WATCH: City Hall honours ‘Cork tradition’ the Holly Bough as it marks 125 years

Editor of the iconic Cork Christmas publication, John Dolan, spoke of the reasons why the Holly Bough has stood the test of time
WATCH: City Hall honours ‘Cork tradition’ the Holly Bough as it marks 125 years

Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde with a presentation for The Holly Bough, accepted by John Dolan, Assistant Editor/Features Editor at The Echo, also included is Maurice Gubbins, Editor The Echo. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

“One of the great traditions of Cork at Christmas” celebrated its 125th anniversary at a Civic Reception last night, as Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde welcomed the Holly Bough editor, John Dolan, and The Echo editor, Maurice Gubbins, to Cork City’s council chamber.

 John Dolan, Assistant Editor/Features Editor at The Echo and Holly Bough speaking at the reception.
John Dolan, Assistant Editor/Features Editor at The Echo and Holly Bough speaking at the reception.

Editor of The Echo Maurice Gubbins said it was an honour to publish the Holly Bough, which he described as “one of the great traditions of Cork at Christmas”.

 Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde with John Dolan, Assistant Editor/Features Editor at The Echo, Dave Hogan, Echo Boy and Maurice Gubbins.
Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde with John Dolan, Assistant Editor/Features Editor at The Echo, Dave Hogan, Echo Boy and Maurice Gubbins.

 Former Lord Mayor, Michael O'Connell and Paddy O'Brien. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Former Lord Mayor, Michael O'Connell and Paddy O'Brien. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Editor of the iconic Cork Christmas publication, John Dolan, spoke of the reasons why the Holly Bough has stood the test of time: “The first thing I could think of was pride. It’s the people’s pride in place, the pride in the people and it’s the people who go away from Cork, but it never leaves them. There is something unique about Cork and that is why the Holly Bough has been so successful for so long.”

 Bob and Norie Seward, Cork Academy of Music.
Bob and Norie Seward, Cork Academy of Music.

Mr Dolan added: “The devil is in the detail, those stories that we all love. That’s the secret of the Holly Bough, it’s just a rattling good read.”

 Carla James, Sinead Healy, Caroline Counihan, James Murphy and Valerie Deane, all. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Carla James, Sinead Healy, Caroline Counihan, James Murphy and Valerie Deane, all. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

This year’s fabulous cover was designed by Cork artist Sheena Dempsey, and shows a suitably festive and fun, snowy scene up Bridge Street and St Patrick’s Hill. Sheena, an acclaimed illustrator of children’s books, says that view is special to her, as her father once managed the AIB Bank on the corner, while she went to school up the hill, at Scoil Mhuire.

 Former Lords Mayor, Mary Shields and Donal Counihan. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Former Lords Mayor, Mary Shields and Donal Counihan. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The Holly Bough launched in 1897, and has become a staple part of the Cork Christmas.

Holly Bough Civic Reception at City Hall, Cork.
Holly Bough Civic Reception at City Hall, Cork.

This year’s edition is packed with 164 pages of great stories, remarkable photos, puzzles, and so much more.

 Rory Noonan, Chief Sub-Editor The Echo, Grainne McGuinness, News Editor The Echo and Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor The Echo.
Rory Noonan, Chief Sub-Editor The Echo, Grainne McGuinness, News Editor The Echo and Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor The Echo.

The Holly Bough’s 125th anniversary is marked with an eight-page special report on how it began and how it changed down the decades, while always remaining a key part of the Corkonian Christmas.

 Brigadier General Brian Cleary, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade Collins Barracks, Alan Sheehan, Ambulance Officer National Ambulance Service, Superintendent John Deasy, An Garda Síochána and Maurice Gubbins, Editor The Echo.
Brigadier General Brian Cleary, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade Collins Barracks, Alan Sheehan, Ambulance Officer National Ambulance Service, Superintendent John Deasy, An Garda Síochána and Maurice Gubbins, Editor The Echo.

Available now for €6. You can buy it in shops and online at www.echolive.ie/hollybough.


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