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Cork will light up for Christmas this Sunday

Brendan O'Connor Glows with pride at invitation to turn on Cork’s Christmas lights on Sunday 17 November at 6pm

Brendan O'Connor, star of The Saturday Night Show and native of Bishopstown, is glowing with pride after being invited to turn on the Christmas lights in his home city of Cork, alongside Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Lorraine Kingston, this Sunday 17th November.

Thousands of lights will be switched on across the city at 6.30pm and hundreds are expected to flock into the city centre for this highlight of the Cork Christmas calendar. 

The highly anticipated ‘turning on of the lights’ ceremony is getting an extra sprinkle of festive cheer with performance starting at 6.00pm at the Stage in St. Patrick’s Street. Here there will be performance by The Cork Community Project Choir (which is comprised of singers from the COPE Foundation, 3 Mayfield based Foróige groups and the Voices of Cork Choir), who will perform songs from their new Christmas Charity CD, ‘A Red and White Christmas’.  All proceeds will go to COPE Foundation and the 3 Mayfield based Foroige Projects. 

Characters from Cork Opera House Christmas Panto, Aladdin and The Everyman Theatre Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, will also be on hand on Sunday to give children a taste of the festive theatrics to come this December in Cork, and of course no Christmas event would be complete without a special visit from Santa Claus.

Commenting on the ceremony, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Lorraine Kingston said, ‘We are delighted that Brendan O'Connor accepted the invitation to switch on Cork’s Christmas lights.   He has been a wonderful ambassador for our city for years, and this really is the icing on the Christmas cake!  The switching on of the lights has become a favourite festive fixture with families in Cork and marks the start of the busiest time of year for our hospitality and business sectors.  Our upcoming festival, Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration, will also cement Cork City as a centre for culture, tourism and retail in the South of Ireland.’

Brendan O’Connor said, “It’s a real honour to be invited home to turn on Cork’s Christmas lights.  I remember looking at these lights in wonder as a child - it’s such a magical time of year and a fantastic evening for all the family. Cork is a city bursting with great people, true character, and buckets of Christmas spirit.”

Cork’s Christmas festival, Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration, kicks off on 29 November and runs until 23 December.  The event will have something for everyone including, local artisan Food Markets, a 30 metre Ferris Wheel with spectacular views over Cork City, a vintage carousel and a mystical fairy village for kids called Tír na Nollag.  As visitors step into this Christmas fairytale, they will be greeted by magical faery inhabitants as they wander around a faery woodland where the Spirit of Christmas lives. The village is in the heart of Cork City in Bishop Lucey Park and will be free of charge for the duration of the Glow festival, opening from 4-8pm for the four weekends in the run up to Christmas.  Music provided by the Cork Community Project will also be played at this enchanted 'faery' village.

If you’re Christmas tree spotting, this year’s impressive Christmas trees will be erected at Bishop Lucey Park, near the monument on Grand Parade, at Triskel Christchurch, outside Murrays on the Grand Parade, at Emmett Place and outside City Hall. A Lifetime Foundation tree will also be raised on the plaza on the South Mall.

It's not just the city centre that will be getting a Christmas tree makeover.  On the Southside, trees will be erected at the Boreenmanna Road, at the Landfill site, the nearby Park and Ride, Mahon, Ballinlough Church and the stunning location of Blackrock Castle. Across the river, the festive firs can be spotted at St. Lukes, Blackpool, Churchfield, Newbury House in Mayfield, Knocknaheeny and finally Farranree Church.

Cork City Council have urged people to leave themselves plenty of time to get into the city centre on Sunday, November 17th for the switch on of the Christmas Lights on Patrick Street at 6.00pm. There may be some traffic delays as crowds gather to kick-start festivities for the Christmas season ahead.

See www.glowcork.ie  or Facebook for more information.  Presented by Cork City Council

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