Sunday, 9 October 2016

Cork City on a slightly foggy October morning

Cork City on a slightly foggy October morning

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Open House Cork returns to celebrate city’s architecture and design

Open House Cork returns to celebrate cityarchitecture and design

Following the success of the inaugural weekend last year, the second Open House Cork, showcasing the very best of private and public architecture in the city, is returning this month. 

Taking place from Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd, the citywide architectural festival will allow the public free access to over 20 buildings — including a chance to peek inside some of the most unique homes. Over 30 events will be held across the weekend, including free on-site tours, workshops, talks, and family-friendly activities.

Several new buildings have been added to this years programme, and among the highlights is the multi-million euro St Angelas School on Patrick’s Hill, designed by RIBA Royal Gold Medal award-winning Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey. Another of the firms designs, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery will also be open on the weekend, and architect Willie Carey of O’Donnell + Tuomey will give a tour of the building, discussing the different roles it manages to undertake.

Some intriguing private homes involved include social houses in Mayfield, Ballyphehane and Greenmount, along with the ever popular Narrow House on Red Abbey Street.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming weekend, Chairperson of Open House Cork, Danny Holland said: “After such a success last year, its great to hold Open House again in Cork. This event highlights the beautiful and diverse architecture we have in abundance across the city, and the people who help design and build it. It also generates important discussion on the role of a high quality built environment in our day-to-day lives.”

Danny added: “Last year, our private dwellings were incredibly popular, so we have listened to our audience and have added more homes to the 2016 programme.”

The opening night launch will take place on Friday, September 30th at The Atrium, Cork City Hall, with speakers to include architects John McLaughlin and James ODonovan, who collaborated on the design of the Irish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2014. They will discuss their experience of fusing the worlds of installation art, furniture design, street design and architecture in a collaborative context. 

A series of walking tours will run across the weekend, including an architectural trail of city-centre pubs, a look at Corks 20th century architecture, and a docklands walking tour. 

For budding architects, family-friendly events include a sketching tour of MacCurtain Street, a workshop for children at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery and a reading of architecturally themed stories in the childrens section of the City Library on Grand Parade. There will also be an exhibition by students of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education and CITs Architecture Department, entitled Space and Place: Interpreting the City and its Buildings

Open House Cork is supported by the Arts Council and Cork City Council, with media partners the Irish Examiner. Red FM are media supporters for this year’s event. For more information on the buildings and events featured in Open House Cork, see, Open House Corks Twitter page @OpenHouseCork or on Facebook at

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Over 40 buildings open their doors for Cork Heritage Open Day

Over 40 buildings open their doors for Cork Heritage Open Day


The diverse built heritage of Cork city is to be celebrated on Saturday, August 20th with more than 40 buildings throwing open their doors free-of-charge for the 12th annual Cork Heritage Open Day.


Famed traditional Irish singer Sean Ó Sé is the ambassador for this year’s jam-packed event, which is the biggest to date. 

From the educational to ecclesiastical, medieval to military, and civic to commercial, many of the buildings involved are not usually accessible to the general public. Cork Heritage Open Day also includes an exciting programme of free guided tours, talks and a heritage treasure hunt. Cork Heritage Open Day is organised by Cork City Council as part of Heritage Week in partnership with the Heritage Council and is proudly supported by media sponsors Evening Echo and Cork’s 96FM.


“Every year Cork Heritage Open Day grows in size and popularity. This year is its 12th anniversary and to celebrate we are presenting our biggest programme to date, packed with fun activities for all ages,” said Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer at Cork City Council. “Cork’s built heritage tells a fascinating tale, and we are delighted that so many buildings continue to participate in this fantastic event. We are also pleased to welcome this year’s two new buildings, St Angela’s College, and Cork’s 96FM. Every building involved has its own unique history and architecture, which can be discovered on Saturday, August 20th.”


This year’s Cork Heritage Open Day Ambassador, famed traditional Irish singer Sean Ó Sé added: “I am honoured to be involved in Cork Heritage Open Day. The event is instrumental in ensuring that local heritage on the banks of our own lovely Lee is recognised and celebrated.” 

Some of the many exciting events on the day include an exhibition on the Easter Rising at Cork City and County Archives, while Cork Public Museum in Fitzgerald Park will recognise the 1916 centenary with a display centred on the testimonies of local people involved in the Rising. Reimagine Cork, a community effort focused on transforming the city, will run a heritage treasure hunt for adults celebrating Cork’s history, heritage and humour, and there will also be fun-filled family activities such as the Coal Quay festival on Cornmarket Street and a Medieval Day at Elizabeth Fort.

Cork Heritage Open Day will mark the start of Cork Heritage Week, running from August 20th to 28th. For a full list of events see or pick up a brochure at Cork City Library or Cork City Tourist Information Office on Grand Parade. Further information will also be available on Facebook at ‘Cork Heritage Open Day’ and on Twitter at @corkheritage. 

press release

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Radio On: Finbarr Donnelly, The Arc & The Cork Post-Punk Music Scene

Radio On: Finbarr Donnelly, The Arc & The Cork Post-Punk Music Scene

Gulpd Café, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
Wednesday August 24th 2016, 8pm
Admission Free, All Welcome

Radio On is a public discussion event based around the radio documentary ‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ produced by Paul McDermott and first broadcast on UCC98.3FM. The documentary centres on Cork singer Finbarr Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Beethoven. The event features Paul McDermott as MC for the evening, in conversation with - 
  • Ricky Dineen – Guitarist, friend and bandmate of Finbarr Donnelly
  • Jim O’Mahony – DJ & Musician
  • Rob McKahey – Drummer with Stump
Plus DJ John Byrne, playing records of the era afterwards until close.
The event takes place during Heritage Week and is supported by The Heritage Council, Cork Folklore Project and UCC98.3FM. It will also be recorded for future broadcast on UCC98.3FM and archiving by Cork Folklore Project.
Heritage Week -
Cork Folklore Project -
UCC98.3FM -
Facebook Event –
For more information, interview requests etc., contact Conor O’Toole at, tel 086-8126413
Conor O’Toole & Paul McDermott are available for interview until Aug 5 & from Aug 17

‘Get That Monster Off The Stage’ features contributions from Cathal Coughlan & Sean O’Hagan (Microdisney), the late Mick Lynch (Stump), Giordaí Uí Laoighaire (9 Wassies From Bainne), the actor Liam Heffernan, journalists Declan Lynch & Shane Fitzsimons, Rory Cobbe (RTÉ), Morty McCarthy (Sultans of Ping FC), DJ & musician Jim O’Mahony, writer Cónal Creedon and more. It is available to listen to on this link.
Paul has developed a companion piece to the documentary, an Oral History, consisting of transcriptions from the documentary with additional interviews. Read that here.
Paul McDermott is also the producer of ‘Lights! Camel! Action!: The Story of Stump’, first broadcast in 2016. That documentary is available to hear on this link.
The accompanying Oral History is available here.
Currently, he is working on a radio documentary about Cork band Microdisney, for broadcast in 2017.

Paul is a Lecturer in Media Studies & Journalism at Rathmines College, Dublin, and Director of Programming at Dublin City FM.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Millstreet Country Park. And a Venison Treat!

Millstreet Country Park. 
And a Venison Treat!
Bring the kids. It's a terrific visit.  Full of surprises, its gardens, water features, walks and bike rides, lakes and ponds, bogs and mountains. And Red Irish deer, of course. Read more here

Monday, 25 July 2016

Lee Swim 2016. Start to Finish

Lee Swim 2016
Start to Finish
From a hectic start on the North Mall, swimmers from near and far brightened up a dull day in the city and fully deserved a warm welcome at a crowded Lapps Quay. Well done to all.

Monday, 11 July 2016

FORM16. Major Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Ballymaloe House

FORM16. Silent Expression
Major Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Ballymaloe House
9.00am to 9.00pm Daily, until August 31st.

Fox, by Ester Barrett
Giant Irish Stag, by Ester Barrett
It looks as if I like the work of Ester Barrett! But there are many more top artists exhibiting here. Check list at end.
Sleeper Study by Michael Quane
Pitch Fork by Patrick O'Reilly

Stone Sphere by Michelle Byrne

Trinity by Richie Healy

by Richie Healy

Steeplechaser by Ester Barrett

Legacy of Faith by Cormac O'Reilly

Leaf Form by Martha Quinn

Cat by Nigel Connell Bass

Eagle by Nigel Connell Nass

Dog by Nigel Connell Bass

Apatura Obscura by Richie Healy

Detail from Tall Hare by Seamus Connolly

Interjection 1 by Mel French

Dozens of artists are exhibiting here including:

Ester Barrett
Stephen Burke
Michelle Byrne
Rob Byrne
Sonia Caldwell
John Coll
Nigel Connell Bass
Seamus Connolly
Nuala Early
Jason Ellis
Mel French
Moss Gaynor
Richard Healy

Redmond Herrity
Bojana Križanec
Robyn Lawlor
Martin Lyttle
Eileen McDonagh
Tim Morris
David O’Brien
Elizabeth O’Kane
Niall O’Neill
Cormac O’Reilly
Patrick O’Reilly
Krystyna Pomeroy
Michael Quane
Martha Quinn
Vivienne Roche
Blessing Sayanga
Matthew Thompson
Gwen Wilkinson

There is also a fringe show. For more details on FORM16, please click here