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Cork City Council Heritage Grant

Applications are sought by Cork City Council for the Heritage Grants 2010/2011. This grant scheme is aimed at providing core funding in the form of small grants (€200 - €500) for local, community-based heritage groups and individuals who are involved in ongoing work that benefits the Heritage of Cork City.

Examples of eligible activities include holding public talks and meetings, exhibitions, training events, preparation costs for local publications, etc. Activities promoting the importance of Heritage in local communities and amongst young people are particularly welcome.

The Closing Date for this application is 4 pm Friday the 26th of November 2010.

For an application form please contact Mary Doyle, Planning Dept, Cork City Council, City Hall. Or Tel 021 4924018 or email

This grant scheme is an action from the Cork City Heritage Plan 2007 - 2012.

Heritage Week 2010/Seachtain Oidhreachta 2010

21st – 29th August / 21ú - 19ú Lúnasa

Ag Ceiliúradh Oidhreacht Cathrach Chorcaí

Cork Heritage Week Call for Participants

Cork Heritage Week, a unique event which will showcase heritage in Cork City will take place from August 21st to August 29th.

Cork has a rich and diverse heritage and to celebrate Cork Heritage Week a series of events will be organised by Cork City Council, community groups, heritage and historical societies and individuals.

Cork Heritage Week will take place all over the city and will see a range of historic and cultural sites including churches and public and buildings, open up to the public. Throughout the week there will be a series of lectures, guided walking tours, historical enactments, exhibitions and demonstrations.

The aim of Cork Heritage Week is to raise awareness, appreciation and knowledge of heritage in the city. For eight days the best of heritage in Cork will be on display and it is a wonderful occasion to celebrate what makes our cultural heritage, history, folklore, local food and maritime traditions in Cork so unique.

Cork Heritage Week is open to everyone and you can become involved by organising your own event or volunteering with local groups in the area. If you are interested in registering your event or volunteering for Cork Heritage Week please contact Eimear O’Brien PR, Tel: 086 8900364/

Heritage Week is co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Council with support from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and is part of European Heritage Days which is celebrated in over 40 countries. Cork City Council promotes and supports Heritage Week at a local level in Cork City.

The closing date for submissions is the 24th of June 2010.

For further information contact:

Eimear O’Brien,
Eimear O’Brien PR,
Tel: 086 8900364

Nature in the City a guide to Biodiversity in Cork City

Cork City Council is delighted to welcome the publication Nature in the City a guide to Biodiversity in Cork City a valuable edition to the existing series of interesting and worthwhile Heritage publications. This booklet was produced by Cork City Council with the financial support from the Heritage Council and is a timely publication in the International Year of Biodiversity. Biodiversity means the variety of life on Earth and encompasses everything from the smallest insect in our gardens to the largest whales in the ocean. It includes all living plants and animals whether rare or common. The term biodiversity is an attempt to represent in a single word the rich tapestry of life on Earth.

Cork City supports a wide and varied array of plants and animals. The green spaces of the city such as gardens, parks and areas such as the ponds and lakes, rivers and Cork Harbour provide havens for many species more usually found in rural situations. Indeed many of the urban structures of the city eg the walls and buildings also provide homes to species which specialise in living in cities.

This booklet helps to raise awareness of the wealth of nature in the city and indicates where and how nature in the city can be seen and enjoyed. This publication also gives practical tips on how to improve biodiversity and where to get further information and advice. Copies of are available Nature in the City a guide to Biodiversity in Cork City are available from the Heritage Officer, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork City. Tel: 021 4924757, Fax: 021 4924712. or Email: