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Programme announced early May!

16 - 25 June 2017

Since Cork was founded by St. Finbarr over 1000 years ago it has grown from a trading merchant city to a cosmopolitan vibrant 21st century city of today. Rich in history and tradition yet increasingly urbane and sophisticated, the ever-evolving city of Cork is a vibrant place with a unique blend of contemporary style and old world charm. The fiercely proud and independent locals like to claim Cork is "the real capital" of Ireland.

Set on an island in the River Lee, Cork's streets expand up the river banks on either side to the ornate French Gothic spires of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral and the soaring tower of the Church of St. Anne's where you can ring the famous Shandon Bells.  Many fine buildings line the city streets, from the imposing City Hall to its poignant 19th-century City Gaol.

Pedestrian laneways and narrow streets, small boutiques, gourmet food shops, top-notch restaurants and a host of interesting pubs and clubs fan out across the city centre, as well as a wide selection of contemporary galleries, acclaimed museums and cutting-edge theatres hosting the best from the national and international arts scene.

Live music spills out the doors of the city's traditional watering holes and modern bars, and a strong festival program attracts the best of film, jazz, folk, literary and musical talent year round. Renowned for their friendliness and enthusiasm, the people of Cork create a buzzing atmosphere in the city. The numerous city parks are popular for outdoor games and gourmet picnics sourced at the central and celebrated English Market, a covered system of stalls selling everything from fine cheeses to exotic home-baked breads. Elsewhere the Coal Quay market is the place to unearth hidden treasures, rummage through the bric-a-brac and find the ultimate souvenir of the city.

Plan your visit to Cork by visiting Discover Ireland, or by reading all about Cork in the Lonely Planet guide - Cork was featured in their top ten places to visit in 2010.

Once you arrive, the tourist office on Grand Parade can answer any questions you have.

Failte Ireland, Aras Failte, Grand Parade, Cork City.

T: +353 (0) 21 4255100
F: +353 (0) 21 4255199

Pick up a copy of Whazon, available widely across the city, for a guide to events, pubs and restaurants.

If you are considering touring Ireland on your own check out Singles Tour of Ireland

Trivago has several Cork hotels listed on their website. To begin your search click here.

By Road

From Dublin: M8
From Limerick/Shannon/Galway: N20
From Waterford & Wexford: N25/E30
From West Cork: N22 or N71

By Bus

Bus Eireann will bring you to Parnell Place bus terminus in the city centre. See for nationwide routes.

Aircoach serves Cork Airport, Dublin and Belfast. See

By Air

Airport information and flight details and schedules are available at Bus Eireann & Aircoach operate a regular bus service between the airport and the city centre running every 30 minutes or so, journey time 25mins approx.

By Rail

Kent Station is a 10 minute walk to the city centre. See

By Ferry

Brittany Ferries brings you close to the city from Roscoff (France) between April and October. also have a French route: Cherbourg - Rosslare. A direct seasonal ferry service to Cork is available from mainland Europe, through Roscoff -

Ambassador Hotel Festival Patrons | Stay

Ambassador Hotel

Housed in a grand Victorian redbrick building overlooking Cork city centre, this modern hotel is 15 minutes’ walk from Kent train station and 2.1 km from Cork English Market. Relaxed rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some rooms have balconies with city views. Full Irish breakfast is available for a surcharge, and the restaurant serves traditional Irish dishes. There’s also an exercise room and 5 meeting rooms. Free off-street parking is available.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0)21 4539000

City Limits Comedy Club Festival Venues | See & Do

City Limits Comedy Club

City Limits Comedy Club is known as one of the best comedy clubs in Ireland.
Tommy Tiernan chose City Limits to film his latest DVD “The Crooked Man” which was directed by Richard Ayoade from the Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd.
City Limits is the perfect size for a comedy gig, big enough for 200 people, but still intimate enough to see the passion in the comics eyes. Come in and see for yourself this great club where comedians such as Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Briain, Colm Murphy and Jason Byrne began their comedy careers’.

Clarion Hotel Cork Festival Patrons | Stay | Eat

Clarion Hotel Cork

The Clarion Hotel Cork is superbly located overlooking Cork’s famous River Lee and is just a 5 minute stroll from Cork’s shopping, entertainment and the premier business district. The dinning room serves a delicious full buffet Irish breakfast and dinner is available in our Oysters Restaurant, a fine dining seafood restaurant.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0)21 422 4948

Cork Chamber Festival Patrons

Cork Chamber

Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation for the promotion and development of economic and commercial activity in the Region.Representing close to 1,100 companies employing over 100,000 people in the Cork region, Cork Chamber is a dynamic and proactive organisation committed to supporting business in this Region. Although our services cater for businesses of all sizes and across a variety of sectors, the Chamber has tailored and targeted packages to suit your business needs, at all stages of your organisation’s development – from starting up to trading internationally. It is our objective to provide your business with the necessary tools and resources to grow, promote and develop your business regionally, nationally and internationally.

Cork City Gaol See & Do

Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol is located 2k n/w from Patrick’s Street. This Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners!
Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.
Stepping inside visitors are taken back in time to the 19th century.  Wandering through the wings of the Gaol, the atmosphere suggests you are accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates. 
The cells are furnished with amazingly life-like wax figures.

Cork Opera House Festival Venues | See & Do | Eat

Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House is southern Ireland’s premiere venue for the best concerts, comedy, drama, dance, family fare, and, of course, opera. Located in the heart of Cork City, the Opera House has been a Cork cultural institution for 160 years and will continue to strive to present and produce both indigenous and international top class acts for the people of Cork and further afield. This is a building to be proud of and a building which is proud to be pure Cork. Cork Opera House seeks to serve its city and surrounding region as a municipal theatre, offering its audiences a world class programme of events across all disciplines in the performing arts.

Crawford Art Gallery Festival Venues | See & Do

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery, a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, is dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. 

Located in the heart of Cork city, beside the Opera House, the Gallery is a critical part of Ireland’s cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming over 200,000 visitors a year.

Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.

Farmgate Café Eat

Farmgate Café

The balcony at Farmgate Café offers self-service from the trestle table. The daily rhythm and busy atmosphere of the café along with the hustle and bustle of the market below makes this the perfect place to while away the afternoon. Hand-cut sandwiches are made to order, and a delicious display of cakes are set out each day.
The dining room at Farmgate Café offers table service, and is run by the inimitable Mirco Fondrini who chooses the best of European wines to complement the menu. Speciality dishes are chalked up on the blackboard daily.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0)21 427 8134

Firkin Crane Festival Venues | See & Do

Firkin Crane

Firkin Crane, the home of dance in Cork, is a place where dance artists, dance audiences and dance enthusiasts can make, see and join in dance of all kinds. Firkin Crane is unique as a resource for dance in Ireland in that it has a stage dedicated to the year-round presentation of dance.  In addition it has smaller performance spaces, an exhibition space and four dance studios, all housed in a distinctive heritage building.  These resources are important because of what they support people to do: to experiment with, to create and to enjoy dance in its many forms.

Glucksman Gallery Festival Venues | See & Do

Glucksman Gallery

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is a cultural and educational institution that promotes the research, creation and exploration of the visual arts. Located at the main entrance to University College Cork on Western Road, the Glucksman is an award-winning building that includes display spaces, lecture facilities, a riverside restaurant and gallery shop.

Graffiti Theatre Company Festival Venues | See & Do

Graffiti Theatre Company

True to its original aims of educating through a vibrant theatre event framed and extended by top-quality educational materials the company has provided over 84 productions to young people from three years old to young adults. The success of the work is evident from the rapid take-up of both theatre tours and drama programmes. 10 years ago the company decided to extend its remit to include a service in the Irish language. The original professional theatre company has now expanded its role to offer further resources through its substantial Outreach Department and two attached Youth Theatres, Activate and Physically Phishy.

Granary Theatre Festival Venues

Granary Theatre

Granary Theatre produces and presents new and experimental work by artists across disciplines. The programme combines professional work in theatre, performance, comedy, live art and music with entertaining student drama. Granary is a space of lively creativity and socialising. Hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Drama & Theatre Studies and DRAMAT study, work and perform in Granary, contributing to Cork’s cultural life.

Hotel Isaacs Cork Stay

Hotel Isaacs Cork

Hotel Isaacs Cork, a landmark Victorian building retaining many of its original features, is situated in the heart of Cork City. Hotel Isaacs Cork is only a short walk from the main shopping and financial centre of Cork, making it an ideal location from which to explore Cork City Centre and its numerous attractions. Located a short 5 minute stroll from the train and bus stations Hotel Isaacs is also the perfect choice as a base when visiting West Cork and the South West of Ireland.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0)21 450 0011

Imperial Hotel Stay

Imperial Hotel

A national treasure built in 1813 and magnificently restored, the Imperial is a luxury 4 star hotel located in the heart of Cork city. Explore the home grown boutiques on Oliver Plunkett Street and sample the gourmet delights on offer at the English Market, all in a “stones throw” of the Imperial Hotel.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0)21 427 4040

Kingsley Hotel Stay

Kingsley Hotel

Overlooking the River Lee, this modern hotel is across the road from Cork County Hall and 14 minutes’ walk from University College Cork. Contemporary rooms come with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some rooms have river views. Suites add separate sitting rooms and whirlpool baths, while 1 lavish suite features a kitchen, a piano, and a private balcony with a hot tub. Full Irish breakfast is available, and afternoon tea is served in the lounge (surcharge). There’s also a fine-dining restaurant, a casual bistro and a bar. Other amenities include a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

KPMG Festival Patrons


We work with clients in all sectors of Irish business, helping ambitious companies and individuals make the most of opportunities through our range of audit, tax and advisory services. Our 80 partners and over 1900 people are based in conveniently located offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. At the core of KPMG’s vibrant culture is a set of values that bring out the best in our people. Our award winning services have been recognised by our peers and industry bodies. They reflect our highest standards, market insights and our ability to help our clients achieve their business objectives. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 162,000 people working in member firms around the world.

Lehane Environmental Festival Patrons

Lehane Environmental

Lehane Environmental has been established in the Environmental Services Sector for over 35 years. We provide Total Environmental Solutions nationwide to all sectors of Irish Industry including; Petrochemical, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Shipping (Marine), Food Processing, Electronic, Power Generation, Local Authorities, Health Boards etc.Lehane Environmental brings a valuable asset to your environmental project or maintenance activity – greater control of costs. By providing multiple services, from Hazardous Waste Disposal to Emergency Response to spills, we eliminate the extra expense associated by using multiple vendors.We apply the latest technologies along with a focused, experienced approach to project management to provide consistent, high quality services that keeps your project on schedule and within budget.

Maldron Hotel Cork Stay

Maldron Hotel Cork

One of the best located hotels in Cork City, the Maldron Hotel Cork is located in the heart of Cork’s historic cultural quarter, nestled by the famous Shandon Bells and on the doorstep of Cork’s premier shopping district. With superb accommodation, excellent food and full leisure facilities this Cork City hotel is perfect for both business and leisure visitors.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0)21 452 9200

Shandon Bells at St. Annes Church See & Do

Shandon Bells at St. Annes Church

Built in 1722 St. Annes Church and Bell Tower is located in Shandon. This is Corks most famous landmark.
Experience and explore it for yourself. Ring our world famous Shandon Bells from the first floor. View the internal workings of the clocks, the ‘Four Faced Liar’ and see the 18th Century bells. See the spectacular 360° views of Cork City and beyond from the balcony of the Shandon Bells Tower.
See website for rates and opening hours.

The Everyman Festival Venues | See & Do

The Everyman

Presenting an extraordinary range of live entertainment The Everyman is one of Ireland’s leading middle scale presenting and producing theatres. The beautiful 650 seat theatre is a jewel of late Victorian architecture. A listed building, the theatre is steeped in history and is a favourite with audiences and performers alike for its intimacy and atmosphere.

The River Lee Hotel Stay

The River Lee Hotel

The River Lee Hotel is the perfect place from which to savour the city of Cork, and everything that it has to offer. From our superb Fitness Centre and magnificent Urban Escape Spa to the culinary delights of our Weir Bistro and the conviviality of our friendly, local bar, you’ll find it all at The River Lee Hotel.
Our City centre location makes The River Lee Hotel the ideal place to enjoy all that Cork Midsummer Festival has to offer. Free car parking, extensive leisure facilities and family packages available.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0) 21 425 2700

The Weir Bistro Eat

The Weir Bistro

Escape Cork city for a while and find a spot at The Weir Bistro, the stylish Cork restaurant overlooking the wooded banks of the River Lee at The River Lee Hotel. Our executive chef creates a cosmopolitan menu with a wide range of freshly prepared dishes, from hearty, authentic Irish breakfasts to buffet lunches and full à la carte dinners.
If you have any special dietary needs please let us know and we will be happy to adapt our dishes where possible to suit your dietary needs or preferences.

For Reservations
T: +353 (0) 21 425 2700

Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre Festival Venues | See & Do

Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Arts Centre

The Theatre Development Centre was established by Corcadorca in 2011. Unique in Ireland, it is a studio space dedicated to the development of professional theatre. Housed in the Triskel Arts Centre, Corcadorca make the space available to theatre makers free of charge so they may write, work with actors, develop the technical aspects of a piece, but most of all so they have a supportive environment in which to create work for the stage.

Triskel Christchurch Festival Venues | See & Do

Triskel Christchurch

Combining concerts, visual art, independent cinema, literature events & heritage tours at Triskel Christchurch; contemporary visual art - The Black Mariah, great food and atmosphere - Gulpd café; niche and mainstream vinyl - Plugd records; and pioneering theatre - Theatre Development Centre - Triskel Arts Centre is the centre for culture in Cork. Triskel Arts Centre was founded in 1978, and moved to its current home in Tobin Street in 1986. As Cork’s principal Arts Centre their mission has always been to commission, present, and promote the contemporary arts in Cork, and to ensure the arts are made available to as wide a public as possible.

UCC Campus Accomodation Festival Patrons | Stay

UCC Campus Accomodation

UCC Summer Accommodation is available from May 20th to August 19th 2016. They offer excellent accommodation rates for all festivals, concert and sports events. They specialise in providing great value accommodation in a great location for Language School Students, Conferences and Study Abroad Groups. Fantastic Family Self-catering rates are also available. Catering options from B&B to Full Board can be provided in conjunction with Kylemore Catering; renowned for providing excellent food and service throughout UCC Campus.As a Conference Centre, UCC and Campus Accommodation can offer a wide range of excellent facilities to cater for all; including seminar and classroom requirements. Groups and families may also book the Mardyke Arena, a state of the art indoor world of Sport, Leisure and Recreation.
Don’t forget, there’s always plenty to do in Cork!

University College Cork Festival Venues | See & Do

University College Cork

UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges at Cork, Galway and Belfast. The site chosen for the college is particularly appropriate given its connection with the patron saint of Cork, St Finbarr. It is believed his monastery and school stood on the bank of the river Lee, which runs through the lower grounds of the university. The University’s motto is ‘Where Finbarr Taught, let Munster Learn.’ UCC is one of the top ranked universities on the island of Ireland and is ranked among the top third-level institutions in the world.