Festival of fun planned for Cork's St Patrick’s weekend

Festival of fun planned for Cork's St Patrick’s weekend
Cork City Hall in green and white. Picture: Kevin Barrett.

AN array of colourful events will bring the city to life for this year's St Patrick's Day festivities.

A total of 50,000 people are expected to turn out for this year's parade taking place at 1pm tomorrow.

Participants from community, arts and sporting organisations throughout Cork will join in the spectacle. 

Some of the much-anticipated acts include The United Filipino-Irish Association, Starlight Baton Twirlers, Rebel Wheelers, Mayfield GAA Club, Nigerian Community Cork, Mexican Community Cork, Sahara Belly Dancers, Cork Figure Skating, CIT Carnival Samba and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.

A special fleet of vintage Ford Cars, including the Model T, Fordson Tractor, Cortina and Mustang, will mark 100 years of Ford in Cork.

St Patrick's Day will also see Cork School of Music's young performers take to the Cork Opera House stage at 8pm for the unique event Hear Our Song.

Musicians will be joined by a number of special guests on the day, including the internationally acclaimed Irish Sopranos. 

Music will cater for a range of individual tastes from operatic to folk and traditional.

Visitors to the Atrium, City Hall are being invited to embark on a photographic journey this Saturday at 2pm. 

Images capturing Gaelic games being played in unique surroundings taken from the photo book Gaelic Fields will illustrate a 45-minute talk at the venue. 

Photographs displayed will depict all 32 Irish counties.

Cork Lions Club will have their eye on the ball for this Sunday's Saint Patrick's festivities.Now in its fourth year, the Cork Ball Run will comprise of 12,000 multi-coloured balls racing down Patrick's at 2pm. 

It is hoped that funds raised from the event will pay for the installation of defibrillators across Cork city. Past funds raised enabled the charity to install the first publicly available defibrillators at Penneys on Oliver Plunket Street, Gallagher’s Bistro on Mac Curtain Street and the Savoy on Patrick Street.

Their aim is to have 12 defibrillators in the city by completion of the project.

Festival goers can enjoy The Lee Sessions Trad Trail throughout city centre pubs over the weekend. 

This will entail a number of traditional musical sessions including in the Gables at 9.30pm, An Spailpín Fánach on South Main Street from 9.30pm and Sin É, Coburg Street from 8.30pm.

Cork Airport is also preparing for a busy bank holiday with almost 30,000 passengers expected between today and Sunday. 

Those arriving on St Patrick’s Day will be treated to a traditional Irish music session in the airport terminal as "The Trad Lads" take to the stage to add to the overall festival atmosphere.

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