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Cork’s St. Patrick’s Festival reaches to the stars


Launching the Festival, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Brian Bermingham and guests

Over 50,000 are expected to descend on the streets of Cork city for St. Patrick’s Festival Weekend which takes place on Saturday and Sunday 14th & 15th March and Parade Day Tuesday, 17th March. ‘Cosmic Chaos’ is the spirited theme this year and the festival have teamed up with Blackrock Castle Observatory to celebrate the U.N. International Year of Astronomy. US NASA Astronaut Dan Tani, who has twice been to the International Space Station, will be Grand Marshall at the parade.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Brian Bermingham was on hand on, Tuesday, 3rd March, in Blackrock Castle Observatory to announce details of the three day Festival along with main sponsor Cork Airport, Fáilte Ireland and Parade participants, Cork Circus.

Launching the Festival, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Brian Bermingham said: “We, at Cork City Council, are delighted to host a three day Festival for all of the family to enjoy. I am particularly delighted that such a large number of community and multi-cultural groups are involved in the Parade and look forward to seeing all of the acts perform,” he said.

Kevin Cullinane, Marketing Manager, Cork Airport, Sponsor of the Festival said: “The influx of visitors to Cork through Cork Airport heralds the start of the tourism season ahead and Cork Airport is excited to be involved in sponsorship of the Festival and is looking forward to enjoying all of the events on offer.  Everyone deserves a break and the Festival is an ideal opportunity for families and friends to spend a weekend together and enjoy our beautiful city.”

Highlights of the Festival include the Barry’s Tea Food Market on Grand Parade, colourful street performers, live unplugged bands and Capture the Cosmos Exhibition at Millennium Hall. Cork City Council has commissioned several artistic works for the parade including a 140ft dragon from Puca Puppets, alien minions and a giant robot of destruction  from Spraoi and Cork Circus ‘Chaos of Elements’ a dramatic piece representing all the four elements.

The Parade route is similar to last year and kicks off at the top of South Mall at 1pm weaving down to Grand Parade onto St. Patrick’s Street and Merchants Quay and finishing on the end of Merchants Quay.

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Cork’s St. Patrick’s Festival is sponsored by Cork City Council, Cork Airport, Fáilte Ireland and Barry’s Tea, with media sponsors The Evening Echo and Red FM.

Further information is available from:

Nigel O’Mahony/Michelle Mangan,

OMF Publicity, Carey House, Albert St.

Tel: 021 496 5000 / 0862497530

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