How to clean a graveyard? Cork County Council running workshops for voluntary groups #Heritage #BestPractice

21 November 2019
By Mary Bermingham

Cork County Council is hosting a series of free one day workshops, in locations across the County this December, on best practice on the cleaning of monuments.

The one day workshops will be of interest to Heritage, Community, Commemorative, and Tidy Town groups throughout County Cork. The days will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm, and will have illustrated presentations, talks, and case studies by experienced specialists; John Cronin & Associates.

The workshops will outline how to clean and maintain monuments, focusing on the cleaning and caring of carved stone, including headstones, stone monuments and metalwork. Participants will be encouraged to raise issues and problems which they have encountered in their own projects.

The workshops will take place in North Cork at The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Monday 2nd December 2019; East Cork at The Walter Raleigh Hotel, Youghal on Tuesday 3rd December 2019; and West Cork at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty on Wednesday 4th December 2019.

Commenting on the workshops, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan said:

“Cork has a richness of archaeological and built heritage dating back centuries, having around 19,000 Archaeological Monuments across the County. Great credit is due to the many Heritage, Community, and Tidy Town groups who assist with cleaning and maintenance in their local areas. Cork County Council is committed to promoting best practice in the maintenance of historical monuments, and working with communities. I would encourage individuals or groups to book their free place on one of these workshops hosted by the Council’s Historic Monuments Advisory Committee.”

Cork County Council has a designated Archaeological Officer and Conservation Officer who deal with built heritage. The Heritage Unit has supported a number of different built heritage projects and initiatives over the years; such as workshops on maintenance and repair of historic walls, graveyards, and best practice in conservation of ruined buildings and seminars on Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) and protected structures. A range of general guidance documents are available on

Attendance is free of charge, but early booking is recommended. To make a booking, please contact John Cronin & Associates on 021 421 4368 or email

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