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Christmas lights turned on in Cork city centre

2010 City Centre Lights

Pictured at the switching-on of Cork's city centre Christmas lights are (l-r) Seán Murphy, vice-chairman Cork Business Assocation, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael O' Connell and Conor Healy, Chief Executive Cork Chamber.

The Christmas lights were turned on in Cork city centre by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Michael O’Connell on Friday last, November 12th accompanied by the Lady Mayoress and business leaders Conor Healy of Cork Chamber and  Donal Healy of the Cork Business Association.

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor outlined how the switching-on of the lights lifted morale in the city:

"It is always a pleasure to be involved in something as festive and as positive as the switching-on of the Christmas lights. I have always felt that regardless of other matters affecting us, seeing the lights on in the city centre brings a tone of hope and positivity in the dark winter nights," the Lord Mayor said.

Cork Chamber chief executive Conor Healy said supporting retailer outlets in the city was never so important. He urged people not to go abroad on shopping trips and to spend locally.

"People need to do this to ensure the safety of their own jobs and those of their relatives and friends," Mr Healy said.

His sentiments were echoed by his counterpart in Cork Business Association (CBA) Donal Healy.

"Buying locally and buying local produce is so important in the current economic climate to protect employment. Cork City has so much to offer at any time, but it is a must-do to visit at Christmas time for stress- free shopping in a traditional festive environment," Mr Healy said. 

On Friday November 26th  the switching-on of the Christmas lights at Grand Parade and  the opening of the award-winning Christmas Market will take place

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