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 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:

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 cafĂ© 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 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 DĂłnal 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 NĂ­ GhrĂ­ofa 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:

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

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 cafĂ© 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