Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen….
As Lord Mayor I am delighted to be here today to officially open Cork Heritage Open Day. This exciting event is a wonderful celebration of the Built Heritage of Cork.
This is a homecoming of sorts for me as I understand this building was commissioned in the late 1700s by the then Cork Corporation to provide the official residence for the Lord Mayor and a suitable premises for the holding of their council meetings. It is indeed a magnificent building and an excellent example of an eighteenth century historic home. I would like to thank the management and staff of the Mercy Hospital Mansion House for facilitating us today and for all the time and effort they have put into hosting this opening event.
Siobhan O'Mahony Mercy Hospital, Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune and Sr. Laurentia, Mercy Hospital
Thank you also to the City Museum who have kindly lent us the original dinner service from the Mansion House, the Ceremonial Silver Dart and the Mayoralty furniture. Its wonderful to see these artefacts back in their original home.
There are nearly 30 buildings throughout the city and county participating in Cork Heritage Open Day today. Many of these buildings have never been open to the public in this manner before. Indeed some of these buildings are relatively unknown to visitors and the citizens of Cork.
Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer, Cork City Council, Ann Bogan Senior, Planner Cork City Council, Peter Cox ICOMOS, John Miller Civic Trust.
Cork Heritage Open Day was organised by the Heritage Officer and Planning Policy Unit of Cork City Council in association with Cork County Council, the Dept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, The International Council Of Monuments and Sites, Cork Civic Trust and Cork 2005.
Special mention must be made of the proprietors of the participating buildings, who have been fantastic in their support for this project. On behalf of the people of Cork I would like to thank them most sincerely for their generosity.
Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Cllr. Jim Corr, Cllr. Donal Counihan, Cllr. Catherine Clancy and Cllr. Mairin Quill, staff of Mercy Hospital, organizers of Cork Heritage Open Day and members of the public.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the general public to participate in an event that celebrates the rich culture of Cork and I urge everyone interested in the culture and history of Cork to avail of this marvelous opportunity.
Lord Mayor of Cork
Cllr. Deirdre Clune
10th September 2005
Cllr. Donal Counihan, Cllr. Catherine Clancy and Cllr. Mairin Quill.