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 Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, speaking to the boys and girls of Sundays Well Boys and Girls National Schools. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, speaking to the boys and girls of Sundays Well Boys and Girls National Schools. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
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Lord Mayor's Week: Following in the footsteps of Terence MacSwiney 

Early on Monday morning, music was the theme of my first visit of the week by the Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert Committee. 

I am really looking forward to this event which will be held on Saturday, 30th September and was delighted to make presentations to the founders of the Cork Jazz Festival and historian of the year.

I was back again at UCC with Dr Patrick O’Shea to launch the 14th Quadrennial Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology which brought a huge delegation from across the World to our city.

Continuing the theme of learning cities I was delighted to attend the opening of the Cork Adult Education and Training Exhibition which gives people a wide range of opportunities to explore the many courses that are available in our city.

Thanks to the British Ambassador for the warm reception he gave myself, the Lady Mayoress and Chief Executive Ann Doherty at his Annual Summer Party.

On Thursday, I began the historical tradition of visiting the schools which were initiated by former Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney. We got a great reception at Sunday Well’s Boys and Sunday’s Well Girls schools, Blarney Street CBS, North Presentation Secondary School, Scoil Aiséirí Chríost and Scoil Ísogáin Farranree, St. Mary’s on the Hill and Terence McSwiney Community College, Knocknaheeny/Hollyhill and Scoil Padre Pio Churchfield.

We got a fantastic reception in all of the schools and thanks so much for the warm welcome.

This year I am encouraging all of the children to learn and sing in full Amhrán na bhFiann. I am also asking the children to consider a healthy lifestyle under our healthy cities umbrella here in Cork.

I am looking forward to the 40th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which is an amazing event here in our city and I want to congratulate Fiona Collins and all her voluntary committee who put so much work into this exciting festival.

Continuing with the music theme Sean O’Sullivan is organising a fantastic show Rolling Back the Years with the legends of the Showband Era in the Cork Opera House on Sunday, 8 th October. I was delighted to welcome Art Supple to the Office of Lord Mayor as he had never been there before and of course the legendary Joe Mac, Terry McCarthy and much more.

The Lifelong Learning Festival Showcase will be a major feature of the UNESCO Conference here in Cork next week. Booklets are available here in City Hall and in your local community. Be sure to get hold of a copy because it is an exciting community education programme.

Thanks to John Hartnett Manager of the Blackpool Shopping Centre for the warm welcome while at the launch of the Delanys Gaelic Football and Hurling Club Race Night Fundraiser.

The Lady Mayoress Georgina and I were delighted to meet up with President Mick Barry who was a great friend of Georgina’s parent Ned and Marguerite Healy at Delany Rovers.

Well done to Lynch’s Pharmacy Douglas on their very innovative telemedicine initiative. I hope this can be rolled out in other pharmacies.

Finally congratulations to David Lane a colleague of mine in the HSE and Kevin McEvitt on their ordination as permanent deaconates. This was a wonderful occasion where both their wives presented them with chasables. Well done to Bishop Buckley and Fr. Bertie O’Mahony with this development.