North Main Street coming together!

St Peter’s Cork welcomed the UCC Centre of Planning Education and Research, Cork City Council and the North Main Street Traders Group along with a number local residents and friends of the area to the official launch of a new report and strategy for development of the North Main Street area.

The report looked at opportunities to develop both social and economic resources in the area, looking at parking facilities, pedestrian access, public realm and the economic make-up of the area. Rose Murphy, chairperson of the North Main Street Traders Group introduced the launch with a screening of a new video advertising the area which runs daily before feature films in the Gate Cinemas.REPRO FREE 15/11/2016 North Main Street & Surrounding Area Planning Study 2016 launch, conducted by the Centre of Planning, Education & Research at UCC, at St. Peter's Church, North Main Street, Cork. William Brady, Centre for Planning Education & Research UCC, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill, Rose Scully, Chairperson North Main Street Traders Association, Ann Doherty, CEO Cork City Council and Pat O'Connell, President Cork Business Association, with the Study. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

St Peter’s welcomed over 100 guests on Tuesday evening, showcasing the best of North Main Street along with a Powerpoint presentation of the report projected onto the walls of our iconic building. The launch featured an excellent reception which highlighted some of the great food and drink offerings the area has to offer with coffees and mulled wine from Portafilter, snacks from Tony’s Bistro and a great selection of wine from Bradley’s Specialist Off Licence.

With the guests suitably fed and watered, the presentation started with an introduction from William Brady of the Centre of Planning Education and Research, followed by an overview of the findings of the report from one of the students who worked on the report. The students of UCC Centre of Planning Education and Research and the North Main Street Traders Group have been working on this report since the start of 2016 and the full scale of the report and presentation was delivered to members of Cork City Council including the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill, the Cork City Chief Executive Ann Doherty and the Chairman of the Cork Business Association Pat O’Connell.

The presentation ended on a light note, with the attendees gathering just outside St Peter’s courtyard to witness the official turning-on of the North Main Street Christmas lights. St Peter’s orchestrated some outdoor Christmas carols along with some seasonal decorations and even a sprinkling of snow! A truly festive experience was enjoyed, with many residents and passers by joining in the fun sipping on warm mulled wine and spiced orange drinks.
There was a great sense of community and a coming together of a number of groups who are all passionate to see a focused plan delivered for the area, one that can help the continued great work of the traders and voluntary groups of the area raise the profile of Cork’s historic Old Town

.Lord Mayor of Cork

Michael and Evan’s wedding in St. Peter’s Cork

Say YES to LOVE!


WHEN Michael Keogh from Caherline, Caherconlish, boarded a plane for Gran Canaria little did he know that his partner Evan Murphy, from Shanakiel, Cork, had had a quiet word with his parents Mary and Patrick before they left.

After receiving their blessing, Evan got down on one knee, popped the question and produced a beautiful silver ring.

Romance was a slow-burner for Michael, 32, and Evan, 29, who started chatting online five years ago, and met a few months later for their first date.

Michael joked that his patience and persistence paid off, as early in their relationship Evan was busy pounding the pavements and going door-to-door campaigning for David Norris to be President.

“He played hard to get for a long while,” he laughed.

“He was just totally engrossed in David Norris’ campaign, as he is so into politics, so I had to take a backseat for a while.”

David lost his race, and Michael regained Evan. He moved from the Rebel County up to the Treaty City in March.

For their first date they went to see a horror film in Cork around Halloween, and as they say, the rest is history.

Except not quite. A photo of the couple kissing after the landmark marriage equality referendum was emblazoned across many national front pages.

It was a powerful image, and their day was made all the more special given that the State now recognised them as husband and husband.

They wed in a deconsecrated church in Cork city – St Peter’s church on North Main Street – which is still used to host weddings, and other special events.

(Picture by Darren Forde)

“It was just fabulous. It was closed for some time, but we held out until it opened again, we got it and we were one of the first same-sex marriages held there since it re-opened.”

A touching four-minute video of the first half of their day, captured by their videographer, has now received more than 6,000 views online.

“I think it has just touched people’s hearts, after the referendum last year,” he added.

It was a day filled with many special and personal touches, and many celebrations leading up to the big day.


Michael, who works in the Patrick Street branch of Bank of Ireland in Cork, and was with the Limerick branch at 125 O’Connell Street for eight years prior, had a send-off party thrown in his honour by his colleagues before their special day.

Not only did they have five groomsmen, two of whom are Michael’s brothers, they also made three groomswomen, including Michael’s sister Sarah and Evan’s sister Jessica.

One of their groomsmen, Graham McDermott, even walked down Patrick Street dressed as a drag queen after entering a competition to help them win a wedding, and made the final.

A vintage bus hired for the wedding party was another added surprise for their close friends and family.

“We just fell in love with it when we saw it, it’s so different. We had a budget, but we blew it. We had great intentions of sticking to a budget, but then you see something you love and feel you have to have it.”

(Picture By Darren Forde)

For Evan, his favourite part of the day was signing the register, and for Michael, it was walking in the door of St Peter’s to their favourite song – One Direction’s Little Things – and seeing everyone.

“The ceremony and the speeches were the most emotional and also they included some laughs too. Looking back you realise it’s not all about the frills. We had an amazing day but in the weeks leading up you do get so engrossed in how it’s all going to look.

“One of the greatest challenges was letting go and leaving other people do things for you. You need to utilise your wedding party. Our day was everything we expected and more, from start to finish.”

Thank to the Limerick Leader for this wonderful story, the full post can be found here

Michael and Evan were a wonderful couple to host and we wish them the best of luck and happiness in their life together

St. Peter’s Cork, a unique wedding venue.

Are you looking for an unusual venue for your wedding day?

Do you want a venue that you can treat like a blank canvas? A venue that has a capacity of 300 people yet still has the comfort and appeal of a small wedding venue? Well then we would love to welcome you in to St. Peter’s Cork to meet with our team.

St. Peter’s Cork is a small but spacious wedding venue in the heart of Cork City. We cater for a variety of weddings Unusual wedding venue Corkbig and small. We offer you an adaptable space that you can decorate and shape to suit your special day. You may choose to have your ceremony on the main open plan floor underneath the natural light from our beautiful medieval windows. Or you may choose a more intimate setting on our mezzanine level ideal for parties of up to 60 guests. Or maybe you only have a few guests? Why not get married in our gorgeous alcove next to statues that date back to the 1270’s.

Whatever you choose for your day, whether you are looking for a small wedding venue, or whether you simply want a unique wedding venue we are here to help. St. Peter’s Cork is not only a unusual wedding venue that is off the beaten track in regards to the normal wedding ceremony but it is also steeped in history. We like to describe our wonderful space as “a historic building, a modern space”, and this is exactly what it is!

Fingers crossed you will only have one wedding day and we believe you should make that day one to really remember. With our gated street entrance on North Main street, Cork and private side garden, once you step inside the arches it’s hard to believe you are still in the city centre. We also cater for Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships, Humanist Ceremonies as well as receptions and after parties. We can recommend some fantastic catering companies here in Cork that we work with on a regular basis. We have close relationships with some amazing photographers that will capture you and your closet celebrating your wedding day. We can also suggest some top DJ’s from around Cork to keep the party going all night!

Our medieval face welcomes guests through high sculpted arch ways, but once you step through our doors you are transported into a modern high ceiling space that is truly special. For your wedding day our ethos is “this is your space” and we are happy to let you shape it and decorate it to suit your personality. If you are quirky, then lets create a quirky space, if you’re tastes are more classical then we can create an exquisite layout to mirror that.

Next time you are in Cork, why don’t you pop in and say hi. We would love to show you around and chat to you about your wedding day. Our venue is open Tuesday to Sunday and opening times can be found via our website below.

Happy planning!

If you wish to make an enquiry please contact us at or visit our website


Cork Fashion struts its stuff in St. Peter’s Cork


October 2016


Cork Fashion struts its stuff in St. Peter’s Cork

The Mercedes Benz MSL Cork Fashion Week brings “The Best of Cork” to St. Peter’s Cork.

Cork, Ireland. St. Peter’s Cork which is one of the city’s oldest buildings was chosen to host “The Best of Cork” event in the Mercedes Benz MSL Cork Fashion Week 2016 line up. The event took place on Saturday the 22nd of October in14595639_10154487751689718_735723439000491756_n this modern venue located on North Main Street, Cork. Now in its 9th year the Mercedes Benz MSL Cork Fashion Week has become a well-known fixture in the diary of fashion lovers all over Ireland.


This wonderful event showcased the best of local independent boutiques from across Cork. The venue was styled by Meadows & Byrne at Blarney Woolen Mills on the night with a VIP & press mezzanine floating above the main floor. The main fashion focus were the Autumn/Winter collections now available in local stores around Cork. Some of the boutiques included Blush Boutique, Vanilla, Azure Jewellery and many more. DJ on the night was the well-known and local legend Stevie G. Eileen O’Shea Venue Manager from St. Peter’s Cork commented St. Peter’s Cork is ideal for events like this, we have capacity for 300 people, split levels, private side garden and a gated street entrance. While the building itself is medieval, our interior is contemporary and ideal for a stylish event such as Cork Fashion Week.”


Cork Fashion week was established in 2008 by Lockdown Model Agency directors Emer O’Mahony and Vivienne McCarthy. The week sees a number of events been run across Cork to celebrate the creativity and innovation that is being produced from Cork’s fashion graduates and designers. Realising that Cork City lacked a creative platform to celebrate and promote the incredible fashion design talent that was graduating from the city’s colleges as well as home grown talent, the team set about establishing a week of events that has grown to attract national and international attention and acclaim.

St. Peter’s Cork is a public exhibition and event centre located in Cork city’s historical area along North Main St. The venue is an adaptable space that is ideal for a range of events including product launches, conventions, performances, private events and also weddings. It is open 6 days a week free to the public to come in and enjoy the exhibitions on display. For more information visit or get in touch at