Shine A Light Night with Focus Ireland

We are proud to announce that we, the Cork Business Association, have agreed to assist Focus Ireland in circulating and promoting Shine A Light Night 2018.

Shine a Light Night is a truly touching event where the Business Community come together for one night to raise vital funds and to stand in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today.
 

Why Focus Ireland?

Be part of this extraordinary night by joining the Business Leaders Sleep Out on Spike Island.

Join the CEO’S , General Managers and Managing Directors of Businesses throughout Cork and the region on Spike Island, where you can swap your executive chair for a sleeping bag and join your peers for one night to raise vital funds to support our work and send a message of solidarity to people experiencing homelessness in Cork and Ireland today.

This is really for YOU to commit and participate in the sleep out and to fundraise through business, community and family contacts. This can be through events, donations, sponsor cards and online. The target income is within the region of €2000 to €3000, but all fundraising amounts generated are welcome and appreciated.

Sign Up Procedure?
Simply register to participate by emailing dick.white@focusireland.ie and we will sign you up, get any support materials out to you and set up your on line fundraising page through Everyday Hero.

What other options might we have to support Focus Ireland?
If the Business Leaders Sleep Out clashes with your diary or does not suit, you can also get your team together and organise Shine A Light at Work by hosting a workplace Sleep Out. This is an option which builds awareness amongst a wider group and gives the opportunity to support our work and generate some funds.

Where and When?

  • Spike Island, Cork Harbour
  • 12thOctober

 

Shine A Light Night 2018 Partners

“Focus Ireland is working to end homelessness. We believe that everyone has a right to a place to call home.”

CORK TO BOSTON PROVIDENCE ROUTE ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER 2019

 20 July 2018: Cork Airport welcomes today’s announcement that Norwegian’s Cork to Boston Providence service is available to book for summer 2019. On sale now, the route will operate at the same weekly frequency as 2018, flying Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Cork to Boston Providence 2019 summer schedule commences April and runs through to October. Seats are available to book at www.norwegian.com/ie.

The Cork to Boston Providence route links Cork Airport, Ireland’s second busiest and best connected international airport outside of Dublin, with TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, located an hour from Boston.

Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport said: “We welcome the Cork to Boston Providence route announcement for summer 2019, coming just as we celebrate the first year of this significant and successful service.

“Tourism Ireland recently confirmed an increase of 12.4% of inbound passengers from North America in the first five months of 2018. With Cork Airport being uniquely placed at the beginning of both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East, this route has made it even easier for US visitors to come to the southof Ireland and experience all it has to offer.

“This route also offers affordable transatlantic travel for those travelling to the east coast of America to experience the magnificent US summer holiday destinations such as Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.”

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian added: “We launched Cork Airport’s first transatlantic flights in its 50-year history and we’re pleased to have now put flights on sale for summer 2019.

“Offering a direct transatlantic link to the USA with fares from €129 one-way makes this a great time to book affordable flights to the US and enjoy our unrivalled service and modern, spacious aircraft.”

Chase the Sunset with Ocean Escapes

Hop Onboard for an Unmissable Cork Harbour Sunset Cruise

A cool ocean breeze on your face, a salty spray on your skin, watching the sparkling water and basking in the beauty of a glorious pink and orange sky as the sun begins to set on the horizon. Doesn’t this sound like an idyllic summers evening? You could be sailing around scenic Cork Harbour, chasing the sunset, during a special 2 hour long Sunset Cruise departing from Crosshaven on July 13th at 8pm.

The cruise is being run by ‘Ocean Escapes’ on their new Cork Harbour tour boat experience, which operates daily between Cork and Cobh, and has quickly become the hottest ‘summer bucket list’ thing to do in Cork in 2018. The tour guides and crew have witnessed some remarkable sunsets as the boat docks each evening in Crosshaven and decided that Cork locals and visitors might also enjoy spending some time on the open water ‘chasing the sunset’. Tickets for the Sunset Cruise from Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven are €15 per person or €20 for two people, and can be bought on board.

 

If you can’t make this Sunset Cruise, but would still like to get out on the water to enjoy breath-taking views, famous sights, nature & wildlife, fascinating stories, and all the maritime history that Cork Harbour has to offer, you can book a place onboard the 72-seater tour boat from either Port of Cork Marina, Custom House Quay in Cork City or Kennedy Quay in Cobh.  See oceanescapes.ie for times and prices. Tours depart daily until September from Cobh or Cork City.  Or, if you are more of a thrill seeker, you can book a tour on one of the Ocean Escapes exhilarating high speed ribs.

For more information contact Ocean Escapes 021 2339049 (Mon- Fri 9.30am- 5.30pm) or see www.oceanescapes.ie.

Irish Water to host information evening in advance of project to replace old water mains in MacCurtain Street and surrounding area

Irish Water will shortly begin a project to replace approximately 4km of old water mains in Cork city centre which will result in significant improvements in the water supply for local customers.

 

The project will involve the decommissioning of old and damaged cast iron water main, much of which dates back to the early 1900s, in an area north of the river, on MacCurtain Street and surrounding streets.*

 

This work is essential in order to maintain a secure and reliable water supply for the people of Cork City. Due to the age of the pipes to be replaced, they have become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration issues. In some parts of the city over 60% of water supplied is lost through leakage. This project will benefit local residents by providing them with a more secure, reliable supply.

 

Removing old cast iron and lead pipes from the public water network and replacing them with new ductile iron and plastic (polyethylene) pipes will also reduce the risk of contamination, helping to protect customers’ health

 

 

Prior to the commencement of this work Irish Water, in partnership with Cork City Council, will host a drop in information evening relating to the planned water network improvement works. This will take place in the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, July 5th

Members of the public are invited to drop in, meet the project team and find out more about the proposed programme of works.

 

 

€20 million to be invested in Cork City

This project forms part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and improve water supplies. In 2018/2019, we plan to invest €20 million in Cork City’s distribution network through water mains rehabilitation, lead service replacement, leak detection and repair programme and the First Fix Free scheme. As a result of this work, Irish Water expects to save up to 3 million litres of treated water every day.

 

Steven Blennerhassett, Water Network Programme lead, commented “Replacing these old water mains on MacCurtain Street, the Lower Glanmire Road and surrounding streets will reduce leakage and result in a major improvement in the water supply for our customers in the area. Combined with the proposed upgrade of the Lee Road water treatment plant and ongoing water main rehabilitation work throughout the city, this is part of Irish Water’s commitment to providing the people of Cork with a modern, safe and efficient water supply network.

 

“We recognise that works of this nature can cause inconvenience and we are committed to minimising any disruption by engaging with local businesses, residents and other stakeholders. We look forward to meeting the public at our information evening on July 5th where the project team will be available to discuss the plans and address any concerns people may have ahead of the commencement of the work.”

 

 

Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place

Construction is expected to commence by the end of July and the work will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian on behalf of Irish Water. Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place as the work progresses in order to minimise disruption to the public and to businesses and residents in the area. The contractors will liaise with the Cork City Council Roads Department, An Garda Síochána and local residents and businesses who will be notified about upcoming events likely to cause disturbance such as planned temporary disconnection of services, working hours or any other planned works.

 

When construction is underway areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on the community. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

 

Prior to the start of the main construction work, site investigation work is due to get underway this Monday, July 2. This will involve digging a number of trial holes in MacCurtain Street and surrounding area. This work will be mainly located in parking bays to keep disruption to a minimum and work areas will be limited to short sections.

 

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience as a result of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates or you can call our customer care team on 1850 278 278, open 24/7.

 

 

For more information on how we are reducing leakage across the country, visit www.water.ie

You can also play your part by reporting leaks on public property such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, using our online form or by calling 1850 278 278.

 

ENDS

 

*The locations to benefit from these improvement works include the following:

Leitrim Street Carrol’s Quay York Street
Pine Street Lower Glanmire Rd Woods Place
Hardwick Street Devonshire Street Little William Street
Coburg Street St. Patrick’s Quay St. Patrick’s Hill
Camden Place MacCurtain Street Water Street
Bridge Street Harley Street Lower Grattan Hill