Ruti Lachs and Eileen Healy of Fresh Air Collective performing at The Workshop Cafe in Ballygarvan. They will perform during the Cork Co Co Pops Festival. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Pop out for a summer of fun!

Summer’s not over yet! More than 120 live outdoor performances are set to bring all types of music all over Cork over the next two months.

Cork Co Co Pops will feature theatre and spoken word performances along with all sorts of musical offerings from trad to rock, classical and opera throughout the county.

This week the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan launched Cork Co Co Pops which will feature the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery, Doneraile Arts Festival and Clonakilty Guitar Festival.

There will be concerts in parks, cafes, markets and beaches in locations such as Roberts Cove, Mitchelstown Square, Main Street Macroom and Youghal with the majority of events free of charge.

Among the performances will be Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery playing in O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Park in Skibbereen while Aine Duffy will perform in her converted horsebox The Duffbox in Garylucas.

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, Cork Co Co Pops is an expansive programme of events provided by Cork County Council to support performers and bring live events to local communities.

Mayor of County Cork Cllr Gillian Coughlan said: “Cork Co Co Pops marks a very welcome return to live performance. It will be a great boost to both performers, audiences and communities. It is wonderful to see live events in places you wouldn’t traditionally see them such as Rocky Bay beach. Cork Pops Orchestra will also be entertaining residents outside care homes throughout the county. There truly is something for all ages and tastes.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey also highlighted how Covid-19 has had a significant impact on performers and venues: “While there have been a number of fantastic virtual events, we all miss the atmosphere of a live performance and have come to truly value the importance of Arts and Culture in our lives. Supporting the arts continues to be a priority for Cork County Council and Cork Co Co Pops is a real demonstration of how we continue the reopening of our towns and villages following a very difficult year.”

While Cork County Council is encouraging everyone to enjoy the performances, attendees are asked to adhere to public health guidelines, to maintain social distancing and to remain in their pods for their own safety and for the safety of others.

To find out more about Cork Co Co Pops visit