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 ODonovan, 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 Connells
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
Festivals 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
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 Clares late Junior Crehan and Micho Russell, to Chapelizods Frank Harte, from Altans Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh to Danús 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
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
Everyman Palace Theatre, MacCurtain Street, Cork
Box Office (021) 450 1673 / Book online at www.everymanpalace.com
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.
WORKSHOP & MASTER CLASSES
LEARN, GROW AND PARTICIPATE
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
(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 harbours 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
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