The installation of a temporary funfair in Market Square, Mitchelstown has brought to light some conflicting opinions and attitudes as to how the historic square is used, which is a testament, if nothing else, to the popularity of the town centre location.

According to Cork County Council guidelines, a licence is not needed to hold a funfair, however operators do need to give notice in writing within two working days to the local authority, and also a valid certificate of the safety for the fairground equipment, as well as the dates of any such funfair.

However, local public representative Cllr Deirdre O’Brien queried the wisdom of placing a funfair in the middle of the town, and in a square that some might say is too small for such a setup. She has also raised strong objections to the lack of consultation with the people on the ground.

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