Choristers and dancers from around the world arrive in Cork for a festival which the American Ambassador will not be opening.

A challenging year for the Cork Choral Festival means it has no state funding, three American choirs have pulled our and the US Ambassador is no longer available to open the event. Despite these trials, the festival went ahead. 

To get things going the festival began with a parade through Cork city centre and singing in the streets. Funding for the festival came in the form of £20,000 raised from local business sponsorship. The formal flag raising ceremony marked the beginning of the five-day festival tracing the a history going back to An Tóstal. 

An RTÉ News report by Tom McSweeney broadcast on 30 April 1986.