Pull up a chair. Take a spin. Life is full of stories.
Welcome to Ballyphehane’s Heritage Pod, from Ballyphehane 1916-2016 Commemoration Committee.
We all know of the roads in Ballyphehane which are named for the fallen heroes of 1916, and most of us know of their sacrifice, and the sacrifices of many others, so that we could live in a free and equal Ireland.
The year of commemorative events in 2016 was an opportunity for both sombre reflection, and joyful celebration, and we want to thank you all for being a part of it and making it such a success.
Now we have put together this digital Heritage Pod, so you can…
You can revisit the events we ran in 2016, as well as others we were invited to take part in or observe… Just tap on the pictures below!
The Launching of the 1916 / 2016 Commemoration
Ballyphehane wasn’t always the bustling community it is today. Travel with us back in time to the
marshy medieval land it once was…
Long before the Ballyphehane housing was built, as far back as records go, this area south of the city was the ‘Town of the Drains’ (Baile na Féitheán). Today’s community takes its name from the old townland of Ballyphehane, east of the townland Killeenreendowney, where most of the housing was built.
Tap on the pictures below to visit Ballyphehane fadó, fadó…
Most people know that Ballyphehane was built as part of an initiative to create a ‘model’ community’ in Cork, with around 1300 houses built between 1948 and 1993. People came to occupy these houses from all over, each bringing their own customs and way of life, but these differences didn’t stop them working together to create a new, vibrant community.
All communities have their problems, but we can agree that the ‘model community’ experiment was a success. Ballyphehane is a modern and welcoming place to live and visit, with a strong tradition of community activism.
Let’s look at some of the things that make Ballyphehane life what it is. Tap on the links below to explore Ballyphehane.
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Arthur Walker, what Ballyphehane means to me
John Chute, on the community
In 1957, when the first road was called after the first hero of 1916, Connolly Road after James Connolly, only 41 years had passed since the Rising which would alter the course of Irish history. Although nobody would say our society is perfect today, there can be little doubt about how far we have come. We believe the words of the Proclamation of the Republic are as fine an aspiration today as they were in 1916 –
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally…”
Discover the men behind the Rising and their struggle to forge a better future for us all.