Eclectic mix of tours and events to celebrate heritage

One of Cork’s best known market streets will host a huge festival celebrating the city’s heritage and music as part of this year’s heritage day event.

Nearly 40 historic buildings, including the Masonic Hall, home of the Freemasons since 1844, and the Unitarian Church on Prince’s St, the oldest documented surviving building in the city, will open to the public as part of the Aug 18 maritime-themed event.

Cork City Council also announced details yesterday of an eclectic mix of guided walking and cycling tours, exhibitions, displays, and lectures.

The LÉ Eithne will dock at the city quays and will open for tours.

City Hall will host a talk on the traditional boats of Ireland project, by Pat Tanner, a sushi demonstration and tasting by chef Seamus O’Connell, and a maritime family show by Cork Circus.

UCC’s Dr Colin Rynne will discuss the Port of Cork and its role in the provisions trade from 1700 to 1830 at the Customs House.

And to mark the 1902/1903 International Exhibition, the Cork Public Museum will provide tours of Fitzgerald Park, where the exhibition was staged and where some structures still remain.

The museum has also encouraged people to bring any artifacts associated with the exhibition for an Antiques Roadshow-style event.

There will be guided walking tours of St Joseph’s Cemetery and St Patrick’s St, as well as a cycle tour around the city’s medieval sites.

Venues such as the UCC Boole Library, the Cork Circuit Courthouse, the South Presentation Convent, Fota House, Crawford Art Gallery, Backwater Studios, Cork Printmakers, Triskel Christchurch, and St Fin Barres Cathedral will also open for tours.

Punters can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the Everyman Palace Theatre and Cork Opera House, or a guided tour of City Hall.

The CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, which is marking its centenary this year, will feature an exhibition of memorabilia gathered over the past 100 years.

There will also be a talk in Blackrock Castle and Triskel Christchurch about their histories.

People will also be able to enjoy views from Elizabeth Fort, the Clarion Hotel Penthouse and from St Anne’s Church, Shandon.

Events for children include bubble making and water rocket launches in the Lifetime Lab.

Some events must be booked in advance.

* www.corkheritageopenday.ie


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