Cork City Council has welcomed the formal announcement of the official visit by HRH, The Prince of Wales and HRH, the Duchess of Cornwall to Cork on Thursday June 14.
Speaking following the announcement, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “The people of Cork, and indeed the people of Ireland, have very fond memories of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Cork in 2011 when it was clear to all that the Queen thoroughly enjoyed her time in the city, describing it in a letter afterwards to the Lord Mayor’s office as ‘colourful and lively’”.
“The international profile of our city skyrocketed following that visit with footfall at the English Market increasing by up to 30% and interest in hotel rooms in the city and county increasing by up to 70%. Most recent tourism figures show that a third of Cork’s overseas visitors now hail from the UK while Cork remains the second most popular holiday destination in the country for UK tourists behind Dublin. This week’s visit is another remarkable opportunity to showcase internationally all that our special city has to offer in terms of its food, arts and culture, heritage and FDI opportunities”.
A formal Lord Mayor’s Reception is to take place at City Hall, and the itinerary also includes a visit to the English Market and an evening dinner in the City to mark the depth and breadth of the relationship between both countries.
In order to facilitate the itinerary for the Royal visit, some road closures and parking and traffic restrictions will apply in the city centre. See attached map. Bus Eireann will operate a full service but there will be some diversions to public transport routes. For further details see below:
Parking will be removed from the following locations at 12pm on the 13th of June until 2 pm on the 14th of June
Patricks Street from Academy Street to Daunt Square, the Grand Parade, South Mall, Oliver Plunkett Street from Prince’s Street to the Grand Parade, Lapp’s Quay, Kyrl’s Street and Anglesea Street
Parking will be removed from the following locations at 12 noon on the 14th of June until 11.30 pm on the 14th of June
Half Moon Street, Academy Street, Emmet Place and Drawbridge Street
Vehicular Traffic Closures
Closure from 7.15am to 2pm:
Grand Parade, Tuckey Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, Lapps Quay and South Mall ( Grand Parade to Parliament Street).
Closure from 9.30am to 2 pm:
Anglesea Street, Union Quay (between the junction of Copley Street and Parnell Bridge), Parliament Bridge, the remainder of South Mall and streets off both sides of the Mall. Vehicles will only be allowed northbound on Parnell Bridge during this period.
Closure from 9.30am to 11.30am:
Patricks Street and adjoining side streets, Half Moon Street, Emmet Place and Drawbridge Street, Washington Street from South Main Street to Daunt Square.
From 7.15am to 1.30pm:
There will be pedestrian restrictions on the Grand Parade, Tuckey Street, Oliver Plunkett Street (from Market Alley to the Grand Parade).
From 9.30am to 11.30am:
Pedestrian movement will be restricted at Daunt Square and Washington Street (from South Main Street to the Grand Parade).
From 10.30am to 1.30pm:
Pedestrian movement will be restricted on Anglesea Street, Parnell Bridge West Side and Union Quay
- Due to road closures on Lapps Quay on Thursday, the Black Ash Park & Ride bus will operate to and from Eglinton Street. The route will follow from Eglinton Street to Albert Quay, Albert Street and out the South Link. Normal service to/from Lapps Quay resumes on Friday 15thJune 2018
- Access to Opera Lane apartments will be via Bowling Green Street
- Also an Garda Siochána have requested the removal of Coca Cola Bicycles in the following areas:
- By 7am on Thursday June 14 at Grand Parade
- By 7am on June 14 at Lapps Quay
- By 9.30 am on June 14 at Anglesea Street
- By 5pm on June 14 at Emmet Place