Cruinniú na Cásca

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Cruinniú na Cásca

Date: Monday 17th April

Place: St Peter's Cork

Tickets: Free Entry, All Welcome

Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ is a free public event which will take place in towns and cities across Ireland, on Easter Monday with a special large-scale event in Dublin.

Here in St Peter’s Cork we are delighted to host a full programme of family friendly events on Easter Monday. Open from 12pm until 4pm, there’s lots to do:

Throughout the day, visit our latest exhibition, A City by the Sea, and learn about the rich history of the city the river and the harbour. We have lots of fun quizzes and colouring-in activities to tie in with A City by the Sea.

12pm: There will be a storytelling session, suitable for the whole family under the mezzanine gallery on the ground floor. Expect tales of the sea and the river…and maybe even of Cork!

2pm: join a local history legend Liam ÓhUigín as he takes us on a walking tour of the Old Town, revealing the secret history of North Main Street and the surrounding neighbourhood.

3pm: Brush up on your cúpla focal and come along for ceol agus caint for an hour of live music and chat.

Plus pick up a copy of Laochra Chorcaí, Commemorating Cork’s Patriots – A City Guide. Produced as part of the Cork City 2016 Commemoration, it provides background information on the people and events that are recognised through commemorative plaques in Cork City, and includes a map showing the location of these reminders of Cork’s rich heritage. Complete your day with a walk exploring the amazing history of Cork’s city centre!

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Cork Crinniú na Cásca Programme:
12 .00 Tour of Elizabeth Fort Elizabeth Fort
12 .00 – 16.00 Exhibition Cork, A City by the Sea St Peters, North Main Street
12.00 Storytelling for families St Peters, North Main Street
13 .00 Tour of Elizabeth Fort Elizabeth Fort
14 .00 Tour of Elizabeth Fort Elizabeth Fort
14.00 Song of the Sea film screening Triskel Christchurch
14.00 Local History Talk and Walk St Peters, North Main Street
15.00 Ceol agus Caint. St Peters, North Main Street
16.00 Song of the Sea film screening Triskel Christchurch
21. 30 Lee Sessions Traditional Music An Spailpín Fánach

Cork City Council is delighted to announce a programme of entertainment for Cruinniú na Cásca,

On Easter Monday Cork City Council will host a number of events for Cruinniú na Cásca, the national culture day. The programme for the day in Cork allows people to discover and experience Cork City’s heritage buildings. This new country wide event is organised in partnership with Creative Ireland, led by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs, and promoted by RTE.

Elizabeth Fort will be open from 12 until 3, with tours available each hour. Triskel Christchurch is hosting two free screenings of The Song of the Sea, while St Peters on North Main Street has an exhibition exploring Cork’s maritime history, a history talk and walk, followed by some live music. Finish off your day with traditional Irish music by the Lee Sessions at An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St., Cork

Cork City Council’s Chief Executive Ann Doherty says

“Cork City Council welcomes Cruinniú na Cásca, the National Day of Culture. To mark the occasion, the City Council will be opening the doors of Elizabeth Fort, St Peters, North Main Street, and Triskel Christchurch for a varied programme. We are delighted to invite people from the city, the region and beyond, to come along and experience Cork’s strong cultural tradition. There will be something for everyone - talks, walks and music as well as an award winning animation for families and an exhibition celebrating the region’s maritime history and culture. So our message is to come out and explore - have some fun, and experience Cork City’s unique cultural heritage.”

While all events are free, there may be a need to book into some of them. For further information and booking details check out

Further Information on the programme.

Elizabeth Fort dates from the early seventeenth century. The fort has played a hugely important role in Cork City since then, including housing a Garda station until as recently as 2013. Two years after the building of the fort, in 1603, it was attacked by the people of the city; it was also one of the focal points of the Siege of Cork in 1690. Other uses include a convict depot for prisoners awaiting transportation to Australia, a food depot during the Great Famine and an RIC station.The walls, decorated with newly installed model soldiers, offer a fantastic panoramic view of the city below and plenty of photo opportunities. Guided tours are available at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm and are recommended to get a grasp of the fort’s rich history.

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.
Song of the Sea, directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells. To book into a free screening at 2pm or 4pm please go to

The Lee Sessions are authentic traditional Irish music sessions that run all year round in Cork and feature world-class musicians and singers in Cork’s most iconic bars.
For Cruinniú na Cásca, The Lee Sessions will host a session in one of Cork’s most famous bars, An Spailpín Fánach, which has been a home of traditional Irish music for generations.
Supported by Cork City Council, The Lee Sessions enhance Cork’s reputation as THE traditional music capital, are an absolute must-see for locals and visitors alike.


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St. Peter's Cork
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Cork, City in the Republic of Ireland H62 DV76

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