Lord Mayor's Diary: Cork shows solidarity with Barcelona following terrorist attack

Lord Mayor's Diary: Cork shows solidarity with Barcelona following terrorist attack
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald presenting the book of condolences signed by the people of Cork in the wake of the terrorist attack in Barcelona to the Mayor of the city Ada Colau.

On Thursday, 17th August the City of Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils suffered a major terrorist attack with ten people losing their lives and a number of people injured.

The people of Cork were shocked to hear the news as there are very strong connections between the City of Barcelona and Cambrils. 

Cork has a great affinity for Barcelona and its citizens. Our relationship has been strengthened through our ongoing collaboration with the City of Barcelona on the five-year Horizon 2020 smart cities and communities project ‘Growsmarter’. 

Cambrils is a popular seaside resort for many people from Cork. Following the attack, I opened a Book of Condolence in City Hall where the people of Cork expressed their sympathy and solidarity with the citizens of Spain. 

Last week I had the opportunity to present the Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau Ballano with two Books of Condolence at the Palauet Albeniz. Mayor Colau was deeply moved by the presentation of the books and thanked the people of Cork for their sympathy and support.

In June 2017 Cork City hosted a Barcelona delegation when the General Assembly was held in Cork. This gave our city the occasion to highlight and showcase Cork's smart agenda as well as the city itself. I was delighted to accept an invitation to speak at the Smart City Expo World Congress and spoke on Smart City for the Citizen during the E-Government to E-Participation Session. 

It was great to learn that Cork City is regarded in very high esteem internationally in this field and I would like to pay tribute to Ruth Buckley, Head of ICT and Business Services and her team here in Cork City Council.

I was delighted to support a variety of health promotion and health prevention programmes which are so important for the health and well-being of our citizens. With Denise Cahill of the HSE, I helped launch the Sustainable Food Awards at Niche Community Garden. I then attended the World COPD Day which is a preventative programme for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

There was great excitement at the Education Training Board (ETB) certificate presentation at the Radisson Blu Hotel where graduates were presented with their certificates on various programmes organised by the ETB. This is a great example of the lifetime learning experience that I am promoting during my term as Lord Mayor and congratulations to all the recipients.

I was delighted to attend a major fundraising event at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Irish Heart Foundation. Congratulations to Ann O’Riordan and Dr. William Fennell, Cardiologist for organising the event and ensuring that the public is aware of heart disease and the need to take preventative measures.

The North Main Street Traders are to be congratulated for their ongoing commitment to the city and their dedication to ensuring shoppers have a variety of retail services on the North Main Street. It is a great traditional area in the city and the turning on of the Christmas Lights at St. Peters was a great occasion.

It was a pleasure to speak at the North Monastery Past Pupils Union Dinner organised by President Barry Hill. Tributes were paid to the Scoil Mhuire Fatima Athletics Team, North Mon 1957 Basketball Team and the Dean Ryan Cup Finalist winners in 1957. It was great also to meet up with classmates and former teachers of the North Mon.

The Mercy Hospital is celebrating its 160th year anniversary. It was a special occasion for the Lady Mayoress Georgina who is an employee of the Mercy and works in the Outpatients Department. Well done to Sandra Daly and all the staff of the Mercy Hospital who give outstanding service to our citizens.

The Christmas season is really upon us now and over 12,000 people came into the city to witness myself and Santa turning on the Christmas lights. 

Well done to Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, the Evening Echo and 96FM who all came together to ensure that there is a great atmosphere in the city for our shoppers over the next couple of weeks. So many other people got involved in this fantastic event, the Civil Defence and St. John’s Ambulance to ensure that everybody had a great time and celebration.

I was delighted also to visit Griffins Garden Centre who were so helpful to the Lady Mayoress for the Marymount Coffee Morning where their traditional Christmas lights were turned on.

Gentle reminder of the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 2 at 8pm in City Hall.

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