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.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Morning Visit to Fota Wildlife Park

Morning at Fota Wildlife Park

Come and see me at Fota Wildlife Park

Family photo at Fota Wildlife Park

Saturday, 23 February 2019

The Montenotte Hotel hosts Anastasia O'Donoghue Healy Exhibition

An exhibition by Anastasia O Donoghue Healy at The Gallery Montenotte, The Montenotte Hotel, Cork City. 
An exhibition by plein air artist Anastasia O Donoghue Healy at The Gallery Montenotte, The Montenotte Hotel, Cork City, February to May 26th. A collection of paintings featuring rural locations around West Cork where the artist lives and works. View the exhibition online by clicking HERE

Painting the “isness” of the landscape......

The landscape is central to Anastasia's painting practice. Since she was a young child it has played an ever-present part in her life. She says “Perhaps as a young child I didn't realise its' role in my formation as a person and as an artist” Being a self taught painter she has come to realise it has taught her so much about the art of living and "Being". As an avid walker she says she witnesses an unravelling of herself into the presence of now and a heightened fourfold experience of nature. This experience informs the essence of why and how she paints. It is “Being” within this space of presence while painting en plein air plays a defining part in her process. Anastasia’s paintings reflect a meeting of her interior landscape with her experience of "now" in the landscape while painting. She captures this meeting by her intuitive use of colour and mark making. As she paints en plein air a triangular dynamic develops between the artist, the landscape and the work as it reveals itself to her. Anastasis’s paintings capture the “isness” of the landscape at a given time.

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Kinsale, Co. Cork
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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Why did people get married on Shrove Tuesday? We did, in the snow.

Back then, why did so many people get married on Shrove Tuesday? We did, in the snow.

It began on Shrove Tuesday 1966. And Shrove Tuesday would be figure a fair bit in our early years. On that day in 1966, myself and a friend met in Riverstown with the intention of thumbing to town (Cork city). So, you may well ask, why would you be going out on a Tuesday night. The answer is that, thanks to the church, dancing would end for seven weeks on Shrove Tuesday and we knew this was our last chance to get a girlfriend for Lent.

This was the era of the showbands and the Freshman were one of the most popular. We were headed towards the Arcadia Ballroom where the Freshmen were playing. Trouble was that most of the young people of the city and surrounds had the same idea. We didn’t manage to thumb a lift to town and had to get the bus instead which delayed us. As we came up the Lower Glanmire Road, we could see the queue for the Arcadia (opposite the railway station) had stretched down as far as the railway bridge by Water Street. So not a hope of getting in. 

At the same time,  a bunch of girls from the southside were venturing over the bridges, also with the intention of going to the Freshmen. But they had no joy either. My friend had a contact on the door of the Refinery Club (in the block opposite St Patrick’s Church) and we two got in. The girls also headed there and got in. And it was there that I first met 17 year old Clare Cronin from Drew’s Terrace. I was set up for Lent, and life!

Okay, let’s wind the clock on three years to 1969 and the wedding which was held, believe it or not, on Shrove Tuesday, for reasons to do with the government and the church. The tax year in those times began and ended in the early days of April. If you got married before that date, the male partner had his tax allowance for the expiring financial year doubled. Lots of back-money! But the same church that didn't allow you dance during Lent didn’t allow you marry either. So there was a big rush to the altar in the days before Ash Wednesday.

The big day came and with it a massive snowfall. We had quite a job getting down the hills from Rougrane (near Caherlag) and up the main road to town. Indeed, we came to a full stop by the Silversprings Hotel as a bus had spun across the nearby railway bridge (the skew bridge). So my brother and I had to get out and walk. When we got past the accident, the traffic was moving slowly and a Glanmire man gave us a spin as far as the Coliseum.

From there, we headed off on foot, in formal suit and top hat, over towards the South Chapel, providing an inviting target for students from the School of Commerce who had been given the day off. Still, we made it on time. 

Indeed, well before the bridal party who were stranded up in Drew’s Terrace until O’Connor’s, who were providing the cars, came up with a set of snow chains and brought the whole group down in the one car.

I reckon we’ll always remember those Shrove Tuesdays. I know February 18th is the actual date, but we treat Shrove Tuesday as the Queen regards her official birthday. I think you can take we’ll be out celebrating again on Tuesday March 5th! The first celebration was last Saturday night in The Castle Café and it was superb; big thanks to Jerry and the team there.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Cork City Community Radio 100.5FM Celebrates 10 Years of Embracing and Supporting Local

Cork City Community Radio 100.5FM Celebrates 10 Years
of Embracing and Supporting Local
Established in 2009, Cork City Community Radio 100.5FM produces an excitingly unique range of community-centred programmes, which offer over 10,000* Cork local listeners (and overseas listeners) something truly different. 
Supporting local producers via The Food Show
As a volunteer-led, not-for-profit local radio station that runs for six months of the year (on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), it is testament to the hard work of the team involved and the dedication of the listeners that the team behind Cork City Community Radio 100.5FM are gearing up to celebrate their tenth year on air, supporting the local community. With the first of their 2019 broadcasts set to air this Friday 1st February, the station will kick-start yet another year filled with an eclectic mix of talk and music shows, catering to all aspects of community interest.   

Starting this Friday, the station will host shows featuring local stories and discussing topical subjects, such as the following:
Talk Shows
News Roundup
Weekly roundup of local news
The Business Hour
Local business and interviews
The Food Show
Artisan and local food producers
Cork in Focus
Health, wellbeing and community
The North Bank
Cork's Northside
Young at Heart
Senior-based programme
Sporting Cork
Analysis and discussion
Talking Sport
All things sport, local and other
This Island Nation
Marine life
Writer's Corner
Poets and short stories
Talk the Talk
Political and community news
Local Politics
Political and community news
Local history groups
Music Talk
Interviews and music groups
Gael Taca
Irish language programme
Drivetime Music
80s charts and news/sport updates

Music Shows
The Music Show
Contemporary music
Chart Music
Music from the charts
Trad Music
Traditional Irish music
Easy Wake Up
Easy listening/smooth jazz
Music is in the House
Community news, house and dance
Cork Music
Indie/rock bands
Music Mix 70s/80s
Music from the 70s/80s
Classical Music
Classical music
The Country Music Show
American country
Jazz Mornings
Smooth jazz
Album Trax
Less well-known tracks
Country Road
Irish country music
Showbands on Parade
Local and Irish showbands
Cork Rock
Local rock groups

Speaking ahead of this year’s first broadcast, Donal Quinlan, Station Manager/Director at Cork City Community Radio 100.5FM, said: “I always dreamed of Cork City Community Radio 100.5FM becoming a staple of the local airwaves and experiencing a lengthy run, but to be gearing up for our tenth year on air is mind blowing. Yet here we are! We have such a fantastic team of volunteers this year and I would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to them and to everyone else who, over the past 10 years, has had a hand in the station’s success from volunteers to sponsors.  A special tribute has to be made to two late, great men, Eoin O’Callaghan of O’Callaghan Properties and James O’Sullivan of M&P O’Sullivan, both of whom were instrumental in helping us get to this stage.”
A winner in Cork
He continued: “Our audience is constantly growing and feedback proves that our concept is a winner in Cork. We are now counting on the support of the local community to keep listening and supporting us for another 10 years! Obviously, the community and our listeners are the most important thing to us, but we all know, you cannot run an entity such as this without donations. The station isfinanced wholly by donations from organisations looking to support this initiative as gestures of good will or indeed, looking to expand their reach to the Cork local community. We have a number of donation and sponsorship packages available to anyone who is interested in supporting the continuation of the station’s work, so we welcome those looking to further enhance their Community Support or Corporate Social Responsibility plans.”

Cork City Community Radio is available on 100.5FM, on the Tune In app, on live stream at from anywhere in the world and shows are recorded and uploaded online following broadcast. The station and its volunteers encourage listeners to get in touch should they need support, and likewise, Cork City Community Radio always welcomes support from other organisations looking to donate or contribute in some way. 

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For donations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Donal Quinlan, Station Manager/Director, Cork City Community Radio, Lancaster Gate, Western Road, Cork City or email
*Estimate based on gathered interactions with the station on and offline.

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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Ballydehob's 12-Arched Viaduct

Ballydehob's 12-Arched Viaduct
The magnificent 12 arch bridge, which dominates the estuary of Ballydehob, was built in 1886 and was the major engineering achievement of the Skibbereen and Schull railway line. By the middle of the 20th century, the line was closed. 

Today, you may cross the bridge on foot as part of a part of a short looped walk. Coming on the road from Skibbereen and just before the existing road bridge, turn to your left into the car park. Read the info boards in the car park and off you go to enjoy the views out towards Ballydehob Bay and also towards the village itself. The local river is called Bawnaknockane.

I'm afraid there was no plaque on the wooden sculptures so I can't tell you anything about them.

Lots of info on the village on this local website here