CBA looks forward to Feelgood Friday on 26 August

It’s that time of year when the summer is coming to an end and the kids are going back to school.  Thankfully Feelgood Friday is happening again on 26th August before we say goodbye to the long summer evenings.

This exciting initiative, led by Cork Business Association in conjunction with Cork City Council, sees retailers and businesses in the city centre come together to host a series of free events on the last Friday of every month.

Yet again, there will be a festival-like atmosphere in the city, with live music, special offers and lots of family fun. This month will feature Musica Orchestra who will be creating fabulous sounds in Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre.  You can also visit The Oliver Plunkett and the Sin É on our traditional Irish music trail.  Make sure to keep an eye on Twitter @CorksRedFM to win a pair of tickets for Pulses of Tradition at Triskel Arts Centre.

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CBA congratulates Vibes & Scribes on being chosen to feature on An Post’s new stamps

On Thursday, August 18th, An Post launched their latest range of stamp designs – ‘Irish Shop Fronts’. Focusing on unique and interesting traditional shop fronts around Ireland, the range showcases 4 shops, including Cork’s own Vibes & Scribes.

The iconic red brick facade of Vibes & Scribes, located at 3 Bridge Street, will be well known to most Corkonians but gracing a stamp of it’s own means the building, and business, will soon be recognised by an international audience.

The preserved building, built circa 1880, was an obvious choice for An Post, due both to the architectural interest of the building itself as well as the beautiful window display and it’s contents.

Vibes & Scribes has been trading in the city for over 23 years, and while the Bridge Street premises began life as a bookshop, the business has since diversified. Vibes & Scribes on Bridge Street now specialises in craft supplies, wool, fabric and millinery supplies, while the new and used bookshops are located at 21 Lavitt’s Quay.

The Irish Shop Fronts stamps are available now from most post offices and online at

Port of Cork to build new €15m deep-water quay in Cobh

The Port of Cork is planning to build a new €15m deep-water quay in Cobh to handle the increasing number of large cruise liners expected to arrive in the near future.

The company confirmed a record 66 liners are already booked to dock in the harbour next year, and the figure could well top 70 as the larger Quantum class vessels may yet announce their intention to visit.

The scheduled 66 ships will carry 170,000 passengers in total and, on average, they are expected to directly spend €73 each while ashore bringing a potential boost of €12.41m to the local economy.

Port of Cork commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy said the company was planning to reach a target, by 2020, of attracting 75 cruise ships annually but it could be achieved earlier as business prospects are very encouraging.

He said the company plans to make the investment in a new deep-water berth in Cobh within the next three to four years.

“We want to capitalise on the number of big ships which are to be built,” said Capt McCarthy. “There are currently 62 new cruise liners on order which will enter service before 2020. More than half of these are bigger than 300m in length and some will be able to carry up to 6,000 passengers each. That’s why we need to invest in new facilities in Cobh.”

The company has already invested €1.5m in upgrading the existing cruise liner berth in Cobh to facilitate Quantum class ships, which are over 350 metres in length.

The new quay will also allow for two huge cruise ships to arrive at the same time.

On past occasions, when liners arrived at the same time, one had to berth in Ringaskiddy.

Capt McCarthy, chairman of Cruise Europe, said he would be travelling later this year to meet the owners of Quantum class vessels in the USA with the hope of securing deals to ensure Cork Harbour as an option for a stopover next season.

So far this year, the Port of Cork has welcomed 38 cruise liners to Cobh, with 90,000 passengers and crew on board.

With another 20 liners scheduled to call, the company estimates passengers and crew volumes will be nearly 150,000 by the end of the season.

“This year’s liners are calling right up until December with one particular ship booked to call here on Christmas day, a first for the port,” said Capt McCarthy.

The cruise liner Black Watch will be stopping over for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day in Cobh, with 1,000 British holidaymakers on board.

“We are working closely with Cobh heritage Centre, the Titanic Experience and others to have a number of centres open for the passengers to visit on St Stephen’s Day,” said Capt McCarthy.

Meanwhile, he also confirmed the Port of Cork’s magnificent Custom House building will be open to the public on this Saturday, as part of Heritage Week. It will be open from 11am until 3pm with guided tours at 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm.

Visitors on the guided tours will get an overview of the Port of Cork Company and then a look at the history of the Harbour Commissioners and Custom House.

They will also be given an extra treat as they will be shown a glimpse of the Cork Bonded Warehouses on Custom House Quay.

The guided tours will finish in the Port of Cork boardroom, a historic room with stunning architecture.

Cork Airport sees really strong growth this summer

Niall MacCarthy Managing Director of Cork Airport strongly welcomed the latest national statistics as follows;

“We are delighted with the strong growth in commercial aircraft movements once again in Cork in July (+14.4%) which is the strongest growth of all three national airports. We are now working hard to ensure that growth continues right through the Winter months.

In that regard, we are delighted to announce the following further growth at Cork for this Winter season commencing this October bank holiday weekend to next March.

Aer Lingus – Lanzarote: increase from 2-3 to 4 weekly

Aer Lingus – Malaga: increase from 2-3 to 2-4 weekly

Ryanair – Gran Canaria: new winter operation (1 weekly)

Ryanair – Malaga: new winter operation (2 weekly)

Ryanair – Tenerife-South: new winter operation (1 weekly)

Stobart Air – Glasgow: increase from 4 to 5 weekly

Stobart Air – Manchester: increase from 14 to 18 weekly

Stobart Air – Southampton: new winter operation (4 weekly)

This represents further choice for Munster people this Winter season and further opportunity for foreign inbound tourism.

We are now working on other opportunities for Summer 2017 and will announce these later this year.