Heritage Plan 2007: Actions

Cork City Medieval Walls Management Plan

Heritage Plan Ref No 2.26

Cork City Council working in partnership with the Heritage Council through the Irish Walled Town Network commissioned a plan for protection, management and interpretation of Cork City’s medieval city walls.

The aim of the project is to highlight the importance and significance of the walls in the formation and development of Cork City.  The Plan outlines management measures required to protect, preserve and promote the City Walls. 

The plan will increase awareness of the medieval walls amongst the public, property owners, developers, local authority staff and heritage professionals.

For further information contact Cork City Archaeologist at

Medieval Walls

Medieval Walls

Seminar on the Conservation of Historic Ironwork

Heritage Plan Ref No 4.1

Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council ran a 2 day seminar on the Conservation of Historic Ironwork. 

This seminar was designed to provide information on the conservation and maintenance of historic architectural ironwork eg railings, gates, piers, balconies, structures etc.   Topics  included repair techniques for wrought iron and cast iron, sourcing materials, managing an ironwork project, painting methods etc. The seminar was delivered by staff of Historic Scotland through the Scottish Ironwork Foundation. A number of best practice examples were looked at including some current projects in Cork City and County and a site visit to some examples of historic ironwork in Cork City.

The seminar was very successful and was attended by heritage professionals, heritage interest groups and Cork City Council personnel. 

For further information contact the Heritage Officer at

Lord Mayor and Speakers

Lord Mayor and Speakers

Bridges Study

Heritage Plan Ref No 2.9

Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council carried out a study of 5 bridge typologies in Cork City.  The aim of the project was to identify conservation and maintenance measures for these 5 bridge typologies and to examine issues relating to lighting, access and natural heritage. The study provided information and suggested maintenance measures that can be applied by Cork City Council to these and similar bridges throughout the city.

Clontarf Bridge

Clontarf Bridge from Terence McSweeney Quay

Publication - "A Guide to Protected Structures in Cork City"

Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council produced a . The aim of this publication was to provide information on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) in Cork City.  The publication explains and illustrates the reasons and rationale behind designating these buildings, the obligations associated with this designation and the financial assistance that is available.

The guideline is aimed at building owners, developers, the general public and decision makers.

A Guide to Protected Structures in Cork City can be downloaded here in pdf format or obtained from the Planning Counter at Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork or by emailing

Built Heritage Awards Scheme

Heritage Plan Ref No 2.25

Cork City Council in partnership with Cork Marketing Partnership introduced a new Heritage Category the existing Cork City Better Buildings Awards Scheme.

The aim of the project was to promote architectural heritage, conservation achievements and good practice in contemporary design.   The project was very successful and raised awareness of built heritage amongst businesses and developers by focussing not only on the built heritage of the past but also the built heritage we are creating now for future generations. 

The 2007 winners included St. Johns Central College, Maud Cotter’s House & Studio, Ogham Stones, UCC and Mardyke Bridge and Walk, Crawford Observatory, UCC, St. Fin Barres Cathedral, Joachim and Annes.

“Merchants of Cork” – Online Archives Exhibition

Heritage Plan Ref No 390/ 4.5

Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council created a permanent online Archives exhibition on the “Merchants of Cork.”  The online exhibition covers topics such as Merchant Princes, Brewing and Distilling, Shipping, Workers and Manufactures, Provisions Trade and Retail Heritage.

The aim of the project was to increase access and raise awareness of the collections at the Cork City and County Archives for members of the public, researchers, genealogists and other interested parties. 

To view this exhibition log on to


Corporation Meat Market
Corporation Meat Market

Audit of Biological Datasets for Cork City

Heritage Plan Ref No 5.2

Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council  carried out an audit of biological datasets for Cork City.  This audit identified and collated existing research and publications relating to Natural Heritage and Biodiversity.  This database will remain open for further input and new additions will be made as the information becomes available.

The aim of this project was to assist in identifying areas of biological importance and to identify areas in need of further research. The database will also inform the draft Cork City Biodiversity Plan.


Tree Survey

Heritage Plan Ref No 4.6

A survey of trees in private and public ownership was carried out in the Lough area on behalf of Cork City Council. The aim of the project was to identify trees of significance and or amenity value, and to develop a maintenance strategy for these trees.


Bat Boxes

Heritage Plan Ref No 1.12

Cork City Council in association with the Cork County Bat Group developed a bat friendly space at the Lough as part of a greening of Cork programme by erecting specially designed bat boxes in the area.  The Cork County Bat Group will monitor and report on the success of the boxes.


Local Heritage Grant Scheme

Heritage Plan Ref No 1.16

Cork City Council created a Local Heritage Grants which was aimed at providing core funding in the form of small grants (€100 - €500) for local, community-based heritage groups and individuals who are involved in ongoing work that benefits the Heritage of Cork city.

Examples of eligible activities included holding public talks and meetings, exhibitions, training events, preparation costs for local publications, etc. Activities promoting the importance of Heritage in local communities and amongst young people were particularly welcome.   A total of 15 applications were granted funding in 2007.



Discover Cork School’s History – city edition 2006/2007

Heritage Plan Ref No 3.1

Cork City Council, in partnership with the Cork Civic trust, funded the Discover Cork School’s History Project – city edition 2006/2007, with sponsorship from Iarnrod Eireann and the Evening Echo. This project is a competition that encourages primary and post primary students to explore the origins of their city and to learn more about Cork’s rich Heritage. Students can enter under as an individual, in a group or as part of a class project and the competition is open to all schools in the cork city and suburbs area.

Coordinated by Kieran McCarthy the project was run very successfully in the 2006/2007 academic year. Over 750 students from primary and post primary schools participated in this project and there were 220 projects in total entered in the competition.

Judges of the School's History Project

Judges of the School's History Project

Heritage Website

Heritage Plan Ref No 2.13

Cork City Council created a new Heritage Website containing information on the Archaeology, Built, Natural and Cultural  Heritage of the city, Heritage Plan Actions, Events and News, Cork Heritage Open Day, Heritage Resource etc.

Beamish Brewery

Beamish Brewery

Cork City Biodiversity Plan

Heritage Plan Ref No 1.18

Cork City Council with the support of the Heritage Council have produced a draft Biodiversity Plan for Cork City.  This plan seeks to provide a framework for the conservation of biodiversity in Cork City, to raise public awareness and to collect and collate information on local biodiversity.