On Sunday, 15 July, with the cruise ship “Oriana” docked at Cobh quayside, the town will be out in force for July’s Summer Swing. The promenade will, of course, host an array of stalls laden with local food and crafts for all to peruse. The event on Sunday also includes some special features from other summer swing dates. The Summer Swing will be working alongside two charities which have a solid footing in the souls of Cobh residents and in the history of the Great Island itself.

The first is the O.N.E.(Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) Fuchsia Appeal. Throughout the year, Ireland's Fuchsia Appeal aims to raise funds for O.N.E's charitable objectives, with the main goal being the provision of accommodation and various kinds of assistance to ex-service personnel in need. An extra push is made in July, which is the month of the National Day of Remembrance. The Fuchsia was chosen as the emblem as is widely found throughout Ireland, known is the West as Deora Dé (God's Tears). The Cobh branch have an important focus in mind, which is purchase of the former Social Welfare Office as a Support Centre for Veterans. Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Secretary of the Cobh ONE Branch Diarmuid Higgins said, “We're delighted and thankful for the support from the people of Cobh and East Cork which have a strong armed services tradition.” They will also be selling Fuchsia Remembrance badges outside SuperValu in Youghal today (Thursday 12 July), so please support this very worthy cause.

The second charity is the Chase Cork Harbour Anti-Incinerator group. This fundraiser is to raise money to fund a judicial review of An Bórd Pleanala’s controversial decision to grant planning for the construction of an incinerator in Ringaskiddy. The event is the crowd-pleasing Dunk Tank which starts at 1.30pm, not the previously advertised time of 5pm, as so many people have been lined up for dunking, includes Neil Prenderville!!
If you have anyone you’d like to sponsor for a dunking, please drag them along the day. It's great fun and all for another extremely worthy cause. Happily, news from local Passage songster, John Spillane, is that he has written a song about the Incinerator and will perform it live on the day.
Another great attraction for the Festival is that a touring band from England, “LES” will be performing at 3pm and again at 4.10pm, while branches of Cobh and Douglas Ceoltas Eireann will be performing in the morning - all on the bandstand. The Summer Swing kicks off at 10.30am. Bring the family for what is sure to be a great day out for all ages.

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