Cork's frontline workers urge people to stay safe and be responsible ahead of Bonfire Night

Cork's frontline workers urge people to stay safe and be responsible ahead of Bonfire Night
Cork's frontline workers are asking the public to stay safe this Bonfire Night.

Cork City Council, Cork City Fire Brigade and An Garda Síochána are asking the people of Cork to be responsible on Bonfire Night which takes place tomorrow night.

The city’s frontline workers have made an appeal via video to the people of Cork, asking the public to be responsible and not light bonfires.

Instead, they are asking that the public stay at home and enjoy entertainment provided by Cork City Council.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, David Spillett said: “Safety is our number one priority and our advice would always be not to light bonfires and instead participate in any of the Council-led events for that night, as it is a much safer way to celebrate the night.” 

He said that over the last 10 years, Bonfire Night has proved a “difficult and challenging” night for crews.

“We continue to work closely with An Garda Siochana, other sections of Cork City Council and volunteer groups, to educate and involve local communities in a bid to keep them as safe as possible, and to keep the number of incidents of deliberate fires as low as possible,” he said.

In light of current Covid 19 restrictions this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations have been re-imagined and people can tune into Cork City Council’s YouTube channel at 7pm for a performance by the Corcadorca Theatre Company.

An additional special surprise performance is scheduled to take place on the YouTube channel at 9.30pm.

Sandra O'Meara from Cork City Council’s Community Culture and Placemaking Directorate said she is “really looking forward to connecting with communities virtually” but that she will “miss the buzz of the summer fun nights”.

Community Arts Coordinator at Cork City Council’s Arts Office, Siobhán Clancy, said: “It is thanks to the support of local communities that we are on our path to recovery from the Covid 19 crisis. In recognition of that, and of the many ways young people in particular have contributed, we are delighted to offer this online treat.

“The night’s entertainment will showcase some of the best talent and creativity demonstrated in Cork City despite this time of challenge. And you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your own home,” she said.

People are invited to share your safe fun night with Cork City Council by using the hashtag #CorkSummerFun on social media.

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