A free event with live music, storytelling, children’s entertainment and more will take place in Cork City this Sunday

THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend a huge free event featuring live music, spoken word, storytelling, children’s entertainment, workshops and wellness activities taking place at Fitzgerald’s Park this sunday.

In partnership with the Cork Mental Health Foundation, Joy In The Park is described as a “celebration of life, while highlighting the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing by bringing the community together”. The family-friendly inaugural event, which runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., features a diverse range of activities including tai chi, meditation, sensory experiences and entertainment from the Circus Factory and Cork Puppetry Company. There will also be live musical performances from John Spillane, Cork Pops Ensemble, Jerry Fish and Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers.

The afternoon will also include a program of poetry, spoken word and storytelling, featuring acclaimed Cork writer Conal Creedon.

Health Foundation in May. The event takes place on Sunday. Included are Martin Ryan, HSE Connecting For Life; Brendan McCarthy, Cork Mental Health Foundation; Linda Pluvier, Joy in the Park; Gabriel Rossi, Cork Circus Factory; Eimear Hallahan (saxophone) Rebel Brass and Luca Andreoni (sousaphone) Rebel Brass. Photo: Brian Lougheed” title=”Former Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher at the launch of Joy In The Park in partnership with the Cork Mental Health Foundation in May. The event takes place on Sunday. Included are Martin Ryan, HSE Connecting For Life; Brendan McCarthy, Cork Mental Health Foundation; Linda Pluvier, Joy in the Park; Gabriel Rossi, Cork Circus Factory; Eimear Hallahan (saxophone) Rebel Brass and Luca Andreoni (sousaphone) Rebel Brass. Photo: Brian Lougheed” class=”card-img”/>
Former Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher at the launch of Joy In The Park in partnership with the Cork Mental Health Foundation in May. The event takes place on Sunday. Included are Martin Ryan, HSE Connecting For Life; Brendan McCarthy, Cork Mental Health Foundation; Linda Pluvier, Joy in the Park; Gabriel Rossi, Cork Circus Factory; Eimear Hallahan (saxophone) Rebel Brass and Luca Andreoni (sousaphone) Rebel Brass. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Joy In The Park will balance a sense of fun with connection and understanding, while raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing through an engaging program of wellbeing activities offered by the HSE/Cork Kerry Community team Healthcare Community Work Health Action Zone and a number of community organizations and groups including Shine, MyMind.org, GROW, Cork Counseling Services and Jigsaw.

They will be joined by Pieta, Samaritans, Shine A Light, National Learning Network and Aware.ie who will be present at the event as part of the support center, offering support and information throughout the afternoon.

Attendees are advised that parking on Mardyke Walk will be restricted to residents and blue badge holders only on that day.

There is very little parking around Fitzgerald Park, and the public is encouraged to use public transportation or walk, as the park is within walking distance of the city. The public is encouraged to bring picnics to the event. Food and refreshments will also be on sale in the park.

See https://joyinthepark.com/ for details.

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