St Patrick’s Day 2022 Civic Service at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

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.

The Bishop welcoming everyone. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal
After two years of absence, representatives of Cork City Council gather in the cathedral grounds before the Civic Service.
A full cathedral for St Patrick’s Day. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal
Susan Colton and Simon Coveney TD at the Civic Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal
The Lord Mayor of Cork Colm Kelleher and representatives of Cork City Council at the Civic Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal

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.

The choir in procession. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal
Bishop, clergy, choir, and congregation. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal

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.

The Bishop together with Deputy Lord Mayor Mary Rose Desmond, former Lord Mayor Donal Counihan, and Simon Coveney TD. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal
The Bishop greeting Commodore Michael Malone and Brigadier General Brian Cleary. Photo: Eoin Murphy @artfotoglobal
The Bishop with Cortado Coffee company after the service.
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