Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen….
As Lord Mayor I am delighted to launch the website for Cork Heritage Open Day www.corkheritageopenday.ie. This event which will be held on Saturday the 10th of September 2005 is a celebration of the Built Heritage of Cork.
There are nearly 30 buildings throughout the city and county participating on the day, many of which 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.
The Cork Heritage Open Day website www.corkheritageopenday.ie provides the details of what buildings are open on the day. It also provides some interpretive information on the buildings themselves as well as identifying walking routes throughout the city. I would like to complement and thank the staff of the Information Systems Dept of the Cork City Council for their expert design work.
The event 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, some of whom are here tonight, who have been fantastic in their support for this project. On behalf of the people of Cork I would like to thank them for their generosity.
As Lord Mayor I will be opening this exciting event on Saturday the 10th at 9.30 a.m. by visiting the historic home of the Lord Mayor of Cork at the Mercy Hospital Mansion House.
I am sure that this event will make a living exhibition of the built environment, promote interest and raise awareness of the built heritage in Cork. It will also provide the opportunity for the general public to participate in an event that celebrates the rich culture of Cork. I urge everyone interested in the culture and history of Cork to avail of this marvelous opportunity.
Lord Mayor of Cork,
Cllr. Deirdre Clune.
31st August 2005
Jim O'Donovan, Director of Services, Planning and Development Directorate, Liam Scott, Human Resources Manager, Heritage Council, Lord Mayor, Councilor Deirdre Clune, Willie Cumming, Senior Architect, National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) Unit, Dept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Pat Ruane, Conservation Officer.
Noel Riordan, Senior Executive Planner, Ann Bogan, Senior Planner, Tim Twomey, Assistant Planner, Lord Mayor, Councilor Deirdre Clune, Denis McGarry Senior Executive Technician, Planning Directorate, Gwen Jordan, Executive Planner and Jim O'Donovan Director of Services, Planning and Development Directorate.
Ann Bogan, Senior Planner, Eileen O'Leary, Webmaster, Information Systems Department, Louise Harrington, Conservation Officer, Cork County Council, Lord Mayor, Councilor Deirdre Clune, Councilor Máirín Quill, Councilor Catherine Clancy and Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer.
Mary Leland, Journalist and Author and John Miller, General Manager Cork Civic Trust.