No public event to mark the of...


No public event to mark the official switch on of Cork Christmas lights

Lana O'Connor
Lana O'Connor

04:41 10 Nov 2023

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The City's Lord Mayor has confirmed that budget constraints mean there will be no public event to mark the official switch on of the Christmas lights

The city centre’s traditional Christmas lights and Christmas trees will be turned on next week as part of ‘Corkmas’, the new name for Christmas in Cork.

In a move away from Bishop Lucey Park which is undergoing refurbishment works, the focus will switch to Emmet Place and Solas which is a new immersive light experience in the public plaza

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville Show Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy confirmed that the switch on of the lights would cost €50,000 to run the event, and that would have to be taken from another department.

"The budget, as it was costed at over €50,000 and the Council just don't have that funding. So it's not in our own in house budget, that's the main reason why.  Other than that we probably would have created some sort of version of it, but it's just not manageable as it would cost €50,000"

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