Shop­pers urged to think Cork

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Think Cork County — that’s the mes­sage from traders and coun­cil bosses this fes­tive sea­son.

Whether it’s choosing your lo­cal post of­fice to send those greet­ings cards, cre­at­ing a fes­tive feast from the lo­cal pro­duce avail­able at your vil­lage’s food stores, or sim­ply be­ing a part of the won­der that is cre­ated by the light­ing up of your town’s twin­kling lights, think your county, your town this Christ­mas.

And a cru­cial part of this cam­paign is the free park­ing through­out De­cem­ber in all Cork County Coun­cil car parks. There will also be des­ig­nated, free, on-street park­ing zones in se­lected ar­eas.

The ‘Think Cork County’ cam­paign recognises the abun­dance of eclec­tic busi­nesses and ser­vices all across Cork. This ini­tia­tive re­minds Cork county res­i­dents that they don’t have to travel to cities or shop on­line in search of the items or ser­vices they re­quire, and en­cour­ages them to avail of what’s on of­fer a lit­tle closer to home. It also sup­ports lo­cal jobs, com­mu­ni­ties, and the vi­brancy and pros­per­ity of county towns.

The 2017 cam­paign was launched by Cork County Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, Tim Lucey, and Cork County Mayor, Cllr De­clan Hur­ley. Tim Lucey ex­plained why Think Cork County is a hugely im­por­tant in­cen­tive for Cork: “Christ­mas is a time of lov­ing and giv­ing and we be­lieve that this can be ex­tended to your lo­cal com­mu­nity. If you love where you live, it is so im­por­tant to en­sure the pros­per­ous fu­ture of your area by in­vest­ing into its busi­nesses and sup­port­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.”

County Mayor, Cllr De­clan Hur­ley, echoed this sen­ti­ment: “It is such a joy to see lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties thriv­ing, thanks to the con­tin­u­ous sup­port they re­ceive from their res­i­dents, and Cork County Coun­cil are hon­oured to be a part of this suc­cess story, by of­fer­ing in­cen­tives for peo­ple to shop and in­vest in their home town this Christ­mas.”

Full list­ings of free car- park­ing times and lo­ca­tions at cork­ @ThinkCorkCounty and @Cork­CoCo and Face­book for up­dates.

Pic­ture: Brian Lougheed

De­clan Hur­ley, the Mayor of the County of Cork (left) and Tim Lucey, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Cork County Coun­cil.

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