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Run Report: Cobh Junior Parkrun #1



Run Report: Cobh Junior Parkrun #1

Dreams became a reality at Carrignafoy Community College Grounds on Sunday, May 27th, when Cobh junior parkrun became the 14th location in Ireland to now stage a free, weekly, timed 2km fun walk/jog/run.

Overnight, the thunder rolled and the lightening struck and then upon waking, whoever was manning the great control room in the sky must have realised that drying conditions were required for the days main event on Great Island.

A steady flow of eager participants and willing volunteers began to arrive soon after the famous cathedral bells rang out for nine.

Event Director Majella Canty introduced all present to the worldwide success story that is parkrun. Her pre-event briefing covered the important safety points before asking one request of those taking part…”go and have fun!”.

With that, there was just enough time for a warmup led by Volunteer Karl Doyle, who done a great job in readying the assembled ranks for the challenge that lay ahead.

With Swizz-like timing and a long shrill of the whistle, just over 160 boys and girls set off from the start line at 9.30am to begin Cork’s first ever junior parkrun.

Only when those lead runners were completing that first lap of four must the weight of preparation and planning lifted off the shoulders of the volunteers.

The vision was beginning to take shape, and in spectacular fashion, boys and girls running around the old track with smiles miles wide and words of encouragement to keep them honest when their legs got weary.

Before long, our impressive first finisher, Aine Sheridan, was over the line and soon followed by a field full of enthusiastic junior parkrunners and walkers.

In keeping with the parkrun ethos of participation and inclusion, a very special welcome was extended to one of our bravest visitors, Kian Mullen, who continues to defy the challenges presented to him by FOXG1, a rare neurological condition.

Registering his first parkrun appearance, his approach to the finish line was a moment that will be fondly remembered by all who bore witness to the young mans display of courage and defiance.

As happy families departed the scene of the mornings activities, the organising team had a brief moment to take a breath before compiling of finish times took place in Cobh GAA. As had been the case throughout the morning and preceding few weeks, we were again ably assisted here by visiting parkrunners John (Ballincollig parkrun) , Caroline, Colm, Anna, Ruth, Jane and Ryan (all Tralee junior parkrun)

The winner of Cobh junior parkrun #1 was thereby announced as every single child who took part in what was a historic first for our great town.

We look forward to many more days like this and again wish to thank the following organisations in allowing us welcome you all to the parkrun family.

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Cork St Patrick’s Festival 15th to 18th March with over 50,000 visitors to attend the Parade on March 17th




DKANE 20/02/2019 REPRO FREE Dancer Claudia Sargent and Martha Lopez pictured at the mural on Water St., Cork by artist Garreth Joyce for the launch of the Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2019. Organised by Cork City Council, the festival runs from March 15 to 18 next, with the parade starting at 1pm on Sunday March 17. See
Pic Darragh Kane Photography

Organised by Cork City Council, The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival will take place from March 15th to March 18th 2019, with over 50,000 visitors expected to attend the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 17th, celebrating the theme ‘Stories of Cork’.

Throughout the festival weekend, Cork will be a hive of activity with traditional Irish music from the Lee Sessions, exhibitions celebrating Irish culture, plus theatre, music, guided tours and talks.

The Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be a vibrant carnival of colours, music, marching bands, amazing floats and community groups with up to 3,000 participants taking part, including some visiting from the USA.

Commissions by local arts organisations Cork Community Art Link and Dowtcha Puppets, plus national groups such as Spraoi, Buí Bolg and LuxE are in progress, creating innovative floats celebrating the theme.

Along with the entertaining flock of Cork Gulls created by Dowtcha Puppets, who have been working for weeks with local performing groups and St John’s College, a huge puppet of St. Patrick will accompany them on the route.

Cork Community Art Link will present a series of very “Cork” buildings who will roam the streets of Cork. There will be six floats of various sizes, each telling its own story through puppetry, performance and pop-up characters. These floats are being produced in conjunction with 11 local groups including Enable Ireland, The Brook Centre, Farranree Springboard, National Learning Network and Cork City Firebirds.

National arts organisations joining the parade in Cork include Waterford performance art group Spraoi, which will celebrate the origins of the word “langer” by unleashing a ‘langur monkey’ onto the street of Cork, while theatre performers from LuxE will tell the story of Sunniva, the Cork princess who became the patron saint of Western Norway.

Joining Corkonians from the United States for the Parade will also be marching bands from Indiana, North Dakota, Colorado and New York.

The parade will begin at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Full details of parking, park and ride bus facilities and traffic restrictions will be available on in advance of parade day. See Facebook @corkstpatricksfestival and Twitter @corkpaddysfest for updates and details of other activities to enjoy over the weekend.

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