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The 6th Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade


Welcome to the first Dragon of Shandon Newsletter which we will be issuing on a weekly basis in the run up to this year's parade.  Now in its 6th year the dragon has grown from from a small community celebration of Halloween into Munster's largest river and street parade with over 400 participants involved.  The evening parade is the result of an extensive outreach and participatory programme that spans several months of workshops with youth groups, the community and voluntary sector, schools and voluntary participants.  Participating groups this year include Shandon Cairde Youth Club,  Blarney Street Youth groups, Buttera (Butter Exchange Brass Band), Meithal Mara,  Naomhoga Chorcai, North Presentation Primary School, Cope Foundation, CIT Carnival Samba, The Firkin Crane, Easons Hill Women’s Friendship Club, Dowtcha Puppets,  North Mon, North Presentation and St Vincent's School Completion Programmes as well as Adult volunteers, stewards and Cork Community Art Link staff.


Voluntary Participation Programme

Working with large numbers of participants is at the heart of each annual Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.

Each year up to 100 individuals take part in our voluntary participation programme learning skills in prop making, mask and costumes, project development and event management.  
Some volunteer a couple of hours on the day of the event, others have a longer term engagement spanning several months.
Many  return on an annual basis from 
IrelandEurope and beyond and leave each year equipped with new skills, learning and friends gained during the course of the project.

Latest News

Mask Making Workshops

When Mondays 5-7PM 
How much 5 € / Free for unemployed
Where Cork Community Art Link
107 Shandon Street, Cork City

Street Performance workshops

When Tuesdays 7-9PM (starting soon)
How much Free drop in sessions
Where Cork Community Art Link
107 Shandon Street, Cork City

Dowtcha Puppets

Cork based puppetry company established in 2002 by Cliff Dolliver and Mick Lynch, Dowtcha Puppets will be another beautiful collaborator to this years event.

Their work could be seen at:

Giant Puppets & Prop making workshops

When Monday to Friday 10AM to 5PM 
How much Free drop in sessions
Where Cork Community Art Link
107 Shandon Street, Cork City

Alan Corbett

Cork based talented illustrator, comics artist and graphic novelist, Alan Corbett, joins the team of the Dragon of Shandon, to create visuals that will be used to promote the Samahin parade.

His work can be seen at:

We are looking for volunteers in the following area: construction and making, masks and costumes, documentation, photography, video, music, percussion and sound, event management, promotions, lighting, logistics and security on the night.

Interested? Get in touch with us.
Tel. 021 42 12 914.
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