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2015 Cork St. Patrick's Festival set to be the stuff of ‘legends’

From artisan food markets and a free lunch for all, to on-street entertainment and a fantastic live music-line up, The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival is set to be legendary this year. 

The three days of family fun, which run from 15-17 March, will culminate with the Parade itself on St. Patrick’s Day, featuring jaw dropping street art inspired by legendary tales,pageantry, carnivals, up to 3000 community and voluntary groups.   This family friendly festival is now in its 8th year, and is expected to attract up to 100,000 people to the city over the weekend. 

For those who cannot make it to Cork for the legendary St. Patrick’s Day Festival, there will be a live stream on www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie

Festival organisers, Cork City Council, promise that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before.   The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Catherine Clancy said, “This year’s Cork’s St. Patrick’s Festival is going to bigger, better and greener than ever before. It will be legendary.  I am so proud to invite visitors home to our magical city to experience the very best in local, national and international talent at this family friendly Festival. It will be a great boost for local traders and hospitality.”

Highlights of this year’s festival include...

·        The St. Patrick’s Day Legends Parade: 
The main event, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will 
take place on Monday March 17 at 1pm.  You will marvel at the spectacular performances, which will include arts, community and sporting groups from all over the city and county, along with five specially commissioned giant art pieces, created by renowned street theatre companies, and inspired by legendary tales, including:  Johan and the Whale by SPRAOI, The Phoenix by Bui Bolg, large scale inflatable floats by LUXe, the Tractor Factor with Dowtcha puppets, and Life Beats from Cork Community Art Link.

The Parade route runs from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street and finishes at Merchant’s Quay. 

·        The Greening of the City
Enjoy the spectacular sight of Cork’s most famous buildings, like Cork City Hall, illuminated in green.



Cork St Patrick’s celebrations are the reel deal

~ Paddy’s Night Fleadh Concert at Cork Opera House ~

Tuesday 17th March, 8pm

Cork is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in true ‘Paddy’ style this year with a special Paddy’s Night Fleadh concert, celebrating traditional Irish music and song, at Cork Opera House on Tuesday 17th March, as part of the Cork St Patrick’s Festival. 

The Paddy’s Night Fleadh has a fantastic line-up featuring the legendary John Spillane, traditional Irish folk music legend and Cork native, Jimmy Crowley, and internationally acclaimed singer Karen Casey who will perform with an impressive choir of 30 adults and children. The night will also feature performances from Elaine Cormican, Anna Mitchell, Niall Vallely, and the renowned Pulses of Tradition, which is the no. 1 attraction in Cork on TripAdvisor. 

The concert is perfect for those looking for an authentic Irish experience and promises to be an exceptional evening of music and entertainment for young and old alike.

A trad music trail will also take place in Cork over the festival weekend with The Lee Sessions, who run free traditional Irish music sessions in city centre pubs.

Paddy’s Night Fleadh follows on from the recently sold-out Gradam Ceoil TG4 concert, and again puts Cork firmly on the map as a hub for traditional Irish culture.

The concert kicks off at 8pm at Cork Opera House on Tuesday 17th of March and all tickets priced at a special rate of €17 but are due to sell out fast! So don’t miss this unique piece of Cork based culture on our National Saint’s Day.

To book your tickets, log onto to www.corkoperahouse.ie or call their Box Office on 021 427 0022.

 

For further information on the Cork St Patrick’s Festival see www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie.  The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival is organised by Cork City Council and is proudly supported by Cork Airport, Cork’s 96FM, C103FM and the Evening Echo.