Mayor of Cork Cllr Danny Collins.

County Mayor's Diary

Cllr Danny Collins

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the countdown is now officially on.

Christmas can be a time of mixed feelings and I am always conscious that while it is a wonderful time of year, it can be lonely for many. I would just like to say to anyone who finds this time hard to please know that there is always support available and you are never alone. There really is help there if you can ask and it will make a difference.

I recently launched the Christmas in Cork County campaign which is about supporting our important local businesses. It's giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy this magical time of year whilst shopping locally.

When we buy from a local business, we’re helping that person to buy school shoes or a GAA jersey for their child, we’re helping them to put fuel in their car, pay their utility bills or treat their families to something nice this Christmas.

When we shop local, we’re also doing our bit for the environment, reducing transport costs and our carbon footprint. There are so many amazing options to be found right here on our doorsteps so think Cork county when you think Christmas this year.

Another win is making services available in a way that suits our customers. Fermoy Library recently launched their My Open Library Out of Hours Service. This is an additional service to all that is currently on offer in Fermoy Library and will allow users access on Sundays, Mondays and after hours. It ensures that users can visit the library at a time that suits them. Cork County Council will be introducing My Open Library in further libraries over the coming months, including branches in Mallow, Carrigaline and Kinsale. I would encourage those who have not yet discovered all that your local library has to offer to become a member and enjoy all the benefits that it brings.

Our libraries are a great way to find out more about the wealth of history across the county, including our amazing buildings. Cork County Council is inviting owners and custodians to apply for funding to safeguard protected structures and archaeological monuments in Cork county through 3 funding streams recently announced for 2023 - the Community Monuments Fund, the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund.

Our rich heritage is so important in attracting people from all corners of the world to our county. I would strongly encourage owners and custodians to apply to these funding streams and help improve and safeguard these important structures for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

As this is my last column until 2023, all that remains is to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and very best for the New Year.