Plebiscite for Directly Elected Mayor


On Friday 24th May 2019, the people of Cork City and County will have an opportunity to vote in a plebiscite on a proposed directly elected mayor with executive functions (duties). A plebiscite is an electoral poll consulting the public on a proposal. This is an important opportunity for the people of Cork to decide on the future of Local Government and we urge everyone to study the proposals carefully and have their say.


Voters will be asked if they approve a proposal that would allow the people of their council area to directly elect a mayor with executive functions for a five-year term. At present, the Mayor of a council  (called a Lord Mayor in Cork City) is elected for a one-year term by other councilors. Under the Government’s proposal, the directly elected Mayor would have more functions than Lord Mayor currently has, including some or all of the executive functions held by the current Chief Executive.


The plebiscite is taking place through provisions in the Local Government Act 2019. Under the Act, if the proposal is accepted by a majority of voters in a council’s administrative area, the Minister will submit a report to the Oireachtas with legislative proposals for an election of a mayor by the people. The Oireachtas will then consider the legislation. If the law is passed, an election for Mayor will take place.


If the proposal is rejected by a majority of voters in a council’s administrative area, the current balance of powers and functions will not be changed without legislation.  


You can read more information on the plebiscite in Cork area HERE

From book to screen to exhibition – The Atlas of the Irish Revolution


The best-selling and award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution from Cork University Press anchors a new exhibition, opening Thursday 16 May at St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street.  Funded by the Cork City Council Arts Office, the exhibition will remain in residence until the end of the year.


This collaboration between University College Cork and LW Management Group who operate the St. Peter’s Cork venue, brings dynamic UCC scholarship into a unique public space in the heart of Cork city.  It is the latest public outreach effort by the Atlas of the Irish Revolution project, following the major documentary series earlier this year, ‘The Irish Revolution’, narrated by Cork film actor Cillian Murphy and produced by RTÉ Cork and UCC.


The exhibition explores key moments in the 1913-1923 period, touching on history, geography, art history, sociology and archaeology.  It intertwines national, international, and distinctly Cork perspectives of Revolutionary Ireland through images and extended, informative panels.


A key feature of the exhibition is a dedicated reading area where visitors can explore Cork University Press’s 5kg and 1,000-page book, which features over 100 essays, 300 maps, and hundreds of images. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view ‘The Irish Revolution’ documentary series on-site.  Throughout the year, St. Peter’s Cork and UCC will host several public lectures addressing various themes from the book.


Commenting on the official launch of the Exhibition Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Thomas Moloney said:

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution book is a sincerely impressive achievement for the team at University College Cork and it is clear that this book is among the greatest Irish history books.  The accompanying exhibition here at St. Peter’s Cork is an excellent example of collaboration between University College Cork and LW Management and I am delighted that Cork City Council was able to support the initiative. I believe a great job has been done in bringing all of the elements of the revolutionary period together and I am confident that the exhibition will give visitors a substantial taste of those elements”


Christine Moloney, CEO of LW Management praised the work of the University College Cork team and said:

“The LW Management Group, through our St. Peter’s Cork venue, is delighted to partner with University College Cork on the “Atlas of the Irish Revolution” exhibition. Our aim is to create a space in Cork for people to explore this incredible book and to delve into its artwork, maps and accessible scholarly articles. Our free entry exhibition provides a unique opportunity for visitors to deepen their understanding of this period and to stand back, reflect and return time and time again to dip in and out and explore a chapter or a particular theme at a time. Given the upcoming centenary commemoration for 1920, this exhibition will also set the scene for our Programme of Events at St. Peter’s Cork in 2020”.


Dr John Borgonovo, Lecturer in the School of History at UCC and Associate Editor of the Atlas of the Irish Revolution said:

“The Atlas of the Irish Revolution was created to make cutting-edge scholarship accessible to the general public.  The editorial team is pleased that LW Management and Cork City Council Arts Office have offered us an opportunity to bring a selection of the book’s maps, posters, photos, and images into St Peter’s historic and evocative setting.  The exhibit is part of UCC President Patrick O’Shea’s vision to place the university, ‘firmly back in the public square’ through imaginative public engagement with the community.  UCC’s schools of history and geography intend to continue its public outreach program as we progress further into the ‘decade of centenaries’.


The Atlas of the Irish Revolution Exhibition opens at St. Peter’s Cork on Thursday the 16th of May 2019 and runs until the end of the year.

Admission is free.

World’s leading Wind Energy Scientists to travel to Cork for prestigious International Conference

~ WESC 2019 will be a 4-day international festival of wind energy science ~

“We have been working in Europe for a long time, it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring our colleagues home to Cork,” Dr. Cian Desmond, MaREI


A major international wind energy science conference is coming to Ireland next month from June 17 – 20, the first time it has taken place outside of mainland Europe, bringing up to 900 of the world’s leading wind energy scientists and engineers from over 38 countries to Cork for a four-day event, which is estimated to be worth €1.4 million to the local economy.


The Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC) 2019 is organised on behalf of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) in association with MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy. The event is chaired by Dr. Cian Desmond, a Research Fellow in UCC, who won the event for Cork following a competitive bidding process between Europe’s top research institutions.


It will be the first time the biennial conference has taken place outside mainland Europe and is the largest scientific conference ever to be held in Cork, with up to 900 delegates attending a total of 700 talks across 140 sessions across 8 diverse scientific themes. The conference will take over the entire UCC main campus for 4 days this June.


Dr. Desmond and member of the Offshore Renewable Energy Group at the SFI MaREI Centre have managed to more than doubled the number of delegates attending in previous years by restructuring the conference, broadening its themes, and tapping into their strong academic networks across Europe. The ground-breaking research being carried out at UCC and Ireland as a destination were also huge selling points for international delegates.


Organisers are keen for the conference to be part of the broader Cork community, and so, delegates will be encouraged to explore some of the best food, music, sport and culture that Cork has to offer with trips to Spike Island, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork City Goal and other key attractions along with a banquet dinner in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.


Dr. Desmond, whose current research at the SFI MaREI Centre focuses on the design and testing of floating wind turbines, says that “the aim of the conference is to create a multidisciplinary open forum for discussion where scientists and engineers can explore the latest developments in wind energy science, spot emerging trends and identify future collaborators. Whilst wind energy is a mature technology, there are a number of complex open research questions. To provide innovative solutions we need to start conversations between diverse scientific groups and forge new collaborative research relationships”.


Up for discussion at WESC 2019 is the development of floating wind turbines which Dr. Jimmy Murphy (lead of the Offshore Renewable Energy Group in MaREI) says promises to be “the next big thing” in renewable energy generation, due the potential for mass production and lower environmental impact compared to bottom fixed offshore wind turbines. A symposium dedicated to Floating Wind Energy hosted by Prof. James Manwell (University of Massachusetts) will bring together a number of the world’s leading researchers from China, Germany and the USA to discuss how to accelerate the uptake of floating technologies, risk mitigation and other pressing topics.


Other highlights will include a demonstration of a commercial floating wind energy platform which is currently being tested in the Lir, the National Ocean Test Facility; a discussion with EirGrid, Ireland’s electricity power grid provider, on the challenges faced by grid operators when there is a high percentage of wind energy on the system; and sessions led by Dr. Roland Schmehl of TU Delft which will focus on airborne wind energy systems, a potential game changing technology which will allow wind energy to be generated by drones and kites flying at high altitudes and a session exploring the latest findings from EirWind.  This is a €1.2million industry and SFI funded project in MaREI which is examining the opportunities for and barriers to the development of offshore wind in Ireland.


Commenting on the value of bringing the conference to Cork, Evelyn O’Sullivan, manager of Cork Convention Bureau said, “We are delighted to have been involved with Dr Cian Desmond in the original bid submission to bring the Wind Energy Science Conference to Cork in 2019. WESC will be the largest association conference to be held here bringing a lot to the local economy based on the value of each international delegate being €1,600”.



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Cork International Choral Festival 2019 – Overview and Competition Results


The 65th Cork International Choral Festival drew to a phenomenal close on Sunday May 5th with its closing gala concert of international choirs in Cork City Hall.


The festival which took place from May 1st – 5th, drew 5,000 singers and 50,000 visitors to Cork for five days of music and song and gave an estimated €10 million economic boost to the city.


This year’s festival was attended by An Tánaiste, Minister Simon Coveney T.D and Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan T.D, who took time out from their busy schedules on day one of the event to meet some of the choirs and team at Cork City Hall.


Highlights from this year’s Cork International Choral Festival included gala concerts by the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, junior and senior choruses with the Fleischman Choir; a performance of music written ‘Before and After Bach’ by Chamber Choir Ireland; an other-worldly concert by Norwegian jazz/folk singers, Pust; as well as the annual national and international trophy competitions including the much coveted Flieschmann International Trophy, won this year by Chamber Choir KGBL from Slovenia.


The Sean O Riada Composition Competition trophy was awarded to UCC MA student, James May for his work, street after street alike, while Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, from Ballyvolane in Cork were named winners of the National Primary School Choirs competition.


The festival team would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s hugely successfully. We are already gearing up for another unforgettable event in 2020. Mark your calendars for 29th April – 3rd May 2020.




Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Prize Winners


1st Prize

Chamber Choir KGBL, SLOVENIA

Conductor: Ambrož Čopi



2nd Prize

Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre Choir, GERMANY

Conductor: Cornelius Trantow

92.00 %


3rd Prize

The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo, NORWAY

Conductor: Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde




International Awards


Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy

Donated by Chris Mahon

Special Award for the performance of a piece in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Awarded to:

Hamburg Academy Of Music And Theatre Choir, GERMANY


Conductor:  Cornelius Trantow

For the performance of: Iuppiter by Michael Ostrzyga



Schuman/Europe Trophy

In memory of Moira Pyne (1916 – 2009)

Special Award for the performance of a piece by a living European Composer in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Awarded to:


Kamarikuoro Näsi, FINLAND

Conductor:  MarkusYli-Jokipii

For the performance of: Vinternatten by Juhani Komulainen


Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy

In memory of Hans Waldemar Rosen

Special Award for the performance of a choral work by Heinrich Schütz in the National or International Competitions.

Awarded to:

Mornington Singers, IRELAND

Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan

For the Performance of:  Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes



The McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy

Donated by the Cork Council of Trade Unions

Special Award, decided by the members of the International Jury, to a conductor in the International Competition for the performance of an imaginative and artistic programme. The recipient of this Trophy also receives a special award, kindly donated by Musica International, which offers them full access to the Musica International website and their virtual choral library.  Musica International is a major project of the International Federation for Choral Music.

Awarded to:

Conductor:                         Ambrož Čopi

Choir:                                  Chamber Choir KGBL SLOVENIA



PEACE Trophy

Donated by the P.E.A.C.E Movement Cork

Awarded to the choir that best embraces the spirit of the Festival, and fulfils the intentions of the trophy’s benefactors, the P.E.A.C.E. Movement, Cork.

Awarded to:

Cheep Trill, AUSTRALIA

Conductor:  Emma Dean



Ireland’s Choir of the Year




Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy

Donated by The Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson

1st Prize

Mornington Singers, Dublin

Conductor:      Dr. Orla Flanagan



2nd Prize

Maynooth Chamber Choir, Kildare

Conductor:      Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh



3rd Prize

Dublin Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor:      Lynsey Callaghan




National Adult Competitions


National Competition for Chamber Choirs

1st Prize

NUIG Alumni Ensemble, Galway

Conductor:      Dr Peter Mannion



2nd Prize

Euphonics, Dublin

Conductor:      Ciarán Kelly




National Competition for Female Choirs

1st Prize

The Park Singers, Dublin

Conductor:      Orla Gillan



2nd Prize

Dulciana Ensemble, Dublin

Conductor:      Judith Lyons




National Competition for Male Voice Choirs

1st Prize

Portadown Male Voice Choir, Co Down

Conductor:      Gordon Speers



2nd Prize

Wicklow Male Voice Choir, Wicklow

Conductor:      Anthony Norton




National Competition for Mixed Voice Choirs

1st Prize

The Carrigaline Choral Group, Dublin

Conductor:      Robbie Pender



2nd Prize

The Carrigaline Singers, Cork

Conductor:      Alan Carney




National Competition for Youth Choirs

1st Prize

Dublin Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor:      Lynsey Callaghan




National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music

1st Prize

Douglas Harmonia Singers, Cork

Conductor: Lorna Moore



2nd Prize

Gorey Choral Group, Wexford

Conductor: Eithne Corrigan




National Competition for Church Music

1st Prize

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor: Ben Jacob



2nd Prize

Cappella Lyrica, Cork

Conductor: Maria Judge



Special Awards – National Adult and Youth Competitions




Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy 
Donated by The Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson

Awarded to:

The Mornington Singers Dublin

Conductor:      Dr. Orla Flanagan


Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire 
Donated by Cór Cois Laoi

Special Award for the performance of a choral work in Irish.

Awarded to:

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor:      Ben Jacob

For the performance of: Fornocht do chonac thú  by Criostóir Ó Loingsigh in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition  



Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music
Donated by The Contemporary Music Centre

Special Award for the performance of an original choral work by an Irish composer written after 1975 and chosen from the library collection of the Contemporary Music Centre.

Awarded to:

Mornington Singers, Co. Dublin

Conductor:      Orla Flanagan

For the performance of: A Nywe Werk by Seán Doherty in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition  



The John Mannion Trophy

Donated by the family of John Mannion

Special Award to a Chamber Choir for the performance of a work in the National Competitions.

Awarded to:

Choir:                          Maynooth Chanber Choir, Co. Kildare

Conductor:     Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh


For the performance of: It’s Strange about Stars by Séan Doherty in The Irelands Choir of the Year




Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

The Seán Ó Riada Trophy

Awarded to Composer, James May, for his work street after street alike


National Competitions for Schools

National Competition for Schools: Section 1 (Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Cork

Conductor: Angela Ward



2nd Prize

Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní, Cork

Conductor:  Maeve Ann O’Brien



National Competition for Schools: Section 2 (Equal Voice Post-Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Limerick

Conductor:  Orla Colgan Ahern


2nd Prize

Ursuline Singers, Thurles (Co. Tipperary)

Conductor:  Joan Butler




National Competition for Schools: Section 3 (Mixed Voice Post-Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Wesley College Senior Choir, Dublin

Conductor:  Helen Doyle



2nd Prize

Newtown School Choir, Co. Waterford

Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair




Special Awards – National Competitions for Schools



and the Recipient of The John Cunningham Trophy.

Awarded to the school choir who received the highest overall mark in the National Competitions for Schools.

Awarded to:

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick

Conductor:  Orla Colgan Ahern


The Sing Ireland Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a piece in the National Competitions for Schools.

For the performance of:  The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, in the National Competition for Schools: Section 3: Post-Primary Equal Voice


Awarded to:  Wesley College Senior Choir, Co. Dublin

Conductor:   Helen Doyle



The Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a choral piece in Irish in the National Competitions for Schools.

Awarded to:

Ursuline Singers Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Conductor:  Joan Butler


For the performance of: Sí Do Mhaimeo Í by Michael McGlynn in the National Competition for Schools: Section 2: Post-Primary Equal Voice


The Sing Ireland Bursary for Conductors

Special bursary award to a conductor in the school competitions to attend Sing Ireland’s Annual Summer School.

Awarded to:

Angela Ward

Conductor of Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Co. Cork

Soul In The City Is Back!

June Bank Holiday Weekend May 31 st to Sunday June 2nd
With ‘Aretha Queen of Soul’ at The Everyman – Sunday June 2nd, 8pm

For the third year running, fast becoming an annual staple with Soul lovers, the ever-popular music festival ‘Soul in the City’ returns to the Victorian Quarter Cork this June Bank Holiday weekend.
Last year’s soul packed festival saw thousands of fans flocking to MacCurtain Street and it’s surrounds to enjoy great soul food and music. This year we can expect another fantastic weekend jammed with live bands, mouth-watering eats, fun and craic galore.


This June Bank Holiday weekend, the Victorian Quarter of Cork City will come alive with soul as some of the country’s best Soulful Brother’s and Sister’s return to various stages around the Victorian Quarter culminating in the Grand Finale, at The Everyman Theatre on Sunday 2nd.


Following Cork’s very own soul diva Karen Underwood’s consecutive sell-out concerts year on year at St Lukes, Karen now returns to The Everyman with a full band for Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul to celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin.


Karen Underwood is no stranger to Cork, having moved here over twenty years ago and has regularly played to sold out audiences in the city’s largest venues over the years. Karen’s move to Cork is an interesting one and it all began with bacon and cabbage! In 1997 a friend from Cork invited her to dinner, produced the traditional Irish fare and put an Aretha Franklin CD on the player. It was then Karen realised that her music had travelled across the Atlantic and that combined with a special Cork céad míle fáilte would change the course of her life.

She has never looked back.


“If you want to clap and sway and tap and finger pop this show is for you. I was born to learn from the legend that is Aretha how to feel music and express music, unapologetically. I understand the schism of the artist to respect and love gospel music while living in a world that commands you to perform your music and your story more flamboyantly. It is truly an honour to return to The Everyman with this show Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul.”

– Karen Underwood

Karen Underwood performing at the launch of Soul in the City at The Bridge on Thursday 02nd May. Photo Credit: Dave Lyons


Tickets For Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul are available from The Everyman.


MacCurtain Street and its surrounding area, now known as the Victorian Quarter, has seen a surge and rejuvenation over the past number of years. The Quarter is characterized by an unusual and harmonious mix of architecture – from Victorian, early twentieth up to the present time. Strolling through the streets you will get a sense of Cork both past and present.


The area consists of many independent traders with varying sizes of businesses. A mix of small independent traders, big hotels, fine cafes, restaurants and lively bars. Joined together under the umbrella term the ‘MacCurtain Street Traders’ the mix of different emporiums provide something special when it comes to the food and beverage aspect of the festival Imagine a traditional fish‘n’chip shop serving you creole fish taco with chipotle sauce? Fancy a Louisiana style gumbo? Smothered Pork Chops with black-eyed peas and corn bread? A luxurious crimson cake synonymous with the American south or Mississippi Mud Pie? It doesn’t get more Southern than this and you don’t have to go to New Orleans to sample it!

This year the committee would like to put a larger emphasis on the food scene of the festival in order to include more businesses within our area. We are inviting food venues in the VQ to take part in a ‘Soul Food Competition’  to promote this increased emphasis on food.
The competition will revolve around a ‘Soul Dish’ where a key ingredient must be included in your dish- a bag of cajun spices. Each chef will cook their dish on their own premises and it will be tasted on the premises,. Each Chef  will be asked to bring their dish to a location within the Quarter (TBC) to be showcased for a photo opportunity. It will be judged by a guest judge on the day. TThe ‘Soul Dish’ can be a burger, seafood, pizza its your choice as long as the key ingredient is used. The competition is mainly to create publicity for the festival and quarter. It will be made clear that the winning dish is based on the guest judges personal taste.


This festival is an important contributing factor to Cork’s growing reputation as a great venue for music, food and beverage is. The city entered the 21st century with the growing reputation of a modern, accessible urban centre. This reputation was proven when the city  was given the designation of European Capital of Culture back in 2005. Building on that accolade, the city has continued to actively develop support for culture in general.
The Victorian Quarter has continued this trend with its recent investment in hotel and hospitality sectors.


Victorian Quarter Traders enjoying the launch of Soul in the City at The Bridge. Photo Credit: Dave Lyons


Local restaurants will be embracing the festivities by serving up delicious soul food. The origins of soul music is emotional, soul food eclectic in taste. This is what you can come to expect at Soul in the City around the MacCurtain St area on the June Bank Holiday weekend.


This year we hope to grow the ‘Soul food ‘side of the festival. Several talented chiefs from the Quarters many restaurants and eateries will be invited to prepare a ‘soul dish ‘of their choice. Each dish must incorporate the same key ingredients. There will be judges out and about to select the overall winner!


People are encouraged to come rejuvenate their soul on May 31st to June 2nd. From live performances throughout the Victorian Quarter to delicious soul food and drinks across many venues. Bring your body into the city and your Soul will be replenished! We cannotwa it!


For a full scheduling of events visit


Soul in the City – Victorian Quarter Cork
June Bank Holiday Weekend May 31 st to Sunday June 2nd
With ‘Aretha Queen of Soul’ at The Everyman – Sunday June 2nd , 8pm
Tickets HERE.

Photo Credit: Dave Lyons


Try this year’s mouthwatering Soul Cocktail, very aptly entitled “Soul Gin Fizz”.


Soul Gin Fizz



  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 1/4 cup rosemary simple syrup
  • 12 ounces club soda – or flavoured sparkling water (such as Fevertree)
  • rosemary, for garnish – optional
  • cucumber slices, for garnish – optional



In a small saucepan, heat rosemary sprigs, water and granulated sugar over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes. Remove rosemary sprigs and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Can be made ahead of time.

To make the gin fizz cocktail, combine gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice and rosemary simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass, filled with ice. Top with club soda/sparkling water, and give one final stir to combine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig, and cucumber, if desired.


And here’s what it should look like! 

49,000 To Travel Through Cork Airport This May Bank Holiday Weekend

Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual airport, is set for a busy May Bank Holiday weekend with over 49,000 passengers expected to travel through the southern gateway this weekend. Passenger numbers are up 11% on the same period last year and the busiest day for both arrivals and departures is Sunday, May 5.

Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said:

“We are preparing for another busy May Bank Holiday weekend at Cork Airport, as we also welcome our latest new route from Cork Airport to Dubrovnik in Croatia operating twice a week this summer with Aer Lingus. It takes off this Saturday (May 4) and already our summer season is well and truly underway with the recent launch of many new route additions to our busy summer schedule with Ryanair and Aer Lingus.”

“Over 50 routes are on offer from Cork this year ensuring greater choice, flexibility and convenience for passengers across the south of Ireland choosing to fly from Cork Airport.”

In total, 2.6 million passengers are expected to travel through Cork Airport this year, up 8% on 2018, its fourth consecutive year of growth. In May, Cork Airport will see summer seasonal routes with Aer Lingus commencing to Newquay, Palma de Mallorca and Rennes while Volotea will start its summer schedule to Verona.

Passengers travelling through Cork Airport this May Bank Holiday weekend are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight and go directly to the security screening area once checked in. There are changes to Cork Airport’s internal road layout, which includes a new set down lane. Drivers are advised that they can set down for up to 15 minutes free on the forecourt before tariffs apply.

Cork On The Rise

Cork on the Rise: ‘Public consultation is key for city sustainability’

Ann Doherty, Cork City Council chief executive; Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn; Eoin English, Irish Examiner; and Philip Gillivan, Cork Business Association president, attend the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork on the Rise event at the Cork University Business School building, 1 Lapps Quay, Cork. Picture: David Keane

The time is ripe for Cork to be one of the leading sustainable cities in Europe, according to a world-renowned architectural expert.

Speaking at the Irish Examiner’s business breakfast to mark the ‘Cork on the Rise’ special supplement, Angela Brady said in order for Cork to realise its goal to be a sustainable city, it needs to be led by public consultation.

“We need to do key things like appreciate the rich value in heritage, which is what gives Cork its history, culture, and identity. That is the unique selling point of Cork.

Angela Brady of Brady Mallalieu Architects, speaks at the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork on the Rise event.

“We cannot look back at some of the older fashioned taller building models. You need to look forward to make a sustainable city that is liveable, easy to walk and cycle, and cuts down on cars. If you have a walkable city, you have a liveable city. People get to know their neighbours better, and all that goes with that.

“The people of Cork are key for public consultation; it cannot be led from the top down. The future is ripe for Cork to be one of the leading sustainable cities in Europe,” Ms Brady told the 120 business, political, and community leaders in attendance at the UCC Centre for Executive Education, in the former Cork Savings Bank building on Lapps Quay.

Developer Michael O’Flynn said while the long-term vision for Cork and Ireland under Project 2040 was a good one, there were “tremendous challenges” in the short to medium- term.

When it comes to housing, “we have to face up to the fact that we are nowhere near where we need to be”, Mr O’Flynn said.

Michael O’Flynn, O’Flynn Group CEO, at the ‘Irish Examiner’ event at the Cork University Business School.

We cannot just take care of the future, because urgent action is needed now, he said.

“We need a business plan to execute the Cork vision,” Mr O’Flynn said, with the upcoming challenges of boundary extension bedding down.

“We cannot lose the opportunity given what is happening on the national stage, because it happens to be coinciding with a boundary change here in Cork.

“We have to have a serious question about the immediate strategy to get from A to B. I agree with the ultimate strategy, but we have to have a transition along the way,” Mr O’Flynn said.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking at the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork on the Rise event. Pictures: David Keane

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the national planning framework was aimed at tackling the “utterly dominant” Dublin region, which had been the economic model for the past 50 years. We cannot continue to have situations like people moving to Navan and Portlaoise but driving to Dublin for work every day, Mr Coveney said.

A directly-elected mayor with a fixed term of office instead of election cycles could provide the sustained drive towards executing the vision for Cork’s future, Mr Coveney said.

Cork City Council chief executive Ann Doherty said that to make Cork a sustainable city to rival international second cities such as Manchester, Barcelona, or Porto, it had to emphasise neighbourhoods and communities with better public transport and ease of access to work.



Source: The Irish Examiner