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2018 Home Nations Sea Angling Boat Championships (Cobh) 14/15 & 16th June

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TEAM IRELAND: Team Angling Manager Dan Lynch, Team Captain Pat Condon and fellow team members Padraic Clear, John Dennehy, Graham Garvey and Michael Callaghan Photo: Mike Bardsley/Cobh Edition

Cobh, will this year host the 2018 Home Nations Sea Angling Boat Championships which will take place over three consecutive days from Thursday 14th through Saturday 16th June. Four teams will make up the tournament which will see the cream of angling talent from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales take to our local waters in a bid to take home the honours.

As of Monday the four national teams began to arrive at the Commodore Hotel in Cobh, which they will call home for the duration, and early Tuesday morning the rods and reels will be put through their paces as practice begins.

Team Angling Manager Dan Lynch, Team Captain Pat Condon and fellow team members Padraic Clear, John Dennehy, Graham Garvey and Michael Callaghan, some of who are no strangers to the local area, having previously fished Cobh waters, all look forward to the challenge.

The team would like to express their thanks to Cork County Council, Cathal Rasmussen and Padraic Lynch. Patrick O’Shea and The Commodore Hotel. Michael Callaghan & The Wild Atlantic Way, Mooney Boats/Grundens Wet Gear.

The Munster Council of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers would like to wish Team Ireland ‘All the best’.

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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

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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 www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie
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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 www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie 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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