Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011

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Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011

3rd Annual Family Heritage Festival – Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011

City Hall, Cork City, Ireland – Friday, September 30th 2011.

by Chairperson Richard T. Cooke

On Tuesday, October 22nd 2009, Cork City Hall buzzed with excitement as it played host to over forty historical societies and groups from all over the City and County who came together for the first time ever in a unique exhibition that celebrated Cork’s rich, colourful Heritage, Tradition and Culture.

This fascinating educational family exhibition showcased the exciting work carried out by these enthusiastic voluntary heritage groups in their communities.

At the day-long exhibition, the atmosphere was electric as a cross section of the finest historians and ‘caretakers’ of Cork’s rich past sang its praises, passionately speaking of its region’s history and memories as only they know how in an entertaining series of interactive talks and friendly chit chat.

“Celebration and Participation” was the theme of this enlightening exhibition which struck a chord with the continuous stream of people who flocked to the City Hall eager to learn more about their rich local history and was of particular interest to schools and budding young historians.

We all live in areas where the past is all around. This history makes us who we are. Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is about bringing historical groups together so that they meet each other, chat and share ideas in order that historical societies can plan for the future. The aim is also to present their rich histories to the Cork public.

Due to the tremendous positive success of the inaugural Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition, it has become an annual event wholeheartedly supported by Cork City Council and admission is free.

A Heritage Festival that’s on the pulse of the past with a view to the future, the warm friendly welcome you’ll enjoy at the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is sure to put a smile on your face, making it a must see for all the family and for all those who want to learn more about Cork’s rich, colourful Heritage, Tradition and Culture in an fun, homely atmosphere.

You’ll be glad you visited Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition.

Photo: Courtesy of kieranmccarthy.ie

Any parish/community interested in establishing a Historical Society can contact:

Richard T. Cooke, Chairperson, Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition at richardtcooke@yahoo.com

Mary O’Leary, Secretary, maryhollyoleary@gmail.com

Catryn Power, Consultant, Cork County Archaeologist at catrynpower@hotmail.com.

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  1. C'mon Youghal on

    This would be an ideal place to show off Youghal’s History and Heritage at it’s best, by having a stand there showcasing the town that is steeped in heritage. If other towns like Kinsale and Cobh are represented then why not Youghal? Maybe the Youghal Concerned citizens could do something about this. Apparently Youghal has never being at this wonderful event. C’mon Youghal!

    • I agree completely, but it’s ultimately down to the elected representatives of the town and the Chamber of tourism to push these things forward, and to put the name of Youghal out there. More often than not they do not have Youghal’s best interests at heart. A lot of people have suggested promotional ideas for Youghal, but it falls on deaf ears. Take the recent exhibition in the Collegiate Church. Fantastic heritage pieces on show, and now back in a cupboard; They should be on permanent show in the Town for all to see……

  2. At last, this year of 2011, Youghal will be well represented. An exibition of photos and models of the Clock Gate — plus the history and photos of the oldest church in Sunday use in Ireland: Saint Marys Collegiate Church in Youghal — plus Discover Youghal guide books — and many other old-time snaps of the military, maritime, market, railway and seaside history of this fascinating town on the verge of East Cork.

  3. At last, this year of 2011, Youghal will be well represented. An exibition of photos and models of the Clock Gate, plus the history and photos of the oldest church in Sunday use in Ireland: Saint Marys Collegiate Church in Youghal, plus Discover Youghal guide books and many other old-time snaps of the military, maritime, market, railway and seaside history of this fascinating town on the verge of East Cork.

  4. WELL DONE MICHEAL AND FRIENDS FROM YOUGHAL ON YOUR WONDERFUL EXHIBIT AT THIS THE THIRD CELEBRATING CORK’S PAST EXHIBITION IN CITY HALL LAST FRI THE 30TH SEPTEMBER. I
    T IS YOUGHAL’S FIRST TIME AT THE EXHIBITION AND YOU DID YOUGHAL PROUD. THE EXHIBITS ARE BY VOLUNTARY GROUPS FROM ALL OVER COUNTY CORK, FROM BERE ISLAND TO CHURCHTOWN NORTH ETC.

    FROM THE ORGANISERS, CATRYN POWER, DR. RICHARD COOKE, AND BRIAN BIRMINGHAM,