Eating for digestive health evening to coincide with World Microbiome Day this June, so why not catch up on the latest research and ensure your diet is feeding your microbes and protecting your health!

The Cornstore have teamed up with APC Microbiome Ireland, the world leading SFI Research Centre, University College Cork and Teagase to shed light on how we can manipulate our diet for the benefit of our health.

On Wednesday next 26th June, Cornstore in Cork will host a mindful 4 course dinner where eating for digestive health is on the menu with guest speakers from APC Microbiome Ireland.

  • Dr Paul Cotter, Head of Food Bioscience at Teagasc will talk about the microbiomes of fermented foods (kefir, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut) which contain living microbes that can have beneficial effects. Dr Cotter’s research aims to definitively establish the benefits of fermented foods and how they differ from one food to another.
  • Dr Sabrina Mörkl, Psychiatrist from University of Graz, Austria will talk about nutrition and mental wellbeing. A growing body of evidence suggests that the bacteria which colonise our guts can have a profound impact on our health and even our mental health where they may play an important role in conditions such as anxiety and depression.
  • Dr David Keohane, GP and clinical research in sports & exercise medicine, will ask whether we can train our microbiome by increasing our fitness through exercise. Researchers at APC have previously shown that some athletes have very high levels of gut microbial diversity (desirable) and that this correlated with their diets and levels of exercise. David will speak about his research on a number of different sports. World Microbiome Day was initiated by APC Microbiome Ireland, a world-leading SFI Research Centre at University College Cork, , in 2018 to showcase the diverse worlds of microbiomes and to encourage public dialogue on their crucial importance to human, animal and environmental health. APC Microbiome Ireland explores the role of microbes (microbiome) in health and disease. The microbiome is a target for treatment and prevention of disease, and a source of new drugs, functional food ingredients and disease biomarkers.

A limited number of tickets for this event which includes a 4 course menu (costing €50) are available.

Reservations 021 4274777.

Cork City Businesses Complete Customer Service Training

Following from the launch of the Cork City Customer Service Charter in February, a group of twenty businesses recently completed the training programme in a bid to see Cork become a city of excellent customer service!
The Customer Service Charter, which is the first of its kind in Europe, was developed by Cork City Centre Forum – a collaboration between various business and public sector groups in the city – with the aim of establishing Cork as a city of superior customer service and assisting the city’s journey in becoming one of the friendliest, most liveable and sustainable cities globally.


The training programme, run by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Cork City, took place over the last two months, culminating in a presentation of certificates to participating businesses by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Rose Desmond.
The programme comprised a Briefing Session for owners/managers with leading retail consultant James Burke of James Burke & Associates, and a Train the Trainer Workshop for key senior staff who then delivered the training to other staff/teams in the business.  Participants were also taken on an ‘Inspire’ tour of The Crawford Art Gallery. Following on from the workshop there were a number of mystery shopper visits to assist in assessing the impact of the workshop and training. Each business was then provided with its own feedback as a guide to identify best practice and areas for improvement.

Seen not Heard

Large Scale exhibition & an immersive experimental playspace ensure children are seen and heard this summer at Crawford Art Gallery

28 June – 28 October 2019

“All grown-ups were children …but only a few of them remember it.” The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Seen not Heard at Crawford Art Gallery, a large-scale group exhibition seeks to spark conversations about how children are made visible in Ireland today.

Conceived over two years ago this innovative exhibition and playspace gives visitors a glimpse into how children have long been an important subject matter in art. Seen not Heard encourages the audience to reflect on their own ideas of childhood and on the place of children in society today.

Presenting a multi-faceted selection of artworks spanning across the centuries from the 18th century right up to the present day, the exhibition will feature selected works from private collections, museums and contemporary Irish artists.

Children have long been an important subject matter in art, often as passive subjects.  Seen not Heard encourages the audience to reflect on their representation.


Based on the three core themes of Power, Perception and Play, the exhibition will examine how representation of childhood has evolved historically in Ireland, featuring commissioned aristocratic portraits, depictions of children in various socio economic settings and works capturing glimpsed moments of everyday life.


The visitor  sees  works by Vik Muniz, channelling the child as investigative collector in Portrait of Alice Liddell, after Lewis Carroll Collection: IMMA.  Children will also be represented by Walter Osborne, fully immersed in a world of their own (Boy Blowing Bubbles Collection: National Gallery of Ireland) and the Goldfish Bowl (Collection: Crawford Art Gallery)



The outdated expression that ‘a child should be seen and not heard’ is one that the Gallery admonishes, recognising that young people drive great change in society. The importance of play in a child’s development is now widely recognised and the significance of Play between generations is to be encouraged. To make this happen an entire Gallery is dedicated to play for a period of four months.


On the first floor, the experimental Seen and Heard Playspace provides a place for children and adults alike to play, make, read, dream and even draw on the wall.

The Playspace will feature Will Sliney well known comic books artist. (Marvel’s Fearless Defenders & best selling graphic novel Celtic Warrior), Dowtcha Puppets, Danielle Sheehy, stop-motion  animations with Julie Forrester, Cork Printmakers and Eamon O’Kane’s Fröbel Studio: Institute for Creativity .


As an extension of the exhibition a series of key talks and essays will expand the conversation and respond to the concepts from Seen not Heard over the duration of the exhibition.



Seen not Heard is co-curated by Anne Boddaert of Crawford Art Gallery and Victoria Evans.

The Project has been made possible with the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork City Council.

Sea Change: Ireland’s largest free maritime festival to raise awareness of plastic pollution

An interactive hut made up of 60kg of household plastics, the average amount used by an adult in Ireland each year, will be unveiled at SeaFest this weekend, highlighting the problem of plastics in our oceans. Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime festival takes place at the Port of Cork, Cork City from Friday, 7 June to Sunday, 9 June, with over 100 free events celebrating our oceans. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend SeaFest, which is presented by Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG). See for full event details.

Raising awareness of the need to protect our marine environment against plastic pollution, Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s centrepiece at SeaFest is the Clean Oceans Experience. Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the installation includes a 60kg plastic hut sculpture, representing the total plastic packaging waste produced per person in a year. This installation will be accompanied by a specially commissioned artistic performance Fantastic Fishermen go Fishing for Litter on how the fishing sector is reducing plastics in our seas. Members of the fishing sector taking part in BIM’s Fishing for Litter scheme, which encourages fishermen to take ashore waste they encounter at sea, have collected over 330 tonnes of marine litter since it began in 2015.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:

“Environmental stewardship of our oceans is something we need to instil in our children. This will ensure the problems facing our oceans are addressed, and hopefully, reversed. I’m delighted to welcome SeaFest to Cork for the next three years, as it serves an important role in this education. SeaFest is a brilliant illustration of our unique and unrivalled maritime history. In a fun and interactive way, this national annual festival is helping those of all ages to think about their connection with the water and how the actions they make today can make a difference tomorrow.”

Engaging exhibitions and workshops to turn plastic into art also feature at SeaFest, open daily from 10am to 6pm. A Flock of Sea Gulls will see 1000 young visitors transform 1000 plastic cartons into an installation of sea gulls while the Port of Cork and MaREI’s 3D exhibition Maintaining a Healthy Harbour is also on display, with marine litter artworks from local school children.


Showing how our oceans and climate are linked, the Marine Institute’s Wild Atlantic Theatre features talks from Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who has worked alongside Sir David Attenborough on BBC’s Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.

Sustainably sourced Irish seafood plays a starring role at SeaFest with demos from top chefs Nevin Maguire, Rory O’Connell and Martin Shanahan. The Bord Bia and BIM Seafood Experience also features fishmongers Pat O’Connell and Hal Dawson on seafood preparation. Encouraging responsible activity on the water, SeaFest will hold free sailing, kayaking, and currach boats sessions; along with interactive displays exploring the marine world.



Speaking ahead of SeaFest 2019, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed stated:

“SeaFest is part of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, the Government’s integrated plan for the marine sector. A key aspect of this plan is to significantly increase our level of engagement with the sea. As we welcome the festival back to Cork from Galway where it has been thriving over the past three years, once again, SeaFest has delivered a fantastic line-up of free, educational and fun events to engage both the public and policy makers alike and emphasise the importance of Ireland’s marine economy.”


Providing education on our oceans, the Marine Institute RV Celtic Explorer is open to the public, following its oceanographic data collection voyage from Galway to Cork. There will also be vessel tours of Commissioners of Irish Lights’ ILV Granuaile and tall ship The Phoenix. MFV Allanah Riley, a white fish trawler that fishes out of the port of Castletownbere, will  be open to visitors throughout SeaFest. Its crew will be on hand to explain the sustainable fishing practices of the Irish fishing fleet.

As part of Cork City Council’s commitment to green initiatives, Cork City Council Environmental Awareness Officer, Mary Walsh highlighted that market traders will be using compostable packaging across the weekend.

“There will also be pirates on-site, keeping SeaFest free from single use plastics. If someone has brought a plastic bottle with them, the pirate will show them how, and where, to dispose of it,” she said.

SeaFest 2019 is a culmination of a weeklong celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs until 9 June. The Our Ocean Wealth Summit takes place in Cork on Sunday, 9 June and Monday, 10 June. The Summit will hear from global leaders including environmental activist and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

SeaFest is proudly supported by Cork City Council, BIM, Marine Institute, Port of Cork, Cork Harbour Festival, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Defence Forces, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bord Bia, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and Pure Cork.

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

To view the full festival programme visit Follow SeaFest on FacebookTwitter and  Instagram and use the hashtag #SeaFest19.

Road Closures for SeaFest in Cork City

A number of road closures will be in place during SeaFest, Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of Cork in Cork City from 7 – 9 June, with over 100 free events planned for SeaFest 2019.

SeaFest will largely be based on Kennedy and Albert Quays, with extensive activity commencing in the area from today (Tuesday, 4 June) at 6pm until Tuesday, June 11.

The road closures and diversions in place during SeaFest include:

  • Albert Quay East from its junction with the N27 Albert Street (by Eamon De Valera Bridge) to its junction with Marina Walk/Victoria Road, will be closed Saturday, 8 June and Sunday, 9 June from 10am to 7pm.
  • A contra flow system will be in place on Albert Road to allow access to the Marina / Victoria Road on Saturday, 8 June and Sunday, 9 June from 10am to 7pm.
  • Albert Quay from its junction with Eglinton Street to its junction with N27 Albert Street, will be closed Sunday, 9 June to facilitate a tightrope performance. Local diversions will be in place.

Cork City Council apologises for any inconvenience caused due to these road closures.

It is also advised that Saturday, 8 June will be particularly busy for traffic in Cork city, as Cork will play Waterford in the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship at 7pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Aslan and Damien Dempsey will also perform at Live at the Marquee at 8pm.

Patrons are advised to plan their route in advance and take public transport where possible. For those travelling from outside of Cork city, Cork City Bus Station and Kent Train Station are a short walk from SeaFest. The Black Ash Park & Ride, Kinsale Rd will have buses departing every 10/15 minutes to St. Patrick’s Street and will close at 8.30pm.

Large numbers are anticipated to attend SeaFest across the three days, with queues anticipated during peak times. Those wishing to attend the festival are advised to arrive early.