1. Kieran McCarthy’s Portfolio

Kieran & his horse Navilluso Halanta

Occupation: Heritage Consultant, self employed, founder and director of Cork City and County Heritage Services

Elected to Cork City Council as an Independent City Councillor, June 2009 & May 2014

Member of the EU Committee of the Regions from February 2015



Secondary School: Colaiste Chríost Rí , Cork

Third Level Education: BA Joint Honours in Archaeology and Geography (topics inc. Heritage management, town planning, environment and society); National University of Ireland, Cork.

M. Phil in Geography (topics:  Cork City in the eighteenth century – heritage and development); National University of Ireland, Cork.

PhD in Geography (cultural landscapes, collective memory, place-making, Lee Valley case studies)



School Projects:

Founder and leader on Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, 2003-ongoing;

- working with 45 schools annually in the city and County area, working with primary and secondary schools who undertake a local history project.

Former Ireland South Co-ordinator on the National Forum on Europe’s National Public Speaking Competition

-   liasing with 40 schools in Munster, working with transition year students who undertake a public speaking programme, which involves researching contemporary debates on the European Union

Former Ireland South Leader on Understanding Europe, a transition year European Studies Programme

-   working with Colm Burke MEP and transition year students in 30 schools across Munster; providing workshops for students who undertake projects on the European Union and the citizen’s voice in Europe.




· An Gaisce Gold medal, President’s Award Recipient

· Chief Scout Award Recipient

· Government of Ireland Scholar, Recipient of Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship

· Feis Maitiu Winner (President’s Cup and Gilbert and Sullivan singing categories)

– Cork Person of the Month, January 2017

Kieran at Blackrock Castle

Kieran’s Publications:

· Author of twenty books on Cork and its region

- Pathways Through Time, Historical Walking Trails of Cork City (2001),

- Cork: A Pictorial Journey (co-written, 2001)

- Discover Cork (2003)

- A Dream Unfolding, Portrait of St Patrick’s Hospital and Marymount Hospice (2004),

- Voices of Cork: The Knitting Map Speaks (2005),

- In the Steps of St Finbarre, Voices and Memories of the Lee Valley (2006)

- Generations: Memories of the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme (co-written, 2008)

- Inheritance, Heritage and Memory in the Lee Valley, Co. Cork (2010)

- Royal Cork Institution: Pioneer of Education (2011)

- Munster Agricultural Society, The Story of the Cork Showgrounds (2011)

- Cork City Through Time (co-written, 2012)

- Journeys of Faith, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballinlough, Celebrating 75 Years (2013)

- West Cork Through Time (2013, Co-written)

Cork Harbour Through Time (2014, co-written)

The Little Book of Cork (2015)

– North Cork Through Time (2015, c0-written)

– Ring of Kerry, The Postcard Collection (2016)

– Cork 1916, A Year Examined (201, co-written)

– Cork City History Tour (2016)

– Secret Cork (2017)

·   Columnist since 1999 with Inside Cork / Cork Independent

-     writing on the past, present and future development of the City and the region with foci on the River Lee valley, the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, Cork Harbour, its heritage, people landscapes and memories; Cork in 1916 and 1917 (see index http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=20)

Kieran’s Community and Civic awareness projects:

·   Historical Walking tours of Cork City for 24 years

- with general public, school children, university students, business groups & community groups

·  Cork local history lectures and workshops to community organisations

- from ICA groups to Lifelong Learning Festivals and Cork schools (visiting over 50 schools in Cork City and Cork County giving local history talks and workshops)

· Developing twinning links with San Francisco Cork branch

-   programmes with the Irish Cultural Centre and the Cork Association.

·  Former member of Ballinlough Pastoral Council

-  Working on various projects with other members including setting up a folk choir, annual carol service, parish social and being a youth representative for the Cork City South Deanery on the Diocese of Cork and Ross Pastoral Plan

·  Former Beaver Scout Leader in Ballinlough for 16 years

- Former scout involved in Ballinlough All Ireland’s Melvin win in 1992

· Advisor, Cork Community Radio, 2009

. Former swimming instructor with Sunday’s Well Swimming Club, Douglas Pool

·  Former Lifeguard in Douglas Swimming Pool for 12 years

· Active Actor  – appearing in a number of Cork productions on the Cork Opera House, Everyman Palace,  Cork Arts Theatre and Firkin Crane stages

-Director & Founder member of Cork City Musical Society

·  Active member and sponsor of Cork-Kerry branch of Showjumping Association of Ireland -Amateur rider, indoor and outdoor gymkhana participant; 90cm, 1m & Amateur

Section of mosaic of floor of the Honan Chapel, entitled the River of Life