Guided Walks and Lectures

The LONG STRAND guided walk was held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August at CASTLEFREKE. It was the third in a series of guided walks concerned with the drowned coast of West Cork.  A well-informed audience as  as usual.  A useful suggestion was to complete the next walk in Cork City to observe flood-related issues?

Last year’s guided walk was held at ROSSCARBERY .  The walk, which was part of National Heritage Week, was entitled ‘The drowned coast of West Cork’. Free refreshments were offered at the end of the walks, which turned out to be very interactive and with a surprising amount of knowledge and input offered by the participants.

Photo: Thomas Beese

Saturday was the best of the two days…

The theme of the Heritage Week walk in 2017 was the ‘earthquake’ that shook CORK on November 1st 1755, almost at the same time as the catastrophic earthquake-tsunami in Lisbon. In all, some seventy people attended and thanks are due to Angela Shanahan for helping with readings of early newspaper articles that provided a background for the historical reconstruction.  A new booklet includes new maps showing the extent of the earthquake as well as the canals and waterways of eighteenth-century Cork.

A recent LECTURE.  Where better to give a talk on the city’s medieval canals than in the canteen of the Meitheal Mara building, which is located directly adjacent to the diversion canal that takes the South Channel around the medieval core of the city (a river rush of brown, churning water on the day).  All the people that count were there!

Other Ways to See Medieval Cork

© Google Images
©  Google Images

The interactive map of Cork, which appears on the Cork City Council website (, is recommended for those who would like to move along the channels and streets of the modern city virtually, and link them to the waterways of the past. Or better to go there on foot.

The captured image (and that below, right) shows the medieval canal on the South Channel. The canal runs along the west side of the former Beamish & Crawford site.

Kayaking under the South Gate Bridge
Kayaking under South Gate Bridge


Or instead, why not travel in a boat along the River Lee itself, sitting below the quays and drifting under bridges? Atlantic Sea Kayaking offer group trips (see image above) along both the North and South Channels, starting at the boardwalk of the Clarion Hotel. Meitheal Mara also offer guided tours and have produced an excellent folded map, entitled Corkumnavigation, that provides a short commentary on the many bridges and weirs of the city together with advice on tides, safety and itineries. One caveat – do not enter culverts, such as that under Proby’s Quay, for they are enclosed spaces and may contain high levels of gases such as carbon monoxide and therefore result in poisoning.