CBA is delighted with the success of our Afterhours Briefing in AIB South Mall

The CBA is delighted with the success of our Afterhours Briefing held yesterday evening in AIB 66 South Mall.
The event was very well supported with a large attendance in the beautiful historic venue.

Guest speaker Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council outlined new developments in Cork City and Sara McKeown spoke on how businesses can benefit from cruise ships docking in the Port of Cork.

This was a fantastic networking opportunity and we hope to hold similar events in the near future.

Breda Sheahan (Fitzgerald & Co. Solicitors) Deborah Maguire (Blarney Branding) and Tina Coy (Euro Executive Recruitment) at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Breda Sheahan (Fitzgerald & Co. Solicitors) Deborah Maguire (Blarney Branding) and Tina Coy (Euro Executive Recruitment)

Declan O’Connell (Declan O’Connell & Co.) Kevin O’Callaghan (Kevin O’Callaghan & Co.) and Sean O”Callaghan (AIB Branch Manager) at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Declan O’Connell (Declan O’Connell & Co.) Kevin O’Callaghan (Kevin O’Callaghan & Co.) and Sean O”Callaghan (AIB Branch Manager)

Mary Tatten (AIB Branch Manager Wilton) and Pat Casey (Casey Communications) at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Mary Tatten (AIB Branch Manager Wilton) and Pat Casey (Casey Communications)

Lucia Fielding (James Riordan & Co. Solicitors) Grahame Copplestone (James Riordan & Co. Solicitors) and Vicki Crean (AIB) at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Lucia Fielding (James Riordan & Co. Solicitors) Grahame Copplestone (James Riordan & Co. Solicitors) and Vicki Crean (AIB)

Speakers Sarah McKeown (Commercial Executive Port of Cork) and Ann Doherty (CE Cork City Council) at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Speakers Sarah McKeown (Commercial Executive Port of Cork) and Ann Doherty (CE Cork City Council)

CBA President Pat O’Connell, Ann Doherty CE Cork City Council, John O’Doherty Regional Director AIB and Sarah McKeown Commercial Executive Port of Cork at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

CBA President Pat O’Connell, Ann Doherty CE Cork City Council, John O’Doherty Regional Director AIB and Sarah McKeown Commercial Executive Port of Cork

Section of the attendance at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Great attendance at the CBA Afterhours Briefing in AIB 66 South Mall

CBA President Pat O’Connell speaking at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

CBA President Pat O’Connell speaking at the CBA afterhours briefing in AIB 66 South Mall

Sarah McKeown Commercial Executive Port of Cork speaking at the Cork Business Association afterhours briefing on developments in Cork at AIB South Mall, Cork. Photo Billy macGill

Sarah McKeown Commercial Executive Port of Cork speaking at the CBA afterhours briefing in AIB 66 South Mall

All photos by Billy MacGill

CBA welcomes huge public support for Cork-US flights

There is overwhelming public support for Norwegian Airlines’ plans to launch low-cost transatlantic flights from Cork Airport.

A survey of 1,000 Irish adults was conducted, as a final decision on the airline’s foreign-carrier permit application is still awaited from the US Department of Transportation (DoT).

Bosses at Norwegian, and at Cork Airport, last night urged the DoT to decide as soon as possible. Their call comes ahead of a gathering of global aviation leaders, for the AGM of the International Air Transport Association and the World Air Transport Summit, in Dublin, today.

SIPTU said airport workers from the around the world would protest outside the event, at the RDS, to highlight the attack on their pay and conditions, as more airline and airport services are being farmed out to subcontractors.

Norwegian announced plans last year to operate low-cost flights from Cork to Boston in 2016, followed by a Cork-to-New York route in 2017, using its Irish subsidiary, Norwegian Air International (NAI). NAI is also considering transatlantic flights from Shannon Airport.

The airline postponed its May launch of the Cork-to-Boston flights, because of DoT delays on the licence application. The DoT’s tentative decision to grant the licence, which it says complies with the EU-US Open Skies Agreement, is being fought by US and EU labour and pilot unions.

US presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have also come out against the licence.

But a new poll, carried out by leading Irish research company, Red C, shows strong public support for the proposed services. Red C surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,004 adults, aged 18 and over. This included 280 Munster residents.

Results from the Munster residents showed that 58% were aware of Norwegian’s plans and 96% felt that it was important to have US routes from Cork and Shannon Airports.

Some 90% felt that a low-cost offering on transatlantic routes was needed in the Irish market, and 82% of Munster residents said if they were to fly to Boston or New York in the next 12 months they would use Norwegian’s proposed services from Cork.

The overall polling results revealed nationwide support for the planned flights.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said their plans for flights from Cork had already received widespread support from the Irish Government, aviation authorities, airports and travel groups.

“This new polling now reveals that the new flights also have broad public support, with passengers keen to benefit from affordable, direct new routes,” he said.

“As we await a final decision from the US authorities, this polling is a timely reminder that the views and needs of passengers should be put first.”

Niall MacCarthy, the managing director at Cork Airport, said the research reinforced their long-held view that there was a strong demand for the flights to start as soon as possible.

“Low-cost, transatlantic services from Cork will shake up the Irish marketplace and increase the choice, options, and competition for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic,” he said. “We’d urge the US authorities to make a positive announcement as soon as possible, so these historic services to Boston and New York can finally become a reality.”

CBA is delighted with the success of our first Feelgood Friday

Here are some fab photos by Billy MacGill from our first Feelgood Friday which was held on Friday 27th May.
We’re looking forward to the next one already!

1Eight year old Ava Goulding from Garveys Bridge enjoying her free meal at Coqbull French Church Street with Maeve Molloy and Kaite O’Flaherty during the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill             2Five year old Tadhg Healy from Sydney, Australia enjoying his free meal at Coqbull French Church Street with Maeve Molloy and Kaite O’Flaherty during the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill

3Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill             4Enjoying the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill

5Rapper Lloyd Hogan performing at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill             6Rapper Lloyd Hogan performing at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill

7Rapper GMC performing at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGill             8Rapping at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil

9Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil           10Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil

11The Music Generation making music at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil          12Alisha O’Brien and her Mum Jaquelin from Ballyphehane with Elsa and Anna from Frozen at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil

13Phoebe and Sophie Purcell from Carrigtwohill Co. Cork with Elsa and Anna from Frozen at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil          14Alisha O’Brien from Ballyphehane has her face painted at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil

15Enjoying the Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil          16Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C. part of the Feel Good Friday party day in Cork. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Photo Billy macGil

  1. Eight year old Ava Goulding from Garveys Bridge enjoying her free meal at Coqbull French Church Street with Maeve Molloy and Kaite O’Flaherty
  2. Five year old Tadhg Healy from Sydney, Australia enjoying his free meal at Coqbull French Church Street with Maeve Molloy and Kaite O’Flaherty
  3. Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place
  4. Enjoying the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place
  5. Rapper Lloyd Hogan performing at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place
  6. Rapper Lloyd Hogan performing at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place
  7. Rapper GMC performing at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place
  8. Rapping at the Rap-a-mile gig with GMC Beats on Emmet Place
  9. Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C.
  10. Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C.
  11. Music Generation Cork City making music throughout the streets of Cork on Feelgood Friday
  12. Alisha O’Brien and her Mum Jaquelin from Ballyphehane with Elsa and Anna from Frozen at The Card Shop
  13. Phoebe and Sophie Purcell from Carrigtwohill Co. Cork with Elsa and Anna from Frozen at The Card Shop
  14. Alisha O’Brien from Ballyphehane has her face painted at The Card Shop in Merchant Quay
  15. Enjoying the Barrack Street Youth band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C.
  16. Barrack Street band playing at the Music Generation gig at Merchants Quay S.C.

CBA event will help Cork City traders tap into lucrative luxury cruise passenger market

Traders in Cork City will be urged tonight to ‘push the boat out’ and develop a co-ordinated approach to entice into the city centre at least half of the 100,000 passengers and almost 40,000 crew on board the ships which call annually to Ireland’s only dedicated cruise berth at the Port of Cork’s Cobh Cruise Terminal.

The call will come at a Cork Business Association (CBA) hosted ‘after-hours’ briefing event for its members this evening. It will be addressed by the chief executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty, who will give an overview of developments in the city centre.

Sara Mackeown, commercial marketing executive of the Port of Cork company, who will also address CBA members, said: “We have at least 100,000 passengers on these ships, we market the port, we can handle some of the world’s biggest ships, but once we get them in, it’s up to businesses to seize the opportunity. We need to collectively market the city to highlight the opportunities.”

Recent figures show that each cruise ship passenger spends an average of €73 a day while onshore.

Port of Cork statistics show that, even before the liners arrive in port, about half the passengers have booked short excursions to places such as Blarney, Kinsale, the Jameson Experience in Midleton, the Rock of Cashel, and Youghal.

The rest are independent travellers, many of whom take the train from Cobh to explore Cork City themselves. The Port of Cork also provides a free shuttle bus service to and from the city to cruise passengers who berth in Ringaskiddy. However, city businesses have never united to target this category of passenger — a market which could be worth up to €3.6m annually.

While the Port of Cork places tour guides on board the liners to advise passengers on what to see and do while on shore, Ms Mackeown said they hope to work with CBA members to promote the city’s tourist offering too. Developing a brochure promoting the city’s attractions and events must be considered, and the development of a food-tasting and music-themed tour is worth exploring, she said.

The Port of Cork’s cruise liner season opened on April 1, with the arrival of MV Balmoral and her 1,800 passengers and crew at Cobh. It was the first of up to 58 liners scheduled to call to Cork this year. Four are due to call in December alone, with one ship due in Cobh on St Stephen’s Day.

Princess Cruises’ MV Caribbean Princess, which carries 3,500 passengers and 1,200 crew, will make her third call to Cobh on Friday. She is due to visit seven more times this year. Last year, the Port of Cork invested €1.5m upgrading the Cobh terminal to handle larger Quantum class ships. It hopes to increase its cruise calls to 75 a year over the next three years.

Bantry Bay Port Company will also welcome three cruise liners this year, including the MV Albatross, which will call to Bantry before docking in Cobh.