Cork City build­ings open doors to public

Cork Her­itage Open Day to at­tract crowds to over 40 build­ings not nor­mally open to public

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The sto­ries be­hind the built her­itage of Cork city are to be cel­e­brated this Satur­day with more than 40 build­ings throw­ing open their doors freeof-charge for the an­nual Cork Her­itage Open Day.

Writer Có­nal Cree­don is the am­bas­sador for this year’s jam-packed event, the big­gest to date. A full list of events can be seen at cork her­itage open

Many of the build­ings selected are not usu­ally ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral public, in­clud­ing The Ma­sonic Hall on Tuckey Street and Heineken Ire­land (Mur­phy’s Brew­ery) on Leitrim Street.

New her­itage gems on the pro­gramme in­clude the re­cently ren­o­vated Nano Nagle Place on Dou­glas Street and UCC’s Craw­ford Ob­ser­va­tory.

There will also be an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme of free guided tours, in­clud­ing a walk­ing tour by Mar­cus Con­naughton of the favourite Cork haunts of leg­endary musician Rory Gal­lagher.

A ‘Look­ing Up’ Her­itage com­pe­ti­tion will take place through­out the day, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to glance up­wards to the unique ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments atop of Cork’s his­tor­i­cal build­ings.

Her­itage of­fi­cer at City Hall, Ni­amh Twomey said: “This year’s her­itage open day prom­ises to be jam-packed with ex­cit­ing fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages.

We in­vite peo­ple from Cork and be­yond to come and peek in­side the many won­der­ful build­ings that are throw­ing open their doors for one day only.

“From ed­u­ca­tional to ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal, medieval to mil­i­tary and civic to com­mer­cial, every build­ing in­volved has its own unique his­tory and ar­chi­tec­ture.”

“We are guardians of the mag­nif­i­cent liv­ing her­itage of our city that has been passed down to us through our an­ces­tors,” said Mr Cree­don.

Pic­ture: Clare Keogh

Writer Có­nal Cree­don, with Colm, Ni­amh, and Eadaoin Tracey, launch­ing Cork Her­itage Open Day at the re­cently ren­o­vated Nano Nagle Place.

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