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Lord Mayor welcomes Cork’s city centre Purple Flag win

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, has welcomed the city centre’s retention of its prestigious Purple Flag award. The international accreditation, awarded by the Association of Cities and Towns Management, celebrates excellence in night-time economy and has to be renewed every two years. In August, independent assessors came to the city again to evaluate the city centre under a number of criteria including the quality of the offering at night, ease of movement through the city centre and the level of partnership across the city.

Some of the assesors’ comments in approving the city’s renewal include:

"The arts and cultural offering was impressive and the offering of ancillary bars and cafes in each location was very evident and no doubt an ingredient to attracting footfall. Many diverse offerings of food outlets with good occupancy of customers were observed during the assessment, of all ages"

"The vibrant ‘Victorian Quarter’ and its diverse mix of bars, restaurants and cafes offering food in addition to the supporting arts offering must be commended".

"During the visit to the retail areas, they were all busy with good footfall with passionate staff who completely encapsulated the Purple Flag initiative"

"The city was very walkable and the success of the public bike scheme was also very evident on the night".

"Overall willingness to invest and expand in the city was evident and makes for a promising future for many areas of the evening and night time economy, including retail, hotels, hospitality, arts and culture".

Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “The award reaffirms that Cork is a destination not to be missed. There is great enthusiasm by all stakeholders in the city to want to continuously improve on what is currently on offer and achieving the Purple Flag status for a second time is a credit to those who work tirelessly to make the area appealing for an evening out”.

City Centre Co-ordinator with Cork City Council, Paul Mc Guirk added:  “This is a great achievement for the city centre. The businesses together with key stakeholders such as the Gardai, Cork City Council, Cork Chamber and Cork Business Association continue to work hard to ensure that it remains a city comparable with the best. I’d like to thank all the businesses and venues who accommodated the assessors on the night of the assessment and showed them just how vibrant the city is in the evening.”

To celebrate the accreditation, Cork City Hall will be illuminated purple for Purple Flag weekend on October 6 -8  and several night time venues will proudly fly the Purple Flag.

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