We are pleased to welcome back Liz Gillis for our next lecture on Feb 25th; many of you will remember the wonderful lecture she presented to us on the Hales Brothers in 2017. Please note the later time of 9pm. Registration details to follow nearer the time. 
 
The Women of the Irish Revolution
Zoom lecture
by 
Liz Gillis
on 
Thurs Feb 25th
at 
9 pm

Liz Gillis will discuss the pivotal role that women played in the Irish Revolution. The women were more than mere supporters of the fight for Irish freedom and women from all over the country certainly played their part in the momentous events that shaped our history.

They were educationalists, socialists, community workers, radicals, feminists and realists with one thing in common: Independence for Ireland.  Through their participation they proved their worth and showed that they were indeed the invisible army of the revolutionary movement and without their dedication and resolve the struggle for Irish independence would have been very different. Highlighting many of the lesser known women this talk will show that the women of Liberties, Cork and beyond area were among the vital revolutionaries who gave their all in the hope of a better future for their country.

Historian and author Liz Gillis is from the Liberties. She has a degree in Irish History and currently works as a researcher for the History Show on RTE Radio and lectures at Champlain College, Dublin.  She is the author of six books about the Irish Revolution including, ‘Women of the Irish Revolution’ and ‘The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution’ and is co-organiser of the annual conference on the Burning of the Custom House in 1921. In 2018 Liz was a recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Award for her contribution to history.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jan 28, 2021 08:00 PM Dublin
Topic: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Lecture

TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS LECTURE CLICK HERE 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 
THE CASTLES OF WEST CORK

Lecture

Finola Finlay 

Thurs Jan 28 2021 

8pm

What do we call a castle in West Cork? Who built them, when and why? How were they constructed? What was their role in West Cork history? Where have some of them gone and what's the future for the ones we have left? 

Finola Finlay studied history and archaeology at UCC. After spending most of her adult life in Canada she is back in West Cork, picking up where she left off. Finola and her husband, Robert Harris, write the popular arts and culture blog, Roaringwater Journal ( https://roaringwaterjournal.com/).

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Dec 10, 2020 08:00 PM Dublin
Topic: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Lecture: 


Register in advance for this webinar: click on link or copy & paste to URL bar in your browser window
 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZzMh06KARjCtdDdSR-x5wA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
KILMICHAEL AMBUSH – A Story of a Century 
by 
Colum Cronin
Thurs Dec 10 2020 
8pm
 

Having recently produced a film documentary entitled Kilmichael Ambush – A Story of a Century, Colum tells the story of how he and his son Shane conceived the idea and went about producing what was to become a highly successful production, achieving more than 11.5k views online in just three days. He explains how they were motivated to tackle this ‘hot potato’ subject and how they managed to do all of this under the confines of Level 5 Covid lockdown. Colum will give an overview of the ambush story as told in their documentary, expanding on certain points of the story and adding some caveats of interest along the way.

The film may be viewed on www.coppeenheritage.com

Colum Cronin is the founding chairperson of Coppeen Archaeological, Historical & Cultural Society. For the past 50 years he has been a husband and father, a professional musician, recording engineer, music teacher, photographer, a community development officer and a farmer. He returned to education as an adult, achieving a B.A. in Comm Edu & Dev. He is an active member of several community groups but local heritage is a particular passion of his. Currently, Colum is studying for an M.A. in Local History through UCC.

From Ardfield to Santiago de Compostella/Finisterre

A journey in pilgrim footsteps of over 1000 years

by

Traolach Ó Donnabháinin

The Parish Centre, Clonakilty

on Thursday 28th February at 8pm

 

Pilgrims from West Cork have been travelling to Santiago de Compostella since the 10th century AD, either by ship to La Corunna, or on foot across England, France and Spain to Santiago, braving attacks by bandits and wolves along the way.

Traolach Ó Donnabháin had been intrigued by this tradition for some time and between 2007 and 2011, sometimes alone, sometimes with colleagues, he undertook the Camino Frances/Camino de Santiago, from Le Puy-en-Velay in France to Santiago de Compostella, and onwards to Finisterre on the west coast of Spain, having initially walked from St James Well in Ardfield to Cork Airport – a total distance of 2,000km. His reasons for undertaking the Camino were twofold: to experience, at first hand, this spiritual and historical tradition and secondly to undergo the physical challenge of 500km sections of continuous walking, carrying one’s worldly possessions on one’s back!

An important step in commemorating this tradition of pilgrimage between Ardfield and Santiago de Compostella was taken in 2009, when Traolach purchased a locally carved, wooden statue of Naomh Séamus/Santiago/St James, in Santiago de Compostela, which was later positioned in a specially constructed grotto at St James’ Well. In this lecture, Traolach will give an account of his experiences on the Camino.

Clonakilty 1918 Election lecture

PHOTO: Dr. Aodh Quinlivan, Dept. Local Government and Politics, UCC, (centre), who delivered an illustrated lecture entitled “A Crucial Moment in Irish History? Cork Stories behind the 1918 General Election”, recently at the Parish Centre at the invitation of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, with members of the committee: Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin; Marian O’ Leary; John Hayes; Fachtna McCarthy; Rachael Cronin and Tim Feen. (Photo: Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan).

 

Emerging from the Shadow of Tom Crean

Lecture by Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard

The Parish Centre, Clonakilty

on

Thursday September 28th 8.30 pm

In May 1916, Kerry man Tom Crean, along with Ernest Shackleton and four other crew members, landed the James Caird lifeboat on the rocky isle of South Georgia. The navigation of that small boat, across 1500 km through icy winds and towering seas, is regarded as the greatest-ever feat of navigation. They then trekked across the forbidding and inhospitable mountains and glaciers of South Georgia to seek help for the rest of their crew, who were left behind on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice.

One hundred years later, Crean’s grandaughter, Aileen Crean O’Brien, set off with her sons and partner to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Join Aileen and Bill to hear of their adventures (and misadventures) on the Southern Ocean and the island of South Georgia.

 NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2017
(Aug 19th – Aug 27th)
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Events

Event: Children's Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty.
Date and Time: All week
Venue: Collect forms at Michael Collins House and other local venues.
Details: Google-free, outdoor fun learning experience for 5-12 year old children (and their parents) exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes.

Event: Guided Historical Walk of Clonakilty Town
Date and Time: Wed Aug 23 and Sun Aug 27th 7pm
Venue: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty
Details: The town as we know it today was founded by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who received a charter from James I in 1613. This walk will introduce stories of wars, battles, rebellions, famine, smuggling and shipwrecks as well as the commercial life of the town's Linen Hall and  Deasy's Brewery, and will trace the footsteps of its famous characters – Mary Jane Irwin (wife of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa), Michael Collins and Tadhg an Asna (1798 Leader).

Event: Historical Tour of Seven Heads
Date and Time: Sat Aug 19th 2.30pm
Venue: Meet at Barryroe Church
Details: Local historian, Sean de Barra continues his tour of Seven Heads, visiting Lislee Church and Graveyard, Coolum Cliffs, Broad Strand (site of memorial to Antartic explorer Patrick Keohane) & much more.

Event: Battle of the Big Cross – Shannonvale 1798
Date and Time: Thurs Aug 24th 7pm
Venue: Phairs Pub, Shannonvale
Details: The Battle of the Big Cross took place on 19 June,1798 on the old road between Clonakilty and Balllinascarthy near the picturesque village of Shannonvale. This battle has gone down in history as the only recorded engagement to take place in all of Munster during the Rising between the United Irishmen and government forces. Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O'Mahony will speak on events and circumstances surrounding the Battle of the Big Cross and its aftermath.

 NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK 2017
(Aug 19th – Aug 27th)
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Events

Event: Children's Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty.
Date and Time: All week
Venue: Collect forms at Michael Collins House and other local venues.
Details: Google-free, outdoor fun learning experience for 5-12 year old children (and their parents) exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes.

Event: Guided Historical Walk of Clonakilty Town
Date and Time: Wed Aug 23 and Sun Aug 27th 7pm
Venue: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty
Details: The town as we know it today was founded by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who received a charter from James I in 1613. This walk will introduce stories of wars, battles, rebellions, famine, smuggling and shipwrecks as well as the commercial life of the town's Linen Hall and  Deasy's Brewery, and will trace the footsteps of its famous characters – Mary Jane Irwin (wife of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa), Michael Collins and Tadhg an Asna (1798 Leader).

Event: Historical Tour of Seven Heads
Date and Time: Sat Aug 19th 2.30pm
Venue: Meet at Barryroe Church
Details: Local historian, Sean de Barra continues his tour of Seven Heads, visiting Lislee Church and Graveyard, Coolum Cliffs, Broad Strand (site of memorial to Antartic explorer Patrick Keohane) & much more.

Event: Battle of the Big Cross – Shannonvale 1798
Date and Time: Thurs Aug 24th 7pm
Venue: Phairs Pub, Shannonvale
Details: The Battle of the Big Cross took place on 19 June,1798 on the old road between Clonakilty and Balllinascarthy near the picturesque village of Shannonvale. This battle has gone down in history as the only recorded engagement to take place in all of Munster during the Rising between the United Irishmen and government forces. Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O'Mahony will speak on events and circumstances surrounding the Battle of the Big Cross and its aftermath.