Come with Cisco to Cork, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day!

March 14, 2012 - 12 Comments

For the first time ever, Cisco will be linking the sister cities of San Francisco and Cork, Ireland live via TelePresence for St. Patrick’s Day!

Revelers attending the annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day parade will be able to watch live performances from the Christchurch in Cork on their cellphones and 3G/4G-enabled tablets live in the Civic Center Plaza outside City Hall in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, attendees at the Triskel Arts Center at Christchurch in Cork will be able to see the San Francisco St. Paddy’s Day parade as it winds its way from Market St and arrives at the Civic Center, where the Irish Flag was raised at City Hall last Friday.  City Hall will be bathed in green light on Saturday to celebrate!

Folks who prefer to enjoy a Murphy’s or two at home on St. Patrick’s Day can tune in via their web browser and watch the full experience of the two hour festival. Video from the event will be streamed live via the Cisco Ustream channel, so that anyone around the globe can watch the festivities!

The Lord Mayor of Cork Terry Shannon will kick off the broadcast on Saturday, March 17, at 1 pm PT (8 pm local Cork time) with co-chair of the SF – Cork Sister City Committee Jim Herlihy as our host in San Francisco.

Next, attendees in SF will enjoy a live performance of traditional Irish dance, music and song by Pulses of Tradition direct from Cork until the performances conclude at 3 pm PT. The performance features world class musicians and singers from acclaimed Irish traditional groups such as Buille, Liadan, North Cregg, and Nomos, along with breathtaking dancers, including students from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick.

Want a preview of what St. Patrick’s Day in Cork looks like? Check it out!

Download the Ustream app today for the best mobile viewing experience on Saturday if you plan to attend the Parade in San Francisco. If you are looking for a ticket to the live performance in Cork, there are still a limited number available here.

And here are a couple of pictures of the newly remodeled Christchurch in Cork to whet your appetite:

We hope you can join us in celebrating a very special St. Patrick’s Day! Sláinte!

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  1. Cork is supposed to be fabulous. Even better and friendlier than Dublin – if that’s possible!

  2. Did Cisco pay for the trip to cork? anyway I didn’t know that SF sister city is cork (smaller city)

    • No – there wasn’t any trip to Cork from SF.. The whole event was broadcasted using Cisco TelePresence so high definition video was transmitted from both cities over the Internet precisely to avoid people having to travel from one city to the other to experience the events that happened concurrently in both cities. San Francisco has several sister city relationships including cities such as Bangalore, Shanghai and Cork in Ireland.

  3. Great videoclip. I have never been to Cork. The town, people and pictures are great. I love it.

  4. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day sounds appealing to me! I love festivities especially if there are live performances that audiences can enjoy. I really hope that in the future I can attend this wonderful event!

  5. I’m sure that I have Irish blood in me … somewhere. This is great…have a wonderful time this weekend!

  6. I’m from Cork and was just in Christchurch the other day. It really does look great since they renovated it. I enjoyed the video of the Irish dancers. Will get the Ustream app and tune in if I can’t make it to the parade myself.

    • Looking forward to seeing you Chris – and if not please do get the app and enjoy the show! And Catherine – on Saturday we’re all Irish for the day at least!

  7. Read more about how San Francisco is going “green” on St. Patrick’s Day: