The CLARE City Council will illuminate Áras Contae an Chláir in teal next month to show its support for World Ovarian Cancer Day.
At this month’s meeting of the local authority it was confirmed that the city hall would be illuminated on May 8 to raise awareness about ovarian cancer that has been dubbed ‘the silent killer’.
The date also marks the 11th anniversary of the founding of the Clare Cancer Support Center (Sláinte an Chlár) in Kilnamona.
Councilors Clare Colleran Molloy, Susan Crawford and John Crowe moved a joint motion requesting that Áras Contae an Chláir be lit in honor of World Ovarian Cancer Day and also in recognition of the anniversary of the Clare Cancer Support Center.
The council headquarters will join other high-profile buildings across the country in action, including the Mansion House, the National Concert Hall, the Titanic Building, Cork City Hall, UCC, NUIG, Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel.
Councilor Colleran Molloy stated: “Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer of women, it is the sixth most common cancer among women in Ireland,” she said.
Councilor Crawford commented, “I find it very appropriate to acknowledge World Ovarian Cancer Day and the work of the Clare Cancer Support Center.”
She described ovarian cancer as “one of the scariest cancers, it is literally a silent killer. It is important for women to be aware and attentive and attend check-ups.
Councilmember Crowe said he was “delighted” to support the proposal and congratulated the Clare Cancer Support Center on its anniversary. Councilmember Michael Begley also expressed his support.
Ann Reynolds, Senior Executive Director of Corporate Services who responded to the motion stated: “The council has the ability to illuminate the Áras building in various colors and has been responding to requests for lighting events.
“Requests have become more frequent in recent months and are coordinated by the Communications and Facilities teams. The city council can accommodate such requests as long as the requested light color is available and does not coincide with another previously confirmed lighting event.
“A lighting event has been scheduled in the Area for World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8 as requested in this Notice of Motion.”