On January 8th 2005 an extraordinary thing happened in Cork. It stopped raining. During a miraculous break in a horrible weather pattern, 100,000 people took to the streets to celebrate the beginning of Cork's tenure as European Capital of Culture.
Kick-starting with that extraordinary weekend in January, the city celebrated its long-awaited year in the spotlight with an extraordinary programme of cultural activity spanning theatre and dance; architecture, design and visual arts; music; sport; film, media and sound; festivals; literature, publications and conferences.
Across the year over one million people, seven times the city's population, attended official Cork 2005 events as local and international audiences turned out to experience the Cork 2005 programme. Read more >>