“As Lord Mayor of Cork, I am honoured to support the Cork Chinese New Year Festival, also known as the ‘Spring Festival’ or ‘Lunar New Year’. Cork became the first Irish city to twin with a Chinese city in 2005 when it began its valued relationship with Shanghai. Since then, Cork City has entered Partnership agreements with Hangzhou, Wuxi, and Shenzhen. Cork City Council are proud of our connections with China and, additionally, proud that many people from China have chosen to live in our city. I was honoured as Lord Mayor just last November to lead a delegation to Shanghai and to have the opportunity to experience the magnificent culture of China first hand.

This festival is one of the most important and widely celebrated expressions of Chinese Culture and my best wishes to all those celebrating in Cork. I wish you all a Happy New Year of the Dragon”.

The Lord Mayor Of Cork, Cllr: Kieran MCarthy

Join Us 
8th to 24th February 2024

Have you something to contribute ?

Join us for this Multi Cultural / Multi Faith event : Contact Us by email corkchinesenewyear@gmail.com or phone + 353 89 4717922

Become a Sponsor

This is truly a community coming together to support each other. You can sponsor this event in a number of ways, financially, energetically or by a gifting / loaning us the resources needed to make everything happen EG Chairs, Microphones, Tables paper plates & cups etc 

Call Mary on 089 4717922 to sponsor or just make a donation 

Our Sponsors

NEWS: Due to a fire at our venue location Corks Unitarian Church for the Multi Cultural – Multi Faith 1000 Lamp Ritual / Musical Gala on the 24th of February, we will be hosting this event now @


The Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance have coreographed a Dragon Dance which will be performed at several locations

 The 2024 Spring Gala of UCC Confucius Institute is just around the corner! This year, the UCC Confucius Institute delighted to welcome the professional performance team from Inner Mongolia Cultural Tourism Investment Group. The gala features not only splendid programs but also a lineup of talented performers, promising to present an audiovisual feast for all.

With a career spanning over 40 years, Declan Sinnott has played guitar and produced music for Irish folk luminaries such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sinead Lohan and John Spillane to name but a few. He was a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts – two of the most influential trad /electric bands in Ireland, and spent 13 years guiding Mary Black’s career, producing the majority of her music. Since the year 2000 Declan has been guitarist and producer to Christy Moore, who was recently named as Ireland’s greatest living musician in RTÉ’s ‘People of the Year Awards


Year of the Dragon 2024: Join us on the 24th of February and light a candle and make a wish on this Multi Faith Multi Cultural evening.

We will light 1000 candles and pray for Peace, Luck & Good Fortune for everyone. We have many wonderful musicians lined up as we join together as a community. We always honour all faith traditions and this year as the world tethers on the brink of an expanding war and refugee crisis we are holding a Multi Faith Ritual on the Full Moon, 24th of February 2024. It will be on a Saturday evening at The Marina Market in Cork  

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals in Chinese culture. It marks the beginning of the lunar new year and is a time for family reunions, cultural festivities, and the welcoming of a new year with hope and optimism.

Does your Chinese Zodiac sign influence how 2024 will be for you? 

Dragon, Dog, Ox, Sheep/Goat 

An Tai Sui Dharma Rite: Extinguish Spiritual Obstacles, Alleviate Disasters and Suffering.

Make Peace with the Forthcoming Year… In Chinese astrology every year is governed by a zodiac sign. Your luck, success, and prosperity is affected by the ruling zodiac sign of the current year. If your personal zodiac sign does not have a favorable relationship with the sign of the current year, it can cause challenging circumstances throughout the year. This protective, life-enhancing prayer ceremony is of exclusive benefit to those born under any of the four zodiac signs that are in conflict with or offending the upcoming year’s ruling sign, and registering on the An Tai Sui beneficiary list. Those born under the “offending” Lunar zodiac animal signs are strongly recommended to register for the An Tai Sui Dharma Rite.

This ceremony extinguishes personal spiritual obstacles, and creates good spiritual cause for overflowing financial resources; extinguishes disasters, suffering, and difficulties.

Candles have been used for centuries they in sacred ceremonies. Buddhist monks light them while meditating in temples. Jews celebrate with them for Hanukkah. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas with the light of the fire. In many cultures and religions, lighting candles is a symbol of faith, miracle, enlightenment, peace, concentration, life-giving power, and joy.

There will be several time slots available to visit this event and depending on the demand for tickets we are working out these time slots but in general 6pm to 6.30pm and 7pm to 7.30pm come light a candle, listen to some music / chanting, make a wish, have a cuppa, 7.15pm to 9pm Multifaith Prayer dedication & opening by Cork City Lord Mayor Cllr Kirean McCarthy, chanting ritual by Hanmi Esoteric Buddhists

9.15pm until late musical programme

People will be welcome to come for one two or all timeslots…. put the date in your diary book your place 

Nastaran: Indian and Afghani Classical Music

Hamid Wentzel

with Dara O’Brien

& Omkar Vaze

The Fresh Air Collective are a Cork based world music trio who play a rich variety of tunes and songs from around the globe. South American, Balkan, Klezmer and Irish..on accordion, violin, guitar and voice.

Edel Sullivan, Ruti Lachs and Eileen Healy have been playing together in various combos for many years.

Bhavana Anand is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and founder of Urdhva school of Art & Culture, she holds Vidwat in Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi and a diploma in yoga training. Bhavana accords the pride of place to performance and has given a number of Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi recitals at various dance festivals within Ireland and internationaly


Bhavana is currently a dance teacher at the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance in Cork 

Photo: David Creedon 

The personality traits of people born in the year of the dragon are: charismatic, intelligent, confident, powerful and they are naturally lucky and gifted. In everything that they do, they tend to do it to the best of their ability with high standards. Famous Dragons include: 

Joan of Arc – Leader.

Boris Johnson – British Prime Minister.

Julius Caesar – Roman dictator.

Adele – British Singer and Songwriter.

Bruce Lee – actor, martial artist.

Liam Neeson – actor,

Keanu Reeves – actor.

Jack Dorsey – Twitter founder, philathropist.

Ringo Starr – musician.

John Lennon – musican

Martin Luther King Jr – leader

Rihanna – Singer

Jason Butler is a Singer, guitar player and songwriter based in Cork City Ireland. His Debut EP “In The City ” is available on all streaming platforms including I Tunes, Deezer and Spotify.” In The City” is also available as a music video on You Tube and Vimeo, which includes scenes of Cork City Centre. He is currently a 4th Year student in Cork School of Music MTU in Bachelor of Popular Music. Jason began writing songs, making poems and pictures in his early teens and went on to the Crawford College of Art And Design to do a BA in Fine Art. Jason’s songs highlight love, evoke joy and angst whilst delving into memories happy, sad or mysterious. Jason has supported well-known Irish acts in the past such as Aslan and the much-loved Cork band Fred. He has received praise from RTE Studios in Cork and is a rising star.

Buddha Relic Blessing

Relics can purify an incredible amount of negative karma.

Relics are the Enlightened Beings means for passing on blessings of their body, speech and mind.

Supported By 

This is truly a community coming together to support each other as the Creative & Spiritual community in Cork often do. The performers, orgsanisers and volunteers are giving their time and energy. Various organisations are helping us with tables & chairs etc and all the things needed for an event like this. You can sponsor this event in a number of ways, financially, energetically or by gifting / loaning us the resources needed to make everything happen.

Hanmi Buddhist Association
Cork Unitarian Church
Jambhala Temple
Nano Nagle Place
Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance

A HUGE Thank You to our Sponsors & Supporters without which we could not have made this event happen

Thomas Coughlan & Co. Solicitors provides a complete legal service. We are committed to representing clients at all levels of legal practice and we engage in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm represents clients in all Courts and Tribunals.

Our main areas of practice are Immigration & International Protection Law, Personal Injury Actions, Criminal Defence and Family Law. We also represent clients in Employment Law matters and Disability Act cases.

Luxury 4-Star Cork Hotel

Your Riverside Hotel in Cork City: The Kingsley is a luxury four star hotel in Cork and is home to The Free Breakfast. Just minutes walk from Cork City centre, the Kingsley Hotel is ideal for business or as a base to explore the surrounding area.

Welcome to the Marina Market. A community growing and evolving in the heart of Cork City.

The Marina Market has over 35 amazing food & drink vendors, creating our diverse, unique food offering.

From the classics like coffee shops and wood-fired pizza to cuisines from around the world like Lebanese falafel and Korean fried chicken, there is something for everyone at the Marina Market!

Contact: Email corkchinesenewyear@gmail.com  

Phone Mary O Connor 089 4717922