9 August 2018
By Roger Jones
On Saturday August 18th, take a step back in time, and immerse yourself in the history of some of Cork’s most historical buildings. From steps and steeples, to customs and commerce, Cork Heritage Open Day invites the public to explore buildings, many not usually accessible to the general public, and learn more about our City’s stories and traditions.
“If the walls of Cork City’s landmark buildings could talk, they’d share a rich and vibrant history” said Lord Mayor of Cork City, Mick Finn. “No matter where you walk in Cork, the past is close beneath our feet. It is important to retain what we can of our past yet not be totally constrained by it as previous generations would attest: progress needs to be conscious of heritage. Cork Heritage Open Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our built heritage and ensure that the stories of our city’s past are preserved for future generations to enjoy.”
Five themed, self-guided walking routes will lead visitors through the city on Cork Heritage Open Day which boasts a jam-packed catalogue of events for everyone from the young, to the young at heart. Access to all 40 buildings is free of charge on Saturday, August 18th, but booking is required for a number of tours at some of the most popular venues.
Visitors to North Main Street will be transported back to the swinging 60s as traders and residents celebrate Cork Heritage Open Day with vintage twist, with on-street entertainment throughout the day; while St Peter’s will host a series of talks from Turtle Bunbury and the Jameson Distillery, among others.
Past pupils of St Angela’s College on Patrick’s Hill, and the former Model School, now the newly refurbished Courthouse on Anglesea Street, can look forward to guided tours of their old schools; while Gaeilgeoiri can enjoy a special tour as gaeilge of Elizabeth Fort at 11am.
This year, a social competition invites members of the public to record their own memories of Cork Heritage Open Day, snap their favourite city centre plaque, street or bridge sign, and tag #CorkHeritage to be in with a chance to win a midweek night for two and dinner thanks to the Imperial Hotel. Children can also get in on the action, and win a family pass to the Everyman Panto Cinderella in the annual Evening Echo Colouring Competition.
Cork Heritage Open Day is organised by Cork City Council as part of National Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council.
“We’re also so grateful for the army of volunteers, without whom Cork Heritage Open Day wouldn’t be possible” said Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer with Cork City Council. “We’d love to welcome some new faces to join our volunteer this team, and help us make it this special and unique day our best yet!”
Cork Heritage Open Day kicks off the Cork events for National Heritage Week, which runs this year from August 18th – 26th.
For a full list of events events, visit www.corkheritageopenday.ie or pick up a brochure at Cork City Library or Cork City Tourist Information Office on Patrick’s Street.
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