The celebrations of the millennium year in the parish culminated in events for the People’s North Parish Pilgrimage which the then Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley described as a "great opportunity" to involve the people of the parish, particularly the younger generations.
A special procession of 'Reflection and Remembrance' celebrating the people who lived, worked and played sport in the parish took place on May 21, 2000.
Residents turned out in their droves to join the pilgrimage which passed through Cathedral Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, Exchange Street, John Redmond Street, Pope’s Quay, North Mall, Sunday’s Well Road, Blarney Street, Boyce’s Street, St Anne’s Road, Wolfe Tone Street, St Mary’s Road and onto Gerald Griffin Street and finally, the North Cathedral.
The Jubilee featured performances from St Mary’s Church Choir and the Cork's historic Butter Exchange Band, known to the people of Cork affectionally as 'Da Buttera'.
Cork Historian Richard T. Cooke, who was part of the North Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council sub committee played a key role in organising the events.
"During the weeks of preparation leading up to the very special day of Sunday, May 21, I must say, from the Bishop of Cork John Buckley right down to the people of the parish, young and old, who walked in the steps of their ancestors in the procession in the glorious warm sunny weather, we all sang from the same hymn sheet," he told The Echo.
"It was a great experience and by remembering that spiritual day 20 years ago, they’ll be full of pride and memories," Mr Cooke continued.
Also a significant figure involved in ensuring a safe and enjoyable event was the late Jim O’Loughlin, a stalwart volunteer in many organisations such as the Irish Red Cross, Cork Adult Education Council and St Vincent’s Hurling and Football Club.
Speaking at Mr O'Loughlin's funeral mass in 2010, Mr Cooke recalled how influential he was in making the event a success.
"The committee decided that the procession wasn’t going to be held around the Cathedral, but that it would journey around the boundary of the old historic North Parish itself.
"There were concerns regarding the security of the young and the elderly people as it was going to be a very large procession.
"One of the committee members said there was only one man who could take this big project on board and that was Jim O’Loughlin," he said.
"Without an ounce of hesitation, he enthusiastically outlined what he could do to help us.
"It is due to Jim’s kind, generous help that the Jubilee 2000 procession was a success," Mr Cooke continued.
It was a historic time for the North Parish with the Jubilee in 2000 but also the 200-year anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Cathedral of St Mary’s and St Anne’s which was celebrated in 1999.
A souvenir programme looking at the rich history of the Shandon and North Parish area, and a DVD of the procession were produced to mark the occasion.