The county mayor uses his visit to the United States to promote County Cork as a tourist destination

County Cork Mayor Cllr Gillian Coughlan led a business and tourism delegation to the United States to promote County Cork as a tourist destination and place of business.

Cllr Gillian Coughlan and a County Cork business delegation visited the city of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, where they participated in a meeting with Cook County Council President Toni Preckwinkle.

County Cork and County Cook signed a Sister County Agreement in July 1999, to foster economic, commercial and cultural ties between the two counties. The delegation discussed local government best practices and ideas on how the two counties could work together more.

“The twin agreement between County Cork and County Cook is an example of how fostering positive relationships with local governments around the world benefits both County Cook and its partners,” said President Preckwinkle. “We look forward to continuing to foster and cultivate the bonds between the counties we call home,” she said.

Mayor Coughlan said the twin agreement has been a huge success:

“Its economic, tourism and cultural objectives have proven extremely effective in promoting County Cork as a place to work and visit.

“I look forward to continuing to integrate and grow the already wonderful relationship we have established on both sides.”

“I am confident that, building on this solid foundation, this partnership will be an example of international economic diplomacy led by local authorities,” she said.

During the visit to Chicago, Mayor Coughlan also met with representatives from IDA, Enterprise Ireland and the Consul General of Ireland in Chicago Kevin Byrne.

The Mayor also visited the Irish American Heritage Center and Mercy Homes which supports children and families in need.

One of the highlights of the trip was the delegation’s participation in the annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12.

Watched by millions and featuring a special television interview, Mayor Coughlan took the opportunity to shine a light on County Cork.

The Fianna Fáil Councilor said the trip to Chicago will help open doors for business and showcase County Cork’s tourism offerings.

“Chicago is a city with a vibrant Irish community and a wealth of economic opportunity for individuals, businesses and of course County Cork.”

“Business is about relationships, and I’ve seen firsthand how, by capitalizing on the opportunities around St. Patrick’s Day, we can truly open doors to our much-loved economic community, but also showcase immense tourist offer that we have.

“No other country in the world enjoys such a global platform as St. Patrick’s Day, which shows how the people of Ireland are both welcomed as a nation on the world stage, but also how we welcome those near and far, not just on St. Patrick’s Day but every day. A quality that we need more than ever,” she added.

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