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Cork Heritage Day set to kick off

Wednesday, 9th August, 2017 4:49pm

Get ready to explore the inside of some of Cork's most historical buildings.

The stories behind the built heritage of Cork city will be celebrated on Saturday 19 August with more than 40 buildings throwing open their doors free-of-charge for the 13th annual Cork Heritage Open Day.

Critically acclaimed novelist, playwright and documentary maker Cónal Creedon is the ambassador for this year’s jam-packed event, which is the biggest to date.

Many of the buildings taking part in this year’s Cork Heritage Open Day are not usually accessible to the general public, including The Masonic Hall on Tuckey Street and Heineken Ireland (Murphy’s Brewery) on Leitrim Street. New heritage gems on the 2017 programme include the recently renovated Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street and UCC’s Crawford Observatory.

There will also be an exciting programme of free guided tours, including a walking tour by Marcus Connaughton of the favourite Cork haunts of legendary musician Rory Gallagher.

Heritage Officer at Cork City Council Niamh Twomey said: “This year’s Cork Heritage Open Day promises to be jam-packed with exciting family activities for all ages. We invite people from Cork and beyond to come and peek inside the many wonderful buildings that are throwing open their doors for one day only. From educational to ecclesiastical, medieval to military and civic to commercial, every building involved has its own unique history and architecture.”

Cónal added: “I am honoured to be appointed Cork Heritage Open Day Ambassador for 2017. We are guardians of the magnificent living heritage of our city that has been passed down to us through our ancestors.

“It is a heritage to be treasured and enjoyed at every view and vista; every bridge that spans the River Lee, every twist and turn of the winding streets, every hand hewn block of sandstone, limestone and granite that has been placed one on top of the other by past generations of merchant princes, every steel and glass structure erected by the more recent generations of developer kings."

Cork Heritage Open Day will mark the start of Cork events for National Heritage Week, running from 19-27 August. For a full list of events see corkheritageopenday.ie or pick up a brochure at Cork City Library or Cork City Tourist Information Office on Grand Parade.

Further information will also be available on Facebook at ‘Cork Heritage Open Day’ and on Twitter at @corkheritage.

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