Cork Heritage Open Day Goes Virtual!

Cork Heritage Open Day which is organised by Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council!

It is a wonderful celebration of built heritage in the city and will take place on Saturday August 15th. This year due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Cork Heritage Open Day is taking place virtually and Cork City Council invite you to take part in an online adventure and explore many of the buildings usually open to the public for this event, using the website The website will feature over 40 new videos of archival footage of Cork and guided tours of historic and heritage buildings in Cork. Videos have all been subtitled making them accessible to everyone.

To mark the start of Heritage Week and Cork Heritage Open Day, the website will go live on Saturday August 15th and members of the public will be able to explore virtually some of Cork’s finest historic buildings including Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills, Blarney Castle, Fota House, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Back Water Artists Building, St Peter’s Cork, the Custom House Port of Cork, Triskel Christchurch, the Crawford Art Gallery, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, the National Sculpture Factory, the Everyman, Heineken Ireland, Cork Savings Bank, Unitarian Church and Fitzgerald House, home to the Cork Chamber.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh said

“I’m delighted that Cork Heritage Open Day is going ahead this year as a “virtual” event. I want to commend all the buildings and heritage organisations involved in this event who have embraced this  new way of engaging with the public  I encourage everyone young and old  to go on an online adventure and take a virtual tour of buildings, listen to interviews with the building owners who give their personal insights into their buildings and hear local historians talk about a variety of fascinating  heritage topics on what is a very special Cork Heritage Open Day”

Throughout Cork Heritage Open Day and Cork Heritage Week (August 15th to August 23rd) a series of interviews on a wide range of historic events and buildings in Cork will be available on the website.

  • Local Historian Liam O hÚigín will speak about growing up in the Middle Parish in Cork
  • Military Historian Gerry White will discuss the life of Terence MacSwiney
  • Cllr. Kieran McCarthy will give a virtual tour of City Hall, one of Cork’s most splendid buildings which replaced the old City Hall that was destroyed in the Burning of Cork in 1920
  • Cork’s 96FM DJ Lorraine Murphy will delve into the history of Broadcasting House which was dates back to 1888 and was home to the Vincentian Fathers and the Christian Brothers
  • Dr David Butler will talk about Masonic Hall, home of Freemasonry in Cork since 1844
  • Denis McGarry will give an insight into the Military Museum Collins Barracks which contains memorabilia associated with Michael Collins
  • Peter Stobart, Director of Music in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will speak about the building and the magnificent organ in the Cathedral
  • Mervyn Horgan will speak about the Old Cork Waterworks which played a significant role in Cork’s industrial heritage



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