3 November 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Chris O’Leary this evening, November 3rd accepted the Purple Flag award on behalf of the people of Cork City.
At a ceremony in Guildford, UK, the hard work and collaboration of over forty stakeholders and traders throughout the city was rewarded when the accolade of the Purple Flag was awarded to Cork City.
File photo of Lord Mayor Cllr Chris O’Leary (SF)
In accepting the award the Lord Mayor Cllr Chris O’Leary said;
“ It is truly great to be able to accept this award in the knowledge that Cork City has once again been recognised as not only a great place to live, visit, socialise and do business in but now also a safe place to live, visit, socialise and do business in. It is a fitting tribute to all who assisted in making Cork the great city that it is, and who continue to work hard to ensure that it remains a city comparable with the best. I want to thank all those who worked tirelessly over the past few months to make today’s award possible”
Ann Doherty, Chief Executive added;
“ This award reaffirms that Cork is a destination not to be missed. There is a great enthusiasm by all stakeholders in the city to want to continuously improve on what is currently on offer and this bodes well for the future. It shows what can be achieved through foresight and cooperation in making Cork City the best city it can possibly be. Well done to everyone involved.”
The Purple Flag is an international accreditation awarded to city and town centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy. The awarding of a flag symbolises that a location offers an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out. The Purple Flag application process brought together a multitude of stakeholders through the Cork City Centre Forum partnering together to ensure the successful awarding to Cork City centre, with Cork Chamber coordinating and funding the application on behalf of the Cork City centre area.