What’s on in West Cork this Patrick’s Weekend?

What’s on in West Cork this Patrick’s Weekend?

Searching for one thing to do that St Patrick’s weekend in West Cork? Now we have all the things you have to know forward of the festivities


The Ballydehob St Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 1pm. Organised by the Ballydehob Space Group Council, prizes can be awarded for floats which can be probably the most vibrant and artistic, probably the most humorous and topical, probably the most sustainable and the perfect classic/conventional.

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Laura Dunne in jubilant temper on the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Schull final yr. (Photograph: Carlos Benlayo)


The Baltimore St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12pm with prizes for the perfect eco inexperienced float, the perfect maritime float, finest newcomer float and finest total float.


The Bandon parade begins at 2.30pm with floats assembling in St Patrick’s Church automobile park. As all the time the day guarantees to be a enjoyable crammed day for all ages. With many native teams and golf equipment taking part, the parade is a chance to have a good time all of the achievements and accomplishments of native teams and people. 

Numerous classic teams will even be taking part, and there can be loads of free occasions for kids, together with balloon modelling, face portray and different treats. 


Every year the city of Bantry ‘Goes Inexperienced’ to have a good time St Patrick.  Forward of the parade there can be Irish dancing within the Sq. from 12.15pm with Scoil Rince Carney. The parade will begin at 12.45pm from the Sq. and can be led by grand marshal Hazel Vickery and the Ballingeary Pipe Band. Bantry Market will run from 9am to 5pm on the day.  On Saturday March 18th there can be a Leprechaun Household Stroll on the grounds of the West Lodge Lodge from 11am. There can be reside music in venues all through the city over the course of the weekend.

Ballingeary Pipe Band main the St Patrick’s Day parade via Bantry final yr. (Photograph: Evan Doak)


Castletownbere St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 3pm and can be led by piper Etienne Baranger. The parade will comply with the standard route via the city to the West Finish earlier than heading again to the viewing stand within the Sq.. Forward of the parade, Bere Island Group Radio can be broadcasting reside within the Sq. from 11am to 1pm on 100.1FM, and there can be reside music within the sq. with Aoife O’Neill from 2.30pm. Following the parade there can be a show of Irish Dancing from Scoil Rince Carney.

Rua, Doire and Niamh Murphy having fun with the Catletownbere St Patrick’s Day parade in 2022. (Photograph: Anne Marie Cronin)


The Clonakility St Patrick’s Day parade will begin at 2pm from the Imperial Lodge. Sponsored by Clonakilty Credit score Union, the theme of this yr’s parade is Cool Clon/Local weather Change. The parade can be led by the Cork Butter Change Brass and Reed Band and the Clonakilty Brass Band will present avenue leisure. Following the parade trad periods will happen in numerous pubs and lodges throughout the city.


A improbable 52 years after their first St Patrick’s Day Parade, Coppeen Group Council’s 2023 occasion guarantees to be an amazing day for all ages. Native man Mick O’Callaghan, flamboyant winner of the current extremely profitable Diarmuid Ó Mathúna GAA LipSync Battle occasion will carry out the official opening. The Parade begins at 3pm in Coppeen Village with native schoolchildren, golf equipment and teams collaborating. Following the parade would be the official opening ceremony with particular friends and public representatives adopted by a feast of conventional music and dance, bowl pitching, youngsters’s sports activities and video games, horseshoe pitching, the lengthy shot, and rather more.


Courtmacsherry is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a land and sea parade. The ocean parade begins at 4pm with the land parade going down at 4.30pm. The parade can be led by the Butter Change Brass and Reed Band. Earlier within the day a bilingual Mass can be celebrated at 10.00am at Our Woman Star of the Sea Church, Barryroe. A bowl of shamrock can be blessed and out there for all to take dwelling. 


Dunmanway is planning an amazing household enjoyable day to mark St Patrick’s Day. The theme of the city’s parade is Irish Folklore, and it’ll begin at 1pm from St Patrick’s Church, heading up the primary avenue to the market sq.. There can be an autism- pleasant stretch from CoAction to SuperValu the place the noise ranges can be saved to a minimal to permit everybody to benefit from the parade. Following the parade there can be household enjoyable and video games together with a cream cracker consuming contest, a ball race down St Mary’s Hill, golden ticket duck fishing and rather more with nice prizes sponsored by native companies. The prizes for the totally different classes within the parade are sponsored by ‘Tar Isteach’ charity store. 

Dunmanway’s Conor Cahalane and Johnny Deane entering into the spirit of issues for St Patrick’s Day in 2021.


Inchigeelagh residents are celebrating the St Patrick’s festivities with a pop-up Gaeltacht occasion in Creedon’s Lodge on March sixteenth, and on March seventeenth there can be bingo within the parish corridor, and music with Jack Healy in Creedon’s Lodge. The festivities proceed all through the weekend with music by Paudy Hourihane in Creedon’s Lodge on March 18th, and on March nineteenth there can be a tea dance within the parish corridor from 3pm to 5pm adopted by playing cards at 8.30pm. 


The much-loved Kinsale St. Patrick’s maritime parade is again this yr and there’s positive to be loads of enjoyable and pleasure. This stunning boat parade and lightweight show is a singular technique to spend the eve of St Patrick’s Day with household and associates.

Kinsale harbour, March sixteenth, 7.30pm to 10pm.

Organisers of the St Patrick’s Day parade in Kinsale are thrilled to announce it’s again this yr to unfold pleasure on our nationwide vacation! As ever this tremendous occasion options acquainted faces on extremely designed floats and is a superb time out for all of the household. March seventeenth, Pearse St, Kinsale, 3pm to 5pm.


After 4 lengthy years, the organisers of the Kealkil St Patrick’s day parade are delighted to announce that it’s again with a bang. Leisure begins at 2pm with music and dancing and the primary occasion kicks off at 3pm. As all the time, there can be an array of floats, classic automobiles, entries from native colleges and sports activities golf equipment and rather more, and an outside meals truck on web site as nicely. Anybody who has a classic car is invited to take part, for particulars contact [email protected]


Organisers of the Macroom St Patrick’s Day Competition are busy getting ready for this yr’s festivities, which is able to see the city’s first parade for the reason that opening of the brand new N22 bypass in December. With organisers promising a parade to recollect, they’re additionally getting set to welcome the return of some acquainted faces from throughout the pond. The Philadelphian Woodland String Band will return to the Cork city for the primary time since 2020 after the pandemic put an abrupt halt to their plans on arriving in Eire. The city of Macroom is anticipating over 120 guests from Philadelphia who will march via the city, whereas 30 members of the Woodland String Band wearing Latin-themed costumes will carry out alongside the streets. Macroom has a week-long programme of occasions beginning on Saturday March eleventh with the Flower of Macroom contest going down within the Fort Lodge. All contestants can be offered and interviewed by Alf McCarthy (previously of RTÉ) and the winner will obtain a cheque for €500 and could have the honour of being the Grand Marshal of the 2023 St Patrick’s Day Parade. On Monday March thirteenth, a 70’s theme social gathering will happen within the Fort Lodge at 8.00pm and everyone seems to be invited to decorate up of their most interesting 70s type clothes. On Wednesday March fifteenth there’s a Karaoke contest adopted by conventional music with The Pile on the Fort Lodge and on Thursday March sixteenth The Woodland String Band will entertain the scholars of St Colman’s Nationwide College and St Joseph’s Nationwide College. On the massive day itself, Friday March seventeenth, there can be a St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Colman’s Church at 11.00am and the parade will begin at 3.30pm from St. Colman’s Park, adopted by music in native bars afterwards. 


The St Patrick’s Day parade in Schull begins at 2.30pm. Cllr Caroline Cronin would be the grand marshal together with new members of the Schull neighborhood.  The theme for this yr’s parade is ‘Failte’ so it’s apt that a few of the latest ‘incomers’ must be included. Entries for the parade on the day and floats to assemble by 1.45pm on the Garda Barracks. That is all the time an amazing day with everybody on the road – put on the inexperienced and are available for the craic! Extra data out there from Deirdre Quinlan on 086 052 9618 or Con O’Sullivan on 086 894 4916.


The theme of this yr’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Skibbereen is Celebrating All Nations. The parade begins at 3pm and everybody is inspired everybody to hitch within the enjoyable on the afternoon and have a good time the nationwide vacation, while on the similar time recognising and celebrating all the opposite great nations that make up the area people. The general winner of the parade can be awarded the Julia Hickey Memorial Trophy with different money prizes on the day too together with ones for finest dressed window. The route will begin from the Kids’s Playground on the Cork Street, persevering with alongside North Avenue, earlier than turning proper into Fundamental St, previous the viewing platform on the Bridge and can end within the Fairfield/Outdated Mart Automobile Park. 

Myles, Iris and Nicola Sheehan having a vibrant time ultimately yr’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen. (Photograph: Anne Minihane)

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