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


Lord Mayor Councillor Terry Shannon launched this years Dragon of Shandon on Tuesday evening. It was great to see so much support for this years event with over 100 people attending to get a sneak peek of this years parade. Thanks to Cliona Moynihan Downes from the Buttercup Cafe who supplied attendees with gorgeous pumpkin soup and homemade brown bread and the Butter Museum who supplied us with the butter for the bread from their afternoon butter making demonstration.  Additional thanks to Estelle and Alison who entertained the crowds with a violin and cello duo.  Copies of Alan Corbett's mini comic "The Grusome End of Baron Spolasco"  were unveiled and are now available to purchase priced  2 euros and sets the background to why Spolaso is returning to Cork and what may happen when he encounters the Dragon of Shandon!

Nationwide to Film

We are looking forward to RTE  Nationwide visiting  next week to film both on site in our workshop and outreach in the community.  Good to see RTE promoting positive community and artistic events in the Shandon area!

Ongoing Community Workshops

Our Dragon of Shandon Community Outreach Programme is in full swing. We are currently running workshops with the North Mon, North Pres and St Vincent's School Completion Programme, Blarney St. Youth Club, Gurranabraher Youth Development Centre,  North Presentation Primary School, Shandon Cairde Youth Group and a Traveller Youth Group from the Traveller Visibility Group amongst others.  Amazingly creative and creepy creations are starting to emerge and will be ready to hit the streets of Shandon on the 31st October.


Get Involved

Free workshops are open to all to practice their skills in various artistic disciplines.

Everybody is encouraged to join in, it's good fun and totally free.

Mask ,  Giant puppet and prop making: From Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.

Drama Workshop: Tuesday from 7-9pm.

All workshops take place at Cork Community Art link, 107 Shandon Street.


We are still looking to fill the Dragoneer Team with 10 people to move the Dragon on the night of the parade.  Being a Dragoneer  involves moving articulated limbs of the dragon in a synchronised movement.  Its good fun and  if you can commit to being available for a couple of rehearsals before the parade we would love to hear from you!

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Cork FM

We mentioned in last weeks newsletter Cork Community Art Link's interview on Cork FM.

Here's the link to it:

Francesca Castellano

Francesca Castellano (Photo Credit: Fernando Tunon)

Talented performer, costume and prop maker Cork based Francesca Castellano got involved with Artlink about twelve years ago before becoming part of Cork Circus as a performer. “I really loved the buzz around it, and the fact that people were bringing their kids to work alongside them on the parades.
She experienced the Dragon of Shandon Parade as a spectator for the last three years, but couldn’t find the opportunity to join the project until this year. 
in 2011 Francesca will be creating costumes for no less than six participating groups, Gurranabraher, Blarney, Shandon, North Press, Firkin Crane and Artlink drama group, which represents over 80 people altogether.

Artlink has a great way to keeping its coolness among the madness of such a big project. I noticed that everything is very well organised, people are  taken cared of, everybody is encouraged to work with others, to interact and talk with each other. People connect and can take initiative while learning new skills in the process. For example a girl came just yesterday for the first time and she had completed a dress by the end of the day.
Although The Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade has rapidly grown in size over the last six years, resources and the space available in the building have created limitations.
Those limitations have the advantage of creating a real community spirit where everyone depends on each other and everybody can help you out. It organically creates the need for skill sharing, collaborating and you also  learn way more than you usually will in a school because everything is hands on

From an army of Goblins, to fallen angels or the thirty performers for the opening sequence of the show, Francesca's talented creations will sprinkle this years parade with something very special!
You can follow her performing work through:


Do you have a memory or opinion to share about the Dragon of Shandon? Whether you were actively involved or just enjoying the show, feel free to voice your opinion on our website through this questionnaire.


Lord Mayor, Counciller Terry Shannon (Photo Credit: Stefano Saccullo)

Lord Mayor, Counciller Terry Shannon showed his support by officially launching the 2011  Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.
Although It appears  in this photo that he was ready to give a hand in manipulating the giant puppets himself it was actually
Cliff Dolliver from Dowtcha Puppets who created the illusion by standing behind him. 

More photos from this year's launch can be seen here


We are looking for people to volunteer a couple of hours on the night of the Parade to assist with stewarding.  If you are available we would love to hear from you!

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