Profile of Current Lord Mayor


Councillor Kieran McCarthy, Ardmhéara Chorcaí

Lord Mayor's biography

The new Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy was elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Cork City Council on 23rd June 2023.

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, Árdmhéara Chorcaí, is from Ballinlough and was elected to Cork City Council in June 2009, May 2014 and May 2019 as an Independent City Councillor representing the South East Ward. 

He sits on the Roads and Transportation Strategic Policy Committee, the Culture, Community and Place-Making Strategic Policy Committee, the City Council’s Arts Committee, Heritage Forum, and the Commemorations Committee.

The Lord Mayor is a member of the European Committee of the Regions (COR - an opinion body of local authorities and regional assemblies) to the European Parliament. He holds membership of the CoR’s Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) and also sits on the CoR’s COTER Commission (Cohesion Policy and Territorial Development) with interests in the role and voice of small cities within the EU and the EU Urban Agenda.

The Lord Mayor holds a PhD in Geography from the National University of Ireland Cork. He is a historical walking tour guide of Cork for 30 years. He is the author of 30 books on Cork history and has written an annual column with the Cork Independent since 1999. His commitment to instilling a sense of pride in the community and heritage is demonstrated through his involvement in a well-established school project currently running in Cork. The ‘Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project’, was founded by him in 2003 and is now annually implemented in 25 schools across the city. Learn more about Kieran's heritage work here,