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John Fitzgerald, the Bard of the Lee

2010 marked the centenary of the death of Mr. John Fitzgerald, also known as "The Bard of the Lee". Today he is perhaps best known as the writer of the song "The Green Hills of Cork", or, as it is more popularly known, "Beautiful City". He was a founder member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and contributed many articles to its journal. He was born in Hanover Street in 1825 and was a cabinet maker and woodcarver by trade. However, Mr. Fitzgerald was also known Read more [...]

Midleton Concert Band

Midleton Concert Band is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. Midleton Concert Band was founded as Midleton Holy Rosary Brass & Reed Band in 1951. The band took the name from the name of the catholic parish, and the main mover behind the foundation of a band was a catholic priest of the parish, Fr. Michael O'Connell. In more recent years the band has changed its line-up to form a full concert band, and is now using the name Midleton Concert Band. Extensive training schemes Read more [...]

Mrs Helen Prout

I’m delighted to be present at the launch of the 29th Cork Youth International Film & Video Festival and I am very pleased to be in my good friends company again.  This Launch facilitates our recognition of decades of achievement in film and youth filmmaking by Helen Prout. Earlier this year Helen received a civic award from my predecessor – Cllr.Donal Counihan in recognition of her singular contribution to the encouragement and promotion of the art of film making among young Read more [...]


  In the sadness of their passing contemporaries over the years emerges the shining prospect of immortality In their legacy is inspiration ? To our new generation In the sanctuary of these pages  They will be remembered for ever. Willie O’Leary +353 [0] 86-843 3422       Read more [...]