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Cork St. Patrick’s Festival - entries now open

Ships to Shore Theme for 2010 to Celebrate Cork’s Maritime Culture

Entries for participation in the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade are now open. Planning for the Parade is well underway by Cork City Council and is part of a three day Festival of free outdoor events to be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March and on St. Patrick’s Day - Parade Day - Wednesday, 17th March.

Participation in the Parade is open to all community and voluntary groups and the City Council is calling on both young and old to get involved and support the local Cork community.  This year’s theme is ‘Ships to Shore’ – celebrating Cork’s rich maritime culture. Valerie O’Sullivan, Director of Services, Recreation, Amenity and Culture welcomed the event, ‘As a maritime city it is timely that we should celebrate Cork harbour. It is at the centre of our city’s history and our future. We look forward to welcoming visitor and citizen alike.’

The deadline for receipt of entries has been extended to 1st March and is expected to exceed last year’s event which saw in excess of 2,100 participants take to the streets of Cork city to celebrate Ireland’s Patron Saint. An even bigger response is expected this year. Entries for participation in the Parade and Festival events have grown rapidly in the past few years, especially as it is now an established three day Festival, unlike many of the other St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the country.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include a large outdoor food market and free outdoor music performances and children’s events on the Grand Parade.

If you would like to participate in this year’s Parade, application forms and further details are 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

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