Heritage Plan 2009: Actions

Wildflowers of Cork City and County - Publication

Cork City Heritage Plan Action 2.1

The aim of this project was to produce a high quality book called Wildflowers of Cork City and County. This publication is 438 pages (including photographs and illustrations) comprising 15 chapters and a number of appendices.   The book is available in all book shops.   This is the first book of this nature to be produced on the Flora of Cork City and County and is of great interest to enthusiasts and specialists alike.

Wildflowers of Cork City and County

Tree Survey

Cork City Heritage Plan Action 4.6

The aim of this project was to survey, map and assess trees and semi-natural woodland along the Mardyke area within Cork City, with a view to developing a maintenance strategy for these trees and prioritising for protection, trees of significant biodiversity importance.  In addition the existing TPO trees were resurveyed and their condition assessed.  The consultant was also asked to examine options by which the trees or group of trees can effectively be protected using examples of best practice from other Local Authorities in Ireland and in Europe.


Discover Cork School’s History Project – City Edition 2008/2009

Cork City Heritage Plan Action: 3.1

The aim of this project was to encourage students at both primary and post primary level to become familiar with local heritage and history and to learn its value in their lives through participating in either an individual or group heritage project.  The project was co-funded by the Cork Civic Trust, Cork City Council and the Heritage Council.  The 2008/2009 project was very successful with 900 students participating and 220 projects being submitted from all across the city.

Launch of Cork Schools Heritage Project 2009

Cork Schools Heritage Project 2009 Brochure

Built Heritage Awards Scheme

Heritage Plan Ref No 2.25

Cork City Council in partnership with Cork Marketing Partnership continues to support the Heritage Category in Cork City Better Buildings Awards Scheme.
The aim of the project is to promote architectural heritage, conservation achievements and good practice in contemporary design.   The project aims to raise 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. 

Local Heritage Grant Scheme

Heritage Plan Ref No 1.16

Cork City Council continues to support the Local Heritage Grant Scheme 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.

Signed Heritage Trails - Cork City Heritage Plan Action

 Heritage Plan Action 2.6

Following on from the recommendations from this project study on the development of Heritage Trails in Cork City carried out in 2008, a successful application was submitted to the Dept of Transport, Mobility Week by the Roads Department of Cork City Council fund to develop a section of the signed heritage walk. This walk covers part of the city centre and the Shandon area.  The trail is self guided and consists of interpretive panels, finger posts and a brochure with a map. It is hoped that this project will be extended over the next number years to incorporate other areas of the city. The funding was awarded in May 2009 and the project was completed and launched in Sept 2009.

Best Foot Forward Cork Trails Launch
Best Foot Forward Cork Trails Launch

Cork Trails Panel
Cork Trails Panel

Cork Trails Signpost
Cork Trails Signpost

Heritage i-walks - Cork City Heritage Plan Action

Heritage Plan Action 2.6

A study on the development of Heritage Trails in Cork City was carried out in 2008.  This project was funded through the Heritage Council in 2008 as part of the Heritage Plan funding. Following on from the recommendations from this project 2 iwalks were developed in association with Failte Ireland. These are narrated walks which can be downloaded to mp3 players or mobile phones.  The i-walks are “A Flavour of Cork” which is an introduction to the Heritage of Cork and “Creative Cork” which looks at the cultural heritage and arts of Cork City.  This project will be launch in early 2010. 

Celebrating Cork's Past, Exhibition, Millennium Hall, Tuesday 20th October 2009

Heritage Plan Action 1.17

Over forty Cork historical societies and groups gathered for an exhibition at the Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall on Tuesday 20th October 2009 (11 am-7 pm) to celebrate Cork’s past.  

This unique event brought together local heritage and history groups from the City and County area for the first time. It was organised by a committee of individuals with an interest and passion for local history and heritage who were brought together by Cllr Brian Bermingham during his term as Lord Mayor.  This exhibition showcased the fascinating and exciting work carried out by these Heritage voluntary groups. 

The day long exhibition brought together a cross section of Cork’s finest historians and ‘caretakers’ of Cork’s past to share what they know about the Cork region’s history and memories as only they know how. The theme of the exhibition was celebration and participation.  This event was very well attended by young and old alike.

Cork historian and organiser Richard T. Cooke commented,”We all live in areas where the past is all around. This history makes us who we are. The Celebrating Cork Exhibition is about bringing historical groups together so that they meet each other, chat and share ideas so historical societies can plan for the future. The aim is also to present their rich histories to the Cork public.”

Celebrating Cork's Past Exhibition was supported by Cork City Council, and the Cork City and County Archives.  Admission was free.  

For further information on next years exhibition please contact, Mr. Richard T. Cooke on

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