Earlier today, the annual Festival and Civic Service for St Patrick’s Day was held at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork. After two years of not being able to host this celebration, Bishop Paul Colton invited the Lord Mayor of Cork and Cork City Council politicians, as well as representatives of State agencies, NGOs and Voluntary Groups to finally celebrate St Patrick’s Day together and in person again.
For the first time since Christmas 2019, the full Cathedral Choir was singing at the service. There were forty singers, including girl and boy choristers, Junior Lay Vicars and Adult Lay Vicars Choral.
For over twenty years, the Bishop and his wife Susan would host their annual Saint Patrick’s Day reception at the Bishop’s Palace in Cork, which was also not possible for the past two years. This year, still conscious of the ongoing pandemic, the Bishop arranged for Cortado Coffee to serve hot beverages and cake from their van outside the cathedral after the service.