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40 new videos of archival footage and guided tours of historic buildings in Cork to be featured on as Cork Heritage Open Day takes place virtually on Aug 15



Ruairí Harte and Sadhbh Ní Thuama at the launch of Cork Heritage Open Day, which is organised by Cork City Council and takes place on Saturday August 15th. The festival is taking place virtually on  and members of the public will be able to explore online some of Cork’s finest historic and heritage buildings. Picture Clare Keogh

Cork Heritage Open Day is taking place virtually on Saturday August 15th and the website will feature over 40 videos of archival footage of Cork and guided tours of historic and heritage buildings in the city.

The website will go live on Saturday August 15th to mark Cork Heritage Open Day.

Some of the buildings to be featured include Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, Heineken Ireland, Cork Savings Bank, Unitarian Church, the National Sculpture Factory, Fota House, Triskel Christchurch, Crawford Art Gallery, The Metropole Hotel, the North Monastery, Custom House Port of Cork, Backwater Studios and Cork Printmakers and Cork Trinity Presbyterian Church.

To celebrate Cork Heritage Open Day a series of interviews on a wide range of historic events and buildings in Cork will also be available on the website.

  • Local Historian Liam O hÚigín will speak about growing up in the Middle Parish in Cork
  • Military Historian Gerry White will discuss the life of Terence MacSwiney
  • Cllr. Kieran McCarthy will give a virtual tour of City Hall, one of Cork’s most splendid buildings which replaced the old City Hall that was destroyed in the Burning of Cork in 1920
  • Cork’s 96FM DJ Lorraine Murphy will delve into the history of Broadcasting House which was dates back to 1888 and was home to the Vincentian Fathers and the Christian Brothers
  • Dr David Butler will talk about Masonic Hall, home of Freemasonry in Cork since 1844
  • Denis McGarry will give an insight into the Military Museum Collins Barracks which contains memorabilia associated with Michael Collins
  • Peter Stobart, Director of Music in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will speak about the building and the magnificent organ in the Cathedral
  • Mervyn Horgan will speak about the Old Cork Waterworks which played a significant role in Cork’s industrial heritage

Discover the history of the Cork Jewish community and take part in a Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walking Tour. Produced and presented by local musician, Ruti Lachs, and supported by Cork City Council, the Virtual Walk focusses on seven Jewish sites in the city, with stories, poems, history, songs, and music from members of the Cork communities, past and present.

Take a step back in time on the website and enjoy wonderful footage and old images of Cork created by the Echo and by Tim McCoy. Enjoy heritage videos, history quizzes, colouring competitionstreasure hunts and lots more! There will be virtual re-enactments of Medieval Day in Elizabeth Fort, wonderful footage of Cork Coal Quay Festivalinterviews with Stonemasons from Carpenters Hall and valuable tips and advice on genealogy for those looking to trace their family trees.

Its all on which will go live on Saturday August 15th to mark Cork Heritage Open Day.

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