Food for thought as crowds flock to cultural delights of Cork

Food for thought as crowds flock to cultural delights of Cork
George Kamau, Wilton enjoying Cork County Culture Night at County Hall.Picture Darragh Kane

MORE than 200 events took place across 100 venues yesterday to showcase the best of Cork culture. 

Culture Night 2017 attracted thousands of people to landmark buildings and venues all across the city and county. 

The English Market welcomed, entertained and fed hundreds of people as Ireland's oldest market was transformed for a night of traditional music and jazz.

The bands included Bochtán and Torcán and The Market Traders provide visitors with the best of local food and drink. 

Manager of The English Market Órla Lannin said: “This event has proved to be a huge success and grows year on year. The atmosphere in here last night was electric and we are thrilled to welcome customers and guests of all ages who came and enjoyed wonderful food, the live music and even a bit of dancing. Myself and all the traders look forward to this event every year and are delighted that this year we drew such a big crowd yet again."

Trading since 1788 the renowned food market plays an important part of food culture in Cork, with an emphasis on fresh, local, produce as well as traditional Cork foods, while providing an array of international produce.

Head of The Traders Committee John Boyling added: “Culture Night is huge for us and for the people of Cork and it’s great for the whole community to come together for such a joyous occasion."

Nano Nagle Place also hosted a range of range of activities yesterday evening, including some old-fashioned arts and crafts activities for kids, an evening of Contemporary Cork Poets presented by The Munster Literature Centre, as well as entertainment for famous duo Simon MacHale and Annette Buckley (The Electronic Folk) who performed in the Goldie Chapel, built in 1865.

The evening finished with a multi-media drama entitled Fear an Rothair, based on writings of the Bicycle Men who went around Ireland teaching Irish over 100 years ago.

Programme Manager at Nano Nagle Place Dr Danielle O’Donovan said: “Nano Nagle Place is such an amazing venue and centres around a wonderful story of a woman who helped so many people. The heritage centre celebrates history and culture and so hosting some Culture Night celebrations was something we were really looking forward to doing as it seemed like the perfect fit. We have had a superb turnout and it’s great to see so many people exploring this amazing place and enjoying themselves and having fun. I fantastic day had by all."

Nano Nagle Place, is so named as it is the iconic birthplace of the Presentation Congregation, founded by Ireland’s first global social entrepreneur Nano Nagle, celebrating her vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement for a contemporary world.

The complex now houses an impressive heritage centre, 3.5 acres of tranquil gardens, Nano Nagle’s tomb, a garden café (opening later this year), a gift shop, community facilities, a small resident community of sisters, and the beautifully regenerated convent buildings which are home to countless historical archives dating back to 1779 and several educational charities.

North Main Street had a special Young Offenders theme to Culture Night, a tribute to the hit movie filmed in Cork. 

The Young Offenders film was a massive hit nationally and internationally when it was released in 2016.

It took €1.3 million at the box office and notched up a host of award nominations and wins.

The events culminated with a free screening of the movie at the Gate Cinema.

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