35 days left before Halloween. Don't miss anything about the Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade preparation.

The 7th Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade


  • Dragon of Shandon Fund:it Campaign Launched

  • All Little Bit Bulgarian with Art Machina

  • Buttera Join Parade for 3rd Year

  • Workshops Begin


The Dragon of Shandon...Fund:it !

The Dragon of Shandon Fund:it Campaign was launched on Monday to raise sponsorship for our extensive outreach programme.

This year the parade is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. With over 400 participants and expectations high we now have 5 days left to raise 500 euro.

To get involved and support this great event click the Fund:it logo above or go to:

Workshops Begin!!

The outreach workshops have begun with the Glen working with Dowtcha Puppets to create flying banshees, while Gurranabraher Youth Development Centre and Blarney St Youth Club are working on masks, costumes and performances. 

Cope Foundation are also busy developing their new piece to be performed while moving along the streets shandon. 

Drop-in Workshops

Get involved in Mask Making, Giant Puppet Making and Prop Construction through our free drop-in sessions Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, at the IAWS Bulding on Albert Quay. Call in, sign up and learn new skills, meet new people and if you like, take part in this years parade. We are especially looking for people interested in costume making.

Check our website for more information:

When Monday to Friday  10am to 6pm
How much Free drop in sessions
Where IAWS Building Albert Quay

Buttera Back for 3rd Parade!

The Butter Exchange Brass Band, or the “Buttera” as it is known, is one the best-known brass and reed bands in the city of Cork. The band was established in 1878 but has roots in a small band established for religious purposes by Fr. John McNamara, a curate of the North Cathedral.

This will be their third participation in a row in the Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.

Naomhoga Chorcai Illuminate the Lee

Once again, Naomhoga Chorcai will be involved in the Dragon of Shandon bringing our majestic skeleton fish boats along the Lee to illuminate Pope's Quay. This year will also see a brand new installation on the water and a light installation on Shandon Footbridge Bridge.
Check out Naomhoga Chorcai's website:

Art Machina Arrive!

Art Machina have arrived to join the creative team for this years event. Stuart McColloch and Mariya Rizova formed Art Machina in 2011 providing access and support to local communities to create their own culture in Plovdiv Bulgaria.

Art Machina will be working with Cork Community Art Link on this years parade bringing a bulgarian twist and some new additions in the shape of props and puppets.

More about their work on their facebook page:

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