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Mayor's Diary Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 4:34pm

Last week I hosted one of the biggest events of the year in Cork County Council’s diary, the Anti Litter Challenge Awards Ceremony. This county wide competition sees towns and villages from all over Cork compete with one another for cash prizes and the honour of being named Cork’s cleanest town or village.

I welcomed a crowd of over 200 people on the evening who have made a remarkable contribution to their county. It’s very important for me, both personally and in my role as County Mayor to recognise and thank the incredible work of dedicated volunteers who are out there wind and rain picking litter and making our county a cleaner, more beautiful, and safer place to live.

As a local authority, we are very dependent on such volunteers. Tidy towns is one way in which they are celebrated, however those competitions take factors like natural beauty and amenities into consideration, which are largely outside of the control of the communities. The Anti Litter Challenge is a level playing field, with litter being the only thing that is judged. The idea for the competition came from a staff member in Cork County Council and its success has led to it being replicated by other local authorities. It’s a great example of how we’re ahead of the curve here in Cork.

As far as big events go, few come close to Culture Night. We have over 100 quality events in nearly as many venues countywide to choose from. Looking at the programme, I’m astonished at how much will be happening. People throughout the county will have the opportunity to engage with local artists and local performers in local venues.

Culture is so embedded in our lives that sometimes we can overlook it. Culture Night is the perfect remedy, bringing audiences and artists together and providing workshops to get people actively engaged. Last year saw events in the county attended by thousands of people. I’ve seen firsthand the huge benefits offered by culture night. Two years ago my nephew, Sam Clague, played in Clonakilty as part of Culture night and this year my niece, Eve Clague, will be performing with her band in the Kino in Cork city. Another exciting part of Culture Night is discovering new venues like the West End Art Studios in Mallow which is preparing for its very first Culture Night!

I hope all of you can take advantage of the wonderful opportunities presented by Culture Night. Every event is free, but some are ticketed, so make sure to check out what’s on near you by visiting culturenightcorkcounty.ie.

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