Youghal showcased at the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition Festival 2011

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The 3rd annual family heritage festival, Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011, took place in the City Hall, Cork, last Friday, September 30th 2011. Local author and historian Mike Hackett with a group of friends and volunteers, including Cliff and Margaret Winsor, were well represented for the first time at the exhibition with the Youghal stand. The different stands at the exhibition, showcased books and history pieces not just of  Cork city but from the villages and towns of County Cork as well. Mike said,” The Youghal stand was one of fifty and I was surprised at the small places like Kilmurray and Aubane that were represented. Just goes to show, all you want is about three interested people to achieve a lot”.

The Youghal Crew: Historian Mike Hackett, Cliff Winser, Archeologist Catherine Power and Kay Donnelly at the Youghal stand.

The Youghal Crew: Historian Mike Hackett, Cliff Winser, Archeologist and one of the organisers Catryn Power and Kay Donnelly at the Youghal stand.

The Cork city hall buzzed with excitement as it played host to historical societies and groups from all over the City and County who came together 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.

Cliff Winser and historian Mike Hackett dressed in suitable attire by the Youghal stand at the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011

Cliff Winser and historian Mike Hackett dressed in suitable attire by the Youghal stand at the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011

The exhibition 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 Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition, it has become an annual event wholeheartedly supported by Cork City Council and admission is free.

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  1. I would like to give credit to the Youghal Stand at the third Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011, held at the City Hall, Cork on Friday 30th September. There were 50 exhibits from throughout Cork City and County, including the film archives, the history of stone masonry, Churchtown North, Bere Island, Cork Genealogy, the history of boxing, the Famine Commemoration Committee, Ballincollig History etc.

    This was Youghal’s first outing at the exhibition. Michael Hackett and the Windsors took great time in assembling a splendid stand and complimented it with their historic outfits. The stand showed what a fascinating place Youghal is. The Youghal team also had great fun. Thanks to Kay Donnelly who has always been at the exhibition and given freely of her advice.

    Some schools also visited the Exhibition, and it is hoped to expand on this next year. Take note Youghal schools! The exhibition is a huge source of information.

    from the organisers of the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2011, Brian Bermingham, Dr. Richard Cooke and Catryn Power

  2. I find it hard to express the surge of pride I felt when I walked into the City Hall and saw the Youghal Stand with its colorful presentation of historical photos. Three individuals, Mike Hackett. Cliff and Margaret Winser made this happen without any funding or organisation behind them. I hope the Youghal Stand will be twice as big next year as Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is a great opportunity for promoting the wonderful historical heritage we have in Youghal.