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Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert 2010

The Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert 2010


Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael O’Connell, —

Fellow Councillors, former Lord Mayors,

President of Cork Lions club, Teresa Dineen.

Special welcome to Cork to the Lions Club past district Governors and their wives.

Mr Ted Owens CEO – City of Cork Vocational Education Committee…

Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

Now we await that emotional piece “Time to Say Goodbye” sung by that great Cork duet and artists Hugh Moynihan and Linda Kenny

With the Barrack Street conducted by Captain Brian Prendergast and the Butter Exchange Band  

Mr Herbie Henrick conductor

with over 55 years of service to the Buttera.

Both bands have given so much to Cork over the centuries going back as far as the time of the Liberator Daniel O’Connell, what a history – of these two great – Brass & Reel Bands working together for the people of Cork.

With the Voice of Cork Choir, ably conducted by Mr Eamon Nash and

Thanks to all the Artists so gave their time voluntary may I say we all had one wonderful night – a night to remember, nice to be brought back to the arcadia with the fab Joe Mac with Declan Ryan and their backing group. 

May we have many more such nights?

  • With accompanist – Tracy Symons.
  • Superbly staged managed by our stage Manager Mr Ross Anderson.
  • And anchored by Miah! Oh! I mean that great son of Cork
    Master of Ceremonies — Mr Michael Twomey.

In welcoming Mr Tim Lucey as our new City Manager,  I would like to thank our former City Manager, Mr Joe Gavin and the Lord Mayor without whom we would not be here to-night.

As this Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert comes to a close, I would like to pay tribute and dedicate “Time to Say Goodbye” to Mr Joe Gavin and from the people of Cork wish him every success and happiness in his retirement.

May I thank Corporate Affairs staff including Mr Paul Moynihan and Nicky Carroll, Ger Kelleher, so patient with our demands and to John Kennelly and our wonderful Porters so flexible in their desire to secure a wonderful night for all.

To the Evening Echo who kindly acted as our Media Sponsors and to 96.FM who gave us wonderful coverage.

It was and is a pleasure to work as Chairperson of the Lord Mayors Community Heritage Concert with a small number of people who gave so much of the year to its organisation.

To the Cork City Lions Club – Donal Horgan and itsPresident Teresa Dineen
who managed the Hall, seating and tickets ensuring community groups had primary access.

To our Concert Producer Billy O’Callaghan who put together such a magnificent production. In His inclusive generous approach Billy, is such a golden asset to musical development in Cork.

To the soul of Cork —  Dr. Richard Cooke who chaired and organised our fellow, successful event the Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition now in its second year and is destined to grow as more and more Cork people want to discover and know their past in every locality in the City & County.

We thank Richard for composing the -just launched- Cork iconic Ballad “Barraka-Buttera” in remembrance of that wonderful day of the 10th May 2009 when the City, with plaques, honoured both bands, near the North and South Gate Bridges. Proceeds of the sale of this disc will go for musical education in our schools through the bands.

We are looking forward to Roy Buckley singing us out to-night and we want to hear you lifting the roof off City Hall.
So in apologising, if I left anyone out, May I thank you all for coming.

Councillor Brian Bermingham