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David McWilliams: Multinationals must help nurture the communities that give them so much

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Queen Elizabeth meets fishmonger Pat O'Connell at his stall in the English Market in 2011
Queen Elizabeth meets fishmonger Pat O'Connell at his stall in the English Market in 2011
'Cork has a lot to be proud of. The city, although sometimes not appreciated, has loads of interesting architecture. The river, island, wonderful hills and bridges all make it a lovely city to walk around.' Thinkstock Images

It was a morning only a taxi driver could love. Yesterday, walking down the Western Road, past the Pres' Cork lads shuffling towards school, the River Lee was swollen and moving rapidly. It only took seconds for a large fallen branch to be swept along from one bridge to the next, which is hardly surprising after the biblical deluges we've been experiencing.

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At Washington Street, just ahead of the impressive Cork courthouse, the river splits and you get the feeling of being on an island.

Down at the English Market, just after eight, the various traders are setting up. Fruit and veg floggers are roaring at no one in particular, while the clink of cafe cutlery rattles over the fishmonger's chatter. We are getting ready for the trading day. The wares are set out, the display cases polished and the nuts and bolts of everyday commerce, the true engine of the economy, are put in place for the day ahead.

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