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Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Cork

English Market interior shot

Interior shot of English Market showing ornate balcony and glass ceiling above market traders

HM Queen Elizabeth II will visit Cork on the final leg of her State Visit to Ireland, visiting Cork on May 20th.

Two events in Cork are included in the Queen's itinerary for Friday 20/05/2011- a tour of the city's historic English Market ( and a visit to the Tyndall Institute.

Welcoming the confirmation of the Queen's itinerary, Lord Mayor Councillor Michael O' Connell said:

"The visit by HM Queen Elizabeth II represents a unique opportunity to showcase all that is good in our great city. Our rich history, and our recognition as the Food Capital of Ireland will be a story well told by the tour of the English Market. Similarly, the Tyndall Institute will deliver a message of Ireland at the forefront of science and technological innovation in the 21st century"

Lord Mayor at English Market

Lord Mayor Cllr Michael O’Connell, discussing details of the Queen’s visit to the English Market with Michael Bresnan, butcher; Gwyn Landon, O’Sullivan Poultry and Tom Durcan, Durcan’s Meats, chairman English Market. Picture courtesy Evening Echo.

In the run-up to the visit , Cork City Council and the English Market have commissioned a short promotional video to showcase the Market’s unique charms.

Filmed in the early days of May 2011 by Wildacre Productions, the video features clips of many of the traders and customers and captures the special architecture, atmosphere and character of this famous Cork institution that has traded across 4 centuries.

The English Market (3:18 minutes)

Late Opening
With over 25,000 people expected to throng Cork city centre to take part in the street party on St. Patrick's Street, the English Market traders have decided to stay open late on the evening of Friday, 20th May to allow members of the public enjoy a walk-through ‘in the foot steps of the Queen’ and view the market’s recent spectacular ‘makeover’ with colourful food displays designed by the traders with the help of Bord Bia.
The market will take on a wonderful festival feel by night, with a host of music performances planned for the evening and free food tasting plates laid on by many of the food stalls to celebrate the Queen’s historic visit and allow the public to sample the market’s delicious fare.
Commemorative Food Hamper
In another example of the traders’ enterprising talents, the Cork English Market will present the Queen with a gift of a food hamper to mark her visit. The food hamper will be made up of iconic food produce collected from the market including spiced Cork beef, olives and local cheeses amongst several other delicacies.
With 30m people expected to tune in globally to TV coverage of the Queen’s visit to Cork, the traders will capitalize on the increased interest by making the Royal food hamper available to purchase online at 

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