BLACKROCK VILLAGE: Lord Mayor Praises community ahead of inaugural ‘Blackrock Village Festival’

14 September 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald (Fianna Fail) has praised the work of the local community in Blackrock ahead of the inaugural Blackrock Village Festival. The Festival takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017, from 2-6pm.

Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald Picture: Jim Coughlan

‘It is just a short three months since the Blackrock Harbour Renewal Project was completed and formally opened’ said the Lord Mayor. ‘Cork City Council has invested over €2.5 million in upgrading the harbour and the public realm in this historic village. We are delighted to be supporting the local community in celebrating the history, the heritage and the spirit of Blackrock Village.”

The festival will include live entertainments, an open market, puppetry, boat racing and much more.

The various community stakeholders including residents and business interests have worked proactively to create this new festival.

Local councillor, Des Cahill, officially opened the renewal project in his term as Lord Mayor. He has played a leading role in bringing forward the plans for the project to fruition. ‘The drive and commitment of the entire Blackrock village community has been inspiring. The Harbour Festival provides yet another example of the City Council’s commitment to supporting and celebrating the uniqueness of individual communities within our City. In the case of Blackrock, this means celebrating and showcasing the community’s history as a fishing village.’

“We are delighted with the reaction and have our fingers crossed for fine weather,” said the Lord Mayor. “The City sees this as Year One of an exciting new addition to the City’s Festival Calender.”

The City Council and the Festival Committee wish to advise the public that there will be traffic restrictions in place for the event.

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