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Thursday 18 September 2014

A double taste of Mallow for TV viewers in Chicago

Published 20/03/2014 | 05:26

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Cllr Noel O’Connor

CHICAGO TV viewers had a double taste of Mallow last week, as two local politicians appeared on news stations to discuss Cork's links with the Windy City.

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Mayor of Cork County and Mallow town councillor Noel O'Connor was a guest on ABC7 News in Chicago, where he explained Cook county's ties with Cork and Mallow's sister city, Tinley Park.

Cllr O'Connor praised Chicago's "feelgood factor" in the run up to St Patrick's Day and said he hoped to develop stronger links between the city and Cork during his visit.

"We want to do more exchanges and get to talk to each other, and promote more tourism between the two areas. We should come to your beautiful city and county, and we should invite all the viewers to please come to Cork," he said.

Meanwhile, Mallow-based junior minister Seán Sherlock appeared on CBS Chicago to discuss his "really positive" meeting with Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"I think there are areas of co-operation we can both work on," Minister Sherlock told the show, highlighting Ireland and Chicago's common business interests, such as the emerging medical technology sector.

During his visit to Chicago and Kansas, Minister Sherlock was involved in over 23 meetings/events related to the activities of IDA, Enterprise Ireland, meet members of the Irish-American community and US political representatives, including the Mayor of Chicago, and engaged in a number of media events including an interview on CBS News.

"I was determined to deliver a strong message, not just for Ireland but for Cork also as a significant hub with investment potential," Minister Sherlock said following his trip.

"The welcome we received in every quarter shows that Ireland's reputation is restored and that will contribute heavily to further foreign direct invest in the country and this region," he said.

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