Washington Street business owners want to carve out identity for the district

Washington Street business owners want to carve out identity for the district
Members of the High Hopes choir performing at the switching on of the Christmas lights on Washington Street, by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald. Picture: David Keane.

Businesses in Washington Street are following in the footsteps of their North Main Street neighbours and the Victorian Quarter in working to carve out an individual identity for the street with the formation of Washington dC (district of Cork).

The initiative is aimed at welcoming all to the area, not alone those seeking food, drink and shopping but also customers in needs of legal, medical or property services.

For the Christmas season, the group worked in association with Cork City Council to place a Christmas tree adjoining the Courthouse and Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald switched on the lights on Friday night.

UCC student Mona Alqarni and Sarah Bennett of Costigans, are all smiles at the switching on of the Christmas lights on Washington Street. Picture: David Keane.
UCC student Mona Alqarni and Sarah Bennett of Costigans, are all smiles at the switching on of the Christmas lights on Washington Street. Picture: David Keane.

“There was a great festival atmosphere and well done to all the traders and businesses on Washington Street,” he said. “There was a huge turnout for the switching on and I think it adds to the whole atmosphere in the city.” Washington dC are keen to promote the eclectic character and niche businesses on the street, from Prime Time and Curvy Lady to Raven Stamps and Records & Relics.

The street has long been synonymous with some of Cork’s best known pubs, from Reardon’s to Costigans and also has a number of high-profile restaurants, including new arrivals Rachels and Spit Jacks.

Robyn Pinkham and Johnny Lingwood, both from Chambers Bar, enjoying the switching on of the Christmas lights on Washington Street. Picture: David Keane.
Robyn Pinkham and Johnny Lingwood, both from Chambers Bar, enjoying the switching on of the Christmas lights on Washington Street. Picture: David Keane.

A spokesperson said: “For legal services you are spoiled for choice with a multitude of practitioners while Washington St. Medical Centre and Santrys Pharmacy will look after your health requirements.” Cllr Fitzgerald added: “There is a huge Christmas atmosphere in Cork now, from Washington Street, the city centre, McCurtain Street and more. Cork City Council is working in partnership with the traders to support them in anyway they can.”

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