Cllr O’Halloran (FG) said the holiday would be a celebration of all things Cork and would be akin to other holidays around the world such as Cataluña Day or the Annual Holiday of Quebec.
“Many people have left Cork in recent times and I believe that the people of the area should have a special day that allows them to celebrate their unique culture and heritage. We have seen how other regions across the world do the same and why should Cork be any different?” Cllr O’Halloran added.
The concept of a “Cork Day” could also deliver an economic dividend to the region. “We have seen how the celebration of Arthur’s Day every year by Diageo has resulted in millions of euro of free global publicity. In offices and building sites around the world there are literally millions of people with a connection to the city and county in some way. An annual celebration of Cork Day could result in this large group reconnecting with Cork which could in time increase awareness about what the region has to offer to work colleagues and friends”.
“It’s about getting people to be imaginative and to reach out the global audience by saying Cork is welcoming and open for business. Here’s what’s great about our city and county why not come and visit?” said Cllr O’Halloran.
In concluding remarks the Deputy Lord Mayor said an online poll could be conducted worldwide to decide what day “Cork Day” should be celebrated.