St. Fin Barre's Cathedral presents - Christmas Carols for Cork City

Christmas Carols for Cork City

St Fin Barre's Cathedral in association with St Fin Barre's Quarter, is delighted to announce a unique and innovative presentation of Christmas Carols for Cork City.

St Fin Barre's Cathedral will be turned "inside out", as music from the traditional carol service, a highlight of Christmas in Cork but sadly impossible this year, will instead be brought to the people.


Recorded at the Cathedral by a reduced choir due to current restrictions, the uplifting and traditional Christmas Carols will be presented at strategic locations in Cork City over five days from Thursday 17th December to Monday 21st December, using the latest mobile LED screen technology and sound projection. Christmas Carols, with visuals from Saint Fin Barre's, will be broadcast on a mobile-screen, visiting the city centre, the city’s main hospitals, and also some nursing homes, so Christmas cheer from the Cathedral is shared with front line workers and patients/residents.

Leading this initiative, the Dean of Cork, the Very Rev. Nigel Dunne said: "We were devastated to have to cancel the hugely popular carol services, especially in this our 150th anniversary year. However thanks to some very creative thinking by St Fin Barre's Quarter Committee and the generous support of the City Council we can now bring some of our wonderful music, sung by reduced socially distanced choir, onto the streets of the city. While it is not the same as gathering as a community in the Cathedral, I hope it will bring some Christmas cheer to the streets of our city and our front line workers in these difficult times."

Chair of St Fin Barre's Quarter Development Committee, Eoin Murphy welcomed the programme saying: "The Cathedral is at the heart of the historic St Fin Barre's Quarter and this initiative shows what a significant contribution it makes to Cork City especially at Christmas time. For me the Carol service has always symbolised the start of Christmas and I am thrilled that the tradition continues albeit in a different way"

A video of the performance is available at the Cathedral’s website: or via direct link to YouTube:

This innovative programme is sponsored by Cork City Council through the Re-Imagine GLOW Programme