Lord Mayor's Diary: Coal Quay Festival is a huge credit to the people of the area

Lord Mayor's Diary: Coal Quay Festival is a huge credit to the people of the area
Dan Breen, Cork Public Museum acting curator, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald and Clodagh Doyle, curator, National Museum of Ireland, at the opening of the 'Hair Hurling Balls' exhibition at the Cork Public Museum, in Fitzgerald's Park. Picture: David Keane.

The week began with the opening of the Coal Quay Festival. 

What a fantastic atmosphere in the heart of the city recalling our history, stories and heritage all by local people under the leadership of Richard Cooke and his great committee and of course the famous Shawlies.

What a great interview our Cork Rose Aishling O’Connor had with Daithi O’Shea in the Dome. Ashlinn was a magnificent ambassador for Cork at the Rose of Tralee Festival which has a great atmosphere. I wish her every success for the future. Well done also to Paul O’Donnell from the Chicken Inn who is very popular in Tralee.

I was delighted to meet former Lords Mayor Donal Counihan and Brian Birmingham and the dedicated Cork Adult Education and Training committee. Watch out for this great exhibition which to be held on Tuesday 5th and 6th September 2017 at City Hall which links into my ‘Lifewide’ theme for the year.

Tony O’Connell and his team at the Cork City Sports announced the monthly Sports Athlete to Jill Hodgins and Claire Mc Carthy for their participation in the Cork City Marathon and World Championships in London. I wish them well a bright future.

Community Gardai play a vital role in the social and community life of our city and I want to pay tribute to all the Gardai who cycled from Dublin to Cork recently and raised €9,100.10 for Down Syndrome Ireland.

Breda Scanlon hands over a cheque for €461 to Doreen Walsh of The Friends of Marymount Hospice with (from left) Betsy Twomey (nee Kearney) Eileen O'Shea of St. Peter's, Teresa Honan, Joe Scanlon, Valerie Dineen Power; Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Fergal Dennehy, Richard T. Cooke and Liz Donovan. Pic; Larry Cummins
Breda Scanlon hands over a cheque for €461 to Doreen Walsh of The Friends of Marymount Hospice with (from left) Betsy Twomey (nee Kearney) Eileen O'Shea of St. Peter's, Teresa Honan, Joe Scanlon, Valerie Dineen Power; Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Fergal Dennehy, Richard T. Cooke and Liz Donovan. Pic; Larry Cummins

Walking around our city we can see the progress made by Mad about Cork Volunteers with their fabulous flower boxes and community garden projects in Kyle Street and Cornmarket Street. This is a great project and well done to all the volunteers who make our city a healthier place to live in.

The Lady Mayoress and I put on our dancing shoes to take part in the Open Air Ceili Cois Locha. This is a great community project at the Lough with lots of local people and visitors enjoying our ceol agus craic. Another great activity run by volunteers for the benefit of our citizens.

The senior citizens from Knocknaheeny Hollyhill are away in west Clare for their annual holiday. They are a great group and I always enjoy their company. Very early in the morning just after a cup of tea the singing began in Bus. Lisdoonvarna watch out.

We have a number of excellent Community Nursing Units here in Cork and I was delighted to visit Ballincollig and visit the patients and in particular my neighbour Dave Cal. I got a great welcome from the staff, visitors and patients and was led in by the pipers which added to the occasion. Good health to everyone there.

I was delighted to welcome Brigadier General Patrick O’Flynn Defence Forces and Commodore Hugh Tully Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service to City Hall during the week. We discussed many issues and challenges that face the Defence Forces and Naval Service and admire the humanitarian work of the Defence Forces in the Lebanon and of the Naval Services on the Mediterranean.

Be sure to visit the fantastic exhibition at the Museum in Fitzgerald’s Park entitled "Hair Hurling Balls: Earliest Artefacts of our National Game". The exhibition recalls many fond memories of Jack Lynch, Christy Ring and many sporting hurling heroes. It showcases the predecessor of the modern leather-covered sliotar. These 14 balls are made of matted cow hair with a plaited horsehair covering. All were found through hand-cutting turf in bogs over the past 100 years.

I was delighted to support the golf fundraiser for Leeds AFC and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hillington AFC and all their achievements. Thanks to Tony O’Connell, Chairman and Richard Biggerstaff, President for their kind gift and to Niall O’Sullivan for organising the event.

There was a great atmosphere at Electric with fantastic music provided by a number of artists for Feel Good Friday. I was delighted to take part in a medley of the Beatles with the High Hopes Choir in aid of Penny Dinners.

Congratulations to St. Vincent’s GAA Club for organising a celebration for the 1957 Minor Premier Champions at their clubhouse. This was a wonderful occasion where former players and family were able to recall happy memories and the night concluded with some fantastic singing from Mary Hegarty and Joe Corbett. It was truly a wonderful occasion and enjoyed by all.

As I conclude a gentle reminder of the Lady Mayoress’ Coffee Morning on Tuesday, 12th September from 10am to 12.30pm in the Concert Hall, City Hall.

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