The Queen of Detroit, Ashling Magolan, will spend the rest of the week acquiring information on the region for a social-media based tourism campaign in Michigan.
Based in an area of Detroit known as Corktown, Ashling was voted Queen of Detroit by the United Irish Societies. Corktown residents have links to Cork and Ms Magolan is here bidding to reunite the people of Corktown with the land of their forefathers and also to show how progressive and positive their homeland has become.
“The majority of emigrants that left Ireland in the 1800s and who landed in Detroit were from Cork. They travelled from New York and Boston via train to Detroit and built an Irish community that survives today — Corktown,” said Ms Magolan who is an award-winning Irish dancer.
While in Cork she will visit treasures which are not widely publicised to the American tourist, such as Fitzgerald’s Park, the Shakey Bridge, Fota House, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, as well as Cobh Heritage Centre and Cork City Gaol. She will meet the Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary on Thursday.
Ms Magolan is also issuing an appeal to Cork people to let her know if there is anything in particular they feel she should visit while here; she can be contacted on her Facebook page: Queen of Detroit United Irish Societies.