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CORK’S LORD MAYOR FORMALLY LAUNCHES LIAM MILLER TRIBUTE EVENTS

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At the launch of the Liam Miller Benefit Match, which took place at City Hall were, from left: John Caulfield, Cork City FC manager; Cllr. Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork; Michael O’Flynn, chairman of the organising committee and Roy Keane, asst manager, Republic of Ireland soccer team.
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Wednesday, 18th July 2018: The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mick Finn, formally launched the Liam Miller Benefit Match in his Chambers at City Hall this morning. The match will take place at 3pm on Tuesday, 25th September 2018 at Turners Cross, and will be followed by a black-tie gala dinner in City Hall at 7.15pm.

Former team-mates of Liam Miller’s from his time with Manchester United, Glasgow Celtic and the Republic of Ireland will line out for what promises to be a very special tribute occasion.

The Lord Mayor praised the goodwill that has been shown by Liam’s former colleagues in the game. The Lord Mayor said, “The Miller family suffered a devastating loss with Liam’s tragic passing earlier this year, and it is fantastic to see how the football community has responded so magnificently to this tribute match. I am sure that the people of Cork, and indeed the country, will come out in force to support this great initiative. It promises to be a unique sporting event with so many greats of football set to take part.”

At the launch of the Liam Miller Benefit Match, which took place at City Hall were, from left: Cllr. Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork; Michael O’Flynn, chairman of the organising committee; Roy Keane, asst. manager, Republic of Ireland soccer team; Kate O’Flynn and Ted Foley, organising committee and John Caulfield, Cork City FC manager. Pic: Brian Lougheed

A number of people who knew and worked with Liam are behind the idea of this tribute match – including Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane, and Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward, as well as family neighbour and friend, Michael O’Flynn. A black-tie gala dinner will take place at Cork’s City Hall on the evening of September 25th 7.15pm, following the game in Turners Cross. Tables for the gala dinner are now almost sold out.

Tickets for the game will be on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday, 20th July, 2018, at 10am. Tickets are €50 each and, due to the anticipated level of demand, a limit of four tickets per person will apply.

For further information, refer to the website on www.liammillertribute.com

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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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