Last week began with a return to UCC to attend the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference with President Patrick O' Shea and Minister Denis Naughton.
This was a great conference with over 500 delegates and it was nice to sign the Presidents Visitors Book as a former Graduate and Lord Mayor.
Not many people know but Cork City Council staff undertake the Junior Achievement Recognition Programme which involves the staff visiting the schools and giving them information on the various jobs and events in Cork.
This is a great programme and I thank them for their interest in the project.
Anthony and Collette Wolfe will host a great Concert of Hope in October to help families affected by suicide. They are marvellous people who want to help as many people as possible.
Thanks to Bishop Colton and his wife Susan for the warm welcome in their home. Bishop Colton is a great leader in our city and it is always a pleasure to be in his company.
I was delighted to meet Fiona Collins Chairperson of the Cork Jazz Festival and a great friend of mine Tony O' Neill Secretary.
They and many others on the committee going back over 40 years are great ambassadors of our city and I am looking forward to this year’s Jazz festival already.
The Lady Mayoress Georgina launched her Coffee Morning which will be held on Tuesday 12th September 2017 from 10am to 12.30 pm in the Concert Hall. It promises to be a great morning for this worthy cause and she would love to see you there if you can come along for a coffee or a cup of tea.
There are many conferences being held in the city over the next couple of weeks. I was delighted to receive delegates attending the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Conference.
I arrived at Scoil Spioraid Naoimh girls and boys school to promote the excellent work of our lollipop ladies. It was the first day of return to school and my arrival added to the excitement of the day. Thanks to Principal for her warm welcome in the midst of a very exciting day in the school and of course to Daniel, Aishling and Emma O’Neill who helped me out with the lollipop ladies.
I had the pleasure of meeting the traders of Castle Street and Cornmarket Street on a walkabout in this historical part of the city. They are very keen to make the Coal Quay and our city centre a great place to shop and visit. I want to thank everyone who gave me a warm welcome.
I want to thank Michael Mulcahy, Honorary Consul of Poland for his commitment to the Polish Community over many years and I was delighted to have a brief chat with him during a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor’s Chamber.
There was great excitement at the Port of Cork with the presentation of certificates to the participants on the 2017 Cork Sail Training Ireland Cork Bursary Schemes Voyages.
I was delighted to attend the Irish Guide Dogs Annual Open Day at Model Farm Road. The care, dedication, health and well-being of the dogs is a major priority for the staff, volunteers and Board of Management at the centre. I applaud all their work and commitment.
Despite the rain there was a great atmosphere at the UCC Indian Alumni Association Summer Event. I was delighted to speak at their conference and sample some very nice gluten free Indian food.
The Oblivion Tour Charity Cycling Group called to City Hall following their arrival from Cork Airport and en route to the Ring of Kerry fundraising for Breast Cancer in the UK.
Hard luck to the Cork Minor Hurlers who reached the All Ireland Minor Final in Croke Park. They put up a great display and I am so proud of their achievements as Munster champions and the great summer they gave us following their success.