Businesses and shoppers were given an early Christmas present this week with the announcement of free parking over the Christmas period. The initiative, which will see an extra two hours added to the current free parking period in the County’s eight Municipal Districts, will operate between Saturday 1 December and Monday 31 December.
Motorists in Cobh will have 3 hours free parking. In Youghal a 2 hour period will be in operation between 1 – 24 December, and carparks in the Town will remain free at all times. Cork County Council said they hoped the offer would help encourage the public to shop local. Historically the policy has been applied from the 8 December until the 24 December. East Cork Municipal Chairman, Noel Collins, also welcomed the announcement. He said it was a step forward, as Municipal Districts did not have to fight for the dispensation as in previous years. In Cobh, the Christmas lights will be switched on in the town on 25 November. Magical Midleton will start their holiday celebrations on 17 November. Youghal will herald in the festive season on Saturday, 24 November.