Project Description

Community Heritage Pod

In 2016, a small group of people calling themselves the ‘Ballyphehane 1916 Commemoration Committee’, ran a year-long series of events that got Ballyphehane and Togher involved in marking the events of 1916. The group wanted to build on the momentum they had created in their community, so they approached Heritageworks to see if we would help them create a ‘Heritage Pod’.

This would be an interactive unit where local people could enjoy photos of the year’s events, read information about community organisations, and learn the story of the area and how it went from a marsh occupied by monks to being Cork’s first model suburb, with market gardens and an active, thriving community. The group also wanted to tell the stories of the heroes of 1916 so they could be role models for the younger generation.

We responded by creating a web-based interactive touchscreen, with all their content collected and sorted into interesting tales and beautiful pictures. The surround has their name and a historical map of Cork. The stand can be lowered or raised with a remote control, making the Pod accessible for children, people using wheelchairs, or those needing to sit.

What we delivered

Collation and cataloguing of images and information; Historical research; Content development; Graphic design; Website design and installation; Interactive Touchscreen; Accessible stand; Designed & installed surround from MDF and printed Perspex.

Research and interpretation
Website Design


The Community Heritage Pod is currently located in Togher Community Centre where it is accessible by all the community. Cork City Council have taken a copy of the web-based presentation we created so the story of Ballyphehane is now also accessible in all Cork libraries.

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