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Cork St. Patrick's Festival - Wednesday, 17th March 2010


1.      Parade Information

2.      Road Closures

3.      Barry’s Tea Food Market

4.      Music & On Street Entertainment


1.  Parade Information

The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, presented by Cork City Council, takes place on Wednesday, 17th March, at 1pm.

The Parade will start at the top of South Mall (Parnell Place end), travel down South Mall, Grand Parade, St. Patrick’s Street, Merchant’s Quay and it finishes at the end of Merchant’s Quay.

Running time for the Parade is approximately 1hour and 15 minutes with an estimate finish time of 2.15 -2.30pm.  2,100 participants will take part in 2010 Parade.

Traffic restrictions begin at 11.45am. Parade participants line up from 12noon at Parnell Place, Copley Street and Union Quay.

This year’s theme is ‘Ships to Shore’ – celebrating Cork’s rich maritime culture.

The Parade will be officially led out by the Band of First Southern Brigade, Army, Navy and various defence and veteran groups to set the pace of the parade followed by the Grand Marshal Lisa Cummins, the first Irish person to swim the English Channel both ways.

The Grandstand will be located on St. Patrick’s Street in front of Carey’s Lane and beside The Moderne. Dave Mac of Redfm will MC the Parade in 2010. The Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy will be present on the Grandstand from 1pm.


2.         Road Closures

Road closures will take effect from 11.45am on St. Patrick’s Day.


Black Ash Park and Ride
The Black Ash Park and Ride site will be open from 8.30am to 8.00pm on Wednesday, 17th March. The first bus will run at 9.00am and the last bus will depart at 7.15pm. Please note drop off and pick up locations will be from Anglesea Street , in front of Cork City Council offices. The buses will not operate to Lapps Quay on this day. 

All parking will be removed from South Mall from 7.00am on 17th March.

Road Closures
Union Quay and Copley Street will be closed from 7.00am on 17th March. Tuckey Street will be closed from 9.00am to 7.00pm on 17th March. No access to Emmet Place from 11.45am until 4.00pm on 17th March. The Parade is due to commence at 1.00pm, and thus at 11.45am the main Parade route from South Mall, via Grand Parade, St. Patrick’s Street and Merchant’s Quay will be closed to traffic. 

Traffic Management
Assembly Areas: Access to Parnell Bridge will be maintained until 11.45am. The Park and Ride terminus will be at Anglesea Street (it will not operate to Lapps Quay). Diversion of northbound traffic on Eglinton Street (from the South Link) via Albert Quay and Eamon deValera Bridge, Custom House Street, Michael Collins Bridge, Penrose Quay, Ship Street onto the Lower Glanmire Road. St. Patrick’s Quay, Camden Quay and McCurtain Street are all open to traffic. 

Main Parade Route
The Parade will march along the following streets: South Mall, Grand Parade, St. Patrick’s Street, Merchant’s Quay, disassembling in Parnell Place (western lane).

In addition, the following main streets will be directly affected and will be closed:
Parliament Street, Parliament Bridge, Washington Street between South Main Street and Grand Parade, Merchant’s Quay/Anderson’s Quay, Parnell Place (western lane), Fr. Matthew Quay, Morrisson’s Quay, Half Moon Street.

Traffic diversions will be put in place to facilitate these road closures, as follows:

• South Terrace/George’s Quay – traffic will be diverted via Sullivan’s Quay and French’s Quay to either Greenmount or onto Washington Street and Bachelor’s Quay

• Lavitt’s Quay – traffic will be diverted across Christy Ring Bridge.

3.         Barry’s Tea Food Market
The Barry’s Tea Food Market takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th March and St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday, 17th March, on the Grand Parade and new boardwalk at the top of South Mall, Cork. Opening times are from 10am to 6pm each day. A wide variety of the best locally produced and locally sourced food as well as Irish and Fairtrade crafts will be on sale with up to 40 stalls showcasing their wares. Free cups of Barry’s Tea will be given out.


4.         Music and on street entertainment

FREE family events take place on the Grand Parade and Boardwalk, South Mall on St. Patrick’s Day. The programme is family friendly and features live music, circus walkabouts and children’s workshops from 12noon to 6 pm.

The main performance area is next to Nano Nagel Bridge on the Boardwalk, South Mall in the heart of the market. Keep an eye out for walkabout characters and children’s workshops rooming thought the market.

Main Performance Area:

11.00- 12noon - Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann (acoustic)

2.45-4.00pm – The Roaring Forties

4.15 -5.45pm – Soul Driven

Acoustic Area:

3.00pm-3.30pm           Tórann

4.30pm-5.00pm           Tórann


Free Face painting at the Main Stage, after the Parade.




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