Things heat up with Midsummer fest

The Cork Midsummer festival opens tonight, kicking off an eclectic mix of weekend fun that includes Elton John, vintage Formula One racing cars, and pirates.

Things heat up with Midsummer fest

Songwriter Mick Flannery plays City Hall this evening to open the Cork Midsummer Festival.

The first night will also feature a very special theatre performance, Deep, at the Half Moon theatre, focusing on the legendary 1990s nightclub Sir Henry’s — the spiritual home of Cork’s first generation of ravers.

There will be wild celebrations in Fota Wildlife Park to mark its 30th birthday. A selection of classic cars from across Europe will drive around the park tomorrow morning followed by a birthday party on Sunday with performers and entertainers from Cork Circus throughout the park.

A range of weekend events continue right through until Aug 25.

Green-fingered gurus will be heading to Cork Racecourse for the Mallow Home and Garden Show which runs across the weekend while motorsports enthusiasts will retrace an international Formula One circuit around the streets of Cork on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1938 Cork Grand Prix. It was one of the largest motorsports events ever staged in Ireland.

It attracted some of Europe’s top racing teams, such as Bugatti and Maserati, and was watched by an estimated 70,000 spectators.

Organised by the Munster Vintage Motor Cycle and Car Club, the recreation along the original route will feature several of the original cars that raced in 1938.

They will drive under Garda escort at 10.30am on Sunday from County Hall via Victoria Cross, to Dennehy’s Cross, out the Model Farm Rd to Poulavone Roundabout, returning back by the Carrigrohane “Straight” Rd to County Hall.

In West Cork, Rosscarbery will host a new summer school this weekend, exploring the significance of the medieval connections between Cork and Europe, and exploring opportunities for cultural, social, and business relationships between West Cork and Germany.

It takes place at the Celtic Ross Hotel.

The summer school will be opened by Harold Seibel, first secretary at the German Embassy, and will feature speakers such as Drimoleague’s Sean O’Driscoll, chairman and CEO of Glen Dimplex Group; Prof William O’Brien, School of Archaeology, UCC; and Dr Diarmuid O Riain, Department of History, University of Vienna.

Meanwhile, Live at the Marquee in Cork is gearing up for The Coronas tomorrow, with Elton John set to rock the tent on Sunday.

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