The Corkman - - NEWS - BILL BROWNE

WITH just over a week to go to Cul­ture Night 2017, venues across the Rebel County are gear­ing up to host a plethora of free events high­light­ing the as­tound­ing wealth of cul­tural her­itage on our doorstep.

Now in its sev­enth year, Cul­ture Night opens up a mag­i­cal world of discovery and ad­ven­ture, of­fer­ing peo­ple the chance to im­merse them­selves in Cork’s past and present and visit many locations and at­trac­tions that might oth­er­wise be off-lim­its to the gen­eral pub­lic.

From Mal­low to Mac­room and from Freemount to Fer­moy com­mu­ni­ties have been busy over the past few weeks pre­par­ing an ex­cit­ing and eclec­tic ar­ray of events for the evening of Fri­day, Septem­ber 22.

Mu­se­ums, gal­leries, churches, his­toric houses, artists’ stu­dios and cul­tural cen­tres will re­main open un­til late in the evening, with peo­ple en­cour­aged to wan­der in and out to sam­ple their sights and sounds.

As in pre­vi­ous years a packed pro­gramme of events has been planned across the county, of­fer­ing peo­ple of all ages and tastes a su­perb op­por­tu­nity to im­merse them­selves in our cul­ture and rekin­dle their love of all this Cork.

With so many events tak­ing place across a sin­gle night, those plan­ning to take ad­van­tage of Cul­ture Night will have to draw up a sched­ule with mil­i­tary-like pre­ci­sion in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence as many events as pos­si­ble.

In or­der to help with that a ded­i­cated web­site at www. cul­ has been set up de­tail­ing all of the events tak­ing place across the city and county on Fri­day week.

Th­ese in­clude nu­mer­ous events across the north and mid- Cork re­gions, and with some care­ful plan­ning it is quite pos­si­ble to take in a num­ber of th­ese across the course of the evening.

High­lights will in­clude an evening of the­atre and mu­sic at the tea­rooms of Don­eraile House, fea­tur­ing a per­for­mance of Jack Healy’s ‘ The Tay­man’, an evening of Ir­ish lan­guage song and sto­ries at the Youth Cen­tre in Fer­moy, ‘Cul­tural Cafes’ fea­tur­ing mu­sic, song and po­etry at var­i­ous locations in Mal­low and a per­for­mance by the Newmarket Pipe Band and friends.

The Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Bhúirne will host a so­cial evening fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of Múscrai’s singers, mu­si­cians per­form­ers; the Cork Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Mac­room will hold an art ex­hi­bi­tion, sto­ry­telling with Pat Speight, a per­for­mance by the Mac­room Com­mu­nity Choir and a ses­sion with mu­si­cian and song­writer Ger Wolfe, while the Ballincol­lig Comhal­tas will hold an evening of mu­sic, singing and danc­ing at the lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre.

Other events planned for the evening in­cluded a Fam­ily & Lo­cal His­tory open night at the li­brary in Blar­ney with vis­i­tors to Kan­turk Cas­tle in­vited to take a step back in time at the Me­dieval Ex­pe­ri­ence, fea­tur­ing craft demon­stra­tions, com­bat dis­plays and his­tor­i­cal talks.

To see the full Cork County pro­gramme for Cork Cul­ture Night 2017 fol­low­ing the link at www.cul­

The stately Don­eraile Court will be among the venues host­ing in the county events for Cul­ture Night 2017 on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22.

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