Cork’s festive season got into full swing over the weekend with a series of events as the Rebel County counts down the days to December 25.
Cork legend Roy Keane was present to turn on the Christmas lights at Marymount for the hospice’s annual Light Up A Life event.
The former Republic of Ireland and Man United captain was joined by a host of household Cork names and politicians, including camogie legend Rena Buckley, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, Fianna Fail leader, Michael Martin and Bishop John Buckley.
Cork’s annual GLOW festival, due to run for the month of December right up to Christmas week, was launched on Friday.
The event, which is organised by Cork City Council, attracted more than 150,000 people last year.
It will run every weekend in the build-up to Christmas, and also Christmas week from Thursday, December 20 to Saturday, December 22.
The festival offers the chance to enjoy fantastic views of Cork City on the 30m Ferris Wheel, sample delicious food at the Christmas Market and listen to beautiful music by Cork choirs and bands on the Grand Parade.
Bishop Lucey Park has been transformed into a historic Christmas wonderland based on the theme of ‘The Night Before Christmas in Old Cork’.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn (Ind) said: “Cork is a special place at Christmas and we are encouraging everyone to come into the city and to shop locally.
“With fantastic Christmas food markets, choral performances, a 30-metre Ferris Wheel and illuminations in Bishop Lucey Park, there is so much to see and do this year at GLOW, Cork’s Christmas Festival,” he added.
Cllr Finn also hosted the 58th Lord Mayor's Christmas Concert held in City Hall on Saturday at 8pm.
Each year the concert has ensured Local Cork Charities gain valuable funds ahead of Christmas, to cater for those in need in the Rebel County.
Cork’s streets, all lit up for the Christmas season, took on an extra festive feel last night as hundreds of Santa Clauses took to the streets for a cycle in aid of ill children across Ireland.
The event aimed to raise money for Straight Ahead, a charity that funds orthopaedic operations for children who otherwise would face long periods on waiting lists.
Meanwhile, the Christmas season wouldn’t be complete Cork’s favourite traditional family pantomime at the Everyman, which got underway on Saturday, December 1.
This year’s magical tale is Cinderella, performed by CADA Performing Arts Academy, which has entertained families with their Pantomimes at the Everyman for the last 24 years.