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News - Queen in the market for some traditional Irish fare in Cork

Some traditional culinary delights are to be laid on for the Queen on her visit to Ireland next week when she tours the 18th century English Market in Cork city centre on Friday, May 20. Cork’s English Market is known as a treasure trove for foodies and is famed for staples such as pigs' trotters, ‘drisheen' (a type of blood pudding), tripe, farmhouse cheeses, soda breads and virtually every type of fish. The visit to the market — which almost burned down 30 years ago — is being described as the highlight of the Queen's itinerary in Cork, where a street party will take place to honour her visit. City Council last night (11th May) described the street party as “a welcome gesture to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in acknowledgement of the historical significance of the visit and the Queen's generous decision to visit the city on her short stay”.

Cork Folk Festival

Back in 1979, when The Cork Folk Festival was being conceived, the idea of surviving 25 years was not even a pipe dream. At a time when folk festivals such as Ballisodare and Ballyshannon offered inspiration, one of the main motivations on Leeside was to provide an urban platform for the indigenous music, song and dance of the Muskerry Gaeltacht, Sliabh Luachra and West Kerry; in tandem with attracting premier national and international exponents of folk and traditional music to the city.
That first year of concerts, céilís, workshops, Festival Club and sessions, offered a successful template for succeeding years. The opening night, Thursday September 13th 1979 at Douglas GAA Club; was headlined by Nioclás Tóibín and Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin, two fine traditional singers sadly no longer among us. The high standard of local traditional musicianship at the time is evident from the other participants: Conal agus Máire Ní Ghráda, and Máire agus Nollaig Ní Chathasaigh.

With venues such as Connolly Hall, UCC, The Country Club, The Phoenix Bar and Heaphy’s Bar (now The Lobby); you could have invested in a weekend ticket covering all 1979 events for jus £8. For that, you could have enjoyed De Dannan, Seán Ó Sé, Na Filí, Jimmy Crowley & Stokers Lodge, The Lee Valley Stringband, Niall Toner, Tomás Ó Canainn, Eoin Ó Riabhaigh, Mandy Murphy, The Press Gang – and a host of other names.

Céilís and Set Dances are a core component, as are the dance workshops on Festival Saturday and Sunday, presented by some of the finest teachers in the country, including: Joe O’Donovan, the late Connie Ryan, Mick Mulkerins, Pat and Liz Moroney, Betty Ryan, Máiréad Casey; and of course, Timmy McCarthy and William Hammond. Cajun two-steps and clog dancing are among other dance forms to have snuck in, thanks to visiting teachers, musicians and enthusiasts. Legendary Céilí Bands, including The Tulla, Kilfenora and Templehouse have provided the music for Folk Festival dancers; as indeed have many of the bands specialising in the set dance music indigenous to Cork, Kerry and South Munster. The Abbey Céilí Band, Donie Nolan & Taylors Cross, The Four Star Trio, The Island Céilí Band, The Donncha Lynch Céilí Band and Sliabh Notes have all followed in the footsteps (or should that be steered the footsteps)since that inaugural 1979 Phoenix Céilí Band hooley. The already mentioned and much missed Johnny Leary, and other friends from Dan Connell’s bar and famous dance locale in Knocknagree, have been as much a part of these events as Cork dance enthusiasts. A hugely popular element of the Festival which has survived from 1979 is the Specialist Concert. These are concerts featuring leading exponents of a specific traditional instrument; such as Button Accordion, Fiddle, Pipes, Flute & Whistle, or String. Originally dubbed Workshops, it was eventually decided that this was something of a misnomer, given that there were no question and answer sessions, indeed no opportunity for aspiring musicians to play with the featured exponents. Since the mid 1990s, Master Classes have successfully bridged that gap. Renowned unaccompanied traditional singers and songmakers from all over the country make the annual pilgrimage to the Cork Folk Festival’s Traditional Song Concert. Like the Specialist Traditional Concerts, this is presented by a different singer each year and is invariably a Festival highpoints year after year.
Since Nioclás Tóibín and Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin sang on that very first Festival night in the Douglas GAA Club, literally hundreds of traditional singers have taken the Traditional Song Concert stage, from Clare’s late Junior Crehan and Micho Russell, to Chapelizod’s Frank Harte, from Altan’s Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh to Danú’s Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Many are familiar faces from North and South year after year: Niamh Parsons, Rosie Stewart, Róisín white, Sinéad Caher, Tim and John Lyons, Tim Dennehy, The Góilín Singers Club (Dublin), Mick Scannell, Mick Marrinan etc. Éamonn Coyne and Kris Drever at Cork Folk Festival 2007 Top

Cork Choral Festival Top
Next year will see choirs from as far afield as Japan and Singapore make the journey to Cork, who are sure to bring some Eastern colour as they join with the legions of other international and Irish choirs. 2010 also marks the centenary of Prof Fleischmann, which the Festival will be celebrating with a very special Opening Concert and other events marking the occasion. Click here for the very first sneak preview of the 2010 Festival Programme!
St. Patrick's Festival
This year the streets burst into life at the Cork St. Patrick's Festival 2009 with free family-fun entertainment as the centre of the city became transformed by a riot of colour and sound. With over 50,000 visitors to the city, there was something for everyone with food markets, street performers, musicians and marching bands bringing high-octane entertainment and lots of laughs.


Cork Jazz Festival

Jazz Music Headline Acts for 2011 Cork Guinness Jazz Festival are yet to be announced. Cork Venues include: / Everyman Theatre / The Savoy / The Firkin Crane / Triskel At Jurys Cork Hotel / Guinness Festival Club (at the Met) / The Pavilion / Cyprus Avenue / Reardens / Crane Lane / Old Oak

Tickets from:

Everyman Palace Theatre, MacCurtain Street, Cork
Box Office (021) 450 1673 / Book online at
Booking charges may apply.

The Festival Club has been at the heart of the event since its foundation - and has hosted many of the top jazz names and groups. It's a terrific venue with lots of festival atmosphere. Fans can move from stage to stage, enjoying all kinds of music.

The Club is a 'standing room only' venue. Some very limited seating may be available on a 'first come, first served' basis but any such seating cannot be guaranteed or reserved. Due to the nature and style of the Club, sessions may be crowded. Afternoon sessions each day are free of charge. Children will not be admitted to the night performances.


The 2009 Jazz Festival's master class and workshops programme centres on an eclectic series of educational experiences for Festival fans. Set in a variety of city locations, these sessions will appeal to all comers. So learn, grow and participate at Ireland's premier jazz event. Top

Cork City Marathon

The Course

(A map of the 2009 course will be posted on the Cork City Marathon site as soon as the course is announced. It is likely to be very similar to the 2008 course. Download a map of the 2008 marathon course there.)

Cork is a city of hills and valleys. Established on the low-lying islands around Washington Street and St Patrick's Street, the suburbs rise to fill the surrounding hills to the north and south. To the west, the Lee Valley provides some flat stretches, while to the east the harbour’s estuary also offers some flat relief.

The course committee designed a unique and varied route, which incorporates many of Cork's most attractive and best-known features. Contrary to popular rumour, the race did not go up (or down) St Patrick's Hill!

The race begins and finishes on the city centre's main street, St Patrick's Street. It takes a single circuit of the city centre before heading north for the historic suburb of Blackpool. Returning along the northern quays of the River Lee, the runners pass the four-mile mark along the picturesque riverside scenery of the Lower Glanmire Road, before entering the Jack Lynch Tunnel. The 360m-tunnel beneath the River Lee links Dunkettle to Ringmahon, and the 2007 marathon was the first time that pedestrians had been allowed through it since shortly after it was opened in May 1999. Then, about 100,000 people walked through the tunnel over two days raising huge amounts of money for charity. This run through the Jack Lynch Tunnel brings the race into Mahon, via the South Ring Road and the Skehard Road.

Passing through Blackrock Village, the race heads west along the Marina and Centre Park Road, rejoining the city's South Link Road for a short distance to run into Turner's Cross. Through Ballyphehane, the Lough area and Glasheen, the race heads onto the Model Farm Road. Taking a right turn at about the 21-mile mark, the marathon returns towards the city along the mile-long Carrigrohane Road, known locally as the Straight Road. The final stretch of the 26.2-mile race brings the race along the Western Road, crossing Slí Cumann na mBan and onto the North Mall, along Pope's Quay, Christy Ring Bridge and Lavitt's Quay to the finish line on St Patrick's Street. Top

Cork Film Festival

Corona Cork Film Festival is one of Ireland's premier cultural events. Established in 1956, the festival has enjoyed a steady growth in scale, in numbers of admissions and guests, in reputation and in media coverage. The festival has developed an ever-increasing audience of general public, film lovers and filmmakers.

Corona Cork Film Festival is held in high regard on a local, national and international level. In Cork city and region it is one the most important events in the social and cultural calendar.

The programme is wide-ranging, an eclectic mix of big budget pictures, world cinema, innovative independent films, documentaries and short films from all over the globe. The festival is a major showcase for Irish film production. Top


is an annual celebration of the Arts which programmes leading practitioners, cutting-edge acts, and gives a platform to students on the different campuses of Cork Institute of Technology.


run by University College Cork's Traditional Music Society (Tradsoc) every Monday in An Spailpín Fánach on South Main Street.
Also, we're in the Avenue bar on Sunday's Well Road near the Music Department every other Thursday starting October 9th. The fun starts at 9:30 p.m...ish. There'll always be someone there to play a few tunes with, to listen to and to have the craic with. Not to mention the finger food... It's always nice to see someone new at the sessions.  
In 2009 Cork Midsummer Festival Granary Theatre Cork commissioned the Belgian director Pol Heyvaert of CAMPO to undertake a workshop in Cork with 20 teenagers with no acting experience and during the two weeks of the 2009 festival Pol, his dramaturge Bart Capelle, 20 teenage performers and a teenage creative team explored the theme of being a member of the new Irish generation. The result of this was Out of Order, a powerful, darkly humorous and innovative performance piece. The good news is that Out of Order is back for a full production for the 2010 festival


Cork City Sports

Cork City hosts Ireland's only annual international athletic meeting. Many world ranked athletes fro up to 30 countries worl wide compete in the event. Check out the details for the 2010 meeting on the 3rd July on Euro Meetings

Cork French Film Festival

Our Cork French Film Festival lights up the screen for its 21st edition with captivating flms you do not want to miss, packed with delights and discoveries. Fuelled by the imagination of artists, the Cork French Sunday 07 March at 6:30PM  gate
A Prophet
Un Prophéte
France | 2009 | 149 mins 
Jacques Audiard 
Language: French (English Subtitles) Film Festival has a passionate belief in the power of flm to unite cultures and generations. Once again we are indebted to our curator Paul CALLANAN’s exceptional capacity for exploring the best of French cinema. He has prepared an exciting week- long programme that reveals the unpredictable vitality of the 7th Art, bringing you a selection of superb screenings, cine-concerts, educational programmes, master-classes, conferences, speakers and competitions. We are pleased to welcome to our 21st Cork French Film Festival our guest star this year, the famed French actor Christophe LAMBERT, best known in these parts for his role as the Highlander. He will present his latest flm Cartagena and the iconic 80’s classic Subway, by Luc Besson. We are equally pleased to welcome the celebrated French screenwriter Guillaume LAURANT (Amélie), the fascinating traditional Irish Fiddle player Caoimhín Ó’ RAGHALLAIGH and Marc COLLIN of French band Nouvelle Vague. We also celebrate the fascinating New Wave period of French cinema in the presence of New Wave actor Pierre-Henri DELEAU, founder of Director’s Fortnight, Cannes. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Arts Council, French Embassy, Cork City Council, our main sponsor Bord Gáis, all other sponsors, venues, volunteers and all who have helped to make this festival happen. Most of all, a sincere thanks to you, our loyal public, for supporting the Cork French Film Festival over 21 years! Nous vous remercions amis cinéphiles qui chaque année nous renouvelez votre confance! Nora CALLANAN, Festival Director Hélène DUQUIN, Festival Manager