CONFERENCE: ‘Creative County Cork’ in Ballyvourney this week

5 November 2018
By Elaine Murphy

Cork County Council, through the Creative Ireland Programme, will host a conference this week in Ballyvourney.

When: Friday 09th and Saturday 10th November 2018
What: The Annual Creative Ireland County Cork Conference 2018
Where: Abbey Hotel and surrounds, Baile Bhuirne, Cork

The Conference, which is titled ‘Contae Chorcaí Ildánach – Creative County Cork’ will take place in the Abbey Hotel on Friday and Saturday, 9th and 10th November – free of charge. The conference will be a great opportunity for local groups and organisations to hear a range of expert speakers and to learn about the various cultural services provided by the Council and, in turn, see how they can get involved in cultural endeavours locally, particularly with regard to promoting the Irish Language – as we mark 2018 as Bliain na Gaeilge. At the Conference, Cork County’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 will be launched by the Mayor of the county of Cork Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy. To book a place email

There is a great variety of further events taking place over the next few weeks, including events to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI and groups might also be interested in Cork County Council’s Community Development Initiative – full details below.


The Friday morning will see presentations by staff of Cork County Council with regard to the many Cultural Services available and with 2018 being Bliain na Gaeilge, the afternoon will see an Irish Theme to it with a range of excellent speakers including An Coimisnéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill, Laurence Lord, Peadar Ó Riada, Rachel Ní Riada, Bríd Cranitch and Máirtín Ó Méalóid, followed by a performance by local school-goers involved in Aisling Gheal. The evening will also see a musical performance in the Ionad Cultúrtha and some tickets have been set aside for conference attendees.


The second day of the conference, Saturday 10th November, will also see a range of speakers in the morning commencing at 10:30 including Rachel Holstead (Arts in the Gaeltacht), Dr. Rosarie Crowley from the HSE (culture and well-being) and Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín regarding Dance. Following lunch, conference attendees will be able to avail of two free tours – one of St. Gobnait’s Ecclesial Complex by County Archaeologist Mary Sleeman, and this followed by a Tour of the Nine White Deer Brewery.

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