Pictures: Cork celebrates a Patrick's Day with a difference

Pictures: Cork celebrates a Patrick's Day with a difference

Out to make people happy for St. Patrick's Day in Kinsale, Cork, were Eve McClements on Commanche and Maghan O'Connor on Eddie. Picture Dan Linehan

A St Patrick’s Day with a difference this year saw the people of Cork get creative in celebrating our national holiday.

The day which is usually celebrated with parades, Irish flags and green-coloured ice cream was celebrated much more carefully this year due to current restrictions but that didn’t stop people from thinking outside the box.

Many events moved online with offerings such as live gigs and performances, and iconic landmarks across the city and the county were lit green to mark the second year of celebrating St Patrick’s Day under lockdown.

R&H Hall at Kennedy Quay was one of many locations across Cork city that was lit green in celebration of St Patrick's Day. Photo credit: Breda Graham.
R&H Hall at Kennedy Quay was one of many locations across Cork city that was lit green in celebration of St Patrick's Day. Photo credit: Breda Graham.

Na Piarsaigh GAA celebrated with a drive-by parade, while others dressed up and headed into the city centre to soak up the sunshine.

Residents in Ballyvolane watched on from their front gardens as children from Glenfields Community Childcare took part in their parade.

 Peter and Paula Hynes with family members, Kayla,
Peter and Paula Hynes with family members, Kayla,

In Kinsale, locals Eve McClements on her horse Commanche and Maghan O'Connor on her horse Eddie were out and about to put a smile on peoples’ faces.

Staff and residents at Haven Bay Care Centre dressed up and celebrated by visiting well-known landmarks in the town without leaving the nursing home’s grounds.

Some of the town’s most popular spots such as The Bulman, The White House, and Jimmy Edwards were recreated as part of the nursing home’s extension, allowing residents to still visit their favourite places during the lockdown.

In Aherla, the Hynes family held their own St Patrick’s Day parade on their farm which saw Peter and Paula Hynes, along with family members, Kayla, Chloe, Han, Ali, Shermin, Georgina and Becky participate, along with many of their animals.

Marking the occasion, President Michael D Higgins said that St Patrick's Day 2021 can mark the "beginning of a new journey".

 Health care workers Erica Turner, Luiz Boppre, Margarete Moretto and Jennie Guy who dressed in St. Patrick's Day colours for the residents of the Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale, Co Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Health care workers Erica Turner, Luiz Boppre, Margarete Moretto and Jennie Guy who dressed in St. Patrick's Day colours for the residents of the Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale, Co Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

In a message of hope, calling for renewed international cooperation and greater respect for Mother Earth to be the lessons of the pandemic, he said: "We can learn from it all, as we always do.

Twins Jaime and Jack Hally, Cobh, enjoying the sunshine on St. Patrick's Day in Cobh, Co. Cork.
Twins Jaime and Jack Hally, Cobh, enjoying the sunshine on St. Patrick's Day in Cobh, Co. Cork.

"And when in years to come when we parade again and gather in celebration, make a new invocation, no longer needing to be consumed in our consumption.

"We will recall how we made St Patrick's Day 2021 the beginning of a new journey.

 katie Bywater and Catherine Power watching the Pre-school children take part in their St. Patrick's Day parade near the Glenfields Community Childcare in Ballyvolane, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
katie Bywater and Catherine Power watching the Pre-school children take part in their St. Patrick's Day parade near the Glenfields Community Childcare in Ballyvolane, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

"One we are happy to share with the whole world, and all of its people, and one that helped renew with respect for Mother Earth, to which we all belong.

 Ray and Ursula Duffy in the process of decorating the 1916 memorial park for St. Patrick's Day on Barrack Hill, Cobh. Picture Dan Linehan
Ray and Ursula Duffy in the process of decorating the 1916 memorial park for St. Patrick's Day on Barrack Hill, Cobh. Picture Dan Linehan

"And of which our saints, Patrick and Bridgid, left us such insights and enduring wisdom.

 A busker playing music for people on St. Patrick's Day at the Grand Parade, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
A busker playing music for people on St. Patrick's Day at the Grand Parade, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

"When in the future we recall St Patrick's Day 2021, let us have returned with even more energy to music, as we lift the glass, slowly, and replenish it even slower,” he said.

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