Michael Magner and family become independent owners of Cork’s 4 Star Vienna Woods Hotel and Villas

Cork hotelier Michael Magner has acquired full ownership of the historic Vienna Woods Hotel, along with his father in law Mr Brian Scully, having bought out the Fitzgerald family, for an undisclosed sum.

Michael Magner purchased the hotel in 2006 in partnership with The Fitzgerald family, owners of the four-star Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa in Adare, Co. Limerick.

Together they have, over the years, completely restored the 18th century property back to its former glory with a €5 million investment, adding on a luxury ballroom and eight modern self-catering villas, bringing the total bedrooms on site to 77.

Last year, the hotel also upgraded all guest rooms and suites in the property and invested in meeting spaces and technology to meet the hotel’s growing demand as a business destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and events.

A further investment of €500k will be made by Mr Magner and Mr Scully following the acquisition over the coming season to deliver a refurbished foyer, conference suites, occasion and dining space.

Commenting on the transaction, Michael Magner said:

“Since moving to Cork in 2006 it has become my home, I suppose the fact my mother is a native of Meelin in North Cork, the attraction of Cork was well and truly in my blood.”

Michael said he is very grateful to the Fitzgerald family for the opportunities they have given and shared with him, all of which helped pave the way to make his dream of owning his own family hotel a possibility.

“The Fitzgerald’s family and I would also like to pay tribute to the team at Vienna Woods for their dedication and commitment to making each guest’s stay as enjoyable as possible. I look forward to continuing to work with this fantastic team as we embark on a new journey together,” he said.

Michael and his wife Annette have three children, Eric (20) studying hotel management, Daniel (6) and Charlie (3) and, in a changing hotel landscape in Ireland, to have an independent, family owned and run hotel is a rare and marvellous thing.

“Our family acquisition will ensure this passion for personal, warm Irish hospitality will continue for future generations to come and we look forward to greeting all our loyal and future guests who visit the hotel”.

Wishing Mr Magner and his family every future success, Mary Fitzgerald, from Fitzgerald’s Woodlands Hotel & Spa, said:

“Michael began his career in hospitality with us and we were delighted to partner with him on the purchase of the Vienna Woods Hotel in 2006.  We have worked closely together over the subsequent years in growing a successful business and have together invested in the fabric of the building. The acquisition of Vienna Woods Hotel is a natural progression for Michael and we wish him the very best of luck.”

Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel will be renamed as ‘Cork’s Vienna Woods Country House’. Sitting on 22 acres of mature grounds, the historic country house which was once the home of the famous Crawford brewing family, is one of Cork’s busiest wedding and occasion venues, located just ten minutes’ drive from Cork City centre.

It is a member of Guaranteed Irish brand and is a Manor House property within Original Irish Hotels, an exclusive collection of independently owned Irish hotels.

Existing bookings at the Vienna Woods Hotel are unaffected by the change in ownership. All vouchers issued by Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa for Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel and all vouchers issued by Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel for Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa will be honoured until the 31st December.

Seafest & Cork Harbour Festival Set The Scene For Ireland’s Biggest Maritime Celebration This June

SeaFest and Cork Harbour Festival are coming together for Ireland’s biggest maritime celebration, which will take place in Cork this June. Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) present SeaFest, a national free and family friendly maritime festival, at the Port of Cork on 7th – 9th June.

This will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs from 1st – 9th June, with over 70 events for all to enjoy.

The programmes of both festivals will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more see seafest.ie and corkharbourfestival.com.


Having been held in Galway for the past three years, Cork City Council and MCG — made up of government departments with responsibility for marine matters —  will now present SeaFest from 2019 – 2021. More than 100,000 are expected to attend the national annual festival on Cork city’s quays, celebrating what the ocean has to offer.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:

“We are delighted that Cork city will enjoy two festivals this June, with nine action-packed days of activities focused on the water. While Cork Harbour Festival will celebrate Cork’s rich maritime heritage, SeaFest will acknowledge the value of Ireland’s oceans and encourage national engagement with our seas. These two festivals will be a spectacular showcase for both locals and visitors alike, with an amazing variety of family-focused events, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and workshops soon to be announced.”

Cork Harbour Festival Manager Joya Kuin added:

“June will be a fantastic celebration of all things maritime, with Cork Harbour Festival returning with another jam-packed programme and SeaFest docking at the city’s quayside for the next three years. The collaboration of the two festivals will highlight to a local, national and international audience our rich maritime culture and how easily it can be accessed for all to enjoy.”

SeaFest is part funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

Keep Cork Meeting 2019

Businesses encouraged to think of Cork first for their next corporate event

Cork Convention Bureau launch annual ‘Keep Cork Meeting’ event


Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) will host its 7th annual business tourism showcase, Keep Cork Meeting, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Thursday 11th April from 7.30am to 12 noon.  The event is ideal for anyone involved in organising events and meetings in Cork.


Keep Cork Meeting, which is Ireland’s longest running meetings and events expo, aims to encourage more conferences, meetings and events in Cork, and gives hotels and other tourism service providers locally the opportunity to showcase their offering to the corporate market.

There will be over 40 exhibitors showcasing the very best of Cork’s business tourism offering, including accommodation options, unique Cork venues, food and drink options, activities and interactive experiences, from spa treatments to historical venues, cooking and tours.

Attendees will be also be given the opportunity to receive advice from event management experts in attendance and have one to one clinics with the Cork Convention Bureau team members about their supports.

Over 150 conference and event organisers across all sectors will attend, in addition to Conference/Event Ambassadors, who have already secured international events for Cork from 2019 up to 2023.

A buffet breakfast will be served and lots of prizes and goodies will be on offer for everyone in attendance.

Cork Convention Bureau aims to grow conference and business tourism by 8% annually to €14m, with each business delegate valued at €1600.  “The business tourist contributes three times more to the local economy than the leisure tourist and many business tourists are now beginning to extend their stay by 2-4 days, which offers a huge opportunity for growth”, according to Evelyn O Sullivan, Manager at Cork Convention Bureau.


“The biggest growth opportunities are in areas like Agri and Food, Space, Neo Natal, and Maritime, and we are here to support anyone wishing to bring a conference to the Cork region.  We can help with practical supports and free of charge impartial advice to ensure the smooth running and success of your event.  We also hope that our event inspires local companies to think of Cork first when planning their next corporate event.”

The local hotel sector is also committed to enhancing its offering for business tourism. A recent survey of Cork hoteliers, conducted by the Cork branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), has shown that more than €11.5m was spent on renovations and improvements to hotels in the region in 2018, with more than 80% investing in capital expenditure, underlining their commitment to Cork’s conference and meetings industry. Established in 2007, Cork Convention Bureau is a public-private partnership that promotes the Cork region as a destination for business tourism (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) and generates opportunities for people to come to Cork.  Cork Convention Bureau is part of Visit Cork, which also promotes leisure tourism through the Pure Cork brand. www.corkconventionbureau.com

 If you wish to organise an event or conference in Cork, and would benefit from attending #KeepCorkMeeting, or if you would like to exhibit at the event, please contact anne.cahill@corkconventionbureau.com or register on https://corkconventionbureau.clr.events