The people of Cork have been asked to leave their Christmas lights up through the month of January in a bid to maintain community light as people struggle with the dark mornings and evenings.
A campaign to keep Christmas lights on during the month of January, supported by the Labour Party in Cork, gained substantial momentum last year.
In a joint statement, Cork City Labour Party Cllr John Maher and Local Area Rep Peter Horgan have renewed their appeal asking those who are in a position to do so to leave their Christmas lights up a little longer.
"Typically as we come to the first week in January, there is a rush to take down lights and Christmas trees as the post-festive season purge begins.
"Walking in the evening is perhaps only possible for a large number of people.
"No one is going to think that it’s bad luck or a weird decision.
"In fact, it may be the catalyst to get someone up from the couch to take that walk - to see the neighbour's lights," they said.
"It’s a tiny gesture that could have a big impact, as roving isolation rotas take hold.
"If community light projects can be given a reprieve by electricity providers in January to maintain their community lights, that would go a long way."