Cork City Centre August Newsletter

A monthly newsletter updating the businesses and people of Cork about the events and activities happening in our wonderful city centre.

Transport for Cork City

On 9 August private cars and trucks will be re-routed away from St Patrick’s Street between 3.00pm and 6.30pm.
The re-introduction of the bus priority corridor is to be accompanied by a range of measures to improve and encourage access to our city centre:

• A network of 26 set down parking spaces is being established on South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Drawbridge & Cornmarket St to facilitate shoppers and visitors.
• Half price parking will be offered at Paul Street and North Main Street Car Parks from 1pm to 6.30pm.
• Improved opening hours of the city’s Park And Ride service from 7am to 8pm
• The Park And Ride will be free of charge from 12 noon
• Reduced bus fares will be available from August 9
• The extension of the Park And Ride service into the city centre. There will be additional stops at Merchants Quay, St Patrick’s St, Grand Parade and South Mall to improve connectivity between the Park and Ride and city centre.

For further information click here



Cork Pride Festival


With events running across the city from 29 July to 4 August, this year’s Cork Pride Festival promises to be a massive celebration.

Don’t forget to make a note of the key events: a family fun day in Fitzgerald’s Park on 29 July (12.00 -18.00) and the famous Pride Parade on 5 August.

A list of the festival’s events can be found here.


The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival and Summer School returns to Cork City from 1-4 August.

Dedicated to the memory of Mary Harris/ Mother Jones, the festival will hold a series of lectures, films and music all taking place in the Shandon area.

For more information click on the following link.


Cork Puppetry Festival

Cork Puppetry Festival takes place from Friday 3 August to Monday 6 August and will bring puppetry indoors and out. The festival welcomes acts from around the world from South America, Spain, France, Bulgaria and more.

Events will be held at St. Peter’s Cork (North Main Street) and Bishop Lucey Park (Grand Parade), The Granary theatre and in Counihan’s pub for the ever-popular Puppet Cabaret!

The festival will finish with ‘The Puppet Picnic’ in Fitzgerald’s Park (11am- 3pm).

For more information you can review the timetable on the website.


Cork Heritage Open Day

Cork Heritage Open Day returns on 18 August and is guaranteed to be a jam-packed day-long event.

Last year we saw 41 participating buildings, nearly 100 events and festivals and an estimated 18,000 visits.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.


Picture, Tony O Connell Photography

Coal Quay Family Festival

The Annual Coal Quay Family Festival will celebrate the street’s vibrant colourful heritage, tradition and culture on 18 August.

A photographic exhibition of old maps & illustrations will be featured along the street showcasing the Coal Quay Market in its former days.

A weeklong photographic exhibition will also be on show in St. Peter’s Cork, North Main Street along with a film exhibit showcasing earlier Festivals.


Cork City Centre Marketing Campaign

A three month City Centre Marketing Campaign will begin this week.

Titled ‘An Island of Discovery – Cork City Centre’, the comprehensive campaign will be across radio, print media, digital cinema, billboards, and bus shelters.

It will cover the City Centre’s unique retail, hospitality and leisure offering in a partnership between CORE and the National Transport Authority.

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