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Cork’s Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade named Festival of the Year

 Christmas Market 2010

Cork’s Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade was named Festival of the Year by Chamber Ireland’s Local Government Excellence Awards held recently in Dublin.  The awards are made by Chambers Ireland in association with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Awards celebrate excellence in what is a vital area of interest to the chamber movement both locally and nationally.

Bishop Lucey Park is the centre piece of the festive event, with a complete sound and light installation which is free to the public.  Surrounding this were a series of artisan markets, traditional fun fairs and musical performances.  The event attracted in excess of 120,000 in 2009, and opened one week after the city centre was hit by severe flooding. 

Accepting the award on behalf of Cork the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael O’Connell said, ‘This is an event which is free to all, and which provides an opportunity for visitor and resident alike to share in the festive spirit.’   City Manager Tim Lucey welcomed the award, remarking ‘Local government has a key role to play in leading the development of Cork.  Events such as this are economic drivers, but also moments of shared celebration in our public spaces.’

In 2009 the event was supported by Bord Gáis.  John Mullins, Chief Executive welcomed the award and its recognition of this key event for the city.  Details of the 2010 event will be announced shortly, with the opening ceremony planned for Friday, 26th November.

 Chambers Ireland award winners

Pictured at the award ceremony L-R: Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland;  Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael O'Connell, John Gormley T.D. Minister for Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Tim Lucey Cork City Manager.

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