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Historical Walks and Talks 2023


Holy Wells of County Cork

Saturday 12th August


Bandon Library

Pilgrimage, ritual and the cure: traditions and folklore at the holy wells of County Cork.

Author Amanda Clarke  delivers an illustrated talk on the holy wells of County Cork.

organised by Creative Bandon


Bandon Town: Built Heritage

Monday 14th August


Bandon Town Hall

Annette Quinn Cork County Council Archaeologist leads an evening of exploration and discovery. 

We are delighted to welcome Annette Quinn to her first talk in Bandon, highlighting the heritage around us


Tonight will be a special event, with 3 speakers instead of 1!

Annette Quinn will lead the discussion giving an overview of all of the works of the last few years in Bandon.
Annette will give an overview of Bandon Town and walls in general.

Miriam Caroll (Tobar Archaeology) will address the sub-surface level of recent findings.
Elena Turk (BlueBrick Heritage conservation and buildings specialist) will outline a section on upstanding remains around Bandon.


We look forward to a wonderful informal evening, with lots of questions and discussion about all that has been explored and discovered.

Cumann Seanchais na Banndan kindly donated a map of Bandon town c. 1860s to Cork County Library. With support from Cork County Council and the Heritage Council, under the County Heritage Plan Funding, this map has now been digitised and a print of same will be unveiled at the library to celebrate Heritage Week.

Tuesday 15th August

11 am

Bandon Library

Launch of board displaying Bandon Town Map c. 1860s


Maps - their use to local and family historians

Tuesday 15th August

11 am

Bandon Library

Cork County Local Studies Executive Librarian Rory Bunce delivers and overview of how maps can be of use to those interested in examining their local and family histories.


The Bandon of Richard Boyle - First Earl of Cork

Tuesday 15th

8 p.m 
Bandon Town Hall

Dr. David Edwards, U.C.C

Author of The Colonial World of Richard Boyle

Join David Edwards as he gives an insight into the world of Sir Richard Boyle, builder of the walls of Bandon and 1st Earl of Cork, landowner and politician.


The Footsteps of the Past: Guided tour with Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Wednesday 16th

7:00 p.m

Meet at St. Patrick's Church steps

Join Catherine Fitzmaurice, historian and genealogist and author for a walk through the past. 

A walking tour of A Social History of St. Patrick's Quay (Cavendish Quay), St. Patrick's Hill (Stanton's Lane) and Market Street

Organised by Cumann Seanchais na Banndan


Norman and Gael in the Bandon Valley

Thursday 17th

8 p.m

Bandon Town Hall

Dr. Paul MacCotter, U.C.C

Lecturer and author. His book Medieval Ireland: Territorial, Political and Economic Division s(Four Courts Press, 2008), is a standard reference on the period. 

Join Paul MacCotter on an overview of the history of the Gael and Norman in the Bandon Valley before settlers founded the town at Bandon-bridge.


Regeneration of Historic Town Centres

Friday 18th

6 p.m
Bandon Town Hall

Creative Bandon are delighted to bring Alison Harvey, Planning Programmes Manager and Sustainable Development Goals Champion of the Heritage Council to Bandon.


With 20 years experience running collaborative town centre health checks, Alison has a unique understanding of regeneration issues facing historic town centres

Listen to her podcast "Putting Town Centres First" on Heritage Council Website

Organised by Creative Bandon


Allman & Co.

Bandon Distillery - The story of the missing building.

Friday 18th

8 p.m
Bandon Town Hall

Through the interpretation of illustrations, maps, photographs, newspaper reports and field work, finding it and other interesting aspects of Bandon's distilling heritage. 


Niall Tubridy is a collector and historian of Ireland's drinks industry heritage, his hometown of Bandon in particular. With co-author, Stephen D'Alton, he is actively engaged in researching for a forthcoming publication on the Allman family and their contribution to Bandon's past over three centuries. 


Footsteps in the past: a walk around Walled Bandon Town

Saturday  19th August


Meeting point: Front of Bandon Town Hall

Join local historians for a stroll around key historic points of Bandon for a convival chat as we explore the nuances of the heritage around us. From the original bridge to murdered masons and buried horses - Bandon has many stories waiting to be heard!

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