THE Tree of Remembrance erected on Patrick's Street at Christmas raised more than €70,000 for Cork charities.
This was the 13th year of the project and Christmas 2016 proved to be a record year with a total of €73,456.96 being collected.
The Cork City based Rotary Tree of Remembrance is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Cork and the Rotary Club of Bishopstown.
In return for any contribution, a person gets to write a personal dedication on a ribbon which is erected on the tree.
While the majority of ribbons are erected to remember friends and family who have died, many people erect ribbons for living people who cannot be home for Christmas. We even have contributors who erect ribbons for pets who have died.
The Cork Tree has become an institution with visitors returning every year to remember their loved ones.
The two clubs share this equally with the main beneficiaries being Marymount Hospice and Enable Ireland.
A significant milestone was also reached this year in that the €500,000 mark has been passed for the project since it started.
Each year monies collected have been distributed to charities in the immediate Cork area. Marymount Hospice has been supported by the Bishopstown since the inception of the project.
The tree was set up on December 12 with the official opening being performed by Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill. More than 150 volunteers manned the tree up to 5pm on Christmas Eve, a total of 162 hours.
The ribbons were left on the tree for two weeks after Christmas culminating in an Ecumenical blessing in SS Peter & Paul’s Church.