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City Council declares that Cork is 'Open for Business’ on day of Queen’s Visit

Cork’s Lord Mayor Cllr Micheal O’Connell has called on the people of Cork to join him in welcoming H.M. Queen Elizabeth II to Cork City on Friday, 20th May. He is encouraging locals to line the route that the Queen’s cavalcade will take into the City Centre, and to come into St Patrick’s Street to partake in the bumper entertainment and attractions planned as part of the welcome festivities on Friday.

Calling on the people of Cork, Lord Mayor Cllr Micheal O’Connell said, “Friday is a unique opportunity for the people of Cork, civic leaders and businesses to show the best of what our special city has to offer and to make an unforgettable first impression. We need the public’s help to bring to life our promise that Cork is ‘A City of Welcomes’. It’s our opportunity to give H.M Queen Elizabeth II a welcome to remember in front of an audience of over 30million people tuned in worldwide. I urge everyone to come into Cork City and help us maximize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase Cork City in its best possible light on the world stage”.

A stunning line up of entertainment and music in planned to turn Cork City Centre into a veritable street party. Highlights include:

Hitting a Musical High Note for the Queen

  • Acclaimed International Soprano Mary Hegarty will give a free performance in the English Market at 18:30pm on Friday evening, 20th May. Food traders in the market are also putting on a food showcase with platters of delicious tasters available for visitors to sample in the same way the Queen enjoyed earlier in the day.
  •  Bodhran Bookills will create a dramatic musical spectacle to herald the arrival of the Queen to the English Market. The unique musical group is made up of 70 players from St. Joseph’s National School on the Mardyke with the performers aged between 6 and 12 years.
  • An eclectic ensemble of performers from the CIT School of Music will perform a mix of musical highlights in the City Centre on Friday with String Quartets, Classical Guitar and Jazz performances. Among the highlights will be Fluteini’s  Jazz Trio led by Laoise O’Hanlon, a high-octane performance by Dizzie Blue’s Band and the Five Star Trad Trio with Christie Leahy

The Band of the First  Southern Brigade will also perform in St Patrick’s Street, adding a carnival and celebratory atmosphere to the afternoon public party.

Giant TV Screens

-       Two giant TV screens will broadcast live footage of the Queen as she visits the English Market and the Tyndall Institute. These will be in situ outside Ulster Bank, St.Patrick's Street and outside the Savoy Centre.The public will get a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse of what the Queen experiences as she ambles from market stall to market stall and meets local dignitaries and personalities on her visit to the Tyndall Institute. Also broadcast on the giant screens will be Mitchell & Kenyon Footage of Cork in the early 1900s and a mix of other footage from a range of cultural events.

Commemorative Website

Cork City Council have created a special micro site where members of the public can download information on entertainment, images and other events scheduled to take place to mark the Queen’s visit on Friday, 20th May 211. The website address is

Traffic Diversions

While some traffic restrictions will apply in the City Centre and environs ( for further details click on following link:  Traffic diversions and restrictions relating to visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II , there will be public transport links into the city centre  throughout the day. The main traffic restrictions will take place in the City Centre between 10:00 - 17:00 on Friday, 20th May. A public Park and Ride system will operate as normal from Black Ash to Lapps Quay, with some minor diversions en route.

Bus Eireann will operate a full public transport service, again with some diversions in place. See for further details on bus services

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