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Lifetime Lab wins Heritage Council Best Interactive Event Award.

Water Open Day organised by Lifetime Lab has been selected as Best Interactive Event by the Heritage Council. The accolade was presented to Lifetime Lab at a ceremony at Heritage Council headquarters recently.   

 Pictured left to right at the presentation of Best Interactive Event to Lifetime Lab are Conor Newman Chair of The Heritage Council, Mary Walsh Environment Cork City Council, Mervyn Horgan Manager Lifetime Lab, Una Leader Education Officer Lifetime Lab and Isabell Smyth Head of Communications and Education Heritage Council.

The Open Day explored the positive impact of water as a heritage resource and highlighted its role across areas such as recreation, culture, engineering, employment, health and tourism. The event was free to the public with close to 1000 visitors participating. Over thirty volunteers offered activities including birds of prey displays, giant bubble making, launching water rockets and creating a giant wall hanging. Indoor activities included investigating how hydropower and geo thermal operate, exploring the science of water and examining water treatment before and after we use it.

Lifetime Lab was selected from 700 organisations and individuals accounting from over 1300 events nationwide. Manager of Lifetime Lab Mervyn Horgan commented “The event would simply not take place without the dedication and commitment our volunteers and we are delighted to recognise their achievements, the fact that we were selected from so many other organisations and events is a fantastic achievement”.

Speaking at the presentation, Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council said, “The judging committee identified Lifetime Lab as a clear winner for the award, the scale of the event and numbers in attendance are a credit to the organisers” He added “These awards are an opportunity for event organisers to be recognised for the tremendous work they do in organising and running events which increase our educational and heritage value”.

Lifetime Lab is located at the old Cork City Waterworks on Lee Road. The site hosts a Visitor Centre with interactive environmental exhibits, a steam centre with preserved boilers and huge steam engines that were used to pump water to supply the City of Cork. Lifetime Lab also has a coffee dock, a picnic area and a children’s playground and is fully wheelchair accessible.

It is open Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.

For further information, please contact the Lifetime Lab at: 021-4941500 or view the website


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