Author Talk: You never know what you’ll find in your attic

TALKS & TOURS
Literature
Venue: Skibbereen Library, North Street
Town: Skibbereen
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Join Ellen Alden for a lively talk as she presents the inspiration and research behind her historical fiction novel, Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.

“You never know what you’ll find in your attic” – Ellen was fortunate to find American Civil War letters from her Irish Immigrant great, great grandfather to his wife and children living in Massachusetts. In tracing Florence Burke’s life, Ellen discovered that he was a Great Famine survivor originally from West Cork. Come hear about the Burke’s extraordinary journey to America, and their struggles to survive in their newly adopted country.

Cork Craft & Design Market

TALKS & TOURS
VISUAL ART
Venue: Main Foyer, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road
Town: Cork
Time: 4:00pm - 9:30pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Cork Craft & Design are hosting a Craft Market in the County Hall Foyer. Come along and see fantastic work some of Cork’s most accomplished crafts people and designers. On show will be some wonderful work in jewellery, ceramics, textiles, woodwork and much more. On the night you can meet the talented artisans who produce this fabulous work and also a chance to see live demonstrations of traditional skills. Work will be on sale during the evening.

Cork Craft & Design (CCD) is a voluntary organization promoting professional craft makers in Cork City and County.

 

County Hall is delighted to host a jam-packed evening of Culture Night events. Find locally made treasures at the Cork Craft & Design Market; explore diary writing in workshops with memoirist Alice Carey; delight kids and kids at heart with Dowtcha Puppets’ Listen Janey Mac, Arran Towers’ The Tallest Smallest Circus Show, and balloon art from Aaron the Balloon Man; chill out to jazz trio Filology with poet Bernadette Gallagher; and enjoy readings from award-winning bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa while artist Hazel Hurley illustrates your view from the 17th floor.

Bandon Culture Trail

TALKS & TOURS
Literature
VISUAL ART
MUSIC
Venue: St Michael's Centre, South Main Street
Town: Bandon
Time: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

All ages event

The evening will start at 5p.m. with a reception and launch at the St. Michael’s Centre on South Main Street. This will be followed by a talk on local history by Clare McCutcheon.

The trail will move on to Bandon Library at 6pm where there will be an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Dan Holland around the themes of local people and landmarks. Well-known local tenor Michael Lawlor will then treat people to a number of the wonderful songs of Percy French.

The trail will next move to the CETB Adult Education Centre at 6.45pm for a performance by the High Hopes Choir which is made up of people affected by homelessness. This amazing choir has previously performed for President Higgins and at the European Parliament.

At 7.15pm, transport will be available to take people on the short journey from the Adult Education Centre to the next venue on the trail, The West Cork Heritage Centre. Rae McKinlay will conjure images and emotions with her storytelling in this most atmospheric of venues.

The final leg of the Bandon Culture Trail 2017 will see people moving up North Main Street to the Town Hall at 8.30pm for the centrepiece of the evening: two hours of music, performance and delicious ethnic food to the backdrop of an exhibition of art work from the Bandon Day Care Centre.

Diary Writing Workshops with Alice Carey

TALKS & TOURS
Literature
Venue: County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd
Town: Cork
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Wheelchair accessible | Ages 16+ | Workshops at 5:50, 6:30 & 7:30pm | Booking required: Please email culturenightcorkcounty@gmail.com with your preferred time

If you’ve ever wanted to write a diary but weren’t sure how to start, or keep going, now’s your chance. Memoirist Alice Carey, author of From Manhattan to West Cork: Alice’s Adventures in Ireland, will be conducting half-hour workshops exploring the art of diary writing, what it is and isn’t, famous and not-so- famous people who’ve kept them, and what works and doesn’t in creating one’s own. Buoyed by fellow participants you’ll write an entry. Some will be read aloud and we’ll all end up a step ahead on one of the most exciting writing forms everyone can master.

Alice Carey started her first diary at age ten. Writing daily ever since, she has three books, several plays and numerous essays and articles to her credit. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, she volunteered for Gay Men’s Health Crisis – work that changed her life. She’s made a living as a waitress, substitute teacher, actress and model. She blogs for Huffington Post, and in 2016 she made her film debut in The Surf Report. Alice recently became a fashion commentator and model featured in the fashion blog and books Advanced Style and Advanced Style – Older & Wiser. Her Memoir, I’ll Know It When I See It, was published in the US in 2003. Her memoir, Manhattan to West Cork: Alice’s Adventures in Ireland, was published by Collins Press in 2016.

 

County Hall is delighted to host a jam-packed evening of Culture Night events. Find locally made treasures at the Cork Craft & Design Market; explore diary writing in workshops with memoirist Alice Carey; delight kids and kids at heart with Dowtcha Puppets’ Listen Janey Mac, Arran Towers’ The Tallest Smallest Circus Show, and balloon art from Aaron the Balloon Man; chill out to jazz trio Filology with poet Bernadette Gallagher; and enjoy readings from award-winning bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa while artist Hazel Hurley illustrates your view from the 17th floor.

Family History & Local History Open Evening

TALKS & TOURS
Venue: Blarney Library, The Square
Town: Blarney
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Visit the library during these special extended opening hours for assistance with family and social history research and to conduct assisted searches of computerized newspaper back issues.

Medieval Experience

THEATRE & DANCE
TALKS & TOURS
VISUAL ART
Venue: Kanturk Castle,
Town: Kanturk
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Take a step back in time with our Medieval Experience for Culture Night 2017. Join us for a night of sword fighting, crafters, birds of prey, wolves, archery and more….

Join us in bringing history to life for Culture Night 2017 as we take a step back to ancient times at Kanturk Castle and relive the times our ancestors lived in. We will have craft workshops including Basket Weaving, Spinning, Pottery, Blacksmithing, Archery, Shield Making and Bow Making. We will also have our birds of prey and wolves exhibit as well as other animals on display. Take lessons from our Medieval Knights and learn to fight with sword and shield, axe, dagger and spear. We will also have historical talks about different ages from ancient Celts, Vikings, Norman Knights etc. Sit back and watch our specially trained warriors and shield maidens perform some dramatic combat displays. This is an event not to be missed. So for something a little different for Culture Night 2017 why not be a Medieval Knight!

Wild Boar Warriors are a Living History group that do theatrical / dramatic battle displays. We have a living history village with specialised trained warriors and shield maidens that fight with an array of weapons. We also have Wolves and Birds of Prey. We are available for all events, Weddings, Festivals, Clan Gatherings, Movie Extras, School Visits, Birthdays etc.

Open Evening and Music Seisiún

TALKS & TOURS
MUSIC
Venue: Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Old Gasworks Building, Upper Bridge Street
Town: Skibbereen
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Skibbereen Heritage Centre will have an open evening on Culture Night between 6 – 8pm where its exhibitions will be free of charge. Skibbereen Comhaltas will give a performance  at 6:30pm of music and dance in the Courtyard.

The Famine Story Exhibition – Learn about the Famine of the 1840s when one million Irish people died and at least another million and a half emigrated. Skibbereen became infamous as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland. The true enormity of the national tragedy is revealed through Skibbereen’s Famine stories.

Lough Hyne Exhibition – Discover Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and unique salt-water lake. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon at Skibbereen Heritage Centre’s Lough Hyne exhibition.

Music and Dancing Seisiún – Come along and enjoy a music session with the Skibbereen Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann group who will give a musical and dance performance in the Courtyard of Skibbereen Heritage Centre at 6:30pm in celebration of Culture Night 2017.

Rossmore Theatre at Michael Collins House

THEATRE & DANCE
TALKS & TOURS
Venue: Michael Collins House, 7 Emmet Square
Town: Clonakilty
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Michael Collins House, in association with Rossmore Theatre will bring Irish revolutionary history to life with dramatic readings of poetry, speeches and song enacted throughout the museum for the duration of the night.

In an intimate and historical setting hear the poetry and words of the 1916 signatories, the laments of 1798, re-enactments of passionate political speeches, the heartfelt love letters between Michael Collins and his fiancé Kitty and more.
Michael Collins House is a new museum in Clonakilty, Cork dedicated to Irish patriot Michael Collins and the history of Irish Independence. Through guided tours, audio visuals, interactive displays and more, history is brought to life for all the family.

Heritage and Music

TALKS & TOURS
MUSIC
Venue: St Mary's Church, Church Hill
Town: Passage West
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm

All ages event | Partially wheelchair accessible

Marmullane Church will be open for an evening of heritage, music and song. Visitors can join a guided tour of the graveyard, learn about the history of the church and enjoy music performed on the new church organ.

From it’s spot on Church Hill, St Mary’s, Marmullane, overlooks the village of Passage West, famous for its genteel salubrity. When the congregation grew in the 19th century, the small 17th century church was extended before being eventually replaced by today’s building in 1839. The surrounding graveyard also grew.

Captain Roberts, who captained the Sirius on the first Cork-New York sailing done entirely under steam, is buried here. The history of the parishioners reflects the local history of Passage West: the rise and decline of wealthy gentry families, the seafaring exploits of its inhabitants and the shipbuilding trade in the town. The windows and memorial tablets remember men and women who lived in Passage West in the last two centuries.

For Culture Night 2017, the Church will be open for an evening of heritage, music and song. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the graveyard, and listen to music performed on the new church organ. This Henry Speechley & Sons instrument began its life in Romsey Methodist Church in Southampton. A generous local donor brought it to Marmullane in 2016. The organist, Roger Ellis, will perform a mix of popular and classical music, and accompany the parish choir.

Claytopia

TALKS & TOURS
VISUAL ART
Venue: Craftyhands Ceramic Studio, Coach Horse Lane, The Square, Main Street
Town: Midleton
Time: 7:30pm - 10:30pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Celebrate the world of ceramics with a visit to the craftyhands ceramic studio. Gain insight and have a hands on experience with different ceramic techniques or try them all. Spend an evening in CLAYTOPIA. There will also be a pop up fine art exhibition by local artists. Wine reception.

Visitors to craftyhands ceramic studio on culture night can enjoy an evening of Claytopia! You will have an opportunity to try your hand at the many different aspects of ceramics. As you move around the studio, you can engage with traditional handbuilding techniques like coiling and pinching, slipware & burnishing, slab work and the building of more contemporary ware and sculpture, slip casting and throwing on the wheel. Demonstrations will be given by Susan and her team and more importantly you will have the chance to join in.

We will also have a fine art pop up exhibition by local artists as well as ceramic work.
Come along and enjoy the atmosphere of the studio, wine reception on arrival.

Book signing: 'Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke', an Irish immigration story set in Ballinhassig

TALKS & TOURS
Literature
Venue: The Sportsman's Rest, Tullig More
Town: Ballinhassig
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm

All ages event | Wheelchair accessible

Come meet author Ellen B. Alden and local historian John L. O’Sullivan.

In an extraordinary act of fate, Ellen met John in Ballinhassig, over 5 years ago. She was yet another American researching her Irish roots…but John took the time to help her learn more about the Great Famine and the history of Ballinhassig in the 19th century. Although Ellen later discovered her family was from West Cork, she fell in love with the quaint village of Ballinhassig and chose to use it in her historical fiction novel, Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke. Ellen will be signing books and chatting with her Ballinhassig friends. All are welcome to this event!