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A Christmas Message from the Lord Mayor of Cork

Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy

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

Cork has a history and reputation of pride in its sense of place but at Christmas it seems the efforts the City Council, the business community, Share, Rotary and so many others are redoubled 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. 


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.


Cork is a sharing city and this was never more evident than in its response to our recent flooding crisis. The response at all levels from the emergency services, voluntary groups, City Council staff and the media disseminating critical information in a timely fashion was wonderful to behold. As crises often do, it also brought home the values we have always cherished, that of a sense of community and responsibility for those less fortunate.

Cork celebrates and commemorates all traditions, cultures, race and faiths within the city. As a community we give thanks to those in the many services who look after our wellbeing:

Religious organisations, the HSE, Para-Medical & Ambulance Service, An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, (particularly those abroad in Kosovo, Chad and elsewhere) and the many community organisations with their thousands of volunteers continuously giving of their time and efforts for the benefit of others.

2009 brought uncertainty, unemployment and hardship for many families. Let’s hope that the worst is now behind us and that together we can look forward with a little more optimism to 2010.

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 dhíbh go léir. 

Cllr  Dara Murphy, Lord Mayor of Cork

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