VIDEO: Meet the latest Cork Person of the Month

Local historian Kieran McCarthy has been honoured with the January Cork Person of the Month award.

Kieran McCarthy has been named January Cork Person of the Month. Photo: Tony O'Connell Photography

For over twenty years McCarthy has promoted Cork's history and heritage. His love of local history has inspired his many successful heritage initiatives.

The January Cork Person of the Month award was presented to him to mark his work.


Kieran organises local history walking tours, community talks, city and county school heritage programmes, newspaper history columns and has written nineteen local history books.

He is also an Independent Cork City councillor and a member of the EU Committee of the Regions. Recently as a mature student at UCC he gained a PhD in Geography.

In recent years he also started many youth projects such as the 'Discover Cork: School's Heritage Project', McCarthy’s Community Talent Competition, and Cork City Musical Society.

"Cork has a great story to tell, one of ambition and determination, and it’s important we champion it and pass it on," said Kieran at the award presentation. 

"I have always been passionate about Cork's local history, both urban and rural, and especially in passing it on to the next generation."

This is the 25th year of the Cork Persons of the Month award scheme and the Cork Person of the Year will be chosen from the monthly award winners in mid-January next.

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