for the growing population and their requests for new housing areas.

The Little Book of Cork is on sale in any good bookshop.

 

 2015 Activities:

 

 

- singing at Ballinlough Christmas Concert, 13 December 2015

 

- Dreams of the Soul – Best of Broadway

Douglas Road Cllr Kieran McCarthy will direct Cork City Musical Society’s evening of musical theatre at the Firkin Crane, Shandon on Sunday 8 November at 8pm. Musical direction is by Michael Young. Tickets are e.12 and are available from the venue, www.firkincrane.ie. Founded by Kieran, this is the second production of the society, which staged Sweet Charity earlier this year.

Cllr McCarthy noted that Cork City is vibrant in drama education, various musical genres, musical theatre and all forms of opera, all of which are brought to the Cork masses through stage schools and theatres. “The city proudly can boast being an ongoing European Capital of Culture. Many personalities and more have done so much for music and drama education over many years in the city. All inspire and forge a sense of community, charity of heart, togetherness and education, skill building and lifelong learning approaches”. The creation of Cork City Musical Society brings together many of these strands but in particular focuses on the aspect of community building and the promotion of musical theatre amongst adults and the idea of inclusivity and self- development for all who wish to engage with it.

 

Kieran’s talk on Cork Harbour:

Public talk with Kieran, Cork Harbour Through Time – explore the old postcards of one hundred years ago, histories and memories of Cork Harbour, with Passage Historical Group, Wednesday 21 October 2015, 8pm; all welcome.

Auditions, Concert, Cork City Musical Society

Douglas Road Cllr Kieran McCarthy will direct a concert of musical theatre, at the Firkin Crane, Shandon in early November. Open auditions for solo and chorus parts in the concert, and all part of Cork City Musical Society, will take place at the Firkin Crane, on Saturday 26 September, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm, and Monday 5 October, 7-9pm. Those interested should prepare a musical theatre song of your choice. Bring sheet music if possible. All auditionees must be over 18 years of age. Further details are on the facebook page, Cork City Musical Society or from kieran_mccarthy@cork.ie.

 

National Heritage Week 2015:

Monday 24 August 2015 – Tales of the City’s Workhouse, historical walking tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, meet at entrance to St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road, 7pm (free, duration: two hours).

Wednesday 26 August 2015 – From Market Gardens to Architectural Eminence, historical walking tour of Turners Cross and Ballyphehane with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, meet at entrance to Christ the King Church, Turners Cross, 7pm (free, duration: two hours).

Friday 28 August 2015 – Cork’s Elegant Suburb, Historical walking tour of Sunday’s Well with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, meet at St Vincent’s Bridge on the North Mall side, 7pm (free, duration: two hours).

Saturday 29 August 2015– Park Stories, Historical walking tour of Fitzgerald’s Park with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, meet at band stand in park, 2pm (free, duration: two hours).

Shandon & Blackpool Historical Walking Tours:

I have two more summer walking tours coming up – this time the focus is on the Shandon and Blackpool area – Friday evening, 24 July is the Shandon historical walking tour; discover the city’s historical quarter; learn about St Anne’s Church and the development of the butter market and the Shandon Street area; meet at North Gate Bridge, 6.45pm (free, duration: two hours). The second walking tour weaves through Blackpool, Thursday evening 30 July 2015; from Fair Hill to the heart of Blackpool, learn about nineteenth century shambles, schools, convents and industries, meet at the North Mon gates, Gerald Griffin Avenue, 6.45pm (free, duration: two hours).

 

Historical Walking Tours:

Saturday afternoon, 27 June 2015, 12noon, Historical Walking Tour of St Finbarr’s Hospital, Meet at gate, Douglas Road, in association with the Friends of St Finbarr’s, (free, duration: 1 ½ hours).

Wednesday evening, 1 July 2015, 6.45pm, Historical Walking Tour of Blackrock, Meet at Blackrock Castle (free, duration: 2 hours).

Thursday evening, 2 July 2015, 6.45pm, Historical Walking Tour of Ballintemple, Meet in Ballintemple graveyard, Templehill (free, duration: 2 hours).

Friday evening, 3 July 2015, 6.45pm, Historical Walking Tour of Docklands, Meet at Kennedy Park, Victoria Road (free, duration: 2 hours).

 

Cork City Musical Society:

 McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2015

  Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the seventh year of Cllr Kieran’s McCarthy’s ‘Community Talent Competition’. The auditions will take place on Sunday 10 May 2015 between 10am-5pm in the Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held two weeks later on Saturday 23 May. There are two categories, one for primary school children and one for secondary school students. Winners will be awarded a perpetual trophy and prize money of €150 (two by €150). The project is being organised and funded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions (RSVP).

   Cllr McCarthy noted: “The talent competition is a community initiative. It encourages all young people to develop their talents and creative skills, to push forward with their lives and to embrace their community positively”. Further details can be got from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan, 086 8764685 or email rsvpireland@gmail.com.

Cllr McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project 2015

   Cllr Kieran McCarthy invites all Cork young people to participate in 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 Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Sunday 31 May 2015, 2pm. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara and the Cork Harbour Festival. There are three categories, two for primary and one for secondary students. The theme is ‘Culture’, which is open to interpretation. There are prizes for best models and the event is free to enter. Cllr McCarthy, who is heading up the event, noted “I am encouraging creation, innovation and imagination amongst our young people, which are important traits for all of us to develop”. In addition, Cllr McCarthy emphasised that places like the Atlantic Pond are an important part of Cork’s natural and amenity heritage. See www.kieranmccarthy.ie under community programme, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11292 or email info@kieranmccarthy.ie,

 

Ongoing rehearsals, New Musical Society, founded by Kieran

 

Sweet Charity, 4-7 June 2015

    Cllr Kieran McCarthy will direct, fund and produce Sweet Charity, the musical at the Firkin Crane from Thursday 4 June Sunday 7 June. Sweet Charity tells the story of dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist who is forever unlucky in love. Her trusting nature and naiveté makes her prey for a succession of opportunistic men. The razor-sharp script lifts the veil on the exquisite agony of living on the under-side of life. This is a comedy with an edge. With music direction by David O’Sullivan, choreography by Aileen Coffey, production management by Yvonne Coughlan the new Cork City Musical Society promises to entertain you with a highly-theatrical, fast-paced and entertaining show, featuring such well-known musical numbers as “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Big Spender” and “Rhythm of Life”. Tickets available at the www.firkincrane.ie or 021 4507487.

Cork City Musical Society

Presents

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon

Music by Cy Coleman

Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Based on an original screenplay by Fererico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano.

Produced for the Broadway Stage by: Fryer, Carr and Harris

Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

 

Producer: Cork City Musical Society, Kieran McCarthy & Firkin Crane (A new community & amateur project)

Director: Cllr Kieran McCarthy

Musical Director: David O’Sullivan

Choreography: Aileen Coffey

Production Manager: Yvonne Coughlan

By arrangement with Musicscope and Stage Musicals Ltd of New York

 

 – Kieran’s Our City, Our Town, newspaper column, Cork Independent (1999-2014)

celebrating 16 years of articles, index of my columns at this link, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=20

 

 

 

 click here for previous years: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?page_id=690

 

For the Lifelong Learning Festival Week, Cllr Kieran McCarthy will give a talk on Cork Harbour through old postcards at the meeting room of the Church of the Real Presence, Curaheen on Wednesday 25 March, 2.30pm. He will also give a talk on Cork in the 1920s and 1930s in the Cork City and County Archives in Blackpool at 2.30pm on Friday 27 March (all free, all welcome).

 

Award Ceremonies, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2015

 

   The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2015 will come to its conclusion over two evenings in March. The award ceremony for County Cork schools takes place on Friday 13 March and the ceremony for the City on Friday 20 March (6.30pm start both evenings, Silversprings Convention Centre). Founded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, the year 2015 marks the twelfth year of the award ceremonies for best local history projects submitted into the project. The Project is open to schools in Cork; at primary level to the pupils of fourth, fifth and sixth class and at post-primary from first to sixth years. A total of 25 schools in Cork City and 22 in Cork County took part in the 2015 Project. Approx 180 projects were submitted on all aspects of Cork’s history with 1300 students participating between individuals, group and class entries. The project in the city is kindly funded by Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council and the Heritage Council. In the 2015 season prizes will also be provided by Sean Kelly of Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre Watergrasshill, and the Lifetime Lab. The project in the County is funded by students and Cllr Kieran McCarthy.

    Commenting, co-ordinator of the project, Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted:

“One of the key aims of the project is to allow students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage in a constructive, active and fun way. The Project attempts to provide the student with a hands-on and interactive activity that is all about learning not only about your local area but also about the process of learning by participating students. The Schools’ Heritage Project also focuses on motivating and inspiring young people”. A list of winning projects can be viewed at Kieran’s heritage website www.corkheritage.ie.

 City Edition 2015 esults: http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4060

County Edition 2015 results:  http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4062