Launch of Four Festivals

Launch of the Four Festivals of Shandon yesterday (May 29) at the Maldron Hotel.  L-R: Sandra Gil, John Jefferies, Linda O'Halloran, Michael Lally, James Nolan, Cllr. Pat Gosch, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy.  Photo: Martin Duggan.

Launch of the Four Festivals of Shandon yesterday (May 29) at the Maldron Hotel. L-R: Sandra Gil, John Jefferies, Linda O’Halloran, Michael Lally, James Nolan, Cllr. Pat Gosch, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy. Photo: Martin Duggan.

A unique event took place in the Shandon area of Cork city yesterday (29 May) with the joint launch of four separate festivals which will be held in the area under the auspices of “The Gathering” during the summer and early autumn.

Dubbed “the Four Festivals under the Four Liars”, the events will be launched simultaneously at the Maldron Hotel in Shandon this Wednesday (May 29th) at 1.00pm.   All local media are welcome.   The “four liars” is the local nickname for the four faces of the Shandon clock on the iconic St. Anne’s Church which is known for showing a slightly different time on each face.

The four festivals in question are as follows:

“Voices from Shandon” on Saturday, 15th June;  which will include the raising of 1,000 flags on St. Anne’s Church to the sound of 200 voices.

The 7th Shandon Street Festival on Saturday, 22nd June which will feature a large number of events aimed at all ages from face-painting  and magic shows to live music and story-telling.

The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival on Tuesday 30th July to Thursday 1st August will mark the life and legacy of Cork born social activist and trade union organiser Mary Harris, better known as “Mother Jones”. Cork City Council has officially designated August 1st as “Mother Jones Day”

Last, but not least, is  the 8th Dragon of Shandon festival on Thursday, 31st October to celebrate the ancient Irish festival of Samhain / Halloween and will feature Ireland’s largest dragon.

Spokesman Jim Nolan said that the launching of four festivals on the one day was a first and predicted that they would be a major boost to local businesses and to the standing of the area as the historic heart of the Northside.

Four Festivals, one poster

Four Festivals, one poster

Attending the launch

Attending the launch

Relaxing at the launch.  Photo: John Jefferies.

Relaxing at the launch. Photo: John Jefferies.

Festival Launch.  Photo: John Jefferies

Festival Launch. Photo: John Jefferies

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Mother Jones Festival 2012 Highlights

Selected highlights from the inaugural Mother Jones Festival in Cork, Ireland celebrating the 175th anniversary of the birth of Mary Harris aka Mother Jones.

The 2013 festival runs from Tuesday 30th July to Thursday 1st August, and promises to be even better than last year. It culminates on August 1st, the anniversary of Mary Harris’s baptism at Cork’s North Cathedral on that date in 1837. The anniversary is now formally recognised by Cork City Council as “Mother Jones Day”.

Our thanks to Frameworks Films for permission to use these highlights