With a little over a week to go until the big St Patrick’s Day Festival, if you are looking to celebrate Ireland’s National Holiday this year, Cork city has announced a festival fit to rival Dublin’s four- day planned celebration. Cork’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival is expected to commence in the rebel county on Saturday the 14th March. The four-day event is set to run through until the 17th March with an estimated 80,000 visitors expected to visit the city whilst on a vacation in Ireland.
At the launch of the festival, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mary Shields said; “The Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2015 once again focuses on free family entertainment and offers a fresh alternative to the other festivals. “By emphasising the family aspect of this celebration, we are nurturing the Festival for future generations and renewing the reputation of St. Patrick’s Day.”
The festival celebrations will include a host of traditional music sessions by a range of Irish musicians. These musicians are expected to perform in a range of Cork venues as well as on the streets during the four- day festival. There is a special night planned at the Cork Opera House on the 17th March with musicians including John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley and Karen Casey taking to the stage. The Lee Sessions is also taking place in a number of city centre pubs throughout the festival, offering free traditional Irish music sessions.
With its many attractions and sights Cork is a much-loved destination for those taking a trip to Ireland. An ideal way to spend a family day, the Festival Market is set to open on Saturday the 14th March and will take place every day for the duration of the festival. The city will also host a range of talented performers including mine artists, jugglers and magicians. With performers of various nationalities taking part in the festival, the theme for the actual St. Patrick’s Day parade is “Cultural Concepts, A Play On Culture”.