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PUBLIC CONSULTATION - ONLINE WORKSHOP ON THE DRAFT CORK CITY HERITAGE AND BIODIVERSITY PLAN (2021-2026)-THURSDAY, 8TH APRIL AT 7 PM

PUBLIC CONSULTATION - DRAFT CORK CITY HERITAGE AND BIODIVERSITY PLAN (2021-2026)

The Draft Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (2021-2026) has been produced. It is an action plan and sets out a series of realistic and practical actions to protect, conserve and manage our Heritage and Biodiversity over the next five years.  The Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan includes actions on Archaeology, Built, Cultural and Natural Heritage, so is a combination Heritage and Biodiversity Plan.

We want to know how you think the Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (2021-2026) can best protect and enhance the Heritage and Biodiversity you value and want to see understood, enhanced, and celebrated.

The information gathered will feed into the final Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (2021-2026), which will guide what Heritage and Biodiversity actions will be prioritised in Cork City over the next five years.

Please complete the Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity survey via below link:

https://consult.corkcity.ie/en/surveys

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to view the Draft Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (2021-2026).

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday, 16th April, 2021.

Heritage Grant Schemes 2021

Cork City Council acknowledges and supports the tremendous work that is carried out by local heritage groups and organisations across the city to protect, enhance and promote the heritage of Cork City. To that end there are 2 grants available for heritage in the city.

The Local Heritage Community Grant Scheme is aimed at providing core funding in the form of small grants for local, community-based heritage groups and individuals who are involved in ongoing work that benefits the Heritage of Cork City.  Funding of between €200 and €1,000 is available per grant. Previous projects funded include a winter series of archaeological lectures, training on natural heritage, exhibitions on local history, podcasts on the bridges of Cork and events such as the Coal Quay Festival and the Mother Jones Festival.

Local Heritage Publication Grant Scheme is aimed at supporting the publication and printing of high quality publications on local heritage topics, which raise awareness and appreciation of local heritage.  Funding of between €1,000 and €4,000 is available per publication grant. A total of up to €12,000 will be available for this grant scheme.  13 books have been supported through this grant since 2015 and include publications on topics such as St Josephs Cemetery, The contribution of  Cork women during the revolutionary years, the history of the LGBT community in Cork and the history of the Fire Service in Cork to name a few.

The Closing Date for receipt of application forms for this grant scheme is 5pm on Friday the 12th of February 2021.

For an application form or further information please contact:

Helen Sheehan, Planning Policy, Strategic & Economic Development, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork, Email helen_sheehan@corkcity.ie  or Tel 021 4924757.

Application forms can be downloaded here.

These grant schemes are an action from the Cork City Heritage Plan 2015-2020.

Cork Heritage Open Day 2020 Goes Virtual

On Saturday August 15th, Cork Heritage Open Day, which is organised by Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council, is taking place virtually on www.corkheritageopenday.ie .

Take a step back in time and watch the history of Cork come to life through video, imagery and interviews.

Features over 40 subtitled videos of Cork, guided tours of historic buildings, walking tours, archival footage and images of times gone by in Cork.

Cork City Celebrates National Biodiversity Week 2020

Bumble Bee & Chives

PRESS RELEASE: CORK CITY COUNCIL GRANT SCHEME 2020

Cork City Council acknowledges and supports the tremendous work that is carried out by local heritage groups and organisations to protect enhance and promote the heritage of Cork City. One of the ways is by funding the Local Heritage Community Grant Scheme and the Local Heritage Publication Grant Scheme, an action from the Cork City Heritage Plan 2015-2020.

 Our Heritage not only connects us to the past, but also to each other. In these difficult times that we find ourselves in, Heritage also reminds us that we as a city have survived challenging times in the past and can do so again.

 The Local Heritage Community Grant Scheme is aimed at providing core funding in the form of small grants (between €200 and €1000 per grant )  for local, community-based heritage groups and individuals who are involved in ongoing work that benefits the Heritage of Cork City.  Over the last 15 years, hundreds of heritage groups have been assisted through this grant, in carrying out over very worthwhile projects to raise awareness of heritage in the city. 27 projects were funded this year including a winter series of archaeological lectures, walking tours e.g. history of Jewish community in Cork, exhibitions on local history e.g. history of Cork Cinema, podcasts on the 1920 Cork elections and events such as the Coal Quay Festival and the Mother Jones Festival to name a few.

 The Local Heritage Publication Grant Scheme is aimed at supporting the publication and printing of high quality publications on local heritage topics which raise awareness and appreciation of local heritage.  Funding of between €1000 and €4000 is available per publication grant up to a maximum of €12,000 in total.  13 books have been supported through this grant since 2015.  This year 3 books have been supported and include “Processions and Parades in Cork City 1898-1932”, “A History of Neptune Basketball 1947- Present” and “Newspapers in Cork during the Irish Revolution”

 It is acknowledged that some of these projects may not go ahead in the traditional format as in previous years. However the Heritage Officer is working closely with heritage groups to devise new and innovative ways of delivering these projects using virtual and web resources. Now more than ever it is important to highlight the importance of heritage in our everyday lives.

Bee Pretty Cork City

Cork City Council ran a pollinator friendly themed Primary Schools Art Competition called BEE PRETTY CORK CITY as part of it’s long-term commitment to protecting and supporting pollinators and the All Ireland Pollinator Plan in Cork city.

Pollinators have suffered huge declines in recent decades, with one-third of our 99 bee species currently at risk of extinction. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is a shared plan of action that aims to reverse those declines by working with as many groups as possible to increase pollinator-friendly habitats across the island of Ireland.

Speaking on the topic the Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan said, “I am delighted that Cork City Council are playing their part in supporting the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.  There is huge interest from the public in pollinators and an awareness that we have to take action now. Small changes made by local authorities, businesses, schools and local communities can make a huge difference.”

Heritage Officer, Niamh Twomey said, “We are delighted to announce the winners of two categories for this Art Competition:-

  1. Junior Cycle Winner (Junior Infants to 1st Class) – Abbie Forde, Scoil Naomh Micheál, Upper Glanmire 
  2. Senior Cycle Winner (2nd Class to 6th Class) - Katie O Driscoll, St Killian’s School, Mayfield

The winners of the Pollinator Primary School Arts competition were presented with their prizes by the Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan on Tues the 25th of February in the Lord Mayor’s Chambers.

 Both winners received;

  • A family ticket to The Everyman Pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk” on January 2nd 2020
  • A training session with Wild Work for their class on how to make the school more pollinator friendly, ID guides for bees and butterflies and a selection of native wildflower seeds
  • A certificate of participation

This project is funded by the Dept of Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht through the National Biodiversity Action Plan and Cork City Council and is an action of the Cork City Heritage Plan.

For further information please contact heritage@corkcity.ie or tel 021-4924018.

Bee Pretty Colouring Competition Prizegiving 2020
Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan and Prize Winners Katie O'Driscoll & Abbie Forde

Bee Pretty Colouring Competition Prizegiving 2020 with Teacher
Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan, Prize Winner Katie O'Driscoll & Teacher Hilary Parmenter, St. Killian's School

 Irish Tree of the Year

The Witch’s Yew Tree in Blarney Castle has won Irish Tree of the Year and will now go forward as Ireland's representative in the European Tree of The Year with an impressive selection of trees from all over Europe.  We are asking the public to vote for our Irish entrant.  Voting will begin this Saturday, 1st February and will conclude at the end of the month.  Voting will take place at https://www.treeoftheyear.org/vote

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