Flipside: From Baroque to Rock

East Cork Early Music Festival presents ‘Flipside: From Baroque to Rock’, a Sunday evening concert for all to enjoy!

This wonderful music is brought to us by Sebastian Adams, composer; Mark Chambers, counter-tenor; Simon MacHale, singer-songwriter; Marja Gaynor, baroque violin; ECEMF String Quartet; Cork Viol Consort.

In the atmospheric setting of our historic church, festival artists bring to life a wide variety of genres, unique but all connected in their own way with early music. This concert will feature the premiere of a newly-commissioned string quartet by star Irish composer Sebastian Adams, related to the viol consort genre of the ‘In Nomine’. Multi-talented Renaissance man Simon MacHale brings a background as a singer with many international early music ensembles to his brand of electronic folk music. Counter-tenor Mark Chambers introduces the seventeenth-century version of jazz riffs with an exploration of ground basses. Relax and enjoy an unusual feast for the ears, with something for absolutely everyone.


Trilogy: Art Exhibition by Michael McSwiney

We are excited to announce the next art exhibition displaying in our Mezzanine Gallery. This month brings a series of paintings to St. Peter’s, the collection ‘Trilogy; by local artist Michael McSwiney.

Join us for the launch of ‘Trilogy’ on Thursday October 4th with refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist himself. The launch will kick off at 5.30pm and will be open until 8pm that night.

If you miss the launch, fear not! Trilogy will be exhibiting in our venue throughout October.

About the exhibition ‘Trilogy’:

Trilogy is a collection of site-specific paintings by artist Michael McSwiney.

Michael’s paintings are an amalgamation of phenomenal experiences coupled with a distinct working process. His canvases evoke transition and journey which is physically suggested by the way in which he applies coat upon coat of material and paint. Areas are then re-emerged, re-engaged with, re-worked. For Michael, in order for a painting to be fully complete, it must undergo the journey of re-working to fully realise itself. Often a painting is presented that is in the midst of its journey, a marker, or a transition. Colours are strewn about, blotches purvey, an expanse of bold colour sits and hangs in the midst of the canvas. These paintings offer the viewer an invitation to enjoy the sheer and honest colourful and textural properties of the paintings. They beckon us to move and continue but also to stop and to process as they do.

Róisín Foley, Independent Curator/Director: Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery.

St. Peter’s Culture Night

For Culture Night 2018, we have a super line-up of events and activities, join us in celebrating all things cultural!

Our theme this year is poetry, call in to us during Culture Night (Friday September 21st) and immerse yourself in poetry @ St. Peter’s for Culture Night 2018!
We’ll have psychadelic poetry posters from the 1960’s, a live poetry reading from renowned poet Tom Pickard, a sound installation from Mick O’Shea and a film screening!
Afterwards, head along North Main Street, where you have your pick of family friendly activities; face-painting and circus performances, poet-tree trees with writing material hanging from their branches for you to get creative with. There’s even a free poetry film screening by the Gate cinemas of Idir Dhà Shruth from Frank O’Connor!
Celebrate Cork Culture with us Friday 21st September!!

About the Poster Exhibition:

Vividly-coloured and often psychedelic, these posters were printed to promote poetry readings by some of the most iconic poets of the era, including: Allen Ginsberg, Basil Bunting, Ed Dorn, Ted Hughes and Tom Raworth. These readings took place in a very unique setting ‘Morden Tower’, a medieval turret in Newcastle, leased by Tom & Connie Pickard. This poster exhibition is brought to you by UCC Library.

About the poet:

Renowned poet Tom Pickard will perform a live reading of his work at 6pm. Pickard’s book of poetry ‘Fiend’s Fell’ was amongst the 10 best poetry books of 2017 selected by the New York Times. Tom also founded the Morden Tower Reading Room series, whose colourful posters are on exhibition here at St. Peter’s.

Cork Heritage Week!

We have an exciting line-up of events and activities for Heritage Week 2018 which runs from the 18th – 26th August.

This week is a great opportunity to be a tourist in your own city and discover cork culture and history!

We have guided walking tours, exhibitions and a street-wide celebration of the 1950s and 1960s. Check out the schedule of events and plan your Heritage Week 2018.

Cork Heritage Open Day

Saturday August 18th is the big event of Heritage Week, it’s Cork Heritage Open Day!

At St. Peter’s Cork and the whole of North Main Street, we’re celebrating heritage in style from 10am to 5pm 🙂 Join a street-wide celebration of life on North Main Street in the 50’s and 60’s with family-friendly events including live music, interactive vintage games and guest speakers to keep you entertained! All welcome to this free event of Vintage North Main Street! Handy parking at North Main Street Car Park.

Cork Historic Spine Walking Tour

Date: Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd August

Time: 12pm

Join us for a free guided tour of Cork’s most historic streets and sites: the Historic Spine of Cork! Take a walk through Cork’s colourful past with tales of monks, vikings and local legends!

All are welcome on this free tour, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The tour will commence from St. Finbarre’s Cathedral (main gates) and end at Cork’s iconic Shandon Tower, taking in sites along the way! This tour is free but booking is essential! Book your place by emailing jessica@stpeterscork.ie or call 021 427 8187. The tour lasts approx 1hr 45 mins.

North Main Street Walking Tour

Date: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th August

Time: 5pm

Historian and genealogist David Ryan will lead a FREE tour of North Main Street in 1901. This tour is based on the 1901 census and will look at the families who lived on the street at the time and the conditions they lived in. No booking required just arrive at St. Peter’s Cork for the start of the tour. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour.


We also have our cultural and heritage exhibitions for you to explore at your pace. We currently have 2 heritage exhibitions: A City by the Sea which recounts the tale of Cork’s maritime past with images and maps from times gone-by. Cork’s Distilling Legacy by Jameson is a pop-up exhibition we have looking into Cork’s long tradition of whiskey-making. Finally, head up to our mezzanine gallery for our latest local art exhibition!


Enjoy a fresh brew in our café while you plan your heritage week activities. Ask our staff for up to date info on events and activities around the city and pick up heritage week brochures at our reception desk.

Heritage here we come 🙂


Cork Puppetry Festival @St. Peter’s Cork

Puppets in St. Peter’s!!

The Puppetry Festival hits Cork on August 3rd to August 6th. We are delighted to host some puppetry shows and workshops here over the festival! We even have a display of puppets here for all to see!

Check out the schedule of events at St. Peter’s:

Friday August 3rd:

11am: Research & Practice at the Cork Puppetry Festival

1pm: Are you sleeping? (Nina La Gaine, France)

Saturday August 4th:

1pm: Red Riding Hood (Banyan, Northern Ireland)

3pm: Red Riding Hood (Banyan, Nothern Ireland)

Sunday August 5th:

12pm: The Circus Stachamoose (Your Man’s Puppets, Ireland)

2pm: Murroch an Currach (Dowtcha Puppets, Ireland)


The festival box office is here in St. Peter’s Cork, open 11am -4pm during the festival 🙂

To book, ring 087 3530420 or get tickets online at: http://www.corkpuppetryfestival.com

The Selfie Project: Exhibition by Terry O’Brien

Our newest art exhibition is a collection of portraits by Terry O’Brien, which will exhibit in our mezzanine gallery for the month of August!

Join us for the official launch of the exhibition on August 2nd from 5.30pm. Expect lively conversation, beautiful artwork and enjoy a glass of wine while you take in the exhibition!


About the exhibition:
The Selfie Project: A study of the phenomena of the selfie in a fine art context.

The selfie, as a form of expression, has made self-documentation a standard in modern living. Selfies can be an everyday undertaking for some, while seldom used by others. It documents places, events and people in ways never before seen due to widespread use of smartphones.
Most of these images are viewed by other people through social media, on screens of phones or tablets. They are largely forgotten about by the viewer in a matter of minutes and they are rarely printed. In this project, I wanted selfies experienced on a larger scale, with permanence. Painting a series of selfies was a project I felt needed to be done in the modern era.
There were two aspects of this project that were important to me. The painting of selfies on a large scale, but also my development as a painter of portraits over the course of the project. Having qualified from college as a printer, painting was a new medium for me.
I started by asking for images on social media and the response was very encouraging. I received many more than I felt I would be able to paint. Choosing the images was difficult at times. I wanted to paint images that were exciting to me. But I also wanted to paint images that gave an insight into the variety of selfies that are taken by everyday people. I feel this aspect of the project has been successful.

I would like to thank everyone who sent me images and although I did not get to put each one to canvas, all of the images I received were as important to the project as the other.

Please enjoy the exhibition,

Any questions you may have please ask. If I am not available, I can be contacted at:

or via social media at:

@tobportarits on facebook, twitter and instagram.

An Exhibition of Paintings by Keith Flynn

Delighted to announce our new art exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery.

This month, we have an exhibition of paintings by artist Keith Flynn. Keith’s collection of colourful and striking pieces are on display here from the 3rd to the 31st of July. Head up to our mezzanine gallery or sip a coffee in our in-house café and enjoy this artwork decorating our walls!

Cork’s Distilling Legacy: an Exhibition by Jameson

We are delighted to bring you a new exhibition for Summer 2018. Cork’s Distilling Legacy is a brand new exhibition which offers an insight into one of Ireland’s most fascinating industries.

Cork’s Distilling Legacy:

This pop-up exhibition shines a light on Cork’s proud history of distilling. Discover the North Mall in 1789, Midleton Distillery in 1825, and the Cork Distilleries Company in 1867. All are part of Cork’s long tradition of producing great Irish whiskeys, enjoyed the world over today.

Learn also about the world’s largest Pot Still which was found in its original site at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. After taking in this exhibition, why not take a tour of Jameson Distillery Midleton. Visit the workplace of Jameson Irish Whiskey. See for yourself where every drop of Jameson is produced today, amid the lush fields of southern Ireland. This visit promises a host of unique experiences, from a workshop at the state of the art Irish Whiskey Academy to developing a new appreciation for Irish whiskey, from grain to glass.
Pop in for a visit. Stay for a Jameson. You can book at Jamesonwhiskey.com. We also have plentiful information on how to travel to Jameson Midleton from the city centre. Pick up a brochure for 10% discount on your visit and find out all the details on transport timings and costs.

With interesting facts and colourful images, this exhibition provides a nice insight into distilling in Ireland. Pop in to St. Peter’s Cork this summer to take in this pop-up exhibition.

Photography Exhibition: Subjective Moments

‘Subjective Moments’ is a new photography exhibition displaying in our Mezzanine Gallery for the month of June!

Be sure to call in to enjoy this beautiful photography collection.

About the Exhibition:

Subjective Moments is Tim Bingham’s first solo exhibition. It is a collection of his photography work over the past few years. Tim’s work has been described as ‘a descriptive narrative in pictures’ which brings a poetic realism. Tim has a passion for in-depth recording of people’s lives while demonstrating deeply emphatic artistry. His work has been featured in Mobiography, one of the leading mobile photography magazines. His work has also appeared in The App Whisperer, a popular mobile photography and art website.

About the Photographer:

Tim Bingham is a street photographer from Ireland. Tim’s photographs have been exhibited in a number of exhibitions within Ireland and across Europe. Tim delivers street photography workshops to a variety of the community. He encourages individuals, young and old to capture their streets and their surrounding hinterland. Tim is passionate about helping people to see their environment in a new ways, using cameras and phones as an extension of their own peripheral vision.
Follow Tim’s work on instagram: @public_lens

Cork Midsummer Festival @ St.Peter’s Cork

We’re delighted to be involved in this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival!

We are hosting three different arts & culture events here as part of the festival and we also stock festival programmes! If you don’t have a copy of the programme yet, pop in and we’ll sort you out!

Here’s the three Midsummer events on here at St. Peter’s Cork:

Tiny Dancer: A DJ Set for Kids

Saturday, June 16th, 11am – 12pm

-tickets: *this event is now sold out*

Let’s dance! It’s time for the kids to throw some shapes and bust out their best moves as DJ Dónal Dineen hits the decks for a special musical rollercoaster ride. Expect dance turns from every era and every corner of the globe. So if you’re ready to get into the groove, lace up your dancing shoes and grab those glowsticks. Kids just wanna have fun!

Suitable for 0-8 year olds.

A City in Flames: Linda Buckley

Monday, June 18th, 19.30 – 20.30

A live performance of poetry by Doireann Ní Ghríofa with sonic landscape by internationally-acclaimed composer Linda Buckley, in which each movement ignites a series of burnings, with wild, immersive sounds, and blazing poems merging in crackling, fizzing fires. Each poem sets the city on fire, and each fire burns in a different era, revealing a new layer to the development of the character of Cork and its people.

Tickets: €10

Book tickets from: https://corkmidsummer.ticketsolve.com/shows

Crosstown Drift: The Walking Tour

Saturday, June 23rd, 11am

Join a trail of tales and tunes across the streets of Cork city. This year, we drift across and around the city hearing some of Ireland’s finest writers, poets, raconteurs and musicians in interesting and unusual locations.

This is a free walking tour and begins here at St. Peter’s.

See the full timetable below:

11am: St. Peter’s Cork, North Main Street
-Gerry Murphy & Cormac Lally
12pm: The Crawford Art Gallery
-Danny Denton, Catherine Kirwan &David Jackson
1pm: Nano Nagle Place
-The Gab * Ó Bhéal present storytelling and poetry
5.30pm: Waterstones ”Under the Hammers”
-with Cormac Lally & David Jackson