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


Cork International Choral Festival

1st – 5th May 2019

The 65th Cork International Choral Festival returns from 1st – 5th May, jam-packed with choral galas, music and food & drink trails.

The Cork International Choral Festival is one of Europe’s premier choral festivals. Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy.

To view the programme and to purchase tickets please click here


Cornmarket Community Fun Day!

5 May (2.30pm – 4.30pm)

Cork City Council and the Cornmarket Street Traders invite you to attend the Cornmarket Community Funday on the afternoon of Sunday 5th May

This promises to be a lively, colourful and relaxed event for all the family, with music, games, dance and even the chance to practice your ‘strongman’ skills, in this unique and historic city thoroughfare.


Design Pop

17 – 19 May

Design POP embraces the natural beauty and unique character of the selected locations around Cork city. By using public spaces, it creates local engagement through the interactive pavilions and installations.

The weekend’s event program will give artists, creatives, food stylists, producers, designers and makers a platform to discuss and showcase their work processes. These events will happen all over the city both within the designed structures and in amazing spaces around Cork city that already champion design and education.

The weekend is a celebration of innovation, creativity and Cork.

Click here for the programme of events.

Cork City Marathon – Volunteers Needed!
Cork City Marathon are calling for help on Race Day, Sunday June 2nd.

If you’ve stewarded at races before or you’re an experienced road runner and would be willing to help out, they would be delighted to hear from you.

Cork City Marathon are always looking for help on water stations as well, so if you’re not an experienced steward, maybe you’d think about helping out at a water station!

To volunteer please visit corkcitymarathon.ie


Africa Day Cork
Africa Day Cork is an annual celebration of African diversity and success as well as the cultural and economic potential of the continent.

Cork City Council in association with African communities in Cork and in partnership with the HSE, Community Gardaí and NGOs working in this field come together to organise a number of events to celebrate Africa Day every year.

This year’s main event will take place in Fitzgerald’s Park on Saturday 25 May.

Keep an eye on the Africa Day Facebook page for updates

Street Feast

5th May

Street Feast is Ireland’s annual day of street parties & community lunches is back again on Sunday 5 May.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it’s really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you.

Register your feast on this website and Street Feast will send you out your free party pack to help you get started, or check out the website to join a nearby community lunch!

To learn more click here

Cork’s Mary Elmes Bridge to be installed
Cork’s newest bridge, the 165 tonne Mary Elmes Bridge, will be transported by barge from the Cobh shipping yard where it was assembled to its city centre location on the week beginning 13 May.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn said: “This new bridge will be one of the key elements in a plan to promote and develop transport in and around the city. The installation of the bridge itself will be a historic moment for the city and I encourage people to turn up and view it from the river banks.”

Pedestrian access in the vicinity of the works will be facilitated where possible. To facilitate the public’s safe viewing of the bridge lift, pedestrian railings will be put in place.

Traffic diversions will begin on Merchants Quay and St Patrick’s Quay from 10pm on the Friday night as the cranes are erected. It’s expected that the bridge installation will be completed and the cranes removed the following day, weather permitting.

For full details please click here

Music Cork
1st – 3rd May

Music Cork is a music industry event that focuses on creating a unique opportunity in Ireland to listen to the best industry professionals talk about their work and experiences, see the best new talent perform and enjoy plenty of opportunities to network with speakers and delegates over 3 days of intimate social gatherings and shows, all in the most fun and friendly city in Ireland.

Find out more here

Darkness Into Light
11 May

Each year the Darkness into Light walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

The team of volunteers, in Ireland and overseas, return year on year to help make the experience a rewarding one and to help us all continue to raise awareness in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.

For more information click here

Local Enterprise Office

Check out LEO Cork City’s upcoming courses which will be of interest to owners/managers of small businesses in the city.

You can choose from a wide range of courses like:

1st May – Customs Export & Import Procedures
2nd May – BREXIT Advice Clinic
14th May – BREXIT Seminar – Food Exporting to France

To find out more click here