“It’s a very important time for local business and traditionally one of the busiest times of the year and we’re hoping that this year will be one of the busiest yet,” said Pat O’Connell, president of the CBA. “With all the online stuff, it’s important to remember there are local jobs, local businesses and it’s important to support them, because keeping your euro in the community will filter down and help the whole city,” he added.
“Some businesses would do 20% or 25% or 30% of their business during the Christmas period and not meeting this could scuttle their whole year, so it’s a hugely important time.”
Cork will be transformed into a festive wonderland with the opening of Glow on Grand Parade on December 1, which will run over the weekends leading up to Christmas. “We are a city of festivals at this stage,” said the Lord Mayor. “Christmas is a particular time of celebration.
Meanwhile the CBA will this year be holding a major fundraiser in support of Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre. “There is another side to Christmas where some people might be alone or struggling and we’re trying to highlight this,” said Mr O’Connell.