CorkDFAS organises visits by members to museums, private and public collections, and significant buildings, possibly in conjunction and cooperation with other local bodies. These events are sometimes open to non-members.

Events/Excursions 2019-20

Saturday, 21st March 2020 at 2 p.m.

Cultural Tour of Fota House


Guided by Karen Cassidy, Fota House Collection expert, the tour will feature both its architecture and artworks.
Guided Tour with light refreshments (Tea/Coffee and Scone) Member €10 Guest €15.
As the number of places are limited, please confirm your reservation as soon as possible. Priority is given to members. Guests very welcome for all remaining places.

Friday, 6th November

Tour of Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne (aka the North Cathedral), Cork including an introduction to the Cork Folklore Project in the cathedral visitors centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a special discounted rate of €4 for this tour. Guests are welcome.
For those who are driving, parking is available at the cathedral.

Saturday, 2nd November

Excursion to Doneraile Court: from 14:00 to 15:00

optional lunch there at 13:00.

See further  www.doneraileestate.ie

Events/Excursions 2018-19

Saturday, 18th May

Tour of The Everyman Theatre

A new tour taking us behind the scenes of The Everyman theatre on MacCurtain Street, a unique chance to experience the history of the Victorian building.

The tour begins at 1 p.m., gather in the lobby area from 12.30 p.m.

There is a special reduced rate of €4 per person. Capacity on the tour is limited so I would ask you to notify as soon as possible if you are interested in order to guarantee a spot on the tour: (ryangenealogy@outlook.com).

You can find out more about the tour here: https://www.everymancork.com/2019/05/behind-scenes-tour/

Saturday, 9th February

Tour of “EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Made in Cork Contemporary”

the current exhibition in the Crawford Art Gallery

The exhibition showcases the work of 6 contemporary Cork artists. Read more details on the exhibition at https://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/Earth-Wind-Fire-2018.html

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Made in Cork Contemporary

EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Made in Cork Contemporary 23 November 2018– 17 February 2019 From ancient processes to new (machine) technologies, the exhibition Earth, Wind and Fire: Made in Cork Contemporary will showcase the work of Nuala O’Donovan, Eoin Turner, Alex Pentek, Mary Palmer / Anne Kiely and Joseph Walsh. 6 Cork-based contemporary artists whose artistic practice exemplifies excellence …


The tour will begin at 11 a.m. We will gather in the sculpture gallery from 10.30 a.m. This tour will be free for Cork DFAS members and there is a charge of €5 for non-members. 

Saturday, 24th November

Trip to Youghal

a combined tour of Youghal Clock Gate Tower (meet at at 11 a.m.) and St Mary’s Collegiate Church.

Clock Gate Tower tour entry fee members €5 guests €10 


Saturday, 13th October

Guided tour to the Crawford Art Gallery’s Naked Truth exhibition

where Dr Michael Waldron will lead members and guests on a tour of the Naked Truth exhibition at 11 a.m. There will be a charge of €5 per person. Just come along. Please be present at the Gallery at 10.30 a.m. so that the tour can begin promptly. More details can be found at:


The remaining programme of events may include the following:

A Saturday morning visit to Holy Trinity Church guided by Trisha Curtin-Kelly, possibly linked to a tour at the Crawford Gallery, which could be completed with lunch in the Crawford café.

A tour of the Masonic Hall on Tuckey Street, Cork, guided by the lodge’s archivist.

A tour of Arthur Mayne’s with a conservation architect to include some additional sites, e.g., houses attached to St Finbarr’s Cathedral.



Schedule of Events/Excursions 2017-18

Wednesday, 21st March

the CorkDFAS Volunteering Secretary, Tom Spalding, will lead a walking tour as part of the Lifelong Learning Festival (Monday, 19th-Sunday, 25th March).

The tour will start from the Crawford Art Gallery at 5.30 p.m. with a limit of 25 people.

Book at info@corkdfas.ie


Guided tour by Committee Member Tom Spalding of

Under The Goldie Fish Exhibition

Saturday, 16th December

 at Crawford Art Gallery meeting in the Sculpture Gallery at 11:00.


Guided tour of Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork

Saturday, 4th November 2017


Schedule of Events/Excursions for 2016-17

A talk on the CorkDFAS Church Recording Project in St Anne’s, Shandon by Committee Members, Tom Spalding and David Ryan,

as part of Heritage Open Day.

Saturday, 19th August 2017 at 2.30 p.m.

Words of Introduction

Rev Sarah Marry, Priest-in-Charge, St. Anne’s, Shandon; Chaplain, St. Luke’s Home

According to its website Cork Decorative and Fine Art Society focuses on the advancement and study of the decorative and the fine arts and the conservation of the artistic and cultural heritage.  These may not seem like priorities, these things aren’t going to change the world or wipe our world hunger.  They are in many ways only noticeable by their absence.  If there were no one to stand for our artistic and cultural heritage then Cork would be a poorer place for it. Our art and culture endures, it stands to witness to us of the people who have been here before us, those who left their mark, who had something to say, who responded to the needs and fashions of their day to share something of themselves and how they saw the world.  Their wisdom, their reflections, the marks they made teach us how we might respond to the world we find ourselves in today no matter how different it may appear.  It is good to be reminded of the bonds of common humanity; the enduring ability of people to survive and thrive no matter how harsh the conditions.  And for those who visit St. Anne’s, particularly as we approach the 300th birthday of this beautiful building, it is good to reflect on the generations of people who have faithfully gathered here to worship over those years, people who found the walls and witness of this place to speak of peace and hope and the love of their Creator.  As a church we value tradition, we stand on the shoulders of the Christians who went before us tracing our roots back to the very apostles.  But like every generation of Christians, we are not hostage to tradition but rather we seek to find ways of living out our faith in our own time; taking the issues and challenges of the day and putting them under the lens of faith as we seek to God’s purposes and share his love with a broken world.  Our buildings are an important and controversial part of how we do that.  They are costly to maintain and take much love and attention, but they also speak powerfully of our heritage, of our history and witness to those around of a Christian presence.  St. Anne’s is fortunate as an icon of this city to have a considerable advantage in that task of bearing witness; our building is instantly recognisable and attracts people from all over the place as Marisa will tell you; but it’s entire purpose is to bear witness to the Gospel; it’s value and utility for us goes beyond it’s heritage and cultural value but as we use it in the Cork of today we also appreciate it’s place in the heart of Cork; its value as part of this city’s heritage and culture.  And so for that reason we are delighted to welcome Cork Decorative and Fine Art Society tonight, to thank them for their work which reminds us how much richer our lives are today for the preserving and celebrating of all that was created in the past.  And so I hand you over to Tom and to David who’ll tell you more about what they’ve been up to.

Thank you.


Tour of Fota House

Saturday, July 22nd 2017 at 12 noon

A tour of some previously hidden features in the library of the house which were uncovered during recent renovation work and the rest of the house.

The cost will be €6 per person. Meet outside the main entrance for 11.30 a.m. After the tour all can enjoy lunch in their café.


CorkDFAS guided tour of the current exhibition in the UCC Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Set In Time: Drawings from the Serge Lifar Collection.

Saturday, 13th May 2017 at 11.30 a.m.

There is a cost of €5 per person.  Numbers are strictly limited to 25 and priority given to CorkDFAS members.




CorkDFAS guided tour of the National Sculpture Factory facilities and working studios.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016 at 10 a.m.

The tour will be free of charge. However, the numbers are strictly limited to 15.
A few tables have been for us at El Vino at the Elysian for 11 a.m., so all are welcome to come along for coffee and a chat afterwards.
The National Sculpture Factory is located on Albert Road.


“20th Century Architecture: Guide to Cork Architectural Heritage”

Saturday, 20th August 2016, Walking tour with Tom Spalding


CorkDFAS kicked off National Heritage Week in Cork at 10 a.m. with a heritage walk led by our Volunteering Secretary, Tom Spalding (engineer, lecturer and author), who took a fascinated 37 people around the best of the iconic buildings of Cork that had been erected during the 20th Century. Everyone whom stayed right to the end! Congratulations, Tom, for a sparkling and informative 90 minutes.IMG_5260



Fota House Lunch and Tours

Wednesday, 6th July 2016: Fota House Lunch and Tours

IMG_4799We enjoyed a splendid day at Fota House, commencing with scones and coffee/tea in the café at 11 a.m. and then a tour by Jennifer McCrea, Irish Heritage Trust (Head of Audience Development and Engagement), focusing on the unique wallpaper archive of Fota House.IMG_4800

After lunch there at 1 p.m. we had a guided tour at 14:30 of Fota’s restored award-winning Victorian Frameyard Garden with a most informative talk on the gardening history of Fota House.




Tour of UCC Art Collection

Saturday, 11th June 2016, Tour of UCC Art Collection, Glucksman Gallery, 10 a.m.

IMG_4609Members and friends of Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society enjoyed an informative and fun tour in sunny weather of the UCC Art Collection last Saturday under the expert guidance of Sarah McCauliffe of the Glucksman Art Gallery.




Workshop “Identification of Cultural Objects”

Saturday, 7th May 2016, 10:30 a.m., UCC

Workshop Cultutal Objects Philip SheppardCorkDFAS held a very successful Workshop at UCC on the proper Identification of Cultural Objects led with great good humour and bountiful experience by Philip Sheppard, Director of Sheppard’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Kilkenny, ably assisted by Donal Robinson-Ryan of Sheppard’s.  A detailed talk was followed by the attendees handling a wide range of objects separated by time and type with instruction from Philip and Donal.

Workshop Cultutal Objects Philip

Workshop Cultutal Objects Donal


Elizabeth Fort Tour

Sunday, 17th April 2016,  noon

Members & guests enjoyed an interesting and informative guided tour of Elizabeth Fort today under Sean’s amusing tutelage as part of the 13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival.Elizabeth Fort CorkDFAS Excursion 17:04:2016 with St Fin Barre's
The Fort is a fascinating place and Sean gave a neat overview of Cork history in just one hour from the battlements of the site, and for many centuries the building, around which that history swirled in all its political, dynastic and religious complexity.

Elizabeth Fort CorkDFAS Excursion 17:04:2016


Cork Printmakers Studio Tour

Saturday, 14th November 2015,  11 a.m.

CorkDFAS members thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour on Saturday morning, 14th November, to Cork Printmakers Studio, Wandesford Quay, in Cork.

The studio provides resources to Cork artists to work through the medium of printmaking.

The extensive tour was given by Frances O’Connor, Assistant Director, and was superbly done and much enjoyed by the members, who were introduced not just to the workshops and exhibition centre but also to the varied techniques and skills offered by and practised at the Printmakers Studio.

Members at Cork Printmakers 14:11:15



“Cork’s Shortest Walking Tour”

Saturday, 22nd August 2015, 2:30 p.m. (start of Heritage Week)

commenced from the Vision Centre at St Peter’s Church on North Main Street

This tour packed 250 years of Cork’s history into 900 yards, in the vicinity of Grand Parade, making it the shortest, most cram-packed, walking tour of Cork!

Part of Cork 2015 Heritage Week and run in conjunction with the Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society, it explained the design, manufacture and history of our street furniture – the small but indispensable elements of our surroundings, such as post boxes, bollards, railings and signage. We learned about ‘Nigerian B’s and about the cannon buried muzzle-down in the city centre.

Tom and guests outside TriskelChristchurch
Tom and guests outside Triskel Christchurch

There was time available afterwards for questions and an opportunity to purchase Tom’s books.


“Words on the Street”

Saturday, 22nd August 2015, 10:30 a.m., also as part of Heritage Week

Many people joined Design Historian Tom Spalding (our Volunteering Coordinator) in an exploration through the city of Cork and its signs, lettering and place-names.  This walk was ideal for all lovers of local history, typography and graphic design.  Whether one already knew an Egyptian ligature from a sans serif, or were just as curious about this aspect of our built environment, this was the walk for everyone and was full of surprises which interested young and old.  There was time available afterwards for questions and an opportunity to purchase Tom’s books.
Supported by Cork Civic Trust.


Outing to Rockrohan House, Cork

Tuesday, July 14th 2015, 2:30 p.m.

followed by afternoon tea in the dining room

€5 per person

Members and their guests at Rockrohan House
Members and their guests at Rockrohan House

CorkDFAS members and guests were cordially received on Bastille Day at his home in Cork by Richard Wood, the well-known and much respected connoisseur and art lover.

Richard led the members and guests an enthralling tour of the gardens and house and its art collection and provided informative and entertaining guidance.

In the "Hogarth" Bedroom
In the “Hogarth” Bedroom
In the Entrance Hall
In the Entrance Hall
In the Drawing Room
In the Drawing Room

This delightful tour was followed by a convivial tea together in the delightful Dining Room.

In the Dining Room before tea
In the Dining Room before tea


Tour of  Bells and Tower at St Anne’s Church, Shandon

Tuesday, June 16th 2015, 11 a.m.

with tea/coffee and scones afterwards

at the nearby Maldron Hotel

€8 per person

Tuesday, 16th June was the CorkDFAS Tour for members and guests beginning at 11 a.m. of the Bells and Tower at St Anne’s Church, Shandon one of Cork’s oldest buildings at almost 300 years old and the oldest church in continuous use in the city.  The visit provided members with an opportunity to tour the church, ring the Shandon bells, view the internal workings of the “Four-Faced Liar” and enjoy 360° spectacular views of the city from the balcony of the Shandon Bells tower.

CorkDFAS members inside St Anne's, Shandon
CorkDFAS members inside St Anne’s, Shandon
Playing the bells at St Anne's
Playing the bells at St Anne’s

The tour was introduced with a sparkling introduction by Shandon volunteer guide, Cliff Wedgbury, and included a personally sung rendition of his own tribute to the church and bells, sung to the tune of “Three Score and Ten”, which received a well-deserved appreciation from the members and other visitors to the church.

Fine views from the top of St Anne's
Fine views from the top of St Anne’s

The tour also included tea/coffee and scones afterwards at the nearby Maldron Hotel.
A great trip out to one of Cork’s finest monuments.

CorkDFAS members enjoying tea at the Maldron Hotel
CorkDFAS members enjoying tea at the Maldron Hotel


Walk “The Design of Cork’s Street Furniture”

26th April 2015

Members of CorkDFAS and a couple of lucky non-members thoroughly enjoyed a history walk in Cork City on 26th April 2015, and in glorious sunshine, under the expert guidance of the Society’s Volunteering Coordinator, Tom Spalding, who pointed out things that even 30-year residents of this fair city were unaware of. Everyone was much impressed.

This walk was a continuation of Tom’s excellent CorkDFAS lecture on 1st April on “The Design of Cork’s Street Furniture” at the Clarion Hotel.

Cork Walk 26 April 2015

Cork Walk 26 April 2015 a


For Members only:   Workshop on 27th September 2014Volunteering Workshop Programme

For all information on this Workshop please go to MENU, CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERING, Best Practice Workshop