The Dragon of Shandon is back! Find out what he's got planned...
He's Back! The Dragon of Shandon Returns...and You Can Help Him Get Here!

This year the renowned Dragon of Shandon returns for a 3 day celebration of Samhain (Halloween), from the 29th to the 31st of October. Taking place in Cork’s Cultural Quarter, Shandon, this new, bigger and wilder event promises to amaze! Watch the teaser video here for a sneak preview, and read on to find out how you can get involved and make this wonderful community event happen...


For 2 days, a big circus top erected in St Anne’s Park will form the hub of the festival hosting a variety of activities for families by day, while a cabaret of banshees, live music and performances will entertain you by night.

In the Firkin Crane, you'll get your freak on to Dance Spooktacular while ghost story tellers unveil the more obscure history of Cork in Shandon Tower. And all in expectation of The Dragon of Shandon Parade, as once again the Dragon, made entirely of tape, rises to walk with you and celebrate the feast of Samhain.

For more information about the Dragon of Shandon and its beginnings, visit our website at and have a look around. Wondering what the Dragon of Shandon festival will look like? Watch the video on this page to get a taste!


The Dragon of Shandon is a community celebration of our traditions. An urban street event which captures the spirit and imagination of people living in Cork. It provides the opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities to engage in the culture of their city as visionaries, participants, volunteers, and spectators. The Dragon of Shandon engages, reflects and creates the culture of people living in our City.


The Dragon of Shandon is unique to our city. It puts people at its core, but it also relies on the goodwill of people like you to make it happen. You can help by donating to our Fundit campaign, or by making a donation through our website.

You can help us to bring this amazing celebration of Cork's community spirit and creativity to life.

So go on, be a part of it! The Dragon is calling you!

Feed the Dragon!
Get Involved!

We need volunteers!

Would you like to be a part of this fantastic event?

We are looking for people to get involved with...

...building large-scale props and giant puppets, costume making, performance, lighting, choreography, photography, videography, event co-ordination, stewarding the Festival and taking part in the parade on October 31st.

It takes a lot of work to make a festival this big happen, and we would love to hear from you!

Drop in to our workshop in the IAWS building on Albert Quay, or get in touch –

Call: 021 4212914
Email: info [at]

You can also check out our website and find us on Facebook!

Dragon of Shandon Festival Website
Not only is the Dragon of Shandon returning after a well-deserved hibernation – he's got his own website, too!

Have a look at the dedicated Dragon of Shandon website to find out more about this year's festival and parade, and the local community groups, organisations and individuals involved.

Make sure to like our Facebook page for behind-the-scenes news – the festival program will be revealed in the coming weeks, and you won't want to miss one terrifying moment!
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