Monday, 2 January 2017

Farran Wood on a frosty morning

Farran Wood on a frosty morning

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Ballycotton Cliff Walk. December 28th 2016

Ballycotton Cliff Walk. December 28th 2016
(first time on the walk for Paddy, a 7-month old puppy)

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. 

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