Cork Council plans family Bonfire Nights in city

Cork Council plans family Bonfire Nights in city

Spectators watch as the Dowtcha Puppets Train burns at Clashduv Park, Togher for Bonfire Night. Cork City Council organised a series of family friendly events in five City Parks to celebrate the evening last year. Picture: Darragh Kane

Cork City Council is again organising and supporting a number of family friendly events throughout the City on the Friday evening of Bonfire Night, June 23. 

The Project is being managed by the City Council, with the support of Community Wardens, Parks Foremen, RAPID Co-ordinators, the Gardaí, Emergency Services, Foroige, local community groups and other agencies.

Five major outdoor events are planned in City Council parks as follows, with a range of activities such as games, sports, inflatables, face painting and local music.

  • Kilmore Park, Knocknaheeny 5pm to 8pm
  • Pophams Park, Farranree 4pm to 7pm
  • Glenamoy Park, Mayfield 5pm to 8pm
  • Loughmahon Park, Mahon 5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Clashduv Park, Togher 5pm to 9pm

Also this year, Dowtcha Puppets have been engaged to work with local youth groups in the construction of Bonfires Sculpture in Mahon, Togher and Knocknaheeny. 

Particular focus has been placed on having local groups and clubs participate in all projects.

Last year over 13,000 attended the Bonfire Night Family Friendly Events, with 40 local community groups, and more than 150 volunteers involved in their delivery. 

The involvement and participation of these groups and volunteers is a key factor in delivering a successful night.

In addition, support is also being given to other community events being organised at Willow Park/Glencurrig/Ballincurrig, Bishopstown (Bishopstown Youth Project, Community Association, Gardaí), and other smaller projects.

The Bonfire Night Project’s major aim is to provide alternative, safe, family friendly activities on the night and it has made a big difference in reducing the negative impacts of the night in some areas, with the Gardaí, Fire Services and Parks staff confirming last year that the amount of bonfires had decreased hugely in recent years.

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