Shop lo­cal: think your county, your town, think Mallow

The Corkman - - CHRISTMAS IN MALLOW -

With just weeks to go un­til Christ­mas ar­rives, the Cork pub­lic are once again be­ing urged to shop a lit­tle closer to home this fes­tive sea­son and sup­port their lo­cal busi­nesses.

This is the un­der­ly­ing mes­sage of the ‘ Think Cork County’ cam­paign, an ini­tia­tive of Cork County Coun­cil which is now in its third year, as it re­turns for 2018, en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents of County Cork to ‘shop lo­cal, think your county, your town’.

This year’s cam­paign was of­fi­cially launched at Cork County Hall, by Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy and Sharon Cor­co­ran, Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices - Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment En­ter­prise and Tourism, to mark the month-long count­down to Christ­mas. The ini­tia­tive, which en­cour­ages the peo­ple of Cork to sup­port and ap­pre­ci­ate their lo­cal crafts­peo­ple, food sup­pli­ers, post of­fices, hair­dressers and the many other busi­ness and ser­vice providers in their lo­cale, was orig­i­nally es­tab­lished in 2016 to pro­mote the ‘shop lo­cal’ ob­jec­tive, with a view to boost­ing the economy of Cork’s var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal dis­tricts.

While the prin­ci­pal aim of ‘ Think Cork County’ is to recog­nise the abun­dance of eclec­tic busi­nesses and ser­vices lo­cated all across Cork, it also en­cour­ages mem­bers of the pub­lic to in­dulge in a spot of re­tail ther­apy in their near­est town or vil­lage by pro­vid­ing des­ig­nated free on-street park­ing zones in se­lected ar­eas in the lead up to Christ­mas.

It serves as a re­minder to Cork county res­i­dents that they do not al­ways have to travel to the city or shop on­line in search of the items or ser­vices they re­quire; they can in­stead avoid lengthy traf­fic queues and park­ing strug­gles by avail­ing of the plen­ti­ful goods and ser­vices on of­fer on their doorstep.

Speak­ing at the of­fi­cial cam­paign launch, Sharon Cor­co­ran echoed this sen­ti­ment. “We’ve all been in a po­si­tion where we’re stuck in a stream of traf­fic, when it’s cold and wet out­side and we’re rush­ing to make the shops be­fore they close,” she said. “This adds un­nec­es­sary stress and strain at a time when we should be re­laxed and in high spir­its, so by opt­ing to shop and park for free in your lo­cal town or vil­lage, you re­duce this all-too-fa­mil­iar headache.

“Aside from this, by shop­ping lo­cal you are also con­tribut­ing to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of your home­place, sup­port­ing the tal­ented en­trepreneurs and busi­ness-own­ers in your lo­cal area and en­sur­ing that your hard-earned money is pumped right back into your com­mu­nity.”

Also com­ment­ing at the launch, Mayor Mur­phy said: “As Corko­ni­ans, we are spoiled to be sur­rounded by such amaz­ing qual­ity when it comes to what is pro­duced and on of­fer so close to home.

“Each com­mu­nity in Cork makes a huge ef­fort at this time of year to en­sure our towns and vil­lages are beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated and lit up, with ev­ery­thing we could pos­si­bly need avail­able in the many shops and busi­nesses on our doorstep. It re­ally is the per­fect time to spend at home – in ev­ery sense of the word!”

Whether it’s choos­ing your lo­cal post of­fice to send those all-im­por­tant sea­son’s greet­ings cards, cre­at­ing a fes­tive feast from the amaz­ing lo­cal pro­duce avail­able at your vil­lage’s many food stores and eater­ies 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.

Full list­ings of where free carpark­ing is avail­able can be found at www.cork­coco.ie. Fol­low @ Cork­CoCo on Facebook and Twitter for up­dates. Photo: Brian Lougheed

Staff get­ting into the Christ­mas spirit at the Cork County Coun­cil Of­fices in Annabella.

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cl­llr. Pa­trick Ger­ard Mur­phy, gives a Christ­mas present to cousins Áine O’Donovan (9) and Ni­amh Walsh (11) at the launch of the Shop Lo­cal Think Cork County cam­paign.

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