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Fossett’s Circus goes Green!

Cork City Council in advisory role.

Fossett's - Ireland's National Circus - is delighted to announce its plans to become more environmentally friendly at Cork City Council's Lifetime Lab on Wednesday 2nd August.

The family have been touring Ireland continuously since 1888 and are the longest running circus in the world. They haven't stopped travelling around the highways of Ireland since and are one of Europe’s best loved circus families.


Michael O'Brien, Senior Engineer, Environment, with members of Fossett's Circus

Over the past few years we have all become more aware of our environmental responsibilities and the circus community is no different.

The Fossett family, however, has decided to take action!

Circus2Since 2003 they have been in discussion with Cork City Council, through its Environmental Engineer, Michael O’Brien, with a view to developing a plan to convert its fleet of circus vehicles, generators and heating plant to run on BioFuels, establish a waste management plan and help spread the Green Message among its 145,000 annual audience. This unique partnership is the first of its kind in Europe and Fossett’s will become the first National Circus in the world to make such a commitment.

Cork City Council has spearheaded many novel energy initiatives including:

  • The collection of municipal landfill gas to supply electricity to 1500 homes in Cork City,


  • The conversion of 17 Cork City Council vehicles to run on vegetable oil which is currently the largest operated biofuel fleet in the country.


  • The provision of heat and electricity from natural gas to a major Leisure and Pool Complex at Bishopstown, Cork.


  • The provision of Green Electricity to approximately 100 Cork City Council Electricity Accounts using a small hydropower plant adjacent to Lifetime Lab on the River Lee, Lee Rd.

It is particularly appropiate that the circus has chosen Cork for this initiative as the showbusiness dynasty began in Mallow over 180 years ago.


Members of Fossett’s 2006 cast visited Cork City Council’s very own Lifetime Lab which champions the ideals of alternative energy and sustainability and is a unique amenity within the city.

Fossett’s - Ireland’s National Circus - are in Little Island, Cork for the August Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 3rd to Monday 7th August. Tickets are priced from € 12 and € 14 for children and adults. Discount Vouchers are available throughout the city.

For more information contact:
Charles O’Brien on 087-9836512


Members Of Fossett's Circus with Michael O'Brien, Senior Engineer, Environment and Cork City Council Staff


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