Shandon has a strong tradition of collective voice through the Shandon Area Renewal Association that represents the views of residents and businesses alike. The area is a thriving neighbourhood. The City Council aims to address challenges and work with local stakeholders to achieve positive change in the area, including the removal of dereliction, bringing a new use to landmark Shandon Butter Exchange buildings and environmental improvements for the benefit of all.


Shandon is one of the most historic districts of the city. This rich history is evident in the number of Cork’s iconic landmarks located in the area. Visit the historic Butter Museum, ring the Bells of Shandon, explore the many historic laneways, enjoy its many festivals or just sit and have a coffee
while enjoying the wit and charm of the local people..


Cork City Council continues to work with local stakeholders to improve the area and some of the
successes include:

  • The planned public realm works which will take place on O Connell Square outside the Firkin Crane shortly.
  • Capital Funding approved and work underway in the Firkin Crane.
  • The growth of the Dragon of Shandon festival, the Mother Jones Festival and the Shandon Street Festivals as key events in the cultural calendar.
  • Ongoing Shandon Area Renewal Association activities.
  • Shandon Community Green Garden, vegetable and flower planting.
  • Butter Building Wrapper Project completed in July 2017.
  • A proposed new housing project on Shandon Street.

Key Project

The current refurbishment works in the Firkin Crane will greatly enhance this key cultural building. Re-imagining Firkin Crane is a grand plan to open the building on all sides and create state of the art studios, performance and exhibition spaces.

Key Future Project

The re-development of the Butter Exchange buildings