Cork City Council has moved to quash speculation that Oliver Plunkett Street would not be lit up for Christmas, saying work on the street is set to begin tonight.
The formal switching on of the city centre lights took place on Patrick Street last night, with thousands coming into the city centre to see Lord Mayor Mick Finn flick ‘de switch’.
North Main Street turned on its lights on Friday and rumours swirled online that Oliver Plunkett Street was not being included in the festive lighting this year.
The popular shopping street has long been one of the most attractive streets in the city centre when lit up for Christmas and Corkonians reacted with outrage to reports it was being left out.
But a spokesperson for Cork City Council said the lights would be installed and lit over the coming days.
“Contractor will start work will start tonight on the Oliver Plunkett St lights and they will be functional in a few days,” the spokesperson said.
“This is generally organised by local trader groups and Cork City Council provides partial grant aid, similar to other streets around the city.”
Cork City Centre Co-ordinator Paul McGuirk added that not only will Oliver Plunkett Street be lit up as usual, there will also be an additional street decorated this year.
“An extra city centre street will be lit this year as well,” he said. Traders on Drawbridge street have come together and are working together and with City Council to light that street in the next few weeks."