Cork St Patrick’s Festival continues to embrace inclusivity

Winners of the Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

CORK ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL - this weekend Friday-Sunday.

Internationally renowned chef Rachel Allen announced as the Grand Marshal of the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade

Exciting Line Up Announced for the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade which is expected to be attended by over 50,000 Visitors

Join us this St. Patrick's Weekend where there is plenty to do for the young and young at heart. Be a tourist for a day and take a tour, visit an exhibtion, go to a talk or maybe listen to some traditional Irish music at the Lee Sessions. There is plenty to choose from this festival weekend in Cork!


Gaelic Fields, a talk by Paul Carroll

Gaelic Fields

The Atrium, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Sat 18 March, 2pm – 2.45pm

A talk about a 7 year, 50,000km photo journey throughout the 32 counties of Ireland capturing the action of grassroots Gaelic games in their unique surroundings and independently creating the critically recognised photo book Gaelic Fields.


Cork Opera House or 021-4270022

Cork ETB School of Music presents ‘Hear Our Song’, Fri 17 at 8pm, €20

This St Patricks Day, join Cork ETB School of Music at Cork Opera House for this vibrant, varied and special cultural celebration which will see Cork ETB School of Music’s finest young performers share the stage with their delightful special guests, the internationally acclaimed, ‘Irish Sopranos’ in presenting a programme of all of your favourites from across the operatic, traditional, folk and popular repertoires.

The Three Tenors, Sat 18 at 8pm, €25 / €35

Ireland’s Greatest Voices & Entertainers with Star Violinist Classic Hits! Fabulous Uplifting Mix from Sinatra, The Dubliners, Pavarotti.

Foot Dreams – A Tail as Old as Time, Sun 19 at 4pm, €22.50

‘Come and see the spectacular show that encompasses artists of the world with the world of Disney. We’ll take you through the emotions and drama of a Disney story and dance our way through decades of music we know and love…..’ Sit back-relax and enjoy while our Dance and Drama students entertain you.


The Everyman Theatre

JACK, Wed 8 - Sat 18 (excl Sun 12) at 8pm, €26 €23/€9

Declan Hassett’s new play pays homage to Jack Lynch in the centenary of his birth: Jack Lynch: 1917 – 2017. GAA superstar, winner of six All Ireland medals and former Taoiseach, Corkman Jack Lynch became not only a sporting folk hero and legend but also one of the most popular politicians ever to be elected on this island.

The Everyman Sunday Songbook, Sun 19 at 7.30pm, €25

Tie a Yellow Ribbon: The Songs We Danced To. Tickets are selling fast for this nostalgic evening filled with songs that dominated the ballrooms of romance all over Ireland. Tom Jones, Dickie Rock, Dusty Springfield, and many more!




Cork City Gaol, Sunday’s Well,

Self Guided Tour, Fri 17 - Sun 19, 10am-4pm, €5/€7/€8/€25 (Family)

Get a fascinating insight into prison life as visitors are taken back in time to the 19thcentury A fascinating insight into prison life in the 19th century

Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place,

Guided Tour, Sat 18 at 1pm (1 hour), Free

See the Crawford at the Castle: Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection.

Elizabeth Fort,

Free Guided Tours, Fri 17- Sun 19

Take a guided tour of Cork’s iconic five pointed star fort. English language tours at 1pm, Irish Language tour at 3pm (Saturday and Sunday only).

University College Cork, Western Road

Public Tour, Sat 18 at 12pm, €2/children free

Guided Historic and Cultural tour of the University which lasts approximately 70 minutes. The tour departs from the Visitors’ Centre in the Main Quadrangle. No booking necessary.




 City Hall Atrium, Anglesea Street,

Gaelic Fields exhibition by Paul Carroll, Fri 17 -Sat 18, 12noon to 4pm, Free

 Visit an exhibition of images from the critically recognised photo book Gaelic Fields, highlighting the action of grassroots Gaelic Games in their unique surroundings over a 7 year period.  Exhibition runs until March 31st

CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Wandesford Quay,

SKIN/NAHK/ODA, Sat 18, 12-5pm, Free

See a touring show of textile artwork from students created in a special exchange project based on skin as a biological, social, cultural and symbolic membrane. 

The Glucksman, UCC,

Gut Instinct: Art, Food and Feeling, Fri 17 & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun 19: 2-5pm, Free

From artworks that explore the materiality of foodstuffs to creative provocations that test the boundaries of good taste and revulsion, Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling draws on cutting edge research by John Cryan, Professor and Chair, Anatomy and Neuroscience, UCC, and his colleagues at the APC Microbiome Institute, to explore how digestion relates to our mental and emotional states. 

 Lavit Gallery, Fr. Mathew Street,

Annual Members’ Exhibition 2017, Sat 18, 10.30am-6pm, Free

Visit an annual exhibition of the gallery’s member’s work. 

 Sternview Gallery,

Angela Fewer | Falling Water, Sat 18: 8.30am-4pm, Free

Angela Fewer’s new collection of paintings “Falling Water” brings attention to the metaphorical power of the waterfall. Working with the cascade as a place of threshold – a place of change – her works are observances of the fleeting and the sublime.  

St Peters,

City By the Sea, Fri 17 & Sat 18: 10am-18pm; Sun 19: 11am-15pm, Free

This exhibition explores the maritime history of our wonderful city and the important role that both Cork Harbour and the River Lee have played in shaping its character.

Triskel Arts Centre,

DOONMACFELIM, Fri 17 & Sat 18: 10am-5pm, Free

In his first solo exhibition Ivan Daly presents a series of paintings and drawings made in response to the powerful coastal landscape of Co. Clare.



The Glucksman, UCC, Western Road

The Big Picture, Sun 19, 3pm - 4pm, Free

Join this children’s workshop creating artwork that responds to the classic storybook Peter Pan as part of the Big Picture Exhibition in March 2017.

Blackrock Castle Observatory, Castle Road,

Planetarium Shows, Tours and Exhibition, Fri 17-Sun 19, 10am -5pm, €4.50/€5.50/€6.50

Visit Blackrock Castle Observatory for Planetarium Shows, Castle Tower Tours and science exhibition Cosmos at the Castle!






The Lee Sessions

An extensive series of free traditional Irish Music sessions in Cork City Centre pubs featuring masters of traditional music. Check out  for updates.


Friday 17 March 

1pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St) 

2.30pm            The Long Valley (Winthrop St)

3.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

5pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)

5pm                 Counihans (Pembroke St)

5.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

6pm                 Corner House (Coburg St)

6pm                 Charlie’s (Union Quay)

6pm                 The Rock Bar (Gillabbey St)

7.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

9.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

10pm               An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)

10pm               The Gables (Douglas St)


Saturday 18 March

3.00pm            The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)

6.30pm            Céilí @ The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)

6.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

8.00pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

9.30pm            The Long Valley (Winthrop St)

9.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

10pm               An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St)

12.30pm          The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St.)


Sunday 19 March

3pm                 Charlie’s (Union Quay)

3pm                 The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)

5.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

7.00pm            Céilí @ The Oliver Plunkett (Oliver Plunkett St)

7.30pm            The Ovens Bar (Oliver Plunkett St)

8.30pm            Sin É (Coburg St)

9.30pm            The Gables (Douglas St)

9.30pm            Counihans (Pembroke St)

9.30pm            An Spailpín Fánach (South Main St) 


Call out for Community and Voluntary Groups to participate in the Cork St Patrick's Day Parade 2017