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

Join the Fright Choir

Howls and wails, screams and cackles!!! After the first performance of the Fright Choir in last year's Dragon of Shandon parade we are delighted to welcome these screamers and wailers back again.

Singers and loudmouths are invited to join this choir with a difference. To get involved email or text 087 3900267.

Participants will need to attend a workshop on Tuesday 30th October 8-10pm at Shandon Craft Centre and be available from 5pm on Wednesday Oct 31st for the parade itself!


The Fright Choir 2011 (Picture credit Lucia Creedon)

Stewards Wanted

Each year volunteers help out on the night stewarding the event. This year we are looking for individuals who would be interested in assisting our security team on Oct 31st.

Responsibilities include assisting participants in the parade with their props and crowd managment.

If you are interested please contact  021 4212914 or email 

Stewards will need to be available for a briefing at 5.30pm outside the Shandon Butter Exchange Building.

Tourist office

In the build up to the parade on the 31st we will be installing a freaky Samhain window display in the Failte Ireland Tourist Office on Grand Parade on Saturday 27th. Watch out for our eternal holiday makers!!


Art Machina from Plovdiv in Bulgaria have been bringing their bulgarian influences to this years parade introducing new creatures to the parade. with these Kovrikis. Thanks to the students from St. Johns Art Administration who will be bringing them to life on Oct 31st.
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This is the amount of new visitors that took a look at the new Dragon of Shandon website during the last month. Hopefully the numbers will continue to increase as we are get closer to Samhain night.

Get Involved

Free workshops are open to all. Everybody is encouraged to join in, it's good fun and totally free.
From Monday to Friday 10am to 9pm at the IAWS Building on Albert Quay, or at 107 Shandon Street.



Cork Community Art Link invites you to a behind the scenes tour like no other. Learn the dark secrets of Cork's infamous parade The Dragon of Shandon. Encounter strange characters, demented costumers, crazed artists and discover what really happens when the Dragon awakes for one night each year. 

CCAL Drama presents 4 immersive site specific performances at 107 Shandon St. in this unique production which will scare, surprise, and amuse. 

These FREE Performances take place Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th at 7:00pm and 8:00pm

For further information contact 021 4212914. Maximum capacity 20 persons per performance.


Dragon Rehearsals (Picture Credit: Mark Whenman)

It was rehearsal time this weekend and this years team of Dragoneers were working hard on Sunday to articulate the limbs of the 36 foot sellotape puppet. Rejoining the team this year is Roger who will carry the head of the Dragon. Roger is the longest member of the dragoneer team and has been responsible for carrying the head of the Dragon since 2006.


Timmy Mathews with members from Cope Foundation (Picture credit Mark Whenman)

Cope Foundation have been working hard devising their performance, props and costumes for this years parade. Working with Timmy Mathews, the group have become a key part of the parade each year. Timmy is no stranger to the Dragon of Shandon having been involved with the project since 2008 becoming a key member of the Cork Community Art Link team for over 4 years.


Aztec Gods: Members of the Gurranabraher Youth Centre enjoy the sun at this years Dragon of Shandon Rehearsals (Picture Credit: Mark Whenman)


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