Mary Cooke’s Landscape of Saved Memories

Mary Cooke with Image

We are lucky enough to be hosting local Cork artist, Mary Cooke’s, beautiful and mesmerising new exhibition The Landscape of Saved Memories for the month of June. Below is a recent press release that offers great insight into the new work. Landscape of Saved Memories runs until June 30th in our Mezzanine Gallery.

Mary Cooke
Inside every cell of our bodies, we carry DNA that is only passed on down the female line. The Landscape of Saved Memories series is new work on paper resulting from Mary’s research of human mitochondrial DNA which is inherited solely from the mother. Mitochondrial DNA enables researchers to trace maternal lineage far back in time.

The drawings are executed in ink: her brushstrokes initially seem haphazard: automatic, meandering, free flowing and drifting rather than structured. However, a certain order has been imposed on this seeming chaos. Each piece is made by layering the ink, and then leaving it in the rain, bringing it in to dry and repeating the process. Due to a dry spell in the weather, Mary was forced to experiment with other water sources; fluoride water and water from her family well in Kildare, a very lime rich water. Noting the varying results from the different waters in Cooke’s work is indicative of her practice.

Believing materials have their own narratives, Cooke’s, work evolves and develops through the interaction with materials and unfold over time. Like us, they are affected by their environments, and these pieces are no different being affected by the quality of the water. As an artist, Cooke’s’ works relate to memory, (genetic memory, an idea that the memories are passed on through our DNA), and female identity.

An Alternative Wedding Venue in Cork

Are you looking for an alternative wedding venue in Cork? Are you someone that likes to break the mold and do things your way? FiAlternative wedding venue corknding an alternative venue is one thing, finding one that has a marriage license is another thing to consider. At St. Peter’s Cork not only are we a change from the norm and a proud alternative & unique setting but we also hold our marriage license.

Our rates start from €400 for a ceremony for 4 to 300 guests. We have a dedicated team that can help you plan your day and make sure every detail is how you want. But we have also worked with couples that want to take our and create something that is special to them by putting their own stamp on the occasion, we love this too! Contact us and we would love to show you around our space, have a coffee and chat about how you vision your day going.

A wedding ceremony should showcase what you are about and celebrate you as a couple. We believe that our special venue and it’s city centre location in Cork can give your day the wow factor you want. Cork is a thriving city with some amazing hotels nearby. Many of our couples have gotten married with us and then chosen one of the many wonderful hotels nearby to host their reception. As well as being full of legends, Cork is also home to some of Ireland’s best restaurants. If you’re having a less traditional smaller wedding then why not book out a nearby restaurant within walking distance after your ceremony.

While the world is changing and less and less people want a classic church wedding, many are still tied to tradition either through their families or maybe a partners preference. In our alternative wedding venue in Cork we believe you will find a happy medium. What appears as a medieval church from the outside becomes a contemporary and alternative space on the inside.

Fancy something a little more than just a ceremony? St. Peter’s Cork is perfectly equipped to hold your reception and continue the party in style. We work with many amazing catering specialist in Cork that can design and deliver a package exactly to your taste. With our gated entrance, secret garden and ample room for dancing, it’s the ideal venue to continue the celebrations and party with your loved ones.

Whoever you are and what ever your interests are, pick a venue that is true to you. If you are an alternative person then find a venue that represents you. You didn’t settle on your partner and you shouldn’t settle on a wedding venue 😉

A Hoy There Cork!

We are currently working with the team at The Hidden Story to create a new exhibition for March 2017 that will explore the maritime history of our wonderful city and the important role that both Cork Harbour and the River Lee have played in shaping its character.

One of the walls in our exhibition is dedicated to the People of Cork. We want this to be an exhibition ‘OF THE CITY, FROM THE CITY’ and so we are calling on YOU to donate any documents or artifacts you have that might tie in with our nautical theme.

Whether it’s a letter from a sailor to his sweetheart, an old map or photograph, an advertisement for one of the Merchant Princes, a menu from the Titanic or Lusitania, a telegram, a ticket or a straight-up maritime oddity … if it connects Cork and the sea we would love to hear from you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

The exhibition opens in March and we wouldn’t want you to miss the boat!

So please get in touch with us at or (021) 427 8187, tell us what you have and we’ll aim to include it in our Nautical Wall

Why Cork is perfect for your Civil Ceremony

Some fab reasons to choose Cork for your Civil Ceremony

Picture Perfect

Cork was called the Venice of the North, for all its riverways of the beautiful River Lee. The city boasts 29 bridges within the city, ideal for picturesque Civil Ceremony photographs in the centre of Cork City. Tree flanked avenues such as the North and South Mall mix with stunning Georgian architecture and old city charm, offering unique photo opportunities throughout the city. Gorgeous University grounds, idyllic riverside parks and narrow medieval streets of the Old Town all provide gorgeous backdrop for your civil ceremony photos.

Cork Food Capital of Ireland

What do you want to do the day after your ideal Cork Civil Ceremony? Is the next day as big as the first, or are you looking for a quiet spot where friends and family can meet? Whether you want a full-on hog roast banquet or simple, delicious local fair, the selection is never ending in Cork. From the Farmgate Café in the English Market to hilltop veranda bars in the stunning hotels of Montenotte and St Luke’s.

Fabulous Church Alternatives for your Civil Ceremony Venue

Cork is a city of steeples, from the ornate Finbarr’s Cathedral to the cheery tower of the Shandon bells you are never too far from a church. However, many couples may prefer a hint of the church wedding without the religious aspect and Cork can offer classic, ancient venues for your perfect Civil Ceremony. Deconsecrated medieval churches, to old sea Forts and harbour castles, the city is ripe for the picking when it comes to alternative civil ceremony locations.

Everything’s a walk away!

No matter whether you’re in killer heels or dancing shoes, many of Cork’s civil ceremony venues are a walk away from ideal reception venues. Strolling through the heart of the city with your guests is a truly unique experience with photo ops galore, and perfect stops for refreshments along the way for any thirsty guests! The charm and independent streak in Cork will captivate your guests as they saunter through the Rebel City…if walking doesn’t float your boat, the city has easy access for buses and cars.

St. Peter’s Cork.

At St. Peter’s Cork we are a versatile wedding venue that can cater for 4 to 300 guests. Our split level open plan venue give an abundance of choice for how you want your ceremony set up. Get in touch with us today and we would love to welcome you in for a walk about and a chat about the big day.

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


Halloween and Jazz fun for all the family

Children’s Hallowe’en Willow Lantern Workshop and family friendly Jazz at St. Peter’s Cork

When: Saturday 29th October

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

How much: Children’s workshop FREE! Booking essential. Jazz music free, no booking!

Contact: Bernie Connolly 083 146 8064


Saturday 29th October from 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm St. Peter’s Cork , North Main Street will host a  HALLOWE’EN LANTERN WORKSHOP for Children aged 7 and up. Children aged 5 and 6 are also welcome but parents are asked to stay on site for those ages.

Children are invited to get ready for Hallowe’en by taking part in a creative workshop facilitated by the ever inventive Jessica Mason, using willow & waste items to make decorations & lanterns.

Use natural materials to create spooky Halloween lanterns, get creative and sticky plus learn a bit about coppicing and native Irish plants!



Spaces are limited to max 16 people per workshop. Organised by Cork Environmental Forum. Book a place by contacting Bernie Connolly 083 146 8064 Email

For more information on Cork Environmental Forum visit

Jazz at St. Peter’s Cork

Escape the hustle and bustle of the bars this Jazz weekend and pop into St. Peter’s Cork to enjoy some fun jazz music in a relaxed and alcohol free atmosphere.


St. Peter’s Cork are proud to present an afternoon of fun jazz vibes with music from Jon Hicks and Cornelia Keating from 3pm -4:30pm on Saturday the 29th of October.

Jon and Cornelia play acoustic jazz, blues and world music. Jon is from the North East of England and Cornelia is from Cork, Ireland. Expect soulful singing, diverse influences and driving tunes. For the Jazz weekend, the duo will perform a selection of Jazz Standards from Billie Holiday to Dizzy Gillespie in their own unique style

This family friendly jazz music will kick off straight after the children’s Halloween workshops with onsite café Portafilter open all day serving up fresh brews and delicious treats.

St. Peter’s Cork is a public events and exhibition centre on North Main St visitors of all ages are welcome.

For more information on Jon Hick and Cornelia Keating visit

For more information on Cork Environmental Forum visit

WANTED: 2017 Exhibtion Curator at St. Peter’s Cork

Curator for Irish History Exhibition

Centre for Commemoration

@St Peter’s Cork, North Main Street

The Centre of Commemoration is a venue located in St Peter’s Cork on North Main Street in Cork City. In 2016 the centre has been established to mark the 1916 commemoration and hosed a number of exhibitions, talks and performances for the public. The Centre is managed by LeisureWorld Facilities Management and is seeking a curator to devise and develop an exhibition for the centre to be ready for late January 2017. It is anticipated to act as an anchor exhibition throughout the year, making way for temporary touring exhibitions at points throughout 2017.

Role of Curator

The role of the Curator includes the following:

Research and develop content for the Centre’s anchor exhibition. The proposed themes for the exhibition include:

  • 2017: A Year of Preparation (Exhibition 1)
    • US Navy central European base in Cobh during WW1
      • Social impact of this base in Cork city and county.
      • Impact of WW1 to Cork City- numbers involved, economic, political and social impact of WW1 in Cork
    • Reorganisation of Sinn Fein
      • Aftermath of the Easter Rising
      • 1917 Ardfheis
      • Eamon De Valera
    • Willie Redmond
      • Imprisonment with Parnell.
      • Australian and American fundraising.
      • Imperial Hotel speech for serving in WW1
      • WW1 action and legacy
    • Irish Convention, Conscription and Home Rule
      • Global Overview of the goal of the Irish Convention and its ultimate unravelling
      • Effect of conscription in Ireland
      • Home Rule and its role in the Irish Republic
    • Cork City- The People’s History (Exhibition 2)
      • A collection of personal items from the families and businesses of Cork that celebrate moments of great moments in Cork’s history.
      • This exhibition should be a creative and personal celebration of the smaller moments that meant a lot to the people of Cork and should include local history and legend.
      • The overall sense of this exhibition should be a celebration and insider’s view of Cork City based roughly on the focus of Little Museum of Dublin.
    • Programme and display each exhibition in a way that make it accessible and engaging to the general public, both national and international visitors.
    • Design exhibitions that are modular, suitable for touring and meets museum standards.
    • Design exhibitions that are flexible, at points the venue is used for private events, performance and conferences so all features of the exhibition must be easily packed away and re-installed.
    • Collaborating with 1916 Working Group, the venue management team and project partners on content and possible collaborations.
    • Provide a breakdown budget for delivery of each exhibition and manage the same.
    • Procure suppliers for delivery of each exhibition and manage the same.
    • Procure suppliers for delivery of the service e.g. design and print, according to Public Procurement processes.
    • Liaise with the appointed programme manager in the design, hanging and delivery to both exhibitions with agreed timelines.
    • Collaborate with the venue team in the creation of interpretive materials, publicity and public programmes.

Please note the budget for delivery of each exhibition e.g. design/print/installation etc is subject to confirmation.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A third level qualification in history with a specific appreciation of Irish History
  • Demonstrative curatorial experience
  • Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail coupled with a methodical and organised approach to work.
  • A proven ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.

Please revert with the following:

  1. PRICE: A lump sum fee for curatorial services as outlined in the brief excluding VAT. Please indicate VAT separately.
  2. QUALITY OF PROPOSAL: Please provide the following information:
    1. Proposed project schedule to deliver project based on timelines outline.
    2. Methodology for delivery.
  • EXPERIENCE: Curriculum Vitae outlining relevant experience, specifically curatorial experience and education qualifications. 

Submissions will be based on the following criteria:

Assessment Criteria Description Marks
PRICE Price is based on procurement guidelines. 40
QUALITY Quality assessment will be based on the following:                                                              (a) Proposed  Project Schedule                       (b) Methodology for Delivery 15                                                                                                                                            15
EXPERIENCE Previous Experience 30

Prior to appointment, the contractor must provide evidence of relevant insurances, both employers and public liability, with indemnification of Cork City Council and LeisureWorld. The minimum level required are €13 million Employer’s Liability and €6.5 million Public Liability. Please confirm that you are in a position to provide these insurances if appointed.


It is necessary for an applicant to have a bank or building society account into which fees can be paid. In addition, the successful candidate shall provide an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate for your company.


All queries and submissions to be sent by email to St Peter’s Programme and Events Manager:

Or by hard copy to: Eileen O’Shea, Programme and Events Manager, St Peter’s Cork, North Main Street, Cork City.

Please note this role is subject to confirmation of budgets and LeisureWorld reserves the right not to appoint this role if they so wish.

Deadline for receipt of Submissions is on or before 4pm on Friday 28th October.

Quotations received after this deadline will not be considered.


Curatorial Project to begin Friday 4th November 2016.

Curatorial Project to be complete by 30th January 2017





Making Ireland Modern @ St. Peter’s Cork


Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intercession in the everyday lives of its population. Staging this exhibition in Ireland in 2016 presents an
opportunity for a broad public to celebrate the role of architecture and infrastructure in the construction of the Irish state at a particular moment of commemoration and cultural examination of our recent past. Making Ireland Modern is a key Touring Project in ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016, and is also supported by The Government Policy on Architecture and The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI).

Touring Exhibition:

Galway International Arts Festival, 11 – 24 July 2016
St. Peter’s Centre, Cork, 8 Sept – 1 October
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, 13 Oct – 12 November

Presented in significant and central locations in Galway, Cork and Dublin the exhibition in 2016 expects high visitor numbers and broad public impact. Joint commissioners-curators Gary A. Boyd + John McLaughlin


Electricity Supply Board Ireland (ESB) + Siemens Schuckert
Grafton Architects + Roughan O’Donovan Civil Engineers
Michael Scott Architect
Noel Dowley Architect
Norman White Architect (Dept. of Health)
Office of Public Works Architects + Aer Rianta Architects
Peter + Mary Doyle Architects
Ronald Tallon (Scott Tallon Walker Architects)

Making Ireland Modern expands on the successful research and exhibition of Infra-Éireann as Ireland’s representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. Involving a physical and conceptual expansion of the work, the pavilion will be reconfigured and extended, and the exhibition material will expand and shift to address a broad Irish audience. Alongside the main exhibition, discussion will be furthered through workshops, site visits, tours, events and festival partnerships including with Galway International Arts Festival, Culture Night Cork, the Glucksman Gallery and Open House Dublin. This programme of situated events will engage with other art forms, will activate significant buildings, and will provide a long term legacy through publication and new online resources.

Links and further information

Gary A. Boyd: Co-Commissioner/Curator.

Gary A. Boyd has a long established record of communicating architecture through teaching, publications and other means. Gary is Reader in architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast and Director of the Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) programme.

John McLaughlin: Co-Commissioner/Curator
John McLaughlin is a practicing architect whose work covers a range of scales integrating architecture with urbanism, landscape and art. He currently holds a position of Senior Lecturer in Cork Centre for Architectural Education, and he has taught in many other schools of architecture in both Ireland and the UK.

Other researchers and contributors include:
Gareth Doherty (Harvard Graduate Design School), Kevin Donovan (UCD / DIT), Sarah Lappin (QUB), Denis Linehan(UCC), Roseanne Lynch (Artist), Aoibheann Ni Mhearain (UCD, Princeton), Ellen Rowley (TCD), Anna Ryan (SAUL) Una Walker (NCAD), Brian Ward (DIT).

Press contacts:
John McLaughlin and Gary A. Boyd

John McLaughlin
M: 087 7621768

Gary A. Boyd
M: 087 9119249

Making Ireland Modern: The Pavilion of Ireland, curated by Gary A Boyd and John McLaughlin