Cork singer/songwriter Jack O'Rourke. Photo: Miki Barlok

Live performances coming to St John’s

A beautiful and historic church in Cork will host a programme of music and arts events over the coming months.

Live at St John's is a new collaboration with St John's Church in Monkstown and local residents Graham White, of well-known duo FreezerRoom, and Pat Kiernan.

The first live event set for the venue will see renowned singer songwriters Jack O'Rourke and All the Queen's Horses perform a double header act on 18 February.

A captivating live performer, Jack O'Rourke is recognised as one of Ireland's greatest contemporary singer/songwriters. He has released a number of acclaimed albums and perfromed all over Ireland. Graham White has written a number of songs with O'Rourke and they were on the road gigging when they came up with the idea of St John's in summer 2022.

All the Queen's Horses is an award winning alternative, indie-folk songwriter project by Sean Murphy based around piano, cello and synth.

St John's is a small gothic revival church, completed in 1832 and dedicated to John the Evangelist.

It is part of the Church of Ireland's Carrigaline Union of Parishes in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross.

The church was built on a site originally donated by Gerard and Daniel Callaghan, at a cost of £950. It was designed by William Hill and built in the early English gothic style of architecture.

The church is still in regular use, with a vibrant community attending services every Sunday at 9.30am. The Monkstown Chamber Choir, a robed choir, sing choral evensong at 7pm on the second Sunday of each month, apart from summer months.

Those who will be attending any of the upcoming shows at St John’s are encouraged to enjoy what Monkstown has to offer with bars, restaurants and cafés all within a short walking distance of the venue.

Monkstown is served by Bus Eireann routes 216 and 223 from Cork city and suburbs.