After three years of restrictions, the Civic Service and Festival Eucharist at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral as well as the Reception at the Bishop’s Palace to celebrate St Patrick’s Day took place again this year. As in previous years the Bishop of Cork, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton and Mrs Susan Colton, invited nearly 300 representatives of civic and community life in Cork City and County to their home to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The civic attendance was led by Cork’s first citizen, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Deirdre Forde, who is joined by Councillors, former Lords Mayor of Cork, and representatives of the City Council. Also represented were the Defence Forces, the Naval Service, and An Garda Síochána. Members of the Chapter of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in attendance were joined by Father Gerard Dunne, O.P. (Chaplain of University College Cork).
Photos by Gerard McCarthy Photography.