An invitation for a behind the scenes glimpse of some of Cork’s most recognisable landmarks proved an unmissable opportunity for the thousands of people who enjoyed this year’s Cork Heritage Open Day last Saturday August 17th.
39 buildings, including the newly renovated former Cork Savings Bank, Freemason’s Hall, The LE Samuel Beckett and Cork Circuit Court threw open their doors to the public, inviting them to explore their rich and vibrant history.
“For the first time, Cork City Council provided ISL interpreters for a number of tours on Cork Heritage Open Day” said Niamh Twomey Heritage Officer with Cork City Council. “We are keen to ensure that the event continues to be accessible to all.”
The Historical Walk Through the Middle Parish led by local historian, Liam Ó hÚigin proved a real crowd-pleaser, while Crawford Uncovered, invited participants to explore the hidden history of Crawford Gallery.
“We were also delighted to see tour guide groups like Free Tours, for example, taking advantage of the five self-guided walks created for Cork Heritage Open Day as a basis for tours in Spanish and Portuguese” said Niamh.
Organised by Cork City Council, Cork Heritage Open Day kicks off National Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council, and is proudly supported by media sponsors, The Echo and Cork’s 96FM.
“Two key ingredients in another successful Cork Heritage Open Day was the weather, and our dedicated army of volunteers” added Niamh. “There are so many people behind the scenes that without their support, the day wouldn’t be possible. So thank you to all the unsung heroes whose pride and passion for Cork, its history and heritage, has made this such a memorable event for the past 15 years.”