National Heritage Week continues until this Saturday 21st August.  

Unfortunately, due to the COVID restrictions, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage was unable to organise its traditional heritage week events this year. 

However, an hour-long professional video featuring three topics of local interest has been produced and is now available to view on YouTube.
The first section deals with the history of Lisselane Estate and in particular two of its owners – the infamous landlord William Bence Jones and from more modern times, C. O. Stanley. 

The second section concentrates on Kilgarriffe old cemetery and some of the many important individuals and families interred there over the last three hundred years or so. 

The final section of the video highlights Ring Village and the nearby Ballintemple Graveyard, detailing the importance of Ring as a port and the 800-year history of the cemetery wherein lay the remains of local 1798 leader Tadhg an Asna among other notable names. 

The video is sure to be of great interest to Clonakilty people near and far as well as historians from wider afield. 

The professional production took a number of weeks to complete and the work was undertaken by a small sub-group of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage supported by a grant from Cork County Council under the ‘County Cork Heritage Grant Scheme 2021’ and the Heritage Council as well as support from the Bank of Ireland. 

There are some great photos throughout of all three locations including some spectacular drone footage and the hour-long film was produced by Donal O’ Driscoll of “Pitchside Media”. 

The video was launched during the week by Clonakilty Community Mayor Anthony McDermott and is available to view on the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage website and Facebook page.


Click here to watch