Lord Mayor begins a nine-day tour of United States

Lord Mayor begins a nine-day tour of United States
Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn will visit New York, San Francisco and Florida. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Lord Mayor Mick Finn has embarked on a nine-day US trip, stopping in New York, San Francisco, and Florida.

Accompanied by a City Hall official, he will attend the Rockaway Parade — an annual invitation for Cork’s First Citizen.

He will then attend a brunch organised by the Cork community in New York.

He will then address the annual Cork Association of New York St Patrick’s Day dinner dance. This is the 135th staging of the annual dinner dance and the Lord Mayor will recognise and honour three individuals who contributed to Irish diaspora culture in New York.

These are 2019 Cork ‘Man of the Year’, Dan O’Brien, from Ballydehob, who emigrated to New York in 1989 and has worked in the construction industry, and 2019 Cork ‘Woman of the Year’, Martina O’Dowd, a member of County Cork Benevolent, Patriotic and Protective Association. She is originally from Drimoleague.

He will also present the Frank T. Carvill Distinguished Service Award, to Brooklyn native Eileen O’Hea.

The Lord Mayor will also visit Dress for Success, a non-profit organisation that helps women get into and return to the workforce by providing free services, including suiting or workwear for interviews, job application advice, and career mentoring.

Dress for Success has offices in both Cork and New York.

The Mayor will leave New York and travel to San Francisco, before moving on to Florida on Saturday.

No details of these trips have yet emerged, but city Lords Mayor travel to California regularly, as Cork has a twinning agreement with San Francisco.

This year’s trip by Cllr Finn is reciprocating visits San Francisco mayors have made recently, including Ed Lee, who visited Cork in September 2017, accompanied by a delegation of 90 people.

Mr Lee died suddenly in December 2017, just three months after his visit to Cork.

Former Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald led a delegation of 62 people from Cork to the US city last April and this was followed by the then San Francisco mayor, Mark Farrell, visiting Cork last June.

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