George Hook chosen as grand marshal of Cork St Patrick’s Day parade

Lord Mayor says Hook’s passionate pride in Cork makes him ideal candidate to lead city’s parade

Broadcaster and rugby pundit, George Hook has been chosen as grand marshal for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Cork, the city's Lord Mayor, Mary Shields has confirmed. Ms Shields confirmed that Hook, who grew up on Albert Road, has accepted an invitation to lead St Patrick's Day Parade through the city centre.

“George Hook, a national broadcaster, author, humanitarian and ambassador, is a passionate Cork native who embraces his culture and nationality,” Ms Shields said. “This makes him an ideal grand marshal for this year’s parade, which centres on culture as its theme.”

Hook, who presents The Right Hook on Newstalk, spoke of his honour at being selected to lead the parade in his native city. "As a proud Cork man, I am most honoured to be part of the city's St Patrick's Day parade."

"It is vital that we keep alive the important traditions and festivals of our nation," he said, "and I am delighted to partake in the unique celebration of our country's patron saint." Hook's selection as grand marshal for Cork's parade this year follows his selection last year to give the oration at the Michael Collins Commemoration at Béal na mBláth. He first came to national prominence for his outspoken rugby punditry.


The St Patrick's Day Parade marks the culmination of a festival in Cork which runs from Saturday, March 14th, to Tuesday, March 17th. The festival, which is organised by Cork City Council, will feature a host of events including the parade, the food market, street performances and a festival food map. It also includes traditional live music as part of the Lee Sessions and the newest addition to the programme, the St Paddy's Night Fleadh at the Cork Opera House.

There will be a live streaming of the parade for those who cannot attend. The link will be available on

Barry Roche

Barry Roche

Barry Roche is Southern Correspondent of The Irish Times