Hurricane Ophelia: Will bring about Closures, delays and disruption

Schools and Colleges: The Department of Education has ordered all schools and colleges to close.
Buses: Bus Éireann have cancelled all services on Monday from 5am to 2pm.
The company said it would review the situation in the morning, and would attempt to provide some level of service in some parts of the country in the afternoon, but it is likely widespread disruption could continue for most of the day.

Cork Airport Management at Cork Airport have confirmed that some 24 Aer Lingus and Aer Lingus Regional schedule flights in and out of the airport on Monday have been cancelled as a result of the Red Weather Alert for Hurricane Ophelia.
Cork Airport Marketing Manager, Kevin Cullinane said that the first three Aer Lingus Regional flights between 7am and 9am are scheduled to depart but all remaining Aer Lingus and Aer Regional flights are cancelled and he urged intending passengers with other airlines to check with the airlines.
Hurricane Ophelia is due to make landfall in Ireland on Monday and is predicted to be one of the worst storms we have seen in more than 50 years.
Shortly after 8pm Met Éireann broadened its status red weather alert to cover the entire country.

The forecast is for the storm to cross directly over the country during day time on Monday bringing gusts of up to 130km/h.
Met Éireann said “violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon.”

Heavy rain and storm surges are also forecast which may lead to flooding.
The storm is expected to make landfall in Co Kerry at around 6am and track slowly northwards across the country during the day although all forecasts are subject to change as Met Éireann continues to track the storm.
Counties Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Waterford and Cork are likely to be the first to experience the powerful winds from early tomorrow morning and early afternoon, before the storm moves in a northerly direction across the country.
Cork City Council advised residents and businesses in areas subject to tidal flooding to take measures to protect their property in advance of high tide which is due in the city at 4pm, said the city council

Public able to vote on Cork’s best building

THE Cork public are being asked to nominate the city’s best-looking buildings for the annual Better Buildings Awards.

The awards honour the best-designed and best-kept buildings in Cork City and suburbs.

They are organised by the Cork Business Association (CBA) together with Cork City Council and the Evening Echo.

Aimed at rewarding staff, managers, property owners, developers, architects and designers for high standards in building design, conservation and creativity as well as those involved in the maintenance and upkeep which protect, enhance and improve business buildings in the Cork City area.

This significantly contributes to a positive public perception of the city as a vibrant and dynamic place to live, visit, invest and do business in.

The CBA is urging every business, heritage building owner, architect, conservation project and tourism facility in the greater Cork area to enter the awards before the October 23 deadline.

“Whether you have recently upgraded the exterior of your building, have designed a stunning new build, painted or decorated your building, invested in the upkeep of an old building, introduced a new use for your building or you are just extremely proud of how your building looks, don’t delay and enter online or pick up an entry form explaining which category or categories you wish to be considered for and why,” CBA chief executive Lawrence Owens said.

The categories for the awards are Best in Retail, Best in Heritage & Conservation, Best in Cafe/Restaurant, Best in Pub Front, Best in Commercial Business Frontage (excl. retail), Best in Tourism, Arts & Accommodation and Best New Development. There will also be a Judges Choice.

The closing date for applications is October 23, to afford the judges time to inspect and visit the nominated buildings.

To nominate a building, fill out an application form on or call 021 4278295.

Businesses urged to enter for awards

Cork Airport Overall Winners 2016

Cork Business Association (CBA), which is celebrating 60 years, is calling on members and businesses throughout the city to enter its annual Cork Business of the Year Awards.

The awards ceremony will take place at a black tie dinner in Páirc Uí Chaoimh conference centre.
In partnership with awards sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partners the Irish Examiner, the awards recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals across varied sectors of business.

There are 10 categories, including best new business, best hotel, best Cork family business, best Cork cafe or restaurant, best Cork VFI pub, best Cork retail business, best professional services business, and best tourism art event. There is also the Cork Business of the Year awards for large and medium-sized businesses, both sponsored by the Irish Examiner and JCD.

CBA chief executive Lawrence Owens said: “I think what separates our awards from others is that it doesn’t matter whether you are a large business with a fleet of staff or a one man band multi-tasking to provide a great product or service.

“There are certainly plenty of stars out there on the Cork business scene. The CBA, along with our sponsors and partners, seek to recognise the hard work and good business acumen demonstrated in Cork in 2017.”

Mr Owens said the many benefits of being part of the awards process include recognition, plus marketing and networking opportunities.

To enter the Cork Business of the Year Awards 2017, a business must be based in the greater Cork city area or be a member of the CBA.

Nominations are now open and entries for all award categories should be completed online at no later than November 6.

Shortlisted finalists will be contacted via email on November 20.

The awards ceremony will take place at a black tie dinner in Páirc Uí Chaoimh conference centre on Saturday, January 20. Tickets are priced at €110 or €1,000 for a table of 10 (plus booking fee) and are available to purchase through Eventbrite or direct from the CBA office by calling 021 4278295.

For more information on Cork Business Association and the 2017 Cork Business of the Year Awards, see