'On the banks of my own lovely Lee': A video tribute to Cork's cultural scene

Born from a Zoom call between Cork's cultural marketing creatives, many of the city's iconic sights are featured. Picture: Bite design.

A group of Cork's arts and cultural organisations have come together to pay tribute to the city with a poignant video.

Titled: #CorkCultureFromTheCouch, the video displays the finest offerings of Cork city's cultural scene while musician Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick recites "The Banks of my own Lovely Lee" over a winding series of images.

Many of Cork's cultural institutions provided footage and images which singer-songwriter John Blek set to music and Ms O'Leary Fitzpatrick video-edited.

The Cork Arts and Culture Marketing Group came up with the idea for the video after Zoom conversations during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The group said they could not have possibly foreseen the crisis of today.
The group said they could not have possibly foreseen the crisis of today.

Sinéad McCarthy from St. Peter’s Cork said the arts and culture sector has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak but the video was an opportunity to remind the public of what can return.

"We all miss meeting people in our venues and it was natural for us to come together to create this video to reach out to people, to let them know we’re thinking of them and that we’re looking forward to welcoming them back soon,” she said.

“The video could not include a complete list of the arts and cultural organisations in Cork – it would have had to be thirty minutes long," said Gillian Hennessy from Triskel Arts Centre.

But we hope it serves to give a flavour of what Cork offers local and visitors alike.

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