Cork County Council ‘Nominate a Book’ competition

Pictured (l-r): Therese Healy, Consul General, Declan Daly, Divisional Manager, Southern Division, Cork County Council, Cllr Séamus McGrath, Mayor of the County of Cork, Lee Wah Pay, Solicitor/Executive China Relations, Cork County Council and John Forde, SEO, Cork County Council. Pic: Martin Walsh.

THE Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath is thrilled to announce details of the Cork County Council ‘Nominate a Book’ competition, “Cork County Council is developing a twinning arrangement with Jiangsu Province, an eastern-central coastal province of the People’s Republic of China with a population of 80 million.

“To celebrate this new and exciting relationship with Jiangsu, I would like to invite members of the public to nominate one or more books, on any topic, which they consider represent Cork.  Nominations can range from short stories to photography, from culture to education and anything in between.”

When the Mayor leads future delegations from Cork County Council to Jiangsu, he will present a selection of the nominated books to libraries in Jiangsu in order to promote all that Cork County has to offer.

Last November, Mayor McGrath signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jiangsu Province, China.  This forms a commitment between both sides to enhance their existing cooperation, mutual understanding and friendship in the development of economic, educational and cultural links between Cork and Jiangsu.

Cork woman, Ms. Thérèse Healy, the Consul General at the Consulate General of Ireland, Shanghai, also welcomes this initiative, “This is a wonderful way of creating further awareness in China about our rich literary tradition in Ireland and  particularly in Cork”.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Mr. Tim Lucey is asking the people of Cork County to Nominate a Book, “Forming a collection of books which have been picked by the people of Cork will greatly encourage interest in our rich culture, heritage and create an understanding of what makes Cork such a great place to live, work and visit.”

Mayor McGrath went on to say, “I am very pleased to launch this novel education and cultural initiative which will provide people in Jiangsu with an opportunity to learn about Cork.  I hope that the range of books will inspire curiosity in readers and encourage them to come and visit Cork, either for a holiday or to study.”

Nominations are being accepted from January 28th, the Chinese New Year, until St Patricks Day 2017.  Everyone who nominates a book will be entered into a draw for one of three €50 One4all Gift Cards and family passes to Spike Island or Camden Fort Meagher.  Please submit your nominations by email at, on Facebook or Twitter @ThinkCorkCounty.