"I want to say that I am very proud to be Mayor of Mallow as we approach Easter 2013.
The hard working Racing Home for Easter Festival committee, under the chairmanship of Mary Kelly, has put together a fun-packed programme of events catering for people of all ages.
I want to encourage everyone who has not yet decided where to go this weekend to come to Mallow.
This festival is once again going to be wonderful for the local economy, providing just the kind of boost that our town needs in these recessionary times.
Hotels and B&Bs will be packed and I am told that bookings for evening meals in local restaurants are well up on previous years.
This year the festival has been extended to Tuesday and Wednesday when the focus will be on the heritage of Mallow, culminating in a concert on Wednesday night which has an awesome line up of local talent.
As always, a special thanks to the town and county council officials, to the gardai and to the sponsors for their support in helping to make this festival such a wonderful event.
Special mention also to Failte Ireland and Irish Rail, who through their support recognise that this is not just a Mallow festival but also a truly national event.
Finally, I wish to send warm greetings to those returning to Mallow and Ireland for Easter on this, the year of the Gathering.