Mayor of the County of Cork
Cllr. Barbara Murray handed over the chain of office to Cork County Council's new mayor Cllr. Noel O'Connor at the Council's Annual General Meeting at Cork County Hall on Friday 28th of June. Included above right is Cork County Manager, Mr. Martin Riordan.
Cllr. Noel O'Connor, Mayor of Cork County Council.
Cllr. Noel O'Connor, has been a member of Cork County Council for eleven years, representing the Mallow Area. Cllr. O'Connor was born in Fermoy and trained as a teacher in UCC qualifying with a B.A. and a Higher Diploma in Education in 1975.
After graduation Mayor O'Connor took up a teaching position with County Cork VEC, in Davis College, Mallow. He taught Maths and Economics, and had special responsibility for Adult and Continuing Education in the college. Cllr. O'Connor no longer teaches, now dedicating himself to his position as a full time community activist and local politician, while also Chairman of the Board of Management of Davis College.
Mayor O'Connor resides in Mallow and is married to Mary, who originally hailed from Newport in Tipperary, and they have five children and four grandchildren.
Cllr. O'Connor has been involved in politics for twenty years since he was first elected to Mallow Town Council. Subsequently, he has retained his seat successfully since. He received the nomination from Fine Gael and was co-opted onto Cork County Council on the retirement of Senator Paul Bradford eleven years ago. Mayor O'Connor has retained his County Council seat in the last two Council Elections.
Mayor O'Connor is under no illusion as to the importance of the position to which he has been elected, given the scale of Cork County with a population of four hundred thousand people, and an area which is 11% of the total area of Ireland. He is committed to supporting his fellow Councillors and the management of the Council in continuing to balance the books, while ensuring that the end-users of Council services get value for money . He will continue to support management in promoting economic activity throughout the county. The Mayor highlights tourism, where Spike Island in particular presents an enormous opportunity for Cork County Council.
The Mayor has outlined his intention to underline the issues faced by the youth, the elderly and people with disabilities and to work to create life-enhancing opportunities for the people of Cork County.
The Mayor can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 021 4285457.