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Brothers to switch on Cork lights

November 11th, 2016 5:40 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Gary and Paul O'Donovan, Olympic medallists.

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SKIBBEREEN’S Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan have been given the honour of switching on the Christmas lights on Patrick Street on Sunday, November 13th, with the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill.

‘Following what has been a rollercoaster few months, we are delighted to help kick-off the Christmas season in Cork city. Hopefully, Santa can fit a few oars down the chimneys next month! Thank you for all your magnificent support,’ said the O’Donovan brothers.

The Lord Mayor of Cork said they are delighted to have the O’Donovan brothers ‘lighting up the Christmas Lights like they lit up the Olympics.’

The festivities kick off at 6.30pm on Patrick Street with music from the Academy of Popular Music and the official switch on takes place at around 7.15pm, with rumours of a special guest appearance by Santa Claus.

The switching on of the Christmas lights will kick start the city’s seasonal celebrations and a big promotional drive by Cork City Council and the Cork Business Association to encourage people to come into the city centre and to shop locally in the lead up to Christmas.

Cork will be transformed into a festive wonderland with the opening of GLOW- A Cork Christmas on the Grand Parade on November 25th, which will run for four week

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