We are launching this event with the generous support of Cork City Council and we hope to grow in the coming years into a week long festival celebrating Chinese Culture in the New Multi Cultural Ireland of the 21st Century
Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan
“As Lord Mayor, I am absolutely delighted to voice my support for Cork City Chinese New Year Festival or ‘Spring Festival’, as it is better known in China.
Cork City continues to build mutually beneficial relationships both locally and internationally with China. The twinning of Cork City and Shanghai is a particular part of that relationship which continues to flourish. I was truly honoured to lead a Cork City delegation to Shanghai as my first international visit. Experiencing Chinese culture at first hand is something I shall cherish as one of the highlights of my year as Lord Mayor.
Chinese New Year Celebrations is an important expression of Chinese Culture and we hope the Chinese people living, studying and working here in the City will experience a little bit of home during the period of the events to mark it. I wish the organisers every success and Cork City Council, through its Community, Culture and Placemaking Directorate and in particular, its Social Inclusion Unit are delighted to support such an initiative in cultural expression. These events will add additional colour and vibrancy to our City in this the year of the Rat. I hope all who participate have a wonderful time”.
Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan.
Cork’s First Chinese New Year Festival was held in 2019
H.E. YUE XIAOYONG, AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO IRELAND
On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese government and the people, extend my best wishes to the Emerald Irish nation and all members of the Chinese community in Ireland. 2019 is the Lunar Year of the Pig, symbolizing prosperity, happiness and good health.
While in the year of the singing Dog the land of China and the island of Ireland both enjoyed new achievements, in the year of the golden Pig the friendship and cooperation will be further elevated for sure.
In the spirit of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, China International Import Expo has earned strong support and active participation by our Irish friends and partners with great success and proud achievements. As our President Xi Jinping proclaimed, China’s door will keep open even wider, which will certainly bring better and more huge opportunities for all of us.
Looking ahead in 2019, China and Ireland will join hand in hand to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our diplomatic ties, a milestone for our friendship and a new beginning for our bilateral ties with a future brighter than ever.
I wish everybody a joyful and fruitful New Year of the Pig!
Lord Mayor of Cork
It is with immense pleasure I write these words of support for the first official Chinese New Year Festival to be held in Cork City. Cork has enjoyed a great relationship with cities in China and indeed has a vibrant Chinese community Leeside who have played an integral role in our communities since the opening up of Irish-China 40 years ago in 1979.
On a recent trip to Shanghai and Wuxi, I saw at first hand the strength of the partnerships that have been built up over time. I want to acknowledge the work of those involved in organising this event and taking the initiative which will celebrate this anniversary and continue to strengthen links.
The ‘Spring Festival’, as it is better known in China, is a time to celebrate new beginnings for the Chinese people. My hope for this festival is that it is a new beginning also for us here in Cork City in increasing and developing new connections with our Chinese citizens and their visitors. Cork City Council is delighted to be associated with and supportive of this important event in the Chinese calendar which forms an integral part of our Social Inclusion policy.
2019 is the ‘Year of the Pig’ I offer my best wishes and those of the people of Cork City to all for wealth and prosperity.
CLLR. MIKE FINN
Cllr. 麦克 芬恩
Lord Mayor of Cork
Cork City Council through it’s Shape Your City Initiative and the Atlantic Social Lab project will be participating in the Chinese New Year Festival in Nano Nagel Place. City Council staff will be available to inform new residents to Cork about their right to vote in local elections. If you would like to register to vote then you can obtain and take a registration form away with you on the day. Council staff will explain how to complete the form and the additional steps that you need to take to successfully register your vote.
This voter registration initiative has already gathered strong interest at other events and explains simply how to sign up for your vote.
Nano Nagle Place 纳诺·纳格尔 广场
Nano Nagle Place is Cork’s newest hertiage attraction dedicated to celebrating Nano Nagle’s educational, community inclusion and spiritual vision for a contemporary world.
纳诺·纳格尔 广场是科克最新的遗产建筑景点，致力于庆祝内诺 内格尔 对当代世界的教育、社区包容和精神愿景
Set with nearly four acres of walled grounds Nano Nagle Place is a sacred place that aims to be: the best heritage centre in Cork by telling the inspirational story of Nano Nagle & the Presentation Sisters; a welcoming and inclusive oasis of beauty, ecology, reflection and spirituality; a vibrant community and education facility; and a developing cultural hub celebrating and playing host to Cork’s diverse, talented & creative artists, writers, poets and musicians.
纳诺·纳格尔 广场占地近4英亩，是一个神圣的地方，其目标是：通过讲述内诺 内格尔和展示姐妹们的励志故事，成为科克最好的遗产建筑中心；一个美丽、生态、反思和灵性的欢迎和包容的绿洲；一个充满活力的社区和教育设施；以及一个发展中的文化中心庆祝和演奏科克的多样化，才华横溢和创造性的艺术家，作家，诗人和音乐家。
Hosting the Chinese New Year celebrations in partnership with the Hanmi Chinese Esoteric Buddhist School and Cork City Council is a real honour for Nano Nagle Place and a perfect example of our championing of community engagement and interfaith dialogue.
Shane Clark CEO of Nano Nagle Place 谢恩·克拉克 纳诺·纳格尔 广场 首席执行官
Cork Chinese Esoteric Buddhist School 科克中国密宗佛学学校
The Chinese Esoteric School of Buddhism or Han Mi 漢密 traces its lineage to Sakyamuni Buddha. It continues down to Nagarjuna, Nagrjuna to Nagabodhi, Nagabodhi to Vajrabodhi, Vajrabodhi to Amoghavajra, and Amoghavajra to Huisu. The lineage continues down to Huitong, Huitong to Huiling, Huiling to Dechan Jueren.
Mary P O Connor met Dechan Jueren in Essex in the winter of 2007 and invited him to Cork where she took refuge, and so the teachings were brought to Ireland.
Mary P O Connor was ordained Vajra Acharya in China in 2010, and the Cork Chinese Esoteric Buddhist Centre was established in 2011. A native Corkonian, Mary P O Connor has long had a connection to Nano Nagle starting with her grandmother Hanorah and has had many profound experiences while meditating in Nano Nagle’s gardens.
The Chinese New Year 1000 Lamps Ceremony is steeped in Chinese Tradition & History and Cork Chinese Esoteric Buddhist School are delighted to be able to partner with Nano Nagle Place in 2019 to bring this aspect of Chinese Culture to a wider audience.
The students of Hanmi must learn to forgive everyone, to respect everyone, to help everyone, and to give happiness to everyone while bearing the disaster and pain alone.
Hanmi practitioners aspire to know oneself, change oneself and conquer oneself.
Wisdom is that which cannot be given to you but can only be revealed by realisation.
“Although our Meditations & Teachings are taken from a Buddhist Tradition they are not religious non-denominational and are open to all sentient beings”
Mary P O Connor: Director of Cork Chinese Esoteric Buddhist School