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ARCHIVE OF KIERAN’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMME,

2009-2015

2009…

McCarthy’s Summer Community Programme,

July-August 2009

McCarthy's Summer Programme Ad

(1) McCarthy’s local history walks, discover the old Cork-Blackrock Railway Line with Kieran, Tuesday nights, 21 & 28 July, start 7p.m., The Marina entrance; free event; about 1  1/2 hours; as far as Mahon Point Carraigeway

Walking tour group of old Cork Blackrock Railway line

(2) McCarthy’s ‘Make a model boat project’, make a model boat at home from recycled materials, bring it along to Atlantic Pond; prizes for best models, in association with Metheal Mara; venue: Atlantic Pond, Saturday afternoon, 8 August, 2p.m; free event.

Categories: Primary students and secondary school students

Model Boat Criteria: Must be creative, colourful, sturdy, be able to float, have a name

Prizes: HMV vouchers

Launch of McCarthys Make a Model Boat Project with Kieran & Padraig Dineen, Meitheal Mara

Overall winner David Good with Kieran & judges Padraig Dineen, Mervyn Horgan and Sean Kelly

(3) Photographic Competition

Photography competition in aid of Cork FM

Lifetime Lab, Cork FM & Cllr. Kieran McCarthy invite you to use your imagination and skill to photograph images on the theme of Water and be in with the chance to win an aerial photography flight.

The aim of the photographic competition is to capture images that celebrate the role of water in your community.It is open to everyone – young and old -from professional photographers to weekend snappers.

In addition to the top prize there is a special category for under 16’s of a shirt autographed by Ireland and Manchester City star and Cobh native Stephen Ireland.Prizes for 2nd and 3rd will be guided tours and horse riding lessons from Lucky Meadows Equestrian Centre,Watergrasshill  courtesy of Mr.Sean Kelly and Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, Cork City Council and Cork Historian.

The winning entries along with a number of other top entries will be publically displayed at Lifetime Lab during Heritage Week including Water Open Day on August 29th

There are two classes – under 16 and open. For under 16’s proof of age will be requested for any photographs selected. Entrants must be under 16 as at 31st July 2009 to qualify.

Entries of prints only must be received no later than 5pm on by Friday, 14th August  2009.

Print sizes must be between 10″ x 8″ minimum and 16″ x 12″ maximum. They may be submitted mounted or unmounted.

The photos must have been taken by the person entering the competition.

A maximum of three entries will be accepted per entrant.

The entry fee of €10 per entrant (€5 for under 16’s)

Photos must be submitted by post with completed entry form to

Water Photo Competition,

Lifetime Lab

Lee Road

Cork

Ireland

Water Photo Competition 2009 Entry Form

Water Photo Competition 2009 Term & Conditions

St Patrick's Street, summer 2009

National Heritage Week:

(A) Event: McCarthy’s City Heritage Hunt

Date: Saturday 22 August 2009, 2p.m.

Meeting point: registration & meeting point outside Cork City Library, Grand Parade

Details: Discover Cork’s history, its spaces and places, orienteer through Cork City Centre, finding clues to unlock the prize

Duration: Approx 2 hours

Organiser: Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, Cork Independent heritage columnist, 087 655 3389

Open to all, especially families, full wheelchair access

Heritage trail pict

Heritage trail pict

Heritage trail pict

Heritage trail pict

(B) Event: McCarthy’s local history walk

Along the old Cork-Blackrock & Passage Railway Line

Date: Tuesday 25 August 2009, 7.30p.m.

Meeting point: The Marina end of the old railway line, adjacent Main Drainage station

Details: Discover the history of the old railway line and hear about the development of Cork’s south eastern suburbs

Organiser: Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, Cork Independent Heritage Columnist, 087 655 3389

Open to all, especially families, wheelchair access

Crowd view, Rail line walk

Crowd view, Rail line walk

Crowd view, Rail line walk

Crowd view, Rail line walk

Test run at Cork Blackrock Line in May 1850

Cork Blackrock Train, Marina

Shining a light, Marina Walk

Archive:

Tuesday, 20 October 2009 Celebrating Cork’s Past, Historical Exhibition, Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall,

Over forty Cork historical societies and groups will gather for an exhibition at the Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall on Tuesday 20 October to celebrate Cork’s past. Exhibitors from the Gaeltacht regions of the county to the inner city will present panels outlining their local history. This is the first time that such as venture has been attempted. The day long exhibition aims to present an afternoon of talks and chat bringing a cross section of Cork’s finest historians and ‘caretakers’ of Cork’s past to speak about the Cork region’s history and memories as only they know how. The theme of the exhibition is celebration and participation (Cllr Kieran McCarthy is a member of the steering committee).

Celebrating Cork's Past, Millennium Hall, City Hall Cork

 

- Workshops in local schools for Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2010 (October-December); more details at www.corkheritage.ie

The year 2010 marks the eighth year of the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project. Projects on any aspect of Cork’s rich heritage (built, natural and cultural) can be submitted to an adjudication panel. Prizes are awarded for best projects and certificates are given to each participant.

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. There are two sub categories within the post primary section, Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. A student may enter as an individual or as part of a group or a part of a class entry.

 

 

McCarthy’s History in Action Sunday, 6 December 2009

‘McCarthy’s History in Action’ in association with RSVP (Red Sandstone Varied Productions) will now take place in Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Ballinlough on Sunday 6 December, 2.30-5pm. This event, supported by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, will bring history alive for all the family, with the participation of re-enactment groups, storytellers and more.

The vision for the day is one of encouraging community participation, by inviting the local community to be involved in its creation, either in performance or as helpers. Join re-enactors to honour the past, where there is much to learn, as one helps build the future; the organisers are encouraging people to actively engage with life around them, as well as examine the history that brought us here. The organisers believe that growth and transformation in society is affected positively by respecting our heritage in this way.

Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted: “This project is aimed at all spectrums of the community. It is a living history project with a key focus on education, identity and civic awareness. It also complements the work of the Discover Cork: Schools Heritage Project. I look forward to welcoming the community to Ballinlough”. More information can be found under winter programme and blog at www.kieranmccarthy.ie or contact Yvonne Coughlan at 085-7335260 or Kieran McCarthy at 0876553389. Refreshments will also be made available on site. This admission to the event is free.

 

 

McCarthy's History in Action, Dec 09

 

McCarthy's History in Action, Dec 09

 

 

 

 

McCarthy's History in Action, Dec 09

McCarthy's History in Action, Dec 09

McCarthy's History in Action, Dec 09

McCarthy's History in Action, Dec 09

Saturday, 12 December 2009, GAA seminar by Kieran McCarthy, celebrating 125 years of the GAA in Cork (Victoria Hotel, 12 December 3-5pm.)

Commemorating 125 years of the GAA in Cork

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on 1 November 1884, by a group of spirited Irishmen who had the foresight to realise the importance of establishing a national organisation to revive and nurture traditional, indigenous pastimes. Until that time all that was Irish was being steadily eroded by emigration and desperate poverty. The second meeting of the GAA was held in late December 1884 in the Victoria Hotel, Cork. Within six months of that famous first meeting, clubs began to spring up all over Ireland and people began to play the games of hurling and Gaelic football and take part in athletic events with pride.

Since 1884, the association has made huge contributions to the social life of numerous communities across Ireland. From 1925 the GAA handed over the organisation of athletics to a separate organisation. In 2009, the GAA has over 2,500 clubs in Ireland alone. The playing of Gaelic games is based on the GAA Club, and each of the 32 counties in Ireland have their own Club competitions, culminating in County Winners in championship and league. The GAA has a proud tradition being at the heart of the community promoting self purpose, self confidence, pride and identity.

To commemorate the second meeting of the GAA in Cork in 1884, Cllr Kieran McCarthy has organised a public lecture in the Victoria Hotel and will speak about late nineteenth century Cork and origins of the GAA in the city and county.

The date is Saturday, 12 December 2009, 3-5pm and the venue is the Victoria Hotel, St. Patrick’s Street. Admission is free and all are welcome. More information from Kieran at 0876553389.

Presentation page

Kieran with some of the participants

Cork GAA

20 December 2009,

Community Get Together,  Mulled Wine and carol service with Carrigaline Singers, All Welcome, 4-5.30pm.

A great afternoon was had at Ballinlough Community Centre. My sincere thanks to Licy Riordan and the Carrigaline singers for their voices, fun and talent and to all who turned up to support the venture. I would like also to express my thanks to Anne, Judy & Ruth for all their help in preparing the afternoon. Also thanks to Walter for helping us with getting ready the community centre.

Ballinlough Christmas Get-together, Carrigaline Singers

Ballinlough Christmas Get-together, Carrigaline Singers

Ballinlough Christmas Get-together, Carrigaline Singers

Ballinlough Christmas Get-together, Carrigaline Singers

Ballinlough Christmas Get-together, Carrigaline Singers, Livy Riordan in action

Ballinlough Christmas Get-together, Ruth & Anne, Organisers

 

2010

- Discover Cork: Schools’s Heritage Project, Spring 2010 (completed)

A project that require students to research an aspect of Cork’s heritage and present it to a judge. Projects must be colourful, creative, have imagination, opinion and this year participants must make a short 4-5 minute film on their work. see http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=23 for more information.

- Ballinlough Community Association Ceili,  Saturday, 6 March 2010,  Ballinlough Community Centre (completed)

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=2425

A ceili organised by Ballinlough Community Association will take place in Ballinlough Community Centre on Saturday evening, 6 March, 8pm onwards, admission E.5, music by the Cogans of Carrigaline, join us for music and craic. Further information from Cllr Kieran McCarthy, 087 655 3389. Join the Cogan’s from Carrigaline as they entertain and teach us all how to ceili dance. The ceili was first run in March 2009.

- McCarthy’s Talent Competition, June 2010 (Completed)

– a success in early summer 2010, it was back in mid June 2010 – Have you got talent! (Completed)

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=3606

Have you got talent?

Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the second year of ‘McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition’ on Saturday 19 June 2010. The auditions and registration will begin Saturday 19 June 2010 at 11am (11-2.30pm and 4.30-8pm in Blackrock Castle. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held on Saturday 26 June, 7.30pm in Silversprings Convention Centre. 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 been organised and funded by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions (RSVP).

The competition is open to all students in Cork City but especially students in south east Cork City are welcome (Turners Cross, Ballinlough, Ballintemple, Blackrock, Mahon & Douglas). A panel of well known Cork professionals in the Arts will preside over the auditions and judge the final winner.

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 Kieran at 087 6553389 or from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan, 085 7335260.

- Historical walking tours down the Old Cork-Blackrock and Passage Railway Line, July 2010 (Completed)

Interested in finding out more on the Old Cork-Blackrock and Passage Railway Line? Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, historian, will lead two tours of the old line over the next two Tuesday evenings, 29 June & 6 July, starting at 7.30p.m. at the entrance on The Marina side adjacent the Main Drainage station. The event is free and is open to all. Cllr. McCarthy noted: “South east Cork City is full of historical gems; the walk not only talks about the history of the line but also the history that surrounds it. It is also a forum for people to talk about their own knowledge of local history in the ward. The walk also forms an important amenity walk through the south east ward.”

- Historical walking tours of Ballinlough/ Ballintemple, Heritage Week, August 2010, see Heritage Week activities (Completed)

- Heritage Week activities, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=4003

- Ballinlough Enterprise Programme (September 2010-ongoing, contact Kieran)

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=4500

The Ballinlough Enterprise Programme is about helping the young people out there who want to work. In an attempt to do something positive, a pilot enterprise programme has been set up for Ballinlough and its environs, it is the intention that those interested in the programme would be teamed up with retired men and women who worked in the interested person’s profession. The programme aims to provide ideas, mentoring, contacts, CV experience and support to those willing to work voluntary in the short term. This programme is not about belittling any person or skill but providing some kind of support.

2011

- Programme to Start your own enterprise, grants by Kieran to enrol in a Cork City Enterprise Programme (February 2011)

Cork City Enterprise Board is running a “Start your own Business Programme”. It will run on six consecutive Wednesday evenings starting 9th February at the River Lee Hotel (Jury’s) Western Road, Cork (6.30pm – 9.30pm. €70). Cllr Kieran McCarthy, through his ward funds, is offering to fund five places on this course for interested persons living in the south east ward of Cork City.

This programme is designed for anyone with a specific business idea in mind and a firm commitment to develop the business idea. Over six evening sessions, the course encourages each participant to explore the business idea in a structured framework that covers questions such as: Why do I want to set up a business? What are my business goals? What qualifications, skills and experience do I bring to the business? How do I write a business plan? What is my product? Who are my customers? Checklists and worksheets are provided where appropriate to encourage the participants to apply the ideas discussed to their own business idea.

For further information about Cllr McCarthy’s offer, please contact Kieran at 0876553389 (first come, first serve). Further details of this course and others are online at www.corkceb.ie

Archive of Kieran’s Community programme:  June 2009-December 2010

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?page_id=690

- McCarthy’s Grants for Marketing Programme, March 2011

Cork City Enterprise Board is running a “Cost Effective Marketing Business Programme”. It is a full day workshop on Wednesday 23rd March, followed by a one to one session for each participant two weeks later. Cllr Kieran McCarthy, through his ward funds, is offering to fund five places on this programme for interested persons with a business up and running and provided for, in general, for those living in the south east ward of Cork City.

The programme is designed for anyone who wishes to harness more marketing tools in order to keep their business alive or to push their business forward. During the programme participants will: (1) identify their target customers, differentiate their offering from the competition and determine the most appropriate marketing technique to reach these target customers; (2) build a tool kit of effective marketing tools to use in their own business and (3) work on a sales and marketing plan for their business for the next 12-24 months. Areas covered include consumer and market research, how to reach your customers and grow sales, branding, cost-effective marketing techniques such as web, e-marketing, social networking, exhibitions, sponsorship of events, endorsements, PR and targeted advertising.

For further information about Cllr McCarthy’s offer, please contact Kieran at 0876553389 or email info@kieranmccarthy.ie (first come, first serve). Further details of this course and others are online at www.corkceb.ie

- Discover Cork: Schools’s Heritage Project, Spring 2011

A project that requires students to research an aspect of Cork’s heritage and present it to a judge. Projects must be colourful, creative, have imagination, opinion and this year participants must make a model or a short 4-5 minute film on their work. see last year’s work http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=23 plus for more information.

- McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition (17 April 2011)

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6448

Have you got talent?

Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the third year of ‘McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition’ . The auditions will take place on Sunday 17 April 2011 between 12.30-5pm in Blackrock Castle. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held over one week later on Wednesday 27 April 2011 in the Veritigo Suite of Cork County Hall. 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 been organised and funded by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy in association with Red Sandstone Varied Productions (RSVP).

The competition is open to all students in Cork City and especially students in south east Cork City (Turners Cross, Ballinlough, Ballintemple, Blackrock, Mahon & Douglas). A panel of well known Cork professionals in the Arts will preside over the auditions and judge the final winner.

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 Kieran at 087 6553389 or from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan, 085 7335260.

- Heritage Awareness at the Lifelong Learning Festival, April 2011

lecture on Royal Cork Institution & River Lee, walking tour of St. Finbarre’s Hospital http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6339; full list of events  at  http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6180

- McCarthy’s History in Action (10 April 2011) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6196

‘McCarthy’s History in Action’ in association with Our Lady of Lourdes national School Easter pageant will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes National School on Sunday 10 April 2011 between 2pm and 6pm. This event, supported by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, brings history alive for all the family, with the participation of re-enactment groups, storytellers and more.

The vision for the afternoon is one of encouraging community participation.  Join re-enactors to honour the past, where there is much to learn, as one helps build the future; the organisers are encouraging people to actively engage with life around them, as well as examine the history that brought us here. The organisers believe that growth and transformation in society is affected positively by respecting our heritage in this way.

McCarthy’s Artist in Residence Programme (May 2011)

Cllr Kieran McCarthy, through his ward funds and community programme, is seeking an artist from the south east ward of Cork City to take up his artist in residence scheme. Cllr McCarthy has teamed up Sample-Studios on the 2nd floor of the former FAS/Revenue Government Buildings at Sullivan’s Quay, Cork City to provide a studio space for a three month residency. Cllr McCarthy is searching in particular for a painter/ sketch artist with some experience and looking to pursue further work in a studio. Cllr McCarthy is particularly interested in completing a programme encompassing historical impressions of the city (artistic interpretations of eras in Cork’s past using maps and historical sources plus also perhaps to pursue artwork with a historical vein in the rich landscapes of the south east part of the city). The nature of the work is open to interpretation and can be negotiated.

Sample-Studios Limited is a non-profit association established at the beginning of 2011 by an artist-led board of directors hailing from a range of disciplines including, textiles, media, sculpture, paint, music and drama. The purpose of this association is to support and promote emerging and established contemporary practitioners of the arts from Cork and beyond, through affordable artist-run studios, to sustain and develop local, regional and international initiatives and to promote research and community outreach projects. Many of the members of the group offer education and help in areas such as computer design skills, arts administration, accounting and management skills as well as offering exhibition opportunities for the members of Sample-Studios.

For further details of McCarthy’s Artist in Residence Programme, please contact Cllr Kieran McCarthy at 087653389.

- Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s ‘Make a Model Boat Project’, June 2011,

A Model Boat Competition, Cork’s Atlantic Pond, Sunday 12 June 2011, 2pm

Pictures from the event are here! http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6722

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy invites all Cork young people to participate in McCarthy’s ‘Make a model boat project’. All interested participants must make a model boat at home from recycled materials and bring it along for judging to Cork’s Atlantic Pond on Sunday afternoon, 12 June 2011, 2pm.

The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s Ocean to City, Cork’s Maritime Festival (4 June) and Lifetime Lab.

There are two categories, one for primary and one for secondary students. 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 Marina and the Atlantic Pond are important parts of Cork’s natural and amenity heritage.

See www.kieranmccarthy.ie under community programme details or email info@kieranmccarthy.ie or phone Kieran at 087 6553389

Categories:

(1) The entrant/s will be placed in categories or levels, of which there are two, primary and secondary.

(2) There are to be two further categories of entrant; individual and group (min 2-max 4 people).

(3) Special Need categories will be created on the basis of interest by teachers and applications received.

Prizes:

Digital cameras and book tokens will be awarded to the first three in each category and level. Prizes are kindly sponsored by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy.

Model Presentation:

(1) The theme is Connections, which is open to interpretation.

(2) Models should be made from recycled materials. The nature of what kind of model boat should be presented is up to the participant.

(3) Models should be able to float.

(4) All models should be brought to the Atlantic Pond for display and adjudication on Sunday afternoon, 12 June 2011, 2pm.

(5) There are no restrictions on the size of the model.

(6) Prizes will be awarded to models that are of a high standard and in particular, which demonstrate colour, creativity, imagination and an ability to float.

Application forms should be returned by Friday 27 May or earlier to:

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project 2011, Richmond Villa, Douglas Road, Cork.

Note: Each entry is to have its own separate entry form – please photocopy as appropriate.

Please fill out form in block capitals:

Name and address of school:

___________________________________________________________________________

Name of teacher (first and surname):

_________________________________________________

School tel. no: ____________________________________________________________________

Active checked email: ______________________________________________________________

Level (Please tick as appropriate):

Primary _

Secondary _

Special Needs _

Category (Please tick as appropriate):

Individual _ Group_

Name of participant(s): Max. four in a group, min. two in a group

(1)________________________________

(2) _______________________________

(3)________________________________

(4) _______________________________

Signature of teacher:________________________________Date:_______________________

- Summer 2011 Tours – Historical Walking Tours of Old Railway Line and Ballinlough

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy will lead a historical walking tour of the Old Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway line on Tuesday 5 July 2011. The walk starts at 7pm. at the entrance to the line on The Marina side adjacent the Main Drainage station. The Cork Blackrock and Passage Railway, which opened in 1850, was among the first of the suburban Cork railway projects. The walk will discuss the evolution of the line and also some of the historical sites which overlook it.

Cllr. McCarthy will also lead a historical tour of Ballinlough on Wednesday 6 July 2011, starting at 7pm at Ballinlough Pitch and Putt car park, opp. Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork, duration: 1 ½ hours, finishing around Ballinlough Church. With 360 acres, Ballinlough is the second largest of the seven townlands forming the Mahon Peninsula. The area has a deep history dating back to Bronze Age Ireland. In fact it is probably the only urban area in the country to still have a standing stone still standing in it for over 5,000 years. The walk will highlight this heritage along with tales of landlords, big houses, rural life in nineteenth century Ballinlough and the evolution of its twentieth century suburban history. Cllr. McCarthy noted: “South east Cork City is full of historical gems; the walks are not only talks about the history of suburban sites but are also forums for people to talk about their own memories and knowledge of local history in the ward. All events are free and are open to all.

Pictures from Ballinlough Historical Walking Tour: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=7002

Pictures from Railway Line Historical Walking Tour :http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6995

- Kieran’s Heritage Week activities, last week of August 2011

Sunday, 21st August, 2011

2pm; Family orientated heritage treasure hunt across the Shandon area, meet at entrance to Gate Cinema, North Main Street for details, co-ordinated by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, duration: 1 hour, free event

(now fully booked up, see Thursday 25th below) 4.30pm; Historical Tour of the North Monastery area with Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, meet at gate of North Mon school, duration: 1 ½ hours, free event

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011

7pm; Historical walking tour of City Centre with Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, meet at gate of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, duration: 1 ½ hours, free event

Thursday, 25th August 2011

11am; Perspectives on the History of Douglas, lecture with Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, Douglas Library, duration: 1 hour, free event

7pm; Historical walking tour of North Monastery area including Blackpool with Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, meet at gate of North Mon, duration: 1 ½ hours, free event (To book your place for this your please email your name with the subject title as “Tour” to northmon.ppu@googlemail.com)

Friday, 26th August 2011

Come view Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s new photo exhibition on the heritage of the Lee Valley called “Voices of the Lee Valley” in association with Water Heritage Open Day at the Lifetime Lab, Cork, all day, free event

Saturday, 27th August 2011

1.30pm; History and Legacy: A historical walking tour through Cork City Hall, with Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, meet at City Hall, Anglesea Street entrance; duration: 1 hour, free event

Wednesday 31st August 2011

8pm, Creating an Irish Free State City, Cork in the 1920s & 1930s, Lecture with Cllr. Kieran McCarthy in association with South Parish Historical Society, South Parish Community Centre, duration 1 hour, free event

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=7333

- September 2011: Launch of Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project 2012 (City and County)

A project that requires students to research an aspect of Cork’s heritage and present it to a judge. Projects must be colourful, creative, have imagination, opinion and this year participants must make a model or a short 4-5 minute film on their work. see last year’s work http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=23 plus for more information and application forms are at http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=1329

- September 2011: Want to attend an Enterprise Programme?

Cork City Enterprise Board is running a “Start your own Business Programme”. It will run on six consecutive Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday 14 September 2011 at the River Lee Hotel (Jury’s) Western Road, Cork (6.30pm – 9.30pm. €70). Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, through his ward funds, is offering to fund four places on this course for interested persons living in the south east ward of Cork City.

This programme is designed for anyone with a specific business idea in mind and a firm commitment to develop the business idea. Over six evening sessions, the course encourages each participant to explore the business idea in a structured framework that covers questions such as: Why do I want to set up a business? What are my business goals? What qualifications, skills and experience do I bring to the business? How do I write a business plan? What is my product? Who are my customers? Checklists and worksheets are provided where appropriate to encourage the participants to apply the ideas discussed to their own business idea.

For further information about Cllr. McCarthy’s offer, please contact Kieran at 0876553389 (first come, first serve). Further details of this course and others are online at www.corkceb.ie

- 10 October 2011: Historical Walking Tour of St. Finbarre’s Hospital

On next Monday, 10 October, 12.30pm , Cllr Kieran McCarthy, in association with the staff of  St Finbarr’s Hospital, will give a public historical walking tour of the hospital grounds (meet at gate). The walk is free and all are welcome. It is about an hour in duration. 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 eight acres, 1 rood and 23 perches 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. 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.

- November 2011 Want to create a Marketing Programme

Cork City Enterprise Board is running a “Cost Effective Marketing Programme”. It will run on Wednesday 16 November 2011 at the Cork City Enterprise Board, 1-2 Bruach na Laoi, Union Quay, Cork, Cork (9.30am – 5pm. €60). Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, through his ward funds, is offering to fund four places on this course for interested persons living in the south east ward of Cork City.

This programme is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and tools required to market their products/service/business more effectively. According to the course programme, during the day long programme participants will determine the most appropriate marketing technique to reach these target customers, get to build a tool kit of effective marketing tools to use in their own business and work on a sales and marketing plan for their business for the next 12-24 months. Areas covered include consumer and market research, how to reach your customers and grow sales, branding, cost-effective marketing techniques such as web, e-marketing, social networking, exhibitions, sponsorship of events, endorsements, PR and targeted advertising.

For further information about Cllr. McCarthy’s offer, please contact Kieran at 0876553389 (first come, first serve). Further details of this course and others are online at www.corkceb.ie

Thanks to everyone who supported all the community events in 2011; Stay tuned for the 2012 projects!: 

 

 - McCarthy’s ‘Design a Public Park, Art Competition’ (3 March 2012)

Full details: McCarthy’s Design a Public Park Art Competition, click on the this link, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8097

 

Winners, McCarthy’s Design a Public Park Art Competition,   http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8223

Runners Up, McCarthy’s Design a Public Park Art Competition http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8277

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy invites all young budding engineers and architects to participate in McCarthy’s ‘Design a Public Park, Art Competition’. Interested students are invited to draw a plan for the proposed c.160 acre public park on the old landfill site or ‘Cork City Dump’ on the Kinsale Road. The majority of the former landfill has been ‘capped or layered with topsoil’ to allow a new park to be constructed as a recreation amenity. “Design a Public Park” offer students an opportunity to present ideas of how public spaces may look from a user point of view and will be viewed by the engineer responsible for drafting the new design. The competition is run in association with Lifetime Lab ‘Meet the Engineer’s Free Family Fun Day’ at the Lifetime Lab, Saturday 3 March 2012 to celebrate Engineer’s Week 2012.

Entry to the design competition is free of charge with prizes awarded for best design, best drawing and best concept. There are several age groups, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate for secondary school students.All entries should be forwarded to Lifetime Lab before Thursday 1 March 2012. Drawings can be made on A4 or A3 sheets. They can be mounted if the student wishes. It is the intention to display all drawings on ‘Meet the Engineer’s Day’ and have the winners marked. Prizes will be awarded to drawings that are of a high standard and in particular, which demonstrate colour, creativity and imagination. On the back of the drawing, the name, age, teacher and school of the student should be clearly marked. Winners will be announced on ‘Meet the Engineer’s Day’ at the Lifetime Lab, Cork on Saturday 3 March 2012. A map of the site and further information can be viewed at Kieran McCarthy’s community programme section of his blog at www.kieranmccarthy.ie

 

- Local History Walk of Douglas, Saturday, 24 March 2012

Cllr Kieran McCarthy continues his exploration of the heritage and local history of the south east corner of Cork City by organising a historical walking tour on Douglas Village and its environs. The event, in association with Young at Heart and the Lifelong Learning Festival, takes place on Saturday, 24 March 2012, start 2 pm leaving from the carpark of St. Columba’s Church. Cllr McCarthy noted that: The story of Douglas and its environs seems to be in part a story of experimentation, of industry and of people and social improvement; the story of one of Ireland’s largest sailcloth factories is a worthwhile topic to explore in terms of its aspirations in the eighteenth century; that coupled with the creation of 40 or so seats or mansions and demesnes made it a place where the city’s merchants made their home it and also these suburban spaces make for an interesting place to study in terms of ambition. Those landscapes that were created still linger in the environs of Douglas Village.”

The District of Douglas takes its names from the river or rivulet bearing the Gaelic word Dubhghlas or dark stream. As early as the late thirteenth century King John of England made a grant of parcels of land, near the city of Cork to Philip de Prendergast. On 1 June 1726, Douglas Factory was begun to be built. Samuel Perry & Francis Carleton, became the first proprietors. The Douglas Sailcloth Factory is said to have been founded by a colony of weavers from Fermanagh. The eighteenth century was a golden age for wooden sailing ships, before the 1800s made steam and iron prerequisites for modern navies and trading fleets.  The era was also a golden age too for maritime exploration, with the voyages of James Cook amongst others opening up the Pacific and the South Seas. Douglas in its own way added in part to this world of exploration.

 

-Wednesday 28 March 2012, 10am Lecture by Kieran, Creating an Irish Free State City, Cork in the 1920s and 1930s, Curaheen Family Centre next to the Church of the Real Presence, Curaheen, as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

- McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project, June 2012

Pictures of the day and models: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8737

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy has launched the annual McCarthy’s ‘Make a Model Boat Project’. Aimed at Cork students in primary and secondary schools, it is about making a model boat at home from recycled materials and bring it along for judging to the Atlantic Pond on Sunday afternoon, 10 June 2012, 2pm. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s upcoming Ocean to City Maritime Festival and the Lifetime Lab.  There are two categories, one for primary and one for secondary students. 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”. See www.kieranmccarthy.ie under community programme for application form details.

McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project is part of a series of events for the Ocean to City Maritime Festival at the heart of which is the annual rowing race from the mouth of Cork Harbour to the City. The race is open to all types of traditional & fixed seat rowing boats The organising team is part of Meitheal Mara based at Crosses Green House, Cork. Meitheal Mara is a registered charity working in the areas of boatbuilding, rowing and woodwork training with various groups including youth & the long-term unemployed. More information can be found at www.oceantocity.com.

 

 

 

Blackrock Historical Walking Tour, Sunday 13 May 2012

 

 As part of ongoing research project into the local history of the south-east ward, Cllr Kieran McCarthy will conduct a historical walking tour of Blackrock Village on Sunday 13 May 2012, 6.30pm, leaving from Blackrock Castle (approx 1 ½ hours, free event).

 The earliest and official evidence for settlement in Blackrock dates to c.1564 when the Galway family created what was to become known as Dundanion Castle. Over 20 years later, Blackrock Castle was built circa 1582 by the citizens of Cork with artillery to resist pirates and other invaders. In the early 1700s, the prominent Tuckey family, of which Tuckey Street in the city centre is named, became part of the new social elite in Cork after the Williamite wars and built part of what became known in time at the Ursuline Convent. The building of the Navigation Wall or Dock in the 1760s turned focus to reclamation projects in the area and the eventual creation of public amenity land such as the Marina Walk during the time of the Great Famine. The early 1800s coincided with an enormous investment into creating new late Georgian mansions by many other key Cork families, such as the Chattertons, the Frends, the McMullers, Deanes and the Nash families, amongst others. Soon Blackrock was to have its own bathing houses, schools, hurling club, suburban railway line, and Protestant and Catholic Church. The pier that was developed at the heart of the space led to a number of other developments such as fisherman cottages and a fishing industry. This community is reflected in the 1911 census with 64 fisherman listed in Blackrock.

 Cllr Kieran McCarthy noted: “A stroll in Blackrock is popular by many people, local and Cork people. The area is particularly characterised by beautiful architecture, historic landscapes and imposing late Georgian and early twentieth century country cottages; every structure points to a key era in Cork’s development. Blackrock is also lucky that many of its former residents have left archives, census records, diaries, old maps and insights into how the area developed, giving an insight into ways of life, ideas and ambitions in the past, some of which can help us in the present day in understanding Blackrock’s identity going forward.”

 

 

 

- Cllr Kieran’s McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2012

Announcement: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8624

Results: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=6448

Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the fourth year of Cllr Kieran’s McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition’. The auditions will take place on Sunday 29 April 2012 between 11-5pm in the Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held over one week 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: “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 Kieran at 087 6553389 or from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan, 085 1798695. 

 

- Workhouse Tour

Pictures from the day: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8799

On next Saturday, 23 June 2012, 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”. 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 eight acres, 1 rood and 23 perches 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. 

McCarthy’s Cork Docklands Walking Tour, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9077

Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s new historical walking tour of Cork Docklands takes place on Saturday 6 October leaving at 2pm from Shalom Park, in front of Bord Gáis opposite Monarea Terrace (free, two hours).  Some of the themes covered in the talk will be the development of such sites as the Marina and the Atlantic Pond and how they came into being, and the historic structures that still exist in the area. Much of the story of Cork’s modern development is represented in their environs. The origin of the current Docklands is a product of centuries of reclamation and neogotiation of swampland.

Cllr McCarthy noted: “Ever since Viking age time over 1,000 years ago, boats of all different shapes and sizes have been coming in and out of Cork’s riverine and harbour region continuing a very long legacy of trade. Port trade was and still is the engine in Cork’s development. To complement the growth of the port, extensive reclamation of swampland took place as well as physical infrastructure quays, wharfs and warehouses.  I’m a big fan of the different shapes of these wharfs, especially the timber ones that have survived since the 1870s. Perhaps the theme that runs through the new walking tour is connections. The tour explores very interesting sites such as Jewtown, Hibernian Buildings, the old electricity power station, the Gas Works, the Docks, the old City Park Racecourse, the early story of Fords, the former site of the Munster Agricultural Society, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, and Kennedy Park. All these topics are all about connecting the city to wider themes of exportation and importation of goods, people and ideas into the city through the ages”.

 

 

- Heritage Week (August 2012), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8982

Saturday 18 August 2012, Historical walking tour of City Hall with Kieran as part of Cork Heritage Open Day, 10.30am, free, meet in foyer of old building, Learn about the early history of Cork City Council, Discover the development of the building and visit the Lord Mayor’s Room (duration: 1 ¼ hours); booking applies, please see www.corkheritageopenday.ie.

Saturday 18 August 2012, Memories of the Lee Valley; historical exhibition by Kieran Discover some of the rich histories and memories of the River Lee valley. All day, as part of Water Heritage Open Day, Lifetime Lab, Lee Road, free event.

Tuesday 21 August 2012, Historical walking tour of Cork City with Kieran, meet at St Finbarre’s Cathedral, 11am, free, discover the early origins of the City, learn about Cork’s former Viking age core and the Anglo-Norman Walled town (duration: two hours).

Wednesday 22 August 2012, Historical walking tour of Blackpool with Kieran, meet at North Mon gates, Gerald Griffin Avenue, 11am, free; Explore the rich history of the area from Fair Hill to the heart of Blackpool, learn about nineteenth century shambles, schools, convents and industries (duration: 2 hours).

Thursday 23 August 2012, Douglas historical walking tour with Kieran, meet at St. Columba’s Church Car Park, Douglas, 11am, free; Discover Douglas and its industrial heritage (duration: 2 hours).

Friday 24 August 2012, St Finbarr’s Hospital and the workhouse tour with Kieran, meet at entrance to the hospital, 11am, free; learn about the life and times of the former nineteenth century workhouse on Douglas Road (duration: 2 hours).

 

Saturday 25 August 2012, Views from a Park, Historical walking tour with Kieran through the site of the new regional park, formerly the Kinsale Road Landfill, 11am, free event, Carparking on site, meet at central marquee (duration: 1 ½ hours; (part of an open day with Cork City Council) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8969

 

 

 

- Earlier this year, I ran a walking tour of Blackrock village. On Saturday 22 September 2012, I will run this venture again (meet 2pm, Blackrock Castle, approx two hours)

http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9044

 

 

Second call, launch of Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2013, in its tenth year, open to to Cork primary and secondary schools, further info here, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=1329

- Historical Walking tour of Old Cork Blackrock and Passage Railway line, Friday 28 September, 6.30pm with Kieran from Pier Head carpark, Blackrock, in aid of Irish Heart Foundation, E.15 to register, refreshments and ballad session at the Pier Head pub afterwards.

 

 

 

2013 Activities 

 

McCarthy’s Art Competition, 2013 (2 March 2013)

Results: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9430

- Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, 2013, Award Ceremonies and winners, City: http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=3431; County: http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=3434

 Kieran’s Cork Lifelong Learning Festival Events, 2013:

Pictures: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9501

Wednesday morning, 20 March 2013, 10.30am, Talk: From Workhouse to Hospital, The Early Story of the St Finbarr’s Hospital, Curaheen Family Centre, Meeting Room, Church of the Real Presence, Curaheen Road, Bishopstown & Sunday afternoon, 24 March 2013, 2pm, Historical Walking Tour of St Finbarr’s Hospital, Meet at gate, Douglas Road (duration: 1 ½ hours).

Friday afternoon, 22 March 2013, Douglas historical walking tour; meet at St. Columba’s Church Car Park, Douglas, In association with Douglas Young At Heart, 12noon (duration: 1 ½ hours).

Saturday afternoon, 23 March 2013, 2pm; From Standing Stones to Market Gardens:  A Historical Walking Tour Through Ballinlough and Environs; start point: Beaumont Park adjacent Beaumont National Schools (duration: approx 2 hours).

Cllr McCarthy noted of the Ballinlough tour: “With 360 acres, Ballinlough is the second largest of the seven townlands forming the Mahon Peninsula. the area has a deeper history dating back to Bronze Age Ireland. In fact it is probably the only urban area in the country to still have a standing stone still standing in it for over 5,000 years. This September, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ballinlough celebrates 75 years since its opening”.

- McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition, 2013, Auditions were held on Sunday 28 April 2013, Lifetime Lab, 11am-5pm, further details attached.

 http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9590

Event 2013: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9690

McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2013

Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the fifth year of ‘Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition’. The auditions will take place on Sunday 28 April 2013 between 9am-5pm in the Lifetime Lab, Lee Road. There are no entry fees and all talents are valid for consideration. The final will be held over one week 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: “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 Kieran at 087 6553389 or info@kieranmccarthy.ie from the talent show producer (RSVP), Yvonne Coughlan, 085 1798695.

 

- McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project 2013, 1 June, 11am, Atlantic Pond, in association with Ocean to City Maritime Festival.

 Guidelines, click here: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9651

2013 boats and event:  http://kieranmccarthy.ie/

2012 boats: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=8737

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 Saturday morning, 1 June 2013, 11am.

The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s Ocean to City, Cork’s Maritime Festival (1-10th June) and the Lifetime Lab. There are three categories, two for primary and one for secondary students. 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.  

 – McCarthy’s History in Action, 9 June 2013

 

McCarthy’s History in Action in association with Ballinlough’s Our Lady of Lourdes National School summer fair will take place at the school on Sunday 9 June 2013 between 2pm and 5pm. The re-enactment event, supported by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, brings history alive for all the family, with the participation of re-enactment groups, storytellers and more.

Cllr McCarthy noted: “The vision for the afternoon is one of encouraging community participation.  Join re-enactors to honour the past, where there is much to learn, as one helps build the future; I am encouraging people to actively engage with life around them, as well as examine the history that brought us here. I believe that growth and transformation in society is affected positively by respecting our heritage in this way”.

- Summer Walking Tours, June 2013 

 

This year I bring the summer walking tours of Cork City centre back during the month of June, on Tuesday evenings (11th, 18th, 25th), and Friday evening, 14th. The tours begin at the National Monument on the Grand Parade, at 7pm on those evenings and explore the City Centre’s early development on a swamp. The tour costs e.10 per person and children under 12 are free. No booking is required, just turn up on the evening. Further information if needed can be attained from me at 0876553389.

 

-  Historical Walking Tour of St Finbarr’s Hospital, Saturday, 22 June, 12 noon 

On Saturday, 22 June, the Friends of St Finbarr’s Hospital will be holding its annual garden party from 1.30 to 4.30 pm. As part of a whole series of events planned, Cllr Kieran McCarthy invites the general public to take part in a historical walking tour of St. Finbarre’s Hospital at 12noon.  (meet at gate; the event is free as part of Cllr McCarthy’s community work). The workhouse, which opened in December 1841, was an isolated place – built beyond the toll house and toll gates, which gave entry to the city and which stood just below the end of the wall of St. Finbarr’s Hospital in the vicinity of the junction of the Douglas and Ballinlough Roads. 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.  -  -

- Historical Walking Tour of Docklands, Friday evening, 28 June, 7pm

 The second tour is the following Friday evening, 28 June at 7pm of Cork Docklands (free) at Kennedy Park, Victoria Road. Special focus will be given on marking the fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy coming to Cork and getting Freeman of the City on 28 June 1963. He left Cork by helicopter from the park now named after him. The tour will also take in Albert Road/ Jewtown/ Hibernian Buildings and the city’s docks.

 

 – Blackrock Historical Walking Tour, 27 July 2013

As part of ongoing community project into the local history of the south-east ward, Cllr Kieran McCarthy will conduct a historical walking tour of Blackrock Village on Saturday 27 July 2013, 2pm, leaving from Blackrock Castle (approx 2 hours, free event). 

Heritage Open Day

Saturday 17 August 2013 – Historical Walking Tour of City Hall with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Learn about the early history of Cork City Council, Discover the development of the building and visit the Lord Mayor’s Room, 11am, ticketed (free, duration: 75 minutes).

 

Heritage Week:

Sunday 18 August 2013 –Making a Venice of the North, Exploring Eighteenth Century Cork City (new tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy), explore a world of canals, and eighteenth century Cork society, meet at City Library, Grand Parade, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

Monday 19 August 2013 – Shandon Historical Walking Tour  with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Discover the City’s richly historical quarter, learn about St Anne’s Church and the development of butter market and the Shandon Street area, meet North Gate Bridge, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

Tuesday 20 August 2013- 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 North Mon gates, Gerald Griffin Avenue, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

Thursday 22 August 2013 – From a Workhouse to a Hospital, The Story of St Finbarr’s Hospital with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Discover the history of the workhouse, meet at entrance gate, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

Friday 23 August 2013, “Where the future and the past meet, A historical walking tour of Mahon, to mark the 100th anniversary of Dunlocha Cottages” (new tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy), Blackrock Garda Station, top of Avenue De Rennes, Mahon, 7pm (free, duration: 1 ½ hours)

 

Sunday 25 August 2013,  Douglas Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Discover about the sailcoth and woollen mills, meet at St. Columba’s Church Car Park, Douglas, 2pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

- Blackrock Historical Walking Tour, Friday 20 September 2013
As part of Cork Culture Night and the open evening fete on Blackrock Pier Cllr Kieran McCarthy will conduct a historical walking tour of Blackrock Village on Friday 20 September 2013, 5pm, leaving from the grotto (approx 90 mins, free event).

 

Historical Walking Tour of Ballintemple (new), Saturday 12 October 2013

 Group picture: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10053

Cllr Kieran McCarthy new historical walking tour of Ballintemple takes place (Saturday, 12 October, 2pm, meet at Ballintemple graveyard, opp. O’Connor’s Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road, two hours, free). It forms part of a set of ten tours that he has developed in this side of the city. Ballintemple as a settlement hub is one of the earliest in the city that came into being. Urban legend and writers such as Samuel Lewis in 1837 describe how the Knight’s Templar had a church here, the first parish church of Blackrock: “At the village of Ballintemple, situated on this peninsula, the Knight’s Templars erected a large and handsome church in 1392, which, after the dissolution of that order, was granted, with its possessions, to Gill abbey. At what period it fell into decay is uncertain; the burial ground is still used”. The graveyard is impressive in its collection of eighteenth century and nineteenth century headstones. It has a series of low uninscribed gravemarkers in its south east corner. There are also many inscribed headstones with smiling faces with one inscribed with Remember Death. The graveyard remains an undiscovered corner of the city with much of its family histories unresearched and unpublished.

There is also much to discover within a short space in Ballintemple and its role in the wider city as an architectural conservation area. Various architectural styles can be noted Norman, Gothic, Renaissance, Georgian, Victorian, Italianiate, French, and Oriental. The houses can boast such architects such as Bro Michael Riordan, Sir John Benson, Deanes, Morrisons, Richard Brash, Hargraves, Walkers and the Hills. The architectural DNA comprises local stone, sand, brick, slates from Killaloe, Rosscarbery and Wales, timber from Canada and Scandinavia, cement from Portland in England and ironwork for railings obtained from Scottish foundries. 

 

 

 

- Kieran’s Heritage Week, 17-25 August, 2013,

pictures: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=9913

 

 

 

 

McCarthy’s Cork Docklands Walking Tour

Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s tour of Cork Docklands takes place on Saturday 9 November leaving at 2pm from Kennedy Park on Victoria Road (free, two hours).  Some of the themes covered in the talk will be the development of such sites as the Marina and the Atlantic Pond and how they came into being, and the historic structures that still exist in the area. Much of the story of Cork’s modern development is represented in their environs. The origin of the current Docklands is a product of centuries of reclamation and negotiation of swampland.

Cllr McCarthy noted: “Ever since Viking age time over 1,000 years ago, boats of all different shapes and sizes have been coming in and out of Cork’s riverine and harbour region continuing a very long legacy of trade. Port trade was and still is the engine in Cork’s development. To complement the growth of the port, extensive reclamation of swampland took place as well as physical infrastructure quays, wharfs and warehouses.  I’m a big fan of the different shapes of these wharfs, especially the timber ones that have survived since the 1870s. Perhaps the theme that runs through the new walking tour is connections. The tour explores very interesting sites such as Jewtown, Hibernian Buildings, the old electricity power station, the Gas Works, the Docks, the old City Park Racecourse, the early story of Fords, and Kennedy Park. All these topics are all about connecting the city to wider themes of exportation and importation of goods, people and ideas into the city through the ages”.

 Eighteenth Century Cork Tour

The weather is still relatively mild, so the next historical walking tour is on Saturday 26 October 2013 –Making a Venice of the North, Exploring Eighteenth Century Cork City, explore a world of canals, and eighteenth century Cork society, meet at Cork City Library, Grand Parade, 2pm (E.5, duration: two hours).

The tour is bound with the demise of the walled town of Cork in the early 1700s. For nearly five hundred years (c.1200-c.1690), the walled port town of Cork, built in a swamp and at the lowest crossing point of the River Lee and the tidal area, remained as one of the most fortified and vibrant walled settlements in the expanding British colonial empire. However, economic growth as well as political events in late seventeenth century Ireland, culminating in the Williamite Siege of Cork in 1690, provided the catalyst for large-scale change within the urban area. The walls were allowed to decay and this was to inadvertently alter much of the city’s physical, social and economic character in the ensuing century.

-  Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2014

 

Cllr Kieran McCarthy is encouraging students in Cork City and County to enter the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, which has been launched for the 2013/ 14 school season. The Project, which is celebrating its eleventh 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.

 West Cork Through Time (November 2013)

  West Cork is known for many aspects, its scenery, its serenity, its culture and its people. This book, West Cork Through Time by Kieran McCarthy and Dan Breen, explores 100 postcards of the West Cork region from one hundred years (c.1913) and follows in the footsteps of photographers to retake the same scenes in the present day. The old postcards, sourced from the collections of Cork City Museum, represent many memories and representations of the West Cork region.

  The book takes the reader from Bandon to Castletownbere through the changing and the non-changing face of landscapes and seascapes and provides an insight into the uniquenesses of the region. The necklace of towns and villages are all linked together through a striking section of Ireland’s coastline, over 320 kilometres in length, encompassing a raw coastal wilderness with expansive inlets continuously being eroded away by the Atlantic Ocean. With exquisite coastal scenery, add in undulating inland landscapes criss-crossed by mountains, hill, streams and rivers, imposing old world air villages and the visitor finds a discovery at every bend of the road.

West Cork Through Time is available in any good Cork book shop and on Amazon. It is published by Amberley Publishing, UK (November 2013).

http://www.amazon.com/West-Cork-Through-Kieran-McCarthy/dp/144562074X

 

 2014…

 

Award Ceremonies, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2014

 

Final, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project (late March 2014)

City results 2014, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=3789

County Results 2014, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=3791

 

   The Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2014 will come to its conclusion over two evenings next week. The award ceremony for County Cork schools takes place on Tuesday 18 March and the ceremony for the City on Wednesday 19 March (6.45pm start both evenings, Silversprings Convention Centre). Founded by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, the year 2014 marks the eleventh 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 27 schools in Cork City and 22 in Cork County took part in the 2014 Project. Approx 220 projects were submitted on all aspects of Cork’s history. The project in the city is kindly funded by Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council, and the Heritage Council. In the 2014 season prizes are 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

 

 

Cork history talks with Kieran:

Wednesday 2 April, 7.30pm South Parish Historical Society at St John’s College, talk on the River Lee and its heritage, in particular Gougane Barra;

Wednesday, 9 April, 10.30am, Meeting room, Church of the Real Presence, Curaheen, talk on Cork’s Great Exhibitions

 

 

Ballinlough Gramophone Recital:

Cllr Kieran McCarthy will present this month’s Ballinlough Gramophone Recital on Thursday evening, 24th April, 7.30pm at Balinlough Pastoral Centre next to the church. Kieran will play and sing songs from the musicals. All welcome.

 

 

 

Cllr McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition 2014

    Cork’s young people are invited to participate in the sixth year of Cllr Kieran’s McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition’. The auditions will take place on Sunday 27 April 2014 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 over one week later on Saturday 10 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, 085 1798695 or email rsvpireland@gmail.com.

 

Kieran’s Historical Walking Tour of Balintemple

   The first of three walking tours Kieran will present in early summer takes place on Sunday, 4 May and is of Ballintemple (2pm, meet inside Ballintemple graveyard, opp. O’Connor’s Funeral Home, Boreenmanna Road, two hours, free). Ballintemple as a settlement hub is one of the earliest in the city that came into being. Urban legend and writers such as Samuel Lewis in 1837 describe how the Knight’s Templar had a church here, the first parish church of Blackrock: “At the village of Ballintemple, situated on this peninsula, the Knights Templars erected a large and handsome church in 1392, which, after the dissolution of that order, was granted, with its possessions, to Gill abbey. At what period it fell into decay is uncertain; the burial ground is still used”.

 

  • Mahon Historical Walking Tour, Sunday 11 May, 2pm meet Blackrock Garda Station, top of Avenue De Rennes (two hours).

 

   Cllr Kieran McCarthy will lead a historical tour through Mahon on Sunday 11 May starting at 2pm at Blackrock Garda Station, Ringmahon Road, opposite the entrance to Dunlocha Cottages. The event is free and is open to all. Cllr McCarthy noted: “Mahon is full of historical gems; the walk sheds light on the history of Mahon – from big houses to its model cottages to its late twentieth century development – it is an important suburb in the city’s development but also its identity and place within the historical evolution of our city. It is also a forum for people to talk about their own knowledge of local history in the area”.

 

 

  • Ballinlough Historical Walking Tour, Sunday 18 May, 2pm, meet Beaumont National Schools, (two hours)

  Cllr Kieran McCarthy will lead a historical walking tour through Ballinlough on Sunday 18 May starting at 2pm at Beaumont National Schools. The event is free and is open to all. Cllr. McCarthy noted: “Ballinlough is full of historical gems; the walk not only talks about the history of Ballinlough as an important suburb in the city’s development but also its identity and place within the historical evolution of our city. It is also a forum for people to talk about their own knowledge of local history in the area.” Ballinlough has a rich variety of heritage sites. With 360 acres, it is the second largest of the seven townlands forming the Mahon Peninsula.

 

 

Blackrock Historical Walking Tour, Sunday 25 May 2014

 

   As a contribution to marking the jubilee celebrations of St Michael’s Church in Blackrock Cllr Kieran McCarthy will conduct a historical walking tour of Blackrock Village on Sunday 25 May, 2pm (starts at Blackrock Castle, two hours, free). Officially blessed on 7 June 1964 by Bishop Lucey, the church replaced the first edifice which had been burnt down in 1962. The architect of the new church, Mr James Rupert Boyd Barrett by 1964 had nearly half a century of practice under his belt and had designed many major buildings throughout Ireland, including the Department of Industry and Commerce in Dublin, four new churches in Cork and ten new churches in the Diocese of Kerry by the early sixties. At the official opening he was bestowed upon by Papal Order the Knight-Commandership of the order of St Sylvester. The contractor Mr John Sisk, the foreman Joe Murphy and the quantity surveyor Mr Coveney all worked hard to create as Bishop Lucey alluded to an edifice of huge skill and art and “a monument of faith”. The firm of Sisk alone had experience in church building over a period of 110 years previously and had built 60 churches including two cathedrals.

 

 

Cllr Kieran McCarthy’s Make a Model Boat Project (Sunday 1 June 2014, The Lough, 2pm, further details here, the fourth year)  http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10496

pictures: http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10579

 

   Cllr Kieran McCarthy invites all Cork young people to participate in the fourth 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 Lough on Sunday afternoon, 1 June 2014, 2pm. This year’s theme is ‘legends’ which is open to interpretation. The event is being run in association with Meitheal Mara’s Ocean to City, Cork’s Maritime Festival and the Lifetime Lab. There are three categories, two for primary and one for secondary students. 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”. See www.kieranmccarthy.ie under community programme details.

 

 

Cork City Historical Walking Tours

 

   Kieran’s summer walking tours of Cork City centre will take place during June on Tuesday evenings, 10th & 17th, and Friday evenings, 13th & 20th. The tours begin at the National Monument on the Grand Parade, at 7pm on those evenings and explore the City Centre’s early development on a swamp. The tour costs e.5 per person and children under 12 are free. No booking is required, just turn up on the evening.

 

 

Historical Walking Tour of St. Finbarre’s Hospital

   On next Saturday, 7 June 2014, 12noon (meet at gate), Cllr Kieran McCarthy, in association with the Friends of St Finbarr’s Hospital, will give a public historical walking tour of the hospital grounds with particular focus on its workhouse past. The walk is free and takes place to support the summer fete 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”. 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 eight acres, 1 rood and 23 perches 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.

 

Kieran’s Heritage Week, 24-31 August 2014:

Sunday 24 August 2014 – Eighteenth century Cork historical walking tour, Branding a City-Making a Venice of the North, with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, meet at City Library, Grand Parade, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

Monday 25 August 2014 – Shandon Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Discover the City’s historical quarter; learn about St Anne’s Church and the development of butter market and the Shandon Street area, meet North Gate Bridge, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

Tuesday 26 August 2014- 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 North Mon gates, Gerald Griffin Avenue, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

Thursday 28 August 2014 – Docklands Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Discover the history of the city’s docks, meet at Kennedy Park, Victoria Road, 7pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

Saturday 30 August 2014, Douglas Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Discover about the sailcoth and woollen mills, meet at St. Columba’s Church Car Park, Douglas, 2pm (free, duration: two hours)

 

- 19 September 2014, Culture Night, 5pm at park stage (free), Historical Walking Tour of Fitzgerald’s Park

    The park’s entrance pillars on the Mardyke, the Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, the museum, the fountain in the middle of the central pond dedicated to Fr Mathew and timber posts eroding in the river were once part of one of Cork’s greatest historical events, the Cork International Exhibitions of 1902 and 1903. Commenting Cllr McCarthy noted; “Just like the magical spell of Fitzgerald’s Park, the exhibitions were spaces of power. Revered, imagined and real spaces were created. They were marketing strategies where the past, present and future merged, Aesthetics of architecture, colour, decoration and lighting were all added to the sense of spectacle and in a tone of moral and educational improvement. The entire event was the mastermind of Cork Lord Mayor Edward Fitzgerald, after whom the park got its name”.

 

- 20 September 2014, Cork Harbour Open Day, 6.30pm at Marina Entrance to the old Line, Historical Walking Tour down the old Cork-Blackrock and Blackrock Railway Line with Kieran (free, 90 minutes)

   Interested in finding out more on the Old Cork-Blackrock and Passage Railway Line and its connection to Cork Harbour? Cllr Kieran McCarthy, local historian, will conduct a tour of the city side of the old line on Saturday evening, 20 September 2014 starting at 6.30pm at the entrance on The Marina side adjacent the Main Drainage station of the Amenity Walk. The tour is free (approx 1 1/2 hours) and is open to all. South east Cork City is full of historical gems; the walk not only talks about the history of the line but also the history of the villages and harbour that surround the old line itself.

 

- Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, 2014/15

 

- workshops in the fifty participating schools are completed (Oct-Nov 2014)

Cllr Kieran McCarthy is encouraging students in Cork to enter the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, which has been launched for the 2014/ 15 school season. The Project, which is celebrating its twelfth 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.

 

- Cork Harbour Through Time ( November, 2014, new publication with Dan Breen)

    Being the second largest natural harbour in the world brings a focus and energy with which Cork Harbour has always been open to. The ebb and flow of the tide through the ages has carved a unique landscape of cliffs, sand and gravel beaches exposing an underlining geology of limestone and sandstone. Invigorating this landscape are multiple monuments inscribing it from different ages, many of which the postcards in this book seek to capture.

Colourful villages provide different textures and cultural landscapes in a sort of cul-de-sac environment where roads end at harbours, at car parks near coastal cliff faces, and quaysides. The villages are scattered around the edges of the harbour, each with their own unique history, all connect and add in someway to the greatness of this harbour. This book tracks the space of 100 postcards in Cork Harbour, many of which were taken c.1900-c.1920 and some of their historical contexts. Some sites have been written extensively on over the centuries and other are awaiting proper exploration and critique.

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