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A night of culture in Cork: the county comes alive with an impressive line-up of events

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“It’s your culture. It’s all right there on your doorstep. So go out and absorb as much as you can.”

Ahead of Culture Night/Oíche Chuktúir 2022, which features dozens of events across the city and county on Friday 23rd September, get your message across to culture about vultures across Cork.

Since its inception in 2006, Culture Night has become a staple of the national calendar, offering people an incredible opportunity to participate in a magical celebration of the cultural heritage of staggering riches right on our doorstep.

Above all, the evening will highlight the unique aspects of Ireland’s rich, vibrant and colorful culture, show people how Ireland’s history and society have shaped, and give people an insight into Irish life. Its purpose is to encourage people to value and preserve their essence.

With this in mind, an invitation has once again been published to immerse yourself in an evening of entertainment, discovery and adventure with musicians, artists and historians.

From visual arts to music, literature, theatre, dance, talks and tours, Culture Nights offers free, family-friendly events in a range of Cork venues and locations.

Cork County Council’s Culture Night Coordinator, Grainne O’Connor, called on people to soak up the sights, sounds and atmosphere of this “most special night.”

“Culture Night is one of a kind. Our culture is one of a kind and we have the added bonus that the event is free,” said O’Connor.

“There is creativity and diversity in our community. This evening is an opportunity to share some of our lives and passions, spend time ‘dipping our toes’ in new experiences, and see and hear amazing things. It gives everyone the chance to do something,” she added.

Cork Mayor Deirdre Forde said that all genres of culture “has the power to lift our spirits”.

“So we are really excited to see how inclusive and culturally relevant Night 2022 will be for all ages. Ford said.

A night of culture in County Cork

About 250 free, family-friendly events will be held across Cork County on Friday, September 23rd.

From Baile Mhúirne to Bantry, from Mallow to Macroom, from Charleville to Carrigaline, from Kanturk to Kinsale, the event kicks off and runs all day from lunchtime.

Photo exhibitions, music recitals, walking tours, craft demonstrations, outdoor cinemas and cabaret shows are just the tip of the iceberg.

St. Gobnait travel tales, interactive showcases of North Cork travelers, picture book hours, drum circles, book launches and more – all for a magical evening near you It is done.

Below are just a few examples of the various genres of events that take place across County Cork.


* St. George’s Arts and Heritage Center in Mitchellstown will host Komhaltas music and dance hour at Deanam Seoil y Mbaile Misteara from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

* The Fresh Air Collective will perform an eclectic mix of folk music from around the world at Macroom’s Chapel Hill School of Art from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

* At St. James’s Church in Mallow, from 8:00pm, a free multi-disciplinary event featuring Cor Mhagh Ealla, The Mallow Integration Forum Group, M n M, Lilianna Inch, The Treblettes, Nataliia Yevtushenko, Casadh Ó Thuaidh and Friends, and Pamela Muganwa. A cultural concert will be held.

Visual Arts/Crafts:

* ‘Fermoy In Frames’ is an exhibition by the Fermoy Camera Club that captures the diversity of the local community at your local library from 10am to 9pm.

* Visual artist Robin Dizzy will present a series of mixed media artwork revealing the natural and cultural history hidden in the Macroom School of Art’s Geara landscape from 2:00pm to 9:00pm.

* “Art From the Heart” on Main Street in Doneraile will be an afternoon of outdoor music and painting from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.


* Mallow’s Bridge House Bar will feature songs, stories and poems by local performers from 2:30pm to 5pm.

* The Mitchellstown Writers Group presents their latest book, Pathways To Memories And….., from 4-6pm at Kingston College Chapel, where members read excerpts from the book.

* Cobh’s Artist House hosts an evening of story and poetry and an art exhibition by John Adams from 7-8:30 PM.


* Youghal’s St. Mary’s Church offers guided tours from 5pm to 7pm that showcase eight centuries of history and heritage.

* Historian Christy Roche will host a walking tour titled “Stories of McCurtain Street” from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

* ‘Was the Harrah Born or Made? increase.

For a full program of Culture Night events throughout the county, visit

A night of culture in Cork City:

Under the umbrella of Culture Night 2022, over 150 events will take place at 85 different venues in the city of Cork.

Culture buffs enjoy music, art, comedy, fashion and literature, while the city’s program of events takes center stage.

The heart of the night is the free ‘Magic Night by the Lee’ concert at City Hall from 9pm to midnight.

The concert brings together a tantalizing line-up of legendary Cork musicians and contemporary artists in Leaside’s audio/visual celebration of music and art.

The night will feature collaborations from DJ/producers FishGoDeep and Conal Creedon, special performances from the inimitable John Spillane and poet/novelist Doireann Ní Ghríofa, sets from Brian Deady, DJ Stevie G and up-and-coming hip-hop/urban stars. Includes collaboration with Minnie Marley and Kestin.

Town Hall will also be home to the revival of the popular Bus Éireann ‘Culture Buses’, featuring ‘Words in Motion’, a selection of speech performances by Cork poets and writers. The service will run for 20 minutes from 7pm to 10pm.

Other highlights include the Cork Opera House Recital Series featuring Cara O’Sullivan Associate Artists, the Cork Light Orchestra performing 1920s and 1930s music at the Cork City Gaol, and a guided tour of the Cork Public Museum’s latest exhibition , including the opportunity to see Elizabeth For. Take a ‘rebel tour’ of the city.

Freemasonry Hall on Tucky Street is open to the public from 5pm to 9pm, the Collins Barracks Military Museum is open to the public from 5pm to 9pm, astronomy meets culture at the Black Rock Observatory, and the UCC campus Numerous events during the night.

All Culture Night events are free, but some events may require reservations and operate on a “first come, first served” basis.

Visit for more information on the various events taking place in the city.