While there may be no physical parades taking place across Cork County this St Patricks Day, Cork County Council have announced details of a number of virtual St Patrick’s Day activities, including include the greening of many public buildings along with a range of local events marking our National Day, many of which are supported by the Local Authority through the eight Municipal Districts across County Cork.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, said,
“St Patrick’s Day is poignant this year, as our usual parades and street celebrations are re-imagined for a second year. This past year has proven we are adaptable and innovative, we are a community that cares and looks out for one another, and while the battle to beat this virus continues, we find new ways to mark special occasions. The creativity of our local communities is as always outstanding.”
Landmark buildings and monuments set to light up green include Cork County Hall, Macroom Town Hall, Carnegie Hall in Millstreet, Carrigaline Bridge, Midleton Library, the Kindred Spirit Sculpture, Midleton Court House, Youghal Clock Gate Tower and Youghal Town Hall.
Mallow Castle & Spa House too will be shining green while Mallow Town Hall will be festively decorated for the occasion.
In Fermoy, the Fermoy International Choir are producing a video performance of ‘My home in Fermoy’ sung by international members of the local community in traditional costume, while the Fermoy Musical Society’s offering will feature children from local schools.
In Kinsale, a best shop-front competition on Facebook is encouraging business owners to decorate their window in advance of the special day. Kinsale Town Hall will also be illuminated green for the occasion.
In Macroom, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board is providing lighted shamrock’s in the Town Square and Main Street and erecting new flags in the Castle Gates and Town Hall, while businesses in Macroom are set to decorate their windows with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. A Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Celebration 2021 video will showcase the town, telling a St. Patrick’s Day story, with special tribute paid to frontline workers. St Patricks Day Greetings from Macroom’s Twin Towns; Bubry and Marcallo Mayors and from the President of the Woodland String Band in Philadelphia are also anticipated.
In West Cork, Skibbereen Heritage Centre has been hard at work digitising burial registers for West Cork graveyards, bringing the number of burial records on its database to over 32,000, a great resource for those interested in local history or genealogy, and too for our large Diaspora tracing Irish ancestry this St. Patricks Day. The Heritage Centre has also made available video tours of some of the Cork County Council graveyards in the West Cork area. These short films give a brief history of each graveyard alongside some of the stories of those buried in them, as well as a ‘virtual tour’ of the monuments.
Further details are available at www.corkcoco.ie