Vernon Mount Park

Lecture Series

In association with Cork City Libraries, GFP has initiated the Vernon Mount Lecture Series, taking place in Douglas Library on a biannual basis. The series has been formulated for the express purpose of informing the general public of the uniqueness of Vernon Mount House, and its historical importance in both a national and international context, with a view to ensuring its conservation and sustainable renewal as a key feature in the major public park proposed for the Tramore Valley on the south side of Cork city.

The inaugural lecture took place on 22 August 2013, as part of a programme of events held during National Heritage Week. Mr David Bosonnet, landscape architect and partner in Brady Shipman Martin who authored the Tramore Valley Plan, spoke on 'Conservation and Vernon Mount House-Can the twain meet?' Mr Bosonnet outlined the proposals contained in the plan as well as the particular issues relating to Vernon Mount House.

The second lecture in the series titled 'Art in Cork's Big Houses-Vernon Mount an exceptional rarity', was held on 2 April 2014, and was given by Peter Murray, Director of The Crawford Gallery. Mr Murray delivered an absorbing and highly entertaining dissertation on the artworks and architecture of the Big Houses in and around Cork.

Information on upcoming lectures can be found in the Latest News section of this website.


Vernon Mount Lecture Series 2015   -  All events to be held in Douglas Library at 7.00 p.m.


  • 26th March" The influence of the Irish Big House and its Demesne on perceptions of landscape and beauty in the 18th and 19th Centuries". Speaker-Dr. Finola O'Kane, Architect, Landscape Historian and Conservation Specialist.


  •  14th May.    " Lusitania Tragedy claims the life of Cork-born internationally renowned art expert" - The Life and Times of Sir Hugh Lane.      Speaker - Robert O'Byrne, Vice-President of Irish Georgian Society, a writer specialising in the fine and decorative arts, and author of more than a dozen books, including the definitive biography of Sir Hugh Lane.


  •  27th August   " Cork's Gardens of Eden".   Speaker - Louise Harrington, Architectural Heritage and Historic Landscape Consultant.



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Audience at inaugural lecture by David Bosonnet of Brady, Shipman and Martin at Douglas Library, Aug 2018.  (Photo supplied by GFP)From left . T. Foy, B. Kelleher, G. Lehane GFP, Guest Speaker Peter Murray, Director Crawford Gallery and David O Brien, Executive Librarian Douglas. Wed 2nd April 2014.The first illustrated lecture at Douglas Library on Thurs 22nd August, 2013.Second lecture in series.Heritage Week 2014 LectureIMG_6303.JPG














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