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A Christmas Message from the Lord Mayor of Cork

It is my great honour as Lord Mayor to wish the people of Cork and those visiting the Cork City Council Website Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year.

It is a source of personal and professional pride to see the efforts the City Council, the business community, Share, Rotary and so many others, have made to make the city so attractive and welcoming for the Christmas.

With the dark evenings and the change in the weather the Christmas lights give us all a lift, they brighten the dark winter evenings and put a smile on our faces.  We delight in seeing children enjoy the innocence and excitement of Christmas.

Christmas is a time to remember.

We remember our own childhood and the magic it brought.

We remember our neighbours and our friends.

We remember our loved ones who are no longer with us and whose presence was at the heart of previous Christmases.

We remember family, friends, colleagues who are far away.

As a community we give thanks to those in the many services who look after our wellbeing; the Religious, the health and welfare service, Para-Medical & Ambulance Service, AnGarda Síochána, the Defence Forces and those abroad in Kosovo and Chad and elsewhere and the many communities with their thousands of volunteers continuously giving of their time and efforts for the benefit of others.

Cork is a sharing city, it a marvellous city with its many organisations engaging in community activities. We celebrate and commemorate all traditions, cultures, race and faiths within the city.

The latter part of 2008 was not easy with increasing uncertainty, unemployment and hardship. It is our hope that the tide will turn in 2009, with optimism that it will bring peace, health and happiness.

I wish you all and those near and dear to you, a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Nollaig Shona agus ath-bhliain faoi mhaise díbh go léir. 

Cllr Brian Bermingham, Lord Mayor of Cork

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