Cork City buildings open doors to public
Cork Heritage Open Day to attract crowds to over 40 buildings not normally open to public
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 day.ie.
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.
Writer Cónal Creedon, with Colm, Niamh, and Eadaoin Tracey, launching Cork Heritage Open Day at the recently renovated Nano Nagle Place.