11 December 2019
By Elaine Murphy
Cork County Council has launched a colouring book titled ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork’. Supported by the Heritage Council, and through the Creative Ireland Programme, Cork County Council and the Creative Ireland Culture Team worked with a range of different illustrators to produce a delightful colouring book for all ages.
This colouring book is a special publication as part of the hugely successful heritage of County Cork series which has engaged academic, local and amateur historians, archeologists and enthusiasts from throughout the county. In keeping with the spirit of these publications, the colouring book is an invitation for everyone to get involved with County Cork’s rich and colourful heritage.
The launch coincided with the release of the seventh installment of the Heritage of County Cork’ publication series, ‘The Industrial Heritage of County Cork’. County Cork has a rich industrial heritage, with close to 300 mills in the archaeological record. This publication examines the earliest origins of industry in County Cork, with a particular focus on the industrial revolution and the inclusion of sites from up to and including the 20th century.
Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan, Mayor of the County of Cork, at the launch of the books on the Industrial Heritage of Cork County and the Colourful Heritage of Cork County, in the library building of Cork County Hall.
Picture: David Keane.
The book delves into their architecture and importance to both people and place. In keeping with previous books in the series, a number of sites also are included with the intention of encouraging the public to visit them.
Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan noted
‘In my role as Mayor I get to see firsthand the great work undertaken by community groups and individuals throughout Cork. People are immensely proud of our county and these two publications give a great overview and understanding of so much of the wonderful culture and heritage that is on offer here. I commend everyone involved and in particular those from the public who engaged in these publications’.
Cork County Council’s Chief Executive Tim Lucey also spoke of the importance of culture and heritage within the county, and noted that the Heritage of County Cork publication series is one
‘that is growing in recognition year after year, and one that has already been recognised nationally at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards’. He also noted the value of public participation: ‘Over 50 submissions were received for the Industrial Heritage publication and a number of budding artists submitted some great drawings for inclusion in ‘The Colourful Heritage of County Cork, covering sites from Youghal to Allihies and Mallow to Rockchapel. The participation by the public in the books is paramount to their success’.
The two publications will be in bookshops in the coming days and copies are also available on Floor 3 of the County Hall. Industrial Heritage of County Cork retails at €10 and the Colourful Heritage of County Cork retails at €5. For more information on these and other Heritage Initiatives visit the Heritage Website of Cork County Council at http://www.corkcoco.ie/arts-