Cork City Heritage Open Day Events 2013

We had a jam-packed very successful heritage programme this year. Heritage Open Day was enjoyed by an estimated 12,000 people on the day and the feedback from all participants and those who hosted events was extremely positive. We are very grateful to all our organised events, those who opened their buildings and our media sponsors, Cork 96FM and the Evening Echo. 

Below find a list of events which took place on the 17th August 2013.

Heritage Open Day Events

Sat 17th Aug.







Children’s Heritage Open Day Treasure Hunt.  Enjoy a fun-filled activity with a difference and explore the old buildings of Cork in a special historic Treasure Hunt for kids. Fantastic prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place  including Family Tickets to the Everyman pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk and a Family Room in the Clarion Hotel, Cork 

   10am to 5pm

Cork City Library, Grand Parade.Triskel Christchurch. St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Crawford Art Gallery

Three exhibitions have been organised by the Blackpool Community Co-operative Association.  These include a photo exhibition by Blackpool Historical Society on artists such as Seamus Murphy and James Barry and local industrial heritage buildings.  A film on old Blackpool by Frameworks will also be screened at this event as well as a photo exhibition on the Blackpool Youth Club.  An information desk on the Youth Club will also be available at the exhibition.

9am to 5pm


Blackpool Community Centre

Celebrate Cork City's Medieval Day (as part of Irish Walled Towns Day) with historical re-enactments and displays of weaponry and medieval items. Be an archaeologist for a day and visit the archaeology roadshow which includes a dig - in -a - box and a dig - a viking - warrior. Family event with a children's colouring competition with fantastic prizes.


11am to 5pm

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street

Cork Folkore Project: Screening of the DVD if Walls Could Talk which explores the relationship between buildings in Cork and the people who use them


10am to 5pm

The Firkin Crane, City Library, Grand Parade, National Sculpture Factory, Triskel Christchurch, Blackrock Castle (11am - 1pm), Cork Vision Centre( 10.30 to 12 noon) and the Lifetime Lab

Lifetime Lab Water Open Day: Family fun activities include make and do, falconry, bubble making as well as launching water rockets and a water science zone


11am to 4pm

Lifetime Lab, Lee Road

The Coal Quay Festival


  12noon - 5pm

Coal Quay, Cornmarket Street

Visit the LE Ciara and explore a Navy Ship

10am - 12.30pm

2pm - 5pm

Albert Quay, Cork City Quays 

Tour of the Cork Printmakers Fine Art Print Workshop


10am to 12noon

Cork Printmakers, Wandesford Quay, Clarke's Bridge

Aspects - an Exhibition by three Blackwater Artists

10am to 12noon

Backwater Studio, Wandesford Quay, Clarke's Bridge


An Exhibition by the Cork Woodturning Community

10am to 12noon

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Clarke's Bridge


Assembling Moments Exhibition



10am to 5pm

The Firkin Crane, Shandon

An Exhibition celebrating the history of Christchurch


10am to 4pm

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street, Cork

Exhibition "We Built this City"

10am to 5pm.

Blackpool Library, Blackpool


*In celebration of Cork Heritage Day, The Irish Heritage Trust is delighted to offer visitors complimentary tours of Fota House :- 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Victorian Kitchen Garden:- 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

10am - 5pm Last admission is 4.30pm.* Booking is essential. or phone 021 4815543


Fota House, Fota Island, Co.Cork

Guided Tours of St Finbarre's Cathedral


10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm 

St.Finbarre's Cathedral, Bishop Street

*A walking tour of Cork City streets exploring their names, signage and history with Author Tom Spalding based on his new book "Layers". Meeting Point: Cork Vision Centre

10.30am *Booking essential 021 4279925

Vision Centre at St. Peter's North Main Street

Guided Tours of the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design 

11am and 2pm 

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Sharman Crawford Street

A Talk on Irish Heritage Plants and Seed Saving by Finbarr Kingston


Churchfield Allotments

The War of Independence in Muskerry by Noel Howard of Kilmurray Historical Society


Bishopstown Library, Bishopstown

*Guided Turret & Dungeon Tours Limited to 25 people per tour. Phone: 021 4357917 Email:


Tours at 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon & 12.30pm. *Booking essential

Blackrock Castle Observatory, Castle Road, Blackrock

Walk and Talk "Cork before the Vikings: ice, river and estuary" by Anthony Beese


Meet on the Boardwalk on Lapps Quay

Booking Essential:

Please contact Anthony @ 086-8908934 or


Sr. Rosario will give a guided tour of Presentation Centre formerly the South Presentation Convent



Presentation Centre, Evergreen Street

Medieval Christchurch display


11am - 5pm

Christchurch/Triskel, South Main Street

*"Hands On" Workshop From the Cork Printmakers


11am to 1pm

2.30pm - 4pm *Booking essential 021 4907862


Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place

"Travelling Back" - A new exhibition of photographs celebrating Traveller Heritage

11am to 5pm



Public Museum, Fitzgerald's Park 

Celebrating Beady Pockets - a symbol of Traveller identity and Heritage 

11am to 5pm

Public Museum, Fitzgerald's Park

A Guided Tour of the Boole Library UCC


Boole Library, UCC

Guided Tours of the Maldron Hotel(formerly the North Infirmary) by Michael Lally, General Manager of the Maldron Hotel


11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm and 2pm

The Maldron Hotel, John Redmond Street

*Guided Tour of Christchurch

 12 noon, 2pm       *Booking essential  021 4272022

Triskel Christchurch, South Main Street

"Analysing Cubism" Tour followed by "Hands On" session on how to make your own Cubist works


12 noon Sculpture Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place

The Ghost of Shandon: workshop by Alan Corbett Under 12's Event


12 noon

Bishopstown Library

Guided tours of the National Sculpture Factory


12 noon - 3pm

National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork

Design your own Family Tree Workshop "Grow your Family Tree"


Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC

"Barley, malt and porter: The development of Beamish and Crawford's Cork Porter Brewery during the nineteenth century. " Colin Rynne, Department of Archaeology, UCC


The City Library, Grand Parade

*A talk by RTE Radio 1 - Seascapes Presenter Marcus Connaughton on the rich heritage of our maritime explorers who sailed the World's Oceans

2pm Booking essential 021 4625375

Custom House, Port of Cork, Custom House Quay

Talks on the history of Pavilion Building by Joe Kelly

2pm - 6pm

The Pavilion, Carey's Lane

View 85 years of Scouting History

  2pm to 5pm

St Finbarr's Scout Hall, Upper Doyle Road, Friar's Walk

*Free Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the Everyman

3pm *Booking essential 021 4501673

The Everyman, MacCurtain Street

A Guided Tour of University College Cork

3pm Meet at the Visitors Centre


University College Cork, College Road

An intoduction to Allotment Gardening and Planning a Vegetable Garden by Geraldine O'Sullivan


Churchfield Allotments

Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society Exhibition


 4pm to 6pm

Civic Trust House, 50 Popes Quay

Public Conversation on "Crumbling Cork" facilitated by historian and City Councillor Cllr Kieran Mc Carthy


Civic Trust House, 50 Popes Quay


 Free Ticketed Events

Due to limited capacity and space, the events listed below required pre-booking. You will receive an Official Cork Heritage Open day Ticket which must be produced and handed to the Organiser/Heritage Open Day Volunteer of the given event at the start. All tickets are free and can be booked from the Everyman Box Office Tel: 021 4501673 



Cork Heritage Open Day

Free Ticketed Events.





* Historical Tour of Cork City Hall. Cllr Kieran McCarthy.  Booking is essential as places are limited. Official Tickets must be produced on the day to participate. Contact: The Everyman Box Office Tel: 021 4501673


Cork City Hall, Anglesea St.

* Free Guided Tours of the Cork Circuit Court House. Booking is essential as places are limited! Official Tickets must be produced on the day to participate. Contact: The Everyman Box Office Tel: 021 4501673

11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm & 2pm

Cork Circuit Courthouse, Washington Street

Guided Walking Tour about the Famine in the South Parish by Ronnie Herlihy of the Cork South Parish Historical Society(Booking is essential as places are limited! Official Tickets must be produced on the day to participate. Contact: The Everyman Box Office Tel: 021 4501673


Meeting Point: Outside St Finbarres Hospital on Douglas Road

* Denise Gabuzda will give a talk entitled "A Measure of Love" - Quakers and the Famine in Cork. Booking is essential as places are limited. Official tickets must be produced to participate. Contact The Everyman Box Office Tel 021 4501673


Quaker Meeting House, Summer Hill South

* A Guided Walking Tour of South and North Main Street by Liam O'h'Uigin. Booking is essential as places are limited. Official Tickets must be produced to participate. Contact The Everyman Box Office Tel: 021 4501673


Meeting Point: South Gate Bridge