Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Free events and entertainment for Australia Day in Cobh (11 July 2019)

Free events and entertainment for Australia Day in Cobh
~ 1500 Australians will arrive in Cobh on Thursday, 11 July ~

1500 Australians will arrive in Cobh early on Thursday morning, 11 July, aboard the cruise ship Sea Princess to a true Irish ‘Australia Day’ welcome. 

The stop is part of a 107 day around the world cruise from Sydney to Sydney. Cobh will be the only Irish port on their voyage that will visit 36 ports, transit both the Suez and Panama canals, and travel an incredible 59,000km.  The town was just named as one of the 25 most beautiful towns in Europe by Conde Nast.

As has been the case since 2009, Cobh Tourism will roll out the red carpet and has christened the day’s festivities ‘Australia Day in Cobh’, making it one of the passenger’s favourite destinations because of the welcome they receive.

Cobh’s Festival atmosphere will include nonstop free entertainment from 11am in the town’s waterfront Promenade. This will include traditional music and Irish dancing, market stalls, a rousing performance from Trad Band Gaelic Brew and a farewell musical knees up with Cobh Confraternity Band, and all are welcome to attend.

Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard Andrews will visit Cobh and greet the passengers. He will receive a guided tour of St Colman’s Cathedral, which celebrates the centenary of its dedication in August this year. The Cathedral boasts the largest carillon in the Britain and Ireland and the ambassador and passengers will be treated to a special recital of Australian airs by the carillonneur Adrian Gebruers.

While many of the passengers will take half day excursions, many more will enjoy the wide variety of attractions that are just a stone’s throw away from the ship. “There are so many world class attractions in Cobh now that the ship should really be making an overnight call to make the most of all that there is to see and do,” commented Jack Walsh, chairperson of Cobh Tourism.

Visitors can trace their ancestors at Cobh Heritage Centre, take the ferry to Cork or Spike Island, solve riddles and puzzles at Escapade Cobh, dress up old time like First Class Passengers from the 1900s in Cobh Pastimes; explore the history of the Titanic at the Titanic Experience, visit the famous St Colman’s Cathedral, play a round of golf or go boating with Ocean Escapes and Cork Harbour Boat Hire. They may also wish to explore Fota House and Fota Wildlife park or they could take a trip to the nearby Jameson Distillery.  Many will also quite simply enjoy the great ‘craic’ in Cobh’s pubs.
2018 visitors from Oz
A visit to Spike Island from where many convicts were held captive before being transported to Australia will be a must for many passengers as will the “Blessing of the Bonnets” ceremony in Cobh Heritage Centre at 6pm to honour all convict women and children transported to Australia,

‘Roses from the Heart’ is a unique memorial to the 25,566 convict women transported to Australia from Ireland and Britain from 1788 to 1853. It was conceived by Tasmanian Conceptual artist Christina Henri and a beautiful bonnet has been made to remember almost all of these women and children. “These women and children were forgotten for decades,” said Christina. “Their lives and their circumstances today seem unimaginable. It’s hard to believe the fortitude, resilience and courage that saw so many of these women survive and contribute to the Australian Nation enjoyed by so many today. They deserve to be remembered with gratitude,” she continued.

A bonnet installation in Cobh Heritage Centre remembers the women and children aboard the Neva that sailed from Cork on 8th January 1835, destined for the prisons of Botany Bay.  

There were 240 people on board, most of them either female convicts or the wives of already deported convicts and their children. On 13 May 1835 the ship hit a reef just north of King's Island in Australia and sank with the loss of 224 lives - one of the worst shipwrecks in maritime history.

At 8pm the 81st anniversary of the handover by Britain to Ireland of Spike Island as part of the Treaty Ports Handover will be commemorated in the Promenade in Cobh. The Tricolour will be ceremonially raised simultaneously raised in Cobh and on Spike Island at precisely 8pm, exactly 81 years after Eamon de Valera raised it for the first time ever on Spike Island.

As the Sea Princess sails at 10 pm, Cobh Confraternity Band will perform their renowned sailaway recital on the Bandstand at 6.30 pm. 

Of the 1950 passengers on board, 79% are Australians and 17% are New Zealanders. Their average age is 71 and 1300 of the passengers are doing the full Round the World voyage. 

Next year’s Round the World voyage, which includes a visit to Cobh on Tuesday 30th June 2020 is already on sale with prices for the entire trip starting at just €16,000 all inclusive.

For more information on all there is to see and do in Cobh see               

Friday, 21 June 2019

Don't miss final weekend of Cork Midsummer Festival 2019

Join us for the final weekend of
Cork Midsummer Festival 2019!

We've reached the final weekend of our 2019 edition, but there's still plenty to come in this year's festival! Check out some of our top tips below for events beginning over the next few days - and don't forget, the festival runs right through until Sunday 23 June, so make sure to join us for some Midsummer magic!

With many events already sold out, book now to avoid disappointment...!
A series of concerts featuring the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra and a fabulous array of special guests!
A trail of tales and scéals across Cork city and county featuring an all-star lineup of writers, poets, and performers
A free outdoor dance performance created by Oona Dohery and presented by Irish Modern Dance Theatre
Two days of non-stop family friendly experiments, games and activities in Fitzgerald Park
The viral sensations present their take on The Great Irish Songbook including The Frank and Walters, U2, Sinead O'Connor and more...
Book here

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

UCC launch of the Cork Folklore Project’s online catalogue

For anyone near Cork on 26 June, this will be a unique event...........

Roinn an Bhéaloidis agus na hEitneolaíochta/The Department of Folkore and Ethnology
and the Cork Folklore Project
cordially invite you to the UCC launch of the CFP’s online catalogue by international leader in digital oral history, Doug Boyd, followed by the talk:

‘Accelerating Change: Oral History, Innovation, and Impact’

on Wednesday 26 June 2019, 4-5.30pm.

The programme is as follows:

CACSSS Seminar Room, G.27, O’Rahilly Building G27

4pm                     UCC launch and walk-through of the Cork Folklore Project Online Catalogue

4.30pm              Doug Boyd, ‘Accelerating Change: Oral History, Innovation, and Impact’

5.30pm              Close

All are welcome to either or both events.
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in oral history, archiving,  and digital cultural heritage platforms and practice.

Doug Boyd is an international expert on oral history, archives, and digital technologies. He is the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. He manages the Oral History in the Digital Age collaborative initiative publishing current best practices and models for collecting, curating and disseminating oral histories. Additionally, Boyd leads the team at the University of Kentucky that envisioned, designed and implemented OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer), an open source digital tool for enhancing access to online oral history. Boyd is the co-editor (with Mary A. Larson) of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement (Palgrave MacMillan 2014), and he is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community (University Press of Kentucky 2011).

Doug authors the blog Digital Omnium: Oral History, Archives, and Digital Technology and is the author of numerous articles pertaining to oral history, archives and digital technologies. In addition to writing, Boyd co-hosts and co-produces The Wisdom Project podcast, co-hosts the Saving Stories radio program and podcast and he recently served as Executive Producer on the documentaries Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business and Quest for the Perfect Bourbon. Doug Boyd received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Folklore from Indiana University and his B.A. degree in History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara
Project Manager

Cork Folklore Project
St. Finbarr’s College
Farranferris, Cork
(021) 422-8100

The Cork Folklore Project hours are:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays -- 9AM to 1PM and 2PM to 4.30PM
Thursdays – 9AM to 12.30PM

Friday, 7 June 2019

Seafest in Cork 7-9 June 2019. A Terrific Visit. Continues this Saturday and Sunday.

Seafest in Cork 7-9 June 2019

A Terrific Visit. On this Saturday and Sunday.

The good looking guy in the centre is the Orange Roughy, a fish of the deep. And, clockwise from top left, we have a bit of netting fun, a starfish (in a tank with a dogfish and crab etc), a lobster taking a spin, lots of stalls with some good food (try his Kabssa), a "fish" made from plastic rubbish, and the Celtic Explorer (a very highly recommended visit, lots to see and very helpful crew). See the full programme here

Monday, 3 June 2019

A Walk in Knockadoon

A Walk in Knockadoon
(Ballymacoda, Youghal, Co. Cork)
Pictures taken from Capel Island Walk 03.06.2019


The path above the cliffs

A signal tower

Ballycotton and itslighthouse island in the distance

Capel Island

Capel Island

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Memory Morning with Cork Folklore Project

Join the Cork Folklore Project on Wednesday April 10 at 11am for a special Memory Morning event as part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. The event will take place at the Cork Folklore Project Outreach Hub, in the North Cathedral Visitor Centre on Roman Street. This free event will give you a chance to listen to oral history recording and stories about Cork's history, places, characters and traditions, selected from the collection of the Cork Folklore Project, which has been digitally recording the memories and stories of Cork, since 1996. Audio recordings, some of which have never been heard publicly before, will be extracted from the project’s over 900 hours of material and played on the day to those in attendance.

This is the first in a regular series of free Memory Morning events organised by Cork Folklore Project, with sponsorship from the Musgrave Group, which will run throughout 2019.