Christmas Hamper Offer

...A very special gift, chock-full of Christmas Treats!

CHRISTMAS HAMPER OFFER - ONLY 10 AVAILABLE... There's nothing like receiving a hamper at Christmas that is chock-full of goodies. So, we have decided to put together a very special hamper that you can purchase for yourself or as a gift for someone special. And, a donation from the sale of each hamper goes to the ISPCC so you will be helping a good cause at the same time!...

Our Luxury Christmas Hamper is €75 with FREE DELIVERY within the city bounds (an extra fee will apply to deliveries in the county). And remember, we only have 10 of these available, so hurry...

- A selection of wines: 1 x Red, 1 x White, 1 x Rosé
- Mr. Kipling Iced Mince Pies
- Mr. Kipling Christmas Cake Slices
- Christmas Pudding
- Chocolate Yule Log
- Selection of delicious Chocolate Liqueurs
- Selection of Biscuits for Cheese
- 6 Pack of Tayto Crisps
- A Chocolate Santa!
- Box of After Eight Mints
- Box of Christmas Crackers (8)
- Cheese Savoury Nibbles
- Jar of Cranberry Sauce (for the turkey)
- Jar of Dijon Mustard (for the ham)
- Pot of Strawberry Preserve
- Box of Maxwell House Cappuccino
- Fruit and Nut Bites
- Fragrant Scented Tea Lights (12)
... all contained in a beautiful hand-woven wicker basket!!

To order simply call 087 2267493 any time between 9am - 9pm to make sure this limited edition, mouth-watering hamper is delivered to your door in plenty of time for Christmas.

Note: Photo used for illustrative purposes only. Delivered product will however contain all the items mentioned in the description above.

Christmas Concert at UCC - Thursday 5th Dec. support of Cork Association for Autism

A Christmas Concert in support of the Cork Association for Autism takes place in the Aula Maxima UCC on Thursday 5th December at 8pm and promises to be a fantastic night of music and entertainment.

Performers include The City of Cork Male Voice Choir, Chorus of Opera Cork, Jill Coogan (Soprano), Louise O'Sullivan (Mezzo), Kevin Walsh and the Regina Mundi School Choir.

Tickets cost €15 and can be purchased from the Cork Association for Autism office at 18 Cook Street or by calling 021 427 1808. Alternatively you can book tickets online at the link below. An additional booking fee will apply to online bookings.

Funds raised on the night will go towards the provision of services for adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome to ensure they and their families have a better quality of life.

For further information please email

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December 1st 2013

What's On in Cork this week?

Here are just a few of the exciting events in Cork this week...

Monday 2nd - 'The Monday Club' - Havana Browns, Hanover St. Doors 10:00 pm - Admission: FREE

Tuesday 3rd - 'Twice Upon A Time' - a sparkling, new comedy by Jim McKeon opens at the Cork Arts Theatre. Admission: 15/12 conc.

Wednesday 4th - 'Pinocchio Gets Bigger' (The Original Adult Panto) opens at An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St. Doors 8:30 pm - Admission: 15/12 conc.

Thursday 5th - 'Drink & Draw' - The Franciscan Well, North Mall Doors 8:00 pm - Admission: FREE. Get creative at this unique event.

Friday 6th - 'A Practical Guide to Women' by Donal Gallagher & Damian Punch - Triskel Arts Centre, 9pm (as part of 'SHOW'). Full details on

Saturday 7th - 'A Christmas Cracker: A Feast Of Delicious Christmas Songs and Stories' - Ballymaloe Grainstore Doors 8:00 pm - Admission: €20.

Sunday 8th - 'The Everyman Sunday Songbook - Christmas Special' - The Everyman, MacCurtain St. Doors 8:00 pm - Admission: €20.

Such a busy week... and that's just a small sample of what's on this Christmas in Cork! There are lots of concerts, sessions, markets and bazaars taking place too and we will try to bring you details on as many as we can over the next few days... Enjoy!!

Check out our Facebook page for more...

November 28th 2013

'Glow', a Cork Christmas Celebration

The Christmas Market and Bishop Lucey Park open this Friday 29th November

'Glow', the Cork Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade starts tomorrow - Friday 29th November!!

Wander though the Christmas Market seeking that special Christmas gift while sampling tasty tidbits from local food producers. Stock up on luxury local produce or pick up exclusive gifts for that special someone at the Artisan Food Markets – award winning jams, chutneys and more are sure to make the perfect stocking filler.

Delight in the twinkling lights of Cork city from a 30 metre Ferris Wheel, enjoy a vintage carousel ride, along with shopping and entertainment galore in the ‘real capital’ of Ireland.

And the childrens' faces will light up with joy as they experience the wonder of Tír na Nollag, a mystical, beautifully illuminated ‘faery’ village at Bishop Lucey Park.

Here are the all-important opening times you need to know...

Opening: Friday to Sunday 4pm to 8pm
29th Nov to 1st Dec
6th to 8th Dec
13th to 15th Dec
20th to 22nd Dec

Opening: 10am to 8pm
29th Nov to 1st Dec
6th to 8th Dec
13th to 15th Dec
20th to 23rd Dec .

Find more details of all that is happening this 'Christmas in Cork' on our Facebook page...

November 26th 2013

The Elves and The Shoemaker

The Firkin Crane - Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November

A fun, enchanting, magical show for children! Fidget Feet’s immersive storytelling, with music and aerial circus for children aged between 4-8 years and their families.

Meet Herman and Daisy,
They want to make shoes for your feet.
But they owe so much money they barely can eat.

Don’t worry though, because magic is always just around the corner. The Elves are here to help! And sometimes the answers are right above your head!

This enchanting retelling of a classic story through aerial circus dance takes the audience inside the story. It is a show without a stage; the story unfolds around (and above!) the audience. So come along and be part of the magic!

This show is supported by The Arts Council, The Backstage Theatre, Longford and The Source Arts Centre, Thurles.

“a marathon of dance and aerial artistry that is mind-blowing” Reviews for Fidget Feet

For full details of performance times, prices, etc. please click on the link...

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November 12th 2013

Brendan O'Connor to turn on Christmas Lights

TV presenter and journalist is this year's Guest of Honour

Brendan O'Connor, star of The Saturday Night Show and native of Bishopstown, is glowing with pride after being invited to turn on the Christmas lights in his home city of Cork, alongside Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Lorraine Kingston, on Sunday 17th November.

Thousands of lights will be switched on across Cork on the 17th at exactly 6.30pm from St. Patrick Street, and hundreds are expected to flock into the city centre for this highlight of the Cork Christmas calendar. 

Brendan said, “It’s a real honour to be invited home to turn on Cork’s Christmas lights.  I remember looking at these lights in wonder as a child – it’s such a magical time of year and a fantastic evening for all the family. Cork is a city bursting with great people, true character, and buckets of Christmas spirit.”

Entertainment on this very special evening will kick off at 6pm with on-stage performances from a variety of local Cork choral talent including the Voices of Cork Community and Youth ChoirsCOPE Foundation Choirand many, many more. There will also be a special visit from Santa Claus for all the boys and girls.  

Characters from Cork Opera House Christmas Panto Aladdin and The Everyman Theatre Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk will also be on hand to give the kids a taste of the festive theatrics to come this December in Cork.

Cork City Council have urged people to leave themselves plenty of time to get into the city centre on Sunday, November 17th for the switch on of the Christmas Lights on Patrick Street at 6.30pm. There may be some traffic delays as crowds gather to kick-start festivities for the Christmas season ahead.

November 6th 2013

Tir na Nollaig at Bishop Lucey Park

A magical faery village in the heart of the city...

Tír na Nollaig, a magical ‘faery’ village, will open free of charge for all at Bishop Lucey Park in the heart of Cork City Centre for the duration of the 'Glow' festival.

Larger than life toy soldiers will guard a fort which hides this enchanted village. As visitors step into the Christmas fairytale, they will be greeted by magical faery inhabitants as they wander around a faery woodland where the Spirit of Christmas lives.

The woodland will be filled with faery houses, magical forest creatures, a Christmas throne and sleigh, a magical well, and the charm of childhood imagination brought to life. Make sure you peek through the windows in the faery village hall to see a magical world where Geese come to life in the fountain, snowflakes fall and faeries fly.

Original traditional Irish music has also been composed for Tír na Nollaig so that visitors truly feel transported to magical place. Not only that, but kids will be able to post their letter to the North Pole, sprinkled with magical faery dust to ensure their wishes come true. The journey through the park will take approximately 20 minutes.

Opening: Friday to Sunday 4pm to 8pm
29th November to 1st December, 2013
6th to 8th December, 2013
13th to 15th December, 2013
20th to 23rd December, 2013

November 5th 2013

Cork Lights Up...

The Christmas Lights in the city will be switched on Sunday 17th November, 2013 at 6pm.

Thousands of lights will be officially turned on in Cork city on Sunday 17 November at 6pm on St. Patrick St. to kick start festivities across the city. It’s a fantastic evening for all the family as the street will be closed off for the official launch of Christmas with the Lord Mayor, musical performances on the main stage as well as a special lighting illumination show in the heart of the City.

We will post details on the events in the city as we get them so keep checking back or visit our Facebook page for daily updates.

The Cork Christmas Celebration will kick off this year on Friday 29th November and will run until Monday 23rd December. Once again the Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park will be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland for children and adults alike to enjoy.

October 26th 2013

Christmas is coming...

Did you know?...

Over 150,000 people visited the Christmas Markets on Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park in 2012; almost a third up on the visitors for the same period in 2011.

We're gearing up for an even busier and more exciting Christmas in Cork this year.

What are YOU looking forward to? Let us know on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you!

We will post details of all the special events happening in the city closer to December so keep checking back. See you soon.

Note: All enquiries regarding stalls in the Christmas Market in Cork should be directed to:
T.E.A.M, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork
E-mail: | Phone: (021) 492 4344

Cork... a very special city...

For shopping, shows and festive fun, nowhere beats Cork at Christmas. Nowhere does it better than Cork: the lights are brighter, the shops more dazzling, the atmosphere more festive. Come for the shopping and soak up the glamour of the city by taking in a show or concert, eating out at one of the ‘real capital's’ exciting restaurants, or just relaxing with a quiet coffee or drink after your enjoyable day in the city.

Spend the morning...

Christmas shopping. Cork city centre really is the place to get the presents you can't find anywhere else. With a huge selection of high street names and stores to suit every budget, you won’t find a better choice.

Have lunch at...

one of the many cafés and restaurants dotted around Cork’s boulevards and laneways. The Cork region is renowned for the freshness and quality of its food. Sample it for yourself.

Enjoy an afternoon...

exploring the city’s many tourist sites, its galleries and museums or just continue with that all important festive shopping. You’ll never be short of something to do.

If it's time for dinner...

then you have a choice of many award-winning fine restaurants and hotels to choose from, all within walking distance in the compact city centre. Delicious and affordable menus await you.

In the evening...

you can take in a show at one of the city’s theatres, concert venues and comedy clubs. The city centre is the place to be for top class entertainment.

And for the night owls...

if you are looking for a place for a quiet drink or if you’re in the mood for something livelier then Cork city centre boasts a place for everyone. Its cosmopolitan bars and nightclubs ensure a great night out and the party can often continue into the early hours if you have the energy.

Spend the night...

No need to worry about that long drive home. As the city centre is so compact you have a choice of top quality hotels and guesthouses just a stroll away so you can rest your weary bones after a fantastic day (and night) in the city.

Want to know what's on in Cork today, tomorrow, next week?

Check out the People's Republic of Cork events guide...
People's Republic of Cork

Or get the Culturefox App and whatever your location, the user friendly app will show you a broad range of Irish cultural events to choose from....

Finally, the Whazon site has a comprehensive listing of all that's happening in the city...

Cork City was named among the top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010'.

The guide praises the city saying 'Cork is at the top of its game right now: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse, while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quick-fire wit.'

The book's editor said : 'Cork has been in Dublin's shadow for far too long, it has emerged as a fantastic destination in its own right with great restaurants, galleries, bars and shops as well as stunning scenery on its doorstep.'