Cork County goes Pop with live outdoor gigs

Aine Duffy

A series of more than 120 live outdoor performances will take place across Cork county throughout August and September.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan has just officially launched ‘Cork Co Co Pops’, an expansive programme of events provided by Cork County Council to support performers and bring live events to local communities, including many towns across West Cork.

With a variety of offerings, from theatre to trad, spoken word to rock, classical and opera, ‘Cork Co Co Pops’ really has something for everyone.

There will be concerts and events in parks, cafes, markets and beaches in locations such as Robert’s Cove, Bowling Green, Kinsale, Main Street Macroom and Clonakilty Community Garden with the majority of events free of charge. Performances include Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery in O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Park, Skibbereen, as well as Aine Duffy with her converted horsebox ‘The Duffbox’ as part of the Clonakilty Guitar festival.

This wonderful initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

Launching the programme, Mayor of County Cork Cllr. Gillian Coughlan said: “Cork Co Co Pops marks a very welcome return to live performance. It will be a great boost to both performers, audiences and communities. It is wonderful to see live events in places you wouldn’t traditionally see them such as Rocky Bay beach. Cork Pops Orchestra will also be entertaining residents outside care homes throughout the county. There truly is something for all ages and tastes.”

While Cork County Council is encouraging everyone to enjoy the performances, attendees are asked to adhere to public health guidelines, to maintain social distancing and to remain in their pods for their own safety and for the safety of others.

To find out more about Cork Co Co Pops and view the programme please visit  

WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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