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The Parade South Mall, Grand Parade, St. Patrick’s Street 1pm - 2.30pm

The theme of the 2018 Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Democracy for all – 100 years of the Vote for Women Support community groups old and new from all over the city in our annual celebration of all things Irish. With a collective Grand Marshall of our female Cork Public Representatives, past a present, and including large-scale pieces reflecting the theme.

On the Streets St Patricks Hill Ball Run

Sun 18, 2pm, St. Patrick’s Hill Over 10,000 multi coloured balls cascade down St Patricks Hill. Sponsor a ball for €2 in aid of the Cork Lions Club City Centre Defibrillator Project.

St Patrick’s Day Market

Sat 17, Noon - 5pm, Emmet Place As you move around the city, enjoying the parade, some music and more local culture, stop for lunch on the run at the market in Emmet Place.

Special Events Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball Sun 18, 7.30pm, Concert Hall, City Hall

A night of old school glamour is promised at the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball. ‘Oiche ag na Scannáin’ (Night at the Movies) is the theme, with all proceeds going to local charities. Fee applies. Tickets €100 pp from or 021 492 4120

Pulses of Tradition

Sat 17, 5pm, Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St. An authentic, Irish multi-media experience, featuring internationally recognised traditional musicians and dancers, a celebration of tradition in 21st century Ireland, a must-see for visitors and locals alike. Fee applies.

Kids & Families Cosmos at the Castle

Every Day, 10am - 5pm, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Harbour Rd, Blackrock Learn the story of Cork’s defended landscape, its merchant trade and the smugglers and pirates that navigated one of the world’s deepest natural harbours through Journeys of Exploration and discover the wonders of our universe in Cosmos at the Castle and a Planetarium Show. Fee applies. HAM Radio Workshop Mon 19, 10am – 4pm Meet the Hams of North Cork Radio Group. Make contact with other operators around the world and learn about the unique hobby of Amateur Radio. Suited to older children & adults. Free

Rebel Parade

Sat 17, 2pm - 3.30pm Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place Hands on family friendly workshop. Help create a puppet parade of heroes and villains right here in the gallery. All welcome, under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free.

Monsters in the Museum

An exhibition of artworks by children Fri 16, Sat 17 10am - 5pm, Sun 18 2pm - 5pm Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC This spring, the Glucksman invited schools, community groups and children living in Direct Provision to take part in a monster project and to take over the museum with fabulous creatures. No booking necessary, all welcome. Free.

Kids’ Storytelling Morning

Sat 17, 11am - 12pm St. Peter’s, North Main Street, Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish spirit with tales from Irish authors, and books based in Ireland. Feel free to bring your own favourite book. Free. (Best suited to under 10’s)

Visual Art & Exhibitions Ag Ullmhú

(preparing) March 5-20, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm The Atrium, City Hall. A behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the Cork St. Patricks Day Parade. Curated by local artist John Corkery with the assistance of Dowcha Puppets and Cork Community Art Link, including drawings, paintings, photographs and small-scale models, showing the creative progression of pieces from recent parades. Free

Come on Ye Rebels!

Sat 17, 2pm - 3pm Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place Join us for a free tour of our Heroes and Villains exhibition. Explore the theme of Rebels and Resistance with our guide Michael Waldron. Free.

Vesper - Austin McQuinn

15-16 March, 10am – 4pm Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St. Vesper is an archaic word for evening and also for the most common species of bat. For this solo exhibition of new work, Austin McQuinn deepens his long interest in human-animal relationships by exploring the marginal existences and consciousness of bats, inspired by the church gallery space. Open10 February – 28 April, 10am– 4pm Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat & 10am–12pm Wed. Free

Exhibitions and talks at St. Peter’s Cork Harbour Heritage Exhibition

New York City by Brian O’Dwyer

Join us for a talk on the sinking of the USS Geraldine by maritime historian Seán T. Rickard on Saturday 17 March at 1pm.

A beautiful photography exhibition in our Mezzanine Gallery

February 21 – March 28 10am - 6pm. Free. St. Peter’s, North Main Street.

Cork Harbour Heritage Exhibition tells the story of Cork Harbour, with contributions from both Passage West Maritime Heritage Group and Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance. Discover the role of Cork harbour in World War I, its connection to the US Navy; the story of the P.S. City of Cork - the first steamship built in Ireland; the story of US Destroyer’s harbouring in Cork Harbour in WWI; and the first steamship to cross the Atlantic from Passage West in 1838. Free

An Introduction to Genealogy

Friday 16th March, 1pm-2pm St. Peter’s Cork, North Main Street Join local genealogist David Ryan for an introduction to genealogy. Learn how to get started researching your past and putting together your family history. Free

Music & Dance The Stunning

Sat 17, 8pm, Cork Opera House, Emmet Place. The Stunning have always enjoyed a strong and loyal following in Cork since 1987. They return to tonight for a very special Patrick’s Day gig. Fee applies.

An Evening With Johnny McEvoy

Fri 16, 8pm, The Everyman, McCurtain St. Johnny McEvoy is one of the most enduring and talented singer songwriters in these islands over the past 50 years. A very special St Patricks Festival gig, presented by Tom Kelly promotions. Fee applies.

Michelle Cahill - Thirteen Steps to the Attic Friday 16, 8pm - 9pm Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork

I breathe in - I hold my breath – and Wait for the silences........... In an attic, in a house with only letters for company, a woman is led by a man to take a precarious step into the vibrancy of her imagination. A multi layered montage of movement and text, created in collaboration with Yorkshire based director Rowan Tolley. Funded by the Arts Council, supported by Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Tipperary Dance Platform, FRINGE LAB and co-produced by Firkin Crane. Fee Applies


Thurs 15 - Fri 16, 8pm Triskel Christchurch Huun-Huur-Tu’s style could be best described as profoundly mysterious - a consequence of their traditional, ritual laryngeal chants descending from Central Asian land of Tuva. Steeped in Tuvan folklore the ensemble, who have performed with Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, The Chieftains, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Kronos Quartet and others, wear traditional garb and accompany themselves on string and percussion instruments, playing galloping rhythms that evoke the vast south Siberian steppe. Fee applies. VIDEO

The Sounds and Words of Nano’s Childhood World

Sat 17, 6pm-7pm Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street.

The Music and Poetry of the Blackwater Catholics. Recreate the sounds of the Nagle homes of the Blackwater valley in the early 18th Century. Fee applies.

Sonatinas Choir at the Crawford Gallery

Sat 17, 2.30pm Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place.

2018 winners of the William Egan Perpetual Cup. Free.

The Lee Sessions Trad Trail Traditional Irish Music sessions in City Centre pubs. Featuring masters of traditional music. Free Friday 16th March 6pm The Corner House (Coburg St) 6:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 8pm Sin É (Coburg St) 9:30pm The Long Valley (Winthrop St) 9:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 10pm An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)

Sun 18th March 3pm Charlie’s (Union Quay) 5:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 7pm Turners Cross Tavern (Turners Cross) 8:30pm Cissie Young's (Bandon Rd) + UCC Tradsoc 8:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 9:30pm The Gables (Douglas St) 9:30pm Counihans (Pembroke St) 9:30pm An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)

Saturday 17th March 5-7:30pm The Long Valley (Winthrop St) 6pm The Rock Bar (Gillabbey St) 6:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 8:00pm Sin É (Coburg St) 9:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 10pm An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)

Monday 19th March 6:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 8:00pm Sin É (Coburg St) 9:30pm Sin É (Coburg St) 9:30pm An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St) 10pm Market Tavern (Anglesea St) + CIT Tradsoc.

The Céilí Allstars

Sat 17, 7pm Coughlans Bar, 7 Douglas Street The Céilí Allstars are an exciting four piece traditional Irish music band. Their musical style includes shades of Sliabh Luachra - where they originate from - combined with generous sprinklings of folk & country. They've played residencies in Cork's legendary folk venues the Lobby Bar, Cork and De Barra's in Clonakilty. They're also at home on bigger stages playing at festivals in Ireland, Holland, Italy, Russia and Australia. Free

Crazy Chester

Fri 16, 10pm Coughlans Bar, 7 Douglas Street Renowned for their lively and entertaining live shows, Crazy Chester have the musicianship and strong catalogue of songs to separate them from many of the other good time cover acts. Free.

Tours, Walks & Talks Cork Walks

Any day, Any time, 1.5 hours. Starting from Daunt Square in the city centre, choose from four excellent self-guided walking tours to gain insiders view of our city. Brochures describing each walk with a detailed map are available from Cork City Tourist office.

Cork Whiskey Walk Fri 16, 2pm - 5pm

Fancy a Scove?

A walking tour by Alex Postel Sun 18, 3pm - 4pm Nano Nagle Place, Douglas St. Author of ‘Fancy A Scove?’, Alex Postel leads a walking tour around the vicinity of Nano Nagle Place, starting at Nano Nagle Place. Free.

Guided walking, eating and drinking tour of Cork city that focuses on Leeside’s unique whiskey history. Includes an expertly guided historical walk, wood-fired pizza, a craft beer & whiskey serve, three prestige whiskey samples in a selection of traditional Cork pubs and local charcuterie, cheese and bread. Fee applies

Elizabeth Fort

Fri 16, Sat 17, 10am -5pm; Sun 18, 12noon- 5pm Barrack Street Visit the 17 Century Elizabeth Fort. Enjoy spectacular views of Cork city. Guided Tour at 1pm daily. Free.

Cork City Gaol

Every Day, 10am - 4pm. Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well. Wander through the wings of our 19th century Gaol, hearing shuffling feet and the jingle of the warders’ keys. Fee applies.

Cork St. Patrick's Festival Programme 2018  
Cork St. Patrick's Festival Programme 2018  

Cork St. Patrick's Festival Programme 2018