5 March 2019
By Mary Bermingham
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mick Finn is leading a delegation to visit New York, San Francisco (Cork’s Sister City), and Miami. The delegation includes representatives from Cork Chamber of Commerce, The Local Enterprise Office and Cork City Council.
The delegation is working through a packed itinerary, beginning with a tour of the World Headquarters of Salesforce tomorrow, Wednesday March 6. This software group employs more than 1,000 people in Ireland.
Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn will attend Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Mr. Sean Elsbernd (Chief of Staff at the San Francisco Office of International Trade and Commerce). The Lord Mayor will meet with Mayor of San Francisco London Breed to build on progress around the Cork-San Francisco Sister City agreement.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Cork delegation will attend a reception co-hosted by the San Francisco Sister City Committee reception and the Consul General of Ireland, Robert O’Driscoll.
On Thursday morning, a representative from Cork City Council will meet with Phil Ginsberg from the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Section to discuss best practice in parks and open spaces.
The San Francisco Sister City Committee will also discuss plans to develop a Famine Memorial Garden in San Francisco.
As part of this drive to further raise Cork’s profile in the United States, the Cork delegation will meet the Bay Area Network Representatives (a network of leading Irish business people in San Francisco).
On Thursday evening, the Lord Mayor will meet with the Board of Directors of Presidio Dance Theatre to discuss a planned performance in Cork’s Firkin Crane in June. He will also watch a dance performance.
On Friday, the Cork delegation will attend a flag raising ceremony in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at San Francisco City Hall. Lord Mayor Cllr. Finn will give a speech at the ceremony.
The Cork delegation will arrive in Orlando on Saturday 9th of March. During their visit they will work to improve links with the Miami-Dade County who rank tourism as their principal industry. PortMiami is one of the top ten containerised ports in the US and the ‘Cruise Capital of the World’. Improved links between Cork and Miami has helped drive Cork’s strong performance in cruise traffic.
On Saturday the Lord Mayor will attend a blessing of fleet and will pay a visit to the Fort of Fort Pierce. That evening, the Lord Mayor will speak at a Civic Ceremony.
Following approval from Cork City Council’s Elected Members, the Lord Mayor will also hold discussions around developing a sister city agreement with Miami. The Lord Mayor has been asked to do the ‘throw in’ at the GAA Exhibition Games at Lawnwood Stadium with Mayor Hudson, a Kilkenny native.
On Saturday evening the Lord Mayor and a representative from Cork Chamber of Commerce will attend a St Patrick’s Day event hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland.
On his arrival in the US last Saturday, the Lord Mayor attended The Rockaway Parade in New York. This is an annual invitation to the Lord Mayor of Cork, building on long-standing relationships between the Cork diaspora in New York and the city. After this, he attended a breakfast brunch organised by the Cork Community in New York.
The Lord Mayor also addressed the annual Cork Association of New York St Patrick’s Day Dinner dance. This was the 135th annual St. Patrick’s Ball & Dinner Dance and the Lord Mayor recognised and honoured three distinguished members.
The Lord Mayor also visited Dress for Success on Monday. Dress for Success is a non-profit organisation that helps women get into and return to the workforce. Part of a global movement, Dress for Success has offices in both Cork and New York.