Let the sun shine: An Taoiseach visits Mitchelstown & Fermoy

Jack Hyland, The Favourite, welcoming John Mullins and An Taoiseach, Simon Harris to his ship on Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown during last week's walkabout in the town. (Picture: Courtney Kingdom)

The sun was splitting the stones in Mitchelstown last Friday morning when An Taoiseach Simon Harris visited the town on a quick tour of Lower Cork Street where, flanked by local councillors Kay Dawson and Noel McCarthy along with European election candidate, John Mullins, met with many business owners and members of the public.

The Avondhu was on-site at the Clongibbon House Hotel where Mr Harris’ first audience was with a number of students from Presentation Secondary School. After a discussion on politics, it was time for a selfie with the TikTok Taoiseach, and the squealing witnessed would not have been out of place at a music gig. It is undetermined if this cohort are old enough to vote yet, but they were definitely won over by touring delegation!

It is part and parcel of reporting to be objective, but it has to be said, that of the 80 or so people The Avondhu witnessed the Fine Gael leader meet with on the streets, in shops and in cars and jeeps, no ill-feeling or dissent was witnessed. Even as a game of numbers with any politician, it was surprising to see such a universal welcome. Perhaps it was the sun.

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