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History is all around us. It’s alive. It’s continuously evolving. Since the dawning of time, humankind has been recording history on cave walls, rocks and wood for future generations and Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is carrying on this grand tradition.

Ella Fitzgerald in Cork

Picture above: Ella Fitzgerald clutches her passport as she crosses the runway at Cork Airport with jazz festival organisers Jim Mountjoy and Pearse Harvey in 1980. Picture: Examiner Archive

9th Annual Family Educational Heritage Festival proudly presents:

Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition 2017

Where: Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork City, Ireland.

When: Friday, September 29th, 2017

Time: From 10am to  

Launched by: Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald & Cork County Mayor, Cllr Marcia D'Alton

Supported by: Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Lions Club

Admission: Free

This unique educational family exhibition was established in recognition of the importance of our history and the great need for heritage societies and organisations throughout Cork City and County to join forces and come together under one roof to showcase their own unique heritage.

These heritage societies at the grass roots level are the bread and butter of our rich, colourful heritage, tradition and culture. A parish without a past is like a person without a memory. At the 9th Annual Heritage Festival – Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition, Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork, Friday, September 29th next the great voluntary endeavour of these passionate heritage ambassadors who are the guardians of our rich inheritance will be showcased. You will be left with no doubt that they are proud and loud of their heritage and can rest assured that our beautiful Cork City and the picturesque beauty of County Cork is in safe hands as we pass the red and white flag of our heritage, tradition and culture to the next generation.

The goal of Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition is to encourage parishes in Cork City and County to establish their own historical society to promote our unique heritage locally, nationally and internationally.

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Lifetime Achievement Awards

Jim Mountjoy and Pearse Harvey (as pictured alongside Ella Fitzgerald above) along with Ray Fitzgerald, founders of the Cork Jazz Festival will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, September 30th 2017 in the Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Deputy Cork County Mayor, Cllr. Marcia D'Alton, The Lord Mayors' Community Heritage Concert & Celebrating Cork Past Committees.

In addition, for his outstanding contribution to the heritage of Cork City and County, Dr Éamon Lankford will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork on Friday, September 29th 2017 from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Deputy Cork County Mayor, Cllr. Marcia D'Alton and Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition Committee.

See Cork City & County in olden days. Click:

Have a look at one of our past Celebrating Cork Past Exhibitions!

Enjoy this archived footage of 'On the Banks' featuring Cork.