Christmas lights are to be switched on in towns across Cork County on Thursday as part of a campaign to brighten up people’s lives in the face of the ongoing pandemic and give people some festivity to look forward to.
The decision, which was taken by the Council’s executive along with the Mayor, Mary Linehan Foley, met some resistance on Monday from councillors with some expressing concern at the six week build up to Christmas.
Independent Councillor Danny Collins said he respected the great work the council had done throughout the pandemic, but said it was too early for Christmas lights.
“What I am asking is Cork County Council would hold out until November 26. We have to think of our businesses, and parents, switching on the lights is way too early and I think six weeks prior to Christmas is too much. Don’t prolong Christmas, because Christmas can be a tough time for a lot of people out there, I’m asking the council to reconsider this.
“Please hold out to the 26 November, when businesses are set to reopen on December 6 and this will be a great boost for them and hopefully things will come back to some bit of a norm.”
Independent Councillor Frank Roche supported his colleague and said people are under particular financial strain at the moment and with kids, if Christmas is drawn out it will put additional burden on them.
Independent Councillor and County Mayor Mary Linehan Foley disagreed with the sentiments voiced and said she was in full agreement of turning on the lights on November 12.
“I feel that any bit of happiness and brightness that we can bring to people should be done. It was a joint agreement between the Chief Executive and myself that we would bring it forward for one year only if needs be.
“It was a decision we all took. I know in my own town people are so looking forward to Christmas. We need some bit of brightness and festivity”
The lights will be turned on at 7pm on Thursday November 12.