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Cycling Baby Panda and Clucking Chickens take to the streets for fun-filled Cork St. Patrick’s Festival Celebrations

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Dara Murphy was on hand with Grand Marshall of the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Lisa Cummins, today (Tuesday, 2nd March) to launch details of the 3 day Cork St. Patrick’s Festival Programme for 2010, presented by Cork City Council and sponsored by Cork Airport. This year’s theme is Ships to Shore – celebrating Cork’s maritime culture.

The 3 day Festival takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March and Parade Day Wednesday, 17th March. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Dara Murphy said: “We have a very exciting fun-filled programme of events this year. The Barry’s Tea Food Market which takes place on the Grand Parade and boardwalk on South Mall across the 3 days is open from 10am to 6pm and will feature up to 40 stalls of locally produced food and craft.  

Participants include the Douglas-based cup cake company, an artisan gourmet pizza company Volcano’s Pizza and handcrafted natural cosmetics from the Naked Soap Company. There is a huge programme of street performers which are sure to delight kids and families especially the baby cycling Panda, the Clucking Fantastic Crowd Control Chickens and Chapeau Magique (a magician’s act all the way from France) with his spectacular folding paper workshops that generate hundreds of large scale paper hats.

There will a combination of outdoor musical performances on the main stage adjacent to Nano Nagle Bridge as well as acoustic performances thoughout the market. These include The Roaring Forties (a jump jive swing band), The Red Herrings (an American blues band) as well as popular Irish Traditional bands such as The Céilí All- Stars” he said.

The Grand Marshall of the Parade this year is Cork native, Lisa Cummins, the first Irish person to swim the English Channel both ways: “I am delighted to be involved as the Grand Marshall for this year’s Cork St. Patrick’s Festival and am really looking forward to the participating in the Parade on the day”, she said.

The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival Parade on Wednesday, 17th of March kicks off at 1pm, from the top of South Mall at Parnell Place and will travel down South Mall onto the Grand Parade, winding around St. Patrick’s Street and finishing at the end of Merchants Quay. Both the time and route is subject to licence. In excess of 2,100 Parade participants are expected to take to the streets of Cork city to celebrate Ireland’s Patron Saint. More information on the festival is available by logging onto

Further information is available from the Festival's Projector Co-ordinator:

Arts Office,
Recreation, Amenity & Culture,
Cork City Council,
City Hall,

Tel. 021 4924780


Michelle Mangan
OMF Publicity
Tel: 021 496 5000


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