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Feelgood Friday launching in Cork City

Shopping in Cork City is about to get even better.  Retailers and businesses in the city centre are coming together to host Feelgood Friday, an exciting new event that will take place throughout the streets of Cork on the last Friday of every month.  The first one kicks off on Friday 27th May from 1-9pm.  

There will be a festival-like atmosphere in the city, with lots of free events, live music, singsongs on buses into the city, free finger food, late openings, special offers, free drinks, workshops and demonstrations, and lots of family fun including a visit from Elsa and Anna from Frozen!  

RedFM will also broadcast live from Cork city that evening from their Big Red Bus, and they will have lots of goodies to give away.  Not only that, but there will be FREE parking from 6.30pm to 9pm in North Main Street Car Park.

Feelgood Friday is a Cork Business Association initiative in conjunction with Cork City Council, the Neil Prendeville Show and the Evening Echo.  Commenting, Lawrence Owens, Chief Executive of Cork Business Association, said, “Cork City is a really unique shopping destination.  Everything is within walking distance and it’s a lively and family friendly place to shop, dine and meet.  The idea behind Feelgood Fridays is to reintroduce shoppers in Cork to the fun of shopping in the heart of their City.  The last Friday of the month also coincides with pay day for many, so people want something to do on that day – and we’re hoping Cork City will be top of mind!  We are encouraging businesses across our wonderful city to make an extra special effort for their customers for Feelgood Friday, so come along and experience Cork at its best”

Paul Mc Guirk of Cork City Council said, 'We are delighted to be involved in this innovative event. As we seek to renew our Purple Flag accreditation, it will further add to the variety of the evening time offering in our vibrant city centre'.

Some of the highlights lined up for the first Feelgood Friday on May 27th include…

·         All day:  Customers of Peter Mark in Merchant’s Quay will get a FREE L'Oréal hair treatment worth €12 if they mention ‘Feelgood Friday’ when making their appointment for Friday 27.  They will also be entered into a draw to win a €50 Gift card.

  • 12pm-2pm:  Music on North Main Street with Holy Cross NS Brass Band, Sunday’s Well NS Band, Mahon Hub band and Blarney Street CBS Band, in association with Music Generation Cork City Schools programme and Cork Academy of Music.
  • 12pm-6pm:  Kids eat free at the Cornstore (T&Cs apply).
  • 12.30pm: Creative Tradition trad group at Merchant’s Quay.
  • 1pm: Music Mash-Up Flash Mob in partnership with Cork Community Project outside Brown Thomas.
  • 4pm: Nutrition Talk at Tony Quinn Health Shop, Merchant’s Quay.
  • 4pm-8pm: Music Generation Bands SoundOUT, GMC Beats, Youth Work Ireland Cork and Ballyphehane Youth Music Project at Emmet Place.
  • 4:30 pm: Barrack Street Youth Bands outside Brown Thomas.
  • 5pm:  Elsa and Anna from ‘Frozen’ will be at the Card Shop in Merchants Quay. There will be in store face painting, a photo opportunity with the princesses, and a competition for the best dressed costume from any character in the movie!
  • 5pm – 6pm: Rap-a-Mile with GMC Beats – rapping on the move through the streets of Cork, beginning and ending in Emmet Place.
  • 5.30-6.30pm:  Happy hour, 2 for 1 cocktails, and live music at The Cornstore.
  • 5-7pm:  Free food and balloons in Coqbull.
  • 5pm-6.30pm: Indulge in the Fishbar’s Deadliest Catch at Electric - specials and 2 sides for €30. 
  • 5-8pm:  Kilkenny Shop is staying open late until 8pm!  Enjoy free prosecco and get style advice from their team.  Everyone who purchases something on Feelgood Friday will be entered into a competition to WIN a stunning Orla Kiely handbag.
  • 5.30pm-6.30pm:  Barrack Street Beginner and Youth Bands at Merchant’s Quay.
  • 5.30pm – 7.30pm:  The Lee Sessions traditional Irish music at The Oliver Plunkett.  Enjoy a pint or glass of wine with their beef & beamish pie for €10.
  • 6-8pm:  Mall Mixer at Electric Cork - Live music, free finger food, and a Franciscan Well Beer Promotion. 
  • 6pm:  Nail art demonstration at Eye Love Nails, Merchant’s Quay.
  • 6pm: The Bookshop Band concert and album launch (adults only) at Vibes and Scribes, Lavitt’s Quay.
  • 6pm: Complimentary finger food at The Shelbourne Bar, MacCurtain Street.
  • 6pm-7pm: Cork Community Gamelan workshop at St. Peter’s North Main Street.  This free introductory workshop for adult beginners will provide participants with the experience of playing traditional Javanese music as part of a gamelan ensemble. No previous musical/performance experience necessary.  Book at
  • 6-8pm:  Free early entertainment in Reardens on Washington Street.  Enjoy a bottle of wine or 4 bottles of beer and sharing board for €20 (€22 for meat or cheese board).

For a full list of all to see and do in Cork City for Feelgood Friday on 27th May and the last Friday of every month going forward, see or @FeelgoodCork on Twitter/Facebook.  If your business would like to take part in Feelgood Friday, contact

Feelgood Friday is proudly supported by Cork Business Association, Cork City Council, Music Generation, ETC - the Events, Tourism & Communications Agency, Zone Digital, Electric Cork, The Evening Echo and Cork’s RedFM,




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