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Cork City Council announce details of St. Patrick’s Festival 2007

Cork City Council is delighted to announce the details of St. Patrick’s Festival which will take place on the Saturday, 17th March 2007, the highlight being the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It will be a fun event for all the family and is expected to bring thousands to the streets of Ireland's cultural capital to celebrate the Feast Day of our National Saint.

Gardaí are reminding families to come into town early to enjoy the festive atmosphere and utilise the public transport in the city.

Beginning at the 13.00 hrs at the Parnell Place end of the South Mall, the Parade will proceed up the South Mall past the reviewing stand in front of Bishop Lucey Park, Grand Parade before proceeding along St. Patrick’s Street and Bridge Street, finishing at the Coliseum Corner end of McCurtain Street between 14.30 and 15.00 hrs.

There will be an area specially designated for media immediately adjacent to the viewing stand. Details on accreditation and access will follow closer to the event.

The Parade will feature presentations from community and voluntary groups as well as two professional entries from Spraoi and Dowctha Puppets.

In addition to the Parade there will be an all-day food fair, the Barry’s Tea Market at Emmet Place, from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs hosted by Barry's Tea in conjunction with the Mahon Point Farmer's Market and Perk's Fun Fair will be in place in Alfred Street from 12.00 noon on Saturday 17th until late on Monday 19th.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Ahern, is hosting the Lord Mayor’s St. Patrick's Day Ball in City Hall on the evening of March 17th in aid of the following charities: Enable Ireland Cork, Marymount Hospice and Tabor Lodge Ltd.

Cork City Council is grateful for the generous support of its corporate sponsors –
Cork Airport and Barry’s Tea.


Cork St. Patrick's Festival Programme (1,474 KB)




This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been infiltrated by the most hideous collection of monstrous creatures you would ever have the unfortunate pleasure to meet, and in true monster fashion they are on the rampage, winged terrors, one eyed worms and giant scorpions all working together hell bent on causing grief, and why not? It’s not every day they get a chance to sample so many appetisers in the one place!

"Rampage" is presented by Waterford Spraoi, devised and designed by Dermot Quinn, Mike Leahy and Ken fortune, directed by Sile Penkert and performed by members of Waterford Spraoi and Cork-based No Frontiers Dance Company directed by Chloe de Buyl-Pisco.

Dowtcha Puppets

The Dowtcha Puppets entry in the 2007 St Patrick's Day Parade is the ‘Battle of the Seasons'. It is commissioned by the Cork City Arts Office and represents a comic battle between winter and spring.

Each season is represented by a giant puppet figure and surrounded by a team of dancers and musicians. The parade is designed to appeal to children, the giant puppets, Crystal Ice and Spring Shoot have a colourful cartoon quality and take turns in winning the battles. Their large slow movements are counterpointed by teams of dancers on both sides with bright elegant kinetic costumes, all supported by live music.

The Dowtcha puppets team is joined in this project by composers Cormac O’Connor and Lisa Zagone, choreagrapher Tina Horan with dancers from the New Moon company and drummers from the Crawford School of Art.

Traffic Management, Road Closures and Restrictions

Park and Ride

Park and Ride will operate as normal. Drop off and pick up locations will be unaffected.



On the Parade Route, Copley Street and Union Quay, some street parking will be removed from 12 noon on March 16th. All street parking in these areas will be removed from 18:00 on the 16th March until approx 16.30 on the 17th March.

In addition, street parking will be removed from Tuckey Street and areas of South Main Street from 18.00 on the 16th March until 16.30 on the 17th March. Parking will be removed from Emmet place from 06:00 on the 17th March until 19.00 on the 17th March. Parking will be removed from Alfred Street from 17.30 on the 16th March until 08.00 on the 20th March.


Road Closures

Alfred Street traffic will be closed from 17.30 on March 16th to 08.00 on Tuesday, March 20th to facilitate Perks Funfair. Union Quay, Copley Street and South bound Lanes of Parnell Bridge will be closed off to traffic from 6 am on the morning of the 17th March 2007 (to restrict traffic in Assembly Areas).

No access to Emmet Place from 07:00 on March 17th until 19.00 on March 17th. The Parade is due to commence at 13:00, and thus at 12:00 the main parade route from South Mall, via Grand Parade and St. Patrick’s Street, to McCurtain Street will be closed to traffic. All streets leading to the parade route will be closed off at 12 noon in order to ensure no congestion in these areas.

Assembly Areas;

Access from Terence MacSwiney Quay and Parnell Bridge to Lapps Quay will be maintained. This will facilitate the Park & Ride terminus on Lapps Quay. Diversion of northbound traffic on Eglinton Street (from the South Link) via Albert Quay and Eamon De Valera Bridge, Custom house Street, Michael Collins Bridge, Penrose Quay, Ship Street on to the Lower Glanmire Road. Lower Glanmire Road will be accessible only from Ship Street and Summerhill North Southbound.


In addition, the following main streets will be directly affected and will be closed:

  • South Terrace / George’s Quay / Parliament Street/ Washington Street
  • Merchant’s Quay / Lavitt’s Quay /St. Patrick's Quay / Camden Quay
  • Coburg Street / Fr Matthew Quay / Morrisson's Quay
  • Brian Boru Street /Half Moon St / Tucky St
  • Summerhill North (north access will be closed)


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

  • South Link – traffic will be diverted at Eglinton Street via Albert Quay and Eamon De Valera Bridge
  • South Terrace / George's Quay – traffic will be diverted via Sullivan’s Quay & Frenche’s Quay to either Greenmount or onto Washington Street and Bachelor's Quay
  • Horgan's Quay / Penrose Quay – traffic will be diverted via the South Link system and Mayfield
  • Washington Street – traffic will be diverted via South Main Street to Greenmount or back onto Washington Street
  • Lavitt's Quay – traffic will be diverted across Christy Ring Bridge
  • Coburg Street – traffic will be diverted via Wellington Road
  • Brian Boru Street – will be closed from 12.00

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