Cork Harbour Festival: Lunchtime Lectures

We are delighted to host a series of three lunchtime lectures for this year’s Cork Harbour Festival!

In collaboration with UCC History Department, we bring you three talks on maritime heritage and history by three experts in the field.

Each talk begins at 13.10. Arrive early for a creamy coffee in our in-house café and take some time to explore our current heritage exhibition ‘A City by the Sea’ which tells the story of over 1000 years of Cork’s maritime history. Expect tales of pirates, patriots, emigrants, queens, chancers and warriors who sailed upon the River Lee.

Here’s the schedule of the lunchtime lectures:

Tuesday, June 5th, 1pm: Ireland and the Islands of Ocean in Medieval Maps

Dr Diarmuid Scully lectures in medieval history at UCC. His research interests include medieval maps and representations of Irish and English identity in text and image.

Wednesday, June 6th, 1pm: A Croatian tourist town with a socialist legacy: Pula and the Uljanik shipyards

Dr Chiara Bonfiglioli lectures in Gender and Women’s studies at UCC and conducts research on gender and women’s history in former Yugoslavia.

Thursday, June 7th, 1pm: For Ireland and Empire: The 19th century migration of Irish professionals to British India and other parts of the Empire

Dr Christopher Shepard is a historian and international Strategy Officer managing UCC’s operations in South Asia. His research focuses on higher education and the Irish Diaspora with a special focus on the Irish in India.

The Spell Sundered 2: Photography & Poetry Exhibition

We are delighted to welcome back J Michael Tynan for his second exhibition here in St. Peter’s Cork. For the month of May, John’s latest photography and poetry exhibition ‘The Spell Sundered 2’ will be displayed in our Mezzanine Gallery.

Join us for the official exhibition launch on Thursday May 3rd from 6-8pm, with doors open at 5.30pm. This is a wonderful chance to view the exhibition and meet the artist himself! Expect lively conversation, refreshments and uplifting images and poetry from an artist who is inspired by the sights of everyday beauty of his surroundings.

With summer fast approaching, this is a beautiful merging of poetic words and nature photography which captures the fleeting hidden beauty in the everyday. Enjoy this uplifting and thought-provoking work throughout May.

About exhibition:

Familiarity and the drive to distraction mean that often the grandeur and incredible delight of earth’s creation is lost on us. Those surroundings are in the here and now, but are overtly obvious, disguised, or fleeting. Often, all it takes is time… to see. I do not profess to be special in being an interpreter in visual and verse of our surroundings, but I do convey a particular insight, one seen through my eyes. It is my wish that it opens the eyes of you, the viewer, to time and place. In essence, my visual interpretation brings the natural world into perspective and my verse enhances it to espouse my experience.


About the artist:

J Michael Tynan was born and reared in Cork and he is no different from any of the natives as seeing it as the centre of the universe. If you’ve experienced Cork, you’ll know this point is not open to
John is a sub-editor/journalist with the Irish Examiner, where he has worked for 39 years. If he has an ethos it is to be generous of spirit and to seek out the interesting in all people. Generosity is not always reciprocated, but that’s not the point. He has a view that almost all experience is good, including those that are ‘bad’. All are merely part of the tapestry of a full and interesting life. He hopes, firstly, that you appreciate his creativity and, secondly, discover a feeling in it.

The Spell Sundered 2 runs until the 30th May in our Mezzanine Gallery at St. Peter’s Cork.

Historic Walking Tour of North Main Street

Historic Waling tour of North Main Street:

Step back in time with genealogist and historian David Ryan as he explores North Main Street and it’s laneways at the start of the twentieth century. Starting from St Peter’s Cork, this tour will look at who lived along the street in 1901 and how it has changed in the past century. Drawing on research from the 1901 Census, this promises to be an insightful and interesting tour with stories of residents living on Cork city’s oldest street. Expect to find some great secrets hidden along the street’s historic past. David is an engaging speaker, with huge experience in tracing Cork’s heritage, this will be a great tour for all the family!

This is a free guided tour, starting at 1pm meeting inside St. Peter’s Cork, North Main Street.

No need to book in advance, just arrive and join the tour!

Discover some Cork history this bank holiday!


When: Bank Holiday Monday May 7th

Where: Meeting at St. Peter’s Cork, North Main Street

Time: 1 – 2pm

Irish Designer Sample Sale

We all love a good sample sale right? Well how about one featuring twelve deadly Irish fashion, jewellery and accessory designers?

We are delighted to welcome back Manley & co for a second designer sample sale here in St. Peter’s Cork. The designers will be taking over St. Peter’s with fashion and jewellery stalls, great music and style!

The two day sample sale is kicking off on Friday April 20th here in St. Peter’s Cork with a launch party from 5pm! Join us for some serious tunage and late-night shopping in Cork’s Oldtown, North Main Street. We all know shopping is thirsty work, so we’ll have you covered on that front too! 🍻

Bring along your Mum, your sisters, your friends, your work colleagues, your fella, bring whoever you like, the more the merrier!

So, who are these wonderful designers with stalls for you?
Manley ///
Jill De Burca ///
Edge Only ///
Maria Dorai Raj ///
Electronic Sheep ///
Theo & George ///
L.E.A.F ///
Mary Callan ///
Mairead De Blaca ///
Alex Thiel ///
Jokamin ///

The Where?
St. Peters Cork, North Main Street, Cork.

The When?
Friday April 20th: 12-9pm (launch party kicking off at 5pm)
Saturday April 21st: 10am-6pm

The Why?
Twelve amazing Irish Fashion, Accessory and Jewellery Designers under one roof… you’d be cracked not to!

Cork Conversations: Towards a New Culture of Urbanism

The National Sculpture Factory and St. Peter’s Cork present the second public talk in the ‘Cork Conversations’ series.

Stephen Willacy, Chief City architect in Aarhus, Denmark will present ‘Towards a New Culture of Urbanism’. Join us here in St. Peter’s on Wednesday 4th April at 6.30pm. This is a free event with no booking required. Do make sure to arrive early for a seat!

Aarhus in Denmark is known as the ”city of smiles”. Denmark often comes out top of the world’s happiest nations list and Aarhus was recently named the most mindful city in the world! Aarhus City council’s chief architect will share the insights he has gained working with the city in recent years on city making, the role of second tier cities and the role of city architect in supporting and enabling transformation.

This is not to be missed!

Thanks to NSF Ireland:

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Elastic: A Photography Exhibition by Cork Photo Gallery

We are delighted to host Cork Photo Gallery who will display a wonderful photography exhibition ‘Elastic’ from April 3rd – 28th. Call in to our mezzanine gallery during April to view this new exhibition! Cork Photo Gallery are also holding a special symposium on on April 6th here in St. Peter’s Cork. The symposium focuses on Arts & Practise, with informative sessions and networking opportunities.


About the photography exhibition:

Elastic considers the concept that our minds are a malleable but resilient structure, continually flexing to accommodate our highs and lows. Many artists (consciously or not) tend to harness and explore this flexibility to create their bodies of work. Connected by an ‘invisible’ theme, the exhibition is a coming together of  individuals whom acknowledge mental health within their practice or process.

For more details on the exhibition ‘Elastic’ and Cork Photo, visit:


About the symposium Arts & Practise:

Here’s the schedule for the symposium on April 6th, 6.30pm.

To register for the free symposium, visit:

Schedule for the event:

6.30pm – Elastic Guided Tour + Coffee with Curator Kate O’Neill from The OGC

Grab a coffee with the curator of Elastic and hear about the individual works on show as part of this collective exhibition of work by photographers acknowledging mental health within practice or process.

7.30pm – John Duncan on Source Photographic Review

‘Source’ publishes emerging photographic work and engages with the latest in contemporary photography through news, features and reviews of the latest exhibitions and books from Ireland and the UK. The magazine was first set up in 1992 by a group of photographers in Belfast. John Duncan, who has been one of the editors since 1994, will look at how the magazine has evolved and where it is headed.

8.15pm – Conversation with Dali + Gala

Panel discussion and a Q&A session with Cork’s latest Arts +Entertainment venue: Dali + Gala. They will discuss their recent shows and invite artists to submit work to be considered for exhibition in their venue.

There will also be an opportunity for networking, with drinks and further photo chats following the scheduled sessions.


Cork Sound Fair

Cork Sound Fair is a new, non-profit arts and music event kicking off in Cork city in March 2018. The aim of the event is to give local and international artists a platform to showcase experimental sound through installations and live performances.

The first event in this series will take place on the 23rd and 24th of March 2018, with performances in two historic city centre venues, here in St. Peter’s Cork and in Cork City Gaol.

Cork based artists African Fiction, Static and Robert Curgenven are set to be joined by Derry native Autumns for the opening night here in St. Peter’s. A new sound installation will also be unveiled by Isochronal, a collaboration by artists Kevin Callaghan and Thomas Penc. This dynamic duo recently exhibited work in the National Sculpture Factory for Culture Night 2017.

All proceeds raised will go toward funding the event and the artists involved. In doing so, the organisers hope to bring new sounds to a wider audience.

This ambitious project is currently 100% crowd funded with supporters entitled to access to Cork Sound Fair events and other perks. Cork Sound Fair is an open source venture, demonstrating that projects like this can showcase this content and support the contributing artists, and in turn hopefully help change the conditions for artists who want to pursue their passion and chosen art form.

Tickets are on sale now:

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival @ St. Peter’s

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2018 runs from Monday March 19th to Sunday March 25th and is a week full of opportunities to discover new things and try out skills and crafts!

Here in St. Peter’s, we have a lovely line-up of free events for the week, with a focus on cork culture and heritage.

Tuesday 20th:

1-2pm: Terence MacSwiney Talk

Wednesday 21st:

2-3pm and 5.30-6.30pm ‘A Date with Data’, interactive presentation by the Central Statistics Office

Saturday 24th:

12pm: Walking Tour of Historic North Main Street with local historian Liam O’hUigín.

2pm: Genealogy workshop with local genealogist David Ryan


About the festival:

Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds, across all ages, interests and abilities. The festival’s motto is ‘Investigate, Participate, Celebrate’, and the public can do that by watching demonstrations, trying out skills, and seeing others; from the young to the old, show off what they are learning.
During the festival all events are free and accessible to everyone. Learning is promoted as fun with events including performances, debates, taster sessions, tours, displays and demonstrations. They take place right across Cork in a variety of venues indoors and out, including shopping centres, libraries, museums, resource and community centres, parks, sports grounds, private businesses and on the streets. Look out for our free festival programmes which are available in local libraries, host venues and in Cork City Hall foyer.

For more info, visit:

St. Patrick’s Weekend @ St. Peter’s Cork

We have a super line-up of events for St. Patrick’s Weekend, from history talks to kids storytelling as well as our current heritage and art exhibitions for you to enjoy!

Here’s the schedule of events:

Friday 16th:
1pm: An Introduction to Genealogy with David Ryan

Join local genealogist David Ryan for an introduction into genealogy. Learn how to get started researching your past and putting together your family history. Come along for this free public talk and take in our beautiful historic venue in the medieval heart of Cork City. David is an experienced genealogist and is always available for private bookings, more info at
Saturday 17th:
11am: Kids’ Storytelling Hour for under 10’s

Join us for some children’s storytelling before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the city! Our storyteller will kick off your St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish spirit with all stories and books having an Irish touch – we’ll have tales from Irish authors and books based in Ireland! If you have your own favourite book, feel free to bring it along! (All are welcome but please note the stories will be best suited for under 10’s).

12pm: ‘The Geraldine’, A Maritime Heritage Talk by Seán T. Rickard

The centenary of the sinking of the Geraldine in World War I marks a unique, if largely unknown place in Cork’s maritime history.  We are delighted to welcome Seán T. Rickard, a maritime historian, journalist and U.S. Navy veteran to speak at St. Peter’s Cork on this fascinating topic. Hear Seán recount the story of the Geraldine, by examining personal histories, charting the boat’s history from her construction through the golden age of sail and beyond. Not to be missed!

Throughout the weekend call in to view our new heritage exhibition ‘Cork Harbour Heritage Exhibition’ to discover the rich maritime past of Passage West and the link between the U.S. Navy and Cork Harbour in WWI.

Indulge in some beautiful artwork over the weekend, with Brian Dwyer’s ‘Dear New York’, a gorgeous collection of photography!

See you for a celebration of local heritage, art and Irishness this St. Patrick’s Weekend!

All events and activities are free!

Dress For Success: Pop-Up Shop

Join us for this special edition of Dress for Success’ Pop-up Shop here in St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street. A special event to mark International Women’s Day earlier in the week!

About the Pop-Up Shop:

Date: Saturday 10th March

Time: 10am – 3pm

This is a “once-off” sale of unique pre-loved clothing items. Get high street fashion at bargain prices!

Top designer labels will be up for grabs, including Nina West, Tommy Hilfiger, Massimo Duti, Marc Cain, Reiss and Karen Millen.

It is free entry and all are welcome.

All proceeds from sales will go towards a great charitable cause; Dress for Success. Help us empowering women in Cork!

About Dress For Success:

Dress for Success is a local charity which The mission of Dress for Success Cork is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

We offer free one-to-one coaching sessions, CV help, interview prep, IT training, interview clothes and interview appropriate make-up to women in Cork.