Minister Simon Coveney Visits CBA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD  visits Cork Business Association

CBA President, Eoin O'Sullivan pictured with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD together with CBA Chairman Pat O'Connell, CBA Vice-President Kevin Herlihy, CBA Business & Communications Manager Helen Murphy and CBA Executive Committee Member Aaron Mansworth.


On Friday October 15th, CBA welcomed the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD to it’s offices on South Mall to discuss a number of issues of concern for businesses in Cork, including; recent budget announcements, the housing and recruitment crises, the full reopening of the hospitality sector, etc.


CBA President, Eoin O’Sullivan, Chairman Pat O’Connell and a number of Executive Committee members were in attendance and outlined their business experiences throughout the pandemic and the challenges now faced by all CBA members as we seek to emerge from Covid-19 restrictions.


The discussion was proactive and inclusive with the Minister listening carefully to the many points raised and taking on board several suggestions for further follow-up, particularly regarding the housing crisis and its knock-on effect of leading to a recruitment crisis for Cork-based businesses. Clara O’Neill of Total Planning Solutions discussed how government incentives need to be deployed to encourage property developers to build apartments in Cork city centre, while Aaron Mansworth of Trigon Hotel Group appealed for the retention of the 9% VAT rate for hospitality beyond the August 31st 2022 date set out in Budget 2022.


To close the meeting, Eoin O’Sullivan thanked the Minister for taking the time to visit CBA and further expressed the hope and expectation of all businesses in Cork that the current review being undertaken by the Department of Sport in relation to the hosting of the 27th America’s Cup in Cork would ultimately be favourable and that Cork will emerge as the preferred bidder for this prestigious international sporting event.

‘If you go down to Casey’s Furniture today, you’re sure of a big surprise’……..Casey the Bedtime Bear is back!

Casey the Bedtime Bear is back!

Casey’s Furniture celebrates 100 years in business by bringing back nostalgic Casey’s Teddy Bear with 100% of proceeds going to children’s charities


Casey’s Furniture, one of Ireland’s oldest and largest retailers, is currently marking 100 years in business and to celebrate they have launched a charity teddy bear.

Based on the original Casey’s Bedtime bear from 25 years ago, which still features in their traditional and much-loved Christmas window displays every year, the new 2021 Bear has been reimagined by the Casey’s team into a cute and cuddly companion bursting with loving charm.

The super-soft high quality teddy bear will retail for €20 and is dressed in adorable vintage blue and white striped pyjamas, ready for a great night's sleep in a comfy bed, cuddles on the couch, or a teddy bear picnic on a sumptuous rug – all of which of course can be found at Casey’s.

The best news is that 100% of proceeds made from the sale of the bear will be donated to local children's hospital wards in Cork University Hospital (CUH) and University Hospital Limerick (UHL) where the legendary furniture retailer has stores.

Customers who are kind enough to take the charity teddy home with them will therefore not only get a snuggly new friend but could also help make a big difference.

Monies raised will support the invaluable services and facilities of CUH Children's Services and will be used to purchase material and equipment for children in the care of the paediatric unit at UHL in association with their charity Children's Ark.

Commenting on Casey the Bear’s cheerful and nostalgic return David Casey from Casey’s Furniture, who came up with the concept says. “The idea for the charity fundraiser came about when we were looking back over our 100-year history, reminiscing about milestones and talking about fond memories we as a family business hold. One of the stand-out moments was the love the public had for our Casey’s bear.  We decided it would be a nice time to bring back the iconic Casey’s bear 25 years on to thank our loyal customers for their ongoing support and to give back to the community locally. A lot has happened in the 25 years since the first Casey’s teddy bear including the launch of our second flagship store in Raheen Co. Limerick. We are thrilled with how passionate all our team are about this initiative and are hopeful that people will buy a bear when popping into the store or online. I’m sure that Casey Bear will make a treasured member of the family or a special Christmas gift.”

From small beginnings, John Casey established the business in Cork in 1921, supplying furniture to residents after the burning of Cork, which decimated a large part of the city in 1920.  It expanded into Limerick in 2005. Now under the leadership of grandsons Peter and David Casey, the business delivers to homes throughout Ireland and is widely recognised for providing superb quality and stylish home furnishings as well as an exceptional service to customers. As part of their celebrations, Casey’s have also launched an exclusive 100-year range and their Centenary Event is now on.


Casey Teddy Bear can be purchased at their multi-award-winning stores – the original historic store in Cork on Oliver Plunkett Street or their purpose-built showroom in Raheen in Limerick or online at (€6 additional delivery fee for online orders via An Post).


See  or call Cork 021 427 0393 Limerick 061 307070 for more information


Conor Harrington finishing his mural at Bishop Lucey Park, Cork, Ireland.

Ardú Street Art project made a triumphant return to Cork city for their second edition, bringing some of the country’s most exciting street artists to create thought-provoking, large-scale murals across the cityscape: Friz’s “Goddess Cliodhna” at St Finbarr’s Road, Shane O’Malley’s bold and bright coloured angular shapes and colours on Lower Glanmire Road, Asbestos’ “What is home?” at South Main Street.


The fourth and final piece of the current series has now been revealed, painted by Cork-born, world-renowned artist Conor Harrington at Bishop Lucey Park (Grand Parade entrance). Based in London since the mid 2000s, Harrington has created street art in New York, Miami, Paris, London, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Mallorca, Sao Paulo, San Juan, and the Bethlehem Wall; this is Conor’s first large-scale mural in his hometown.


Harrington says, “My favourite part of Cork is the English market. I used to do as much of my shopping as possible there when I lived in Tower Street, before moving to London. And every time I’m home I’m always sure to have a stroll through and soak up some of the atmosphere.

I’ve used the English Market as a starting point for my mural, the gate of which is opposite my wall. It was built in 1788 and has seen us through famine, boom and bust.

In my painting, a man sets a table, a composition of fruit and veg in the manner of a lot of still life paintings from the 18th Century, when the English market and much of the Grand Parade and Patrick’s Street was built. The table is overflowing with fruit, an abundance of fresh produce that has been available in the market for years. I’ve included a doll’s house on the table to illustrate how Cork is a city built on food and how our culinary scene is one of our greatest assets. I’ve also included a fire extinguisher on the table as a reminder of the Burning of Cork 101 years ago, and that although the market was mostly spared, damage was still done.

 In the mural I’ve played with proportion and inverted the traditional scale of figure and dwelling to exacerbate the idea of the Georgian figure as a looming power or Lord over his domain. In my work I examine the role and legacy of the empire, and try to find parallels in contemporary culture. By including the doll’s house as a reference to home, housing and the current crisis in Ireland and the abundant fruit table which is in a state of overflow and collapse, I’m asking the question to whom does power and plenty belong? Despite this historical foundation, my mural is ultimately about the balance of abundance and excess, and the fall which inevitably follows.”


Many local businesses in Cork have rallied behind the work that Ardú do throughout the city, a major supporter is Pat McDonnell Paints, who supplied the artists with some of their materials for this year’s programme:

“Here at Pat McDonnell Paints, we are firm believers in how paint can transform the spaces we live in. We were delighted to support Ardú and their artists bring colour and vibrancy to Cork City.

140 litres of paint tinted in over 22 colours and Conor Harrington talent and vision have given us a modern day masterpiece in a corner of Bishops Lucey Park.” – Aidan McDonnell, Pat McDonnell Paints.


Commissioning artwork from home grown talent of the highest level is the main aim of Ardú, which is supported by Cork City Council and Creative Ireland, and with paint generously sponsored by local businesses Pat McDonnell Paints, and spray paint from Vibes & Scribes.

In order to cover total costs for this year’s event (paying for the artists fees, painting materials, maintenance,  etc.) and to help secure the future of Ardú Street Art Project, the crew need YOUR support.

Ardú’s fundraiser allows for four donation options - €10, €20, €50, or €100 - everyone who donates is entered into a raffle to win a signed photo print of artwork from the 2020 Ardú series, which featured works by artists Maser, Peter Martin, Shane O’Driscoll, Deirdre Breen, Garreth Joyce, Aches and James Earley. There will be 5 winners chosen at random and each winner can select an artwork of their choice. The raffle is available to enter online via bigcartel:


For more details, visit Ardú’s social media pages:

Twitter @ArduStreetArt

Instagram: @ArduStreetArt


 Ardú Street Art Initiative is made possible with generous support from Cork City Council and the Creative Ireland Programme - an all-of-government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from

Cork Businesses Urged To Turn Digital To Recover Losses

Computer and Phone

Cork digital marketing agency ePresence is urging local businesses to look to digital solutions and start their Christmas promotions earlier this year to recover losses suffered through the Covid-19 lockdowns. The agency wants to see Cork bounce back by taking advantage of the fact more people are shopping online.

Consumer habits have changed massively since the onset of the pandemic. According to the  2021 European E-commerce Report, there was a 10% rise in e-commerce business in 2020. Bringing the value of e-commerce to €757 billion in Europe alone. ePresence wants to see Cork’s business community benefit from this e-commerce trend.

“From extended lockdowns to delayed business re-opening, Irish businesses have come through another year of uncertainty,” says John Brennan, Owner and Director of ePresence.

“There are many ways local businesses can benefit from the rise in online shopping this Christmas, including selling online, social advertising and email marketing”.

5 Tips For Cork Businesses Getting Ready For Christmas

  1. October is the time to be fixing website bugs. Check that your online shop is working properly, that products and content are up to date and refresh any images that need updating.

  2. Set up an e-commerce site if you don’t have one already. Even vouchers sell well online. They are a simple way for any kind of business to capitalise on the popularity of online shopping and is ideal for the Christmas period.

  3. Use Google advertising to get ahead of the competition. Google advertising lets you target specific audience types in specific areas, ideal for local businesses.

  4. Let your customers know about your Christmas deals via email. Email marketing is an excellent Christmas promotion tool. When your customers are planning for the festive season, your products can be in their inboxes ready to buy.

  5. Advertise on social media. Social media advertising is an opportunity to get your brand in front of the right people. Targeted social media advertising campaigns can reach your customers when and however you choose. This allows you to target them when we know they are most likely to make a purchase online.

Guinness Jazz Festival Line-up Revealed

Guinness Jazz Festival 2021




  • New York hip-hop legend Yasiin Bey FKA Mos Def makes first-ever Irish appearance
  • Thrilling and eclectic mix of artists unveiled for the October Bank Holiday Weekend


Thursday, 30th Sept: Today, Guinness has announced that tickets are now on sale for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland’s first big festival in over 18 months. This October Bank Holiday Weekend, 22 - 25th Guinness Cork Jazz festival is back in Cork City. Now in its 43rd year, excitement is building as music fans will get that long-anticipated thrill of hearing live music again.

Experience the buzz of performers coming on stage again, the hush through the pub as they then start to play, before the crowd erupts; with headliner acts including the uniquely soulful Matthew Halsall, a composer, trumpeter, producer, DJ, and founder of Gondwana Records, who will perform with a hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester’s finest young musicians. The hugely popular Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, made up of seven brothers from the south side of Chicago, are back following sell-out performances in 2018. Closing the festival on Monday evening, Yasiin Bey Big Band FKA Mos Def will perform with a live band for the first time in Ireland and is sure to be one of the biggest shows of this year’s festival.

Other must-see performances over the weekend include Cork’s much-loved singer-songwriter Mick Flannery on stage with the critically acclaimed Susan O’Neill, Mack Fleetwood bringing you all the best hits of Fleetwood Mac, DJ Jenny Greene, King Kong Company and Kit Downes with his highly anticipated album Dreamlife of Debris live in concert.

Speaking about this year’s festival, Rory Sheridan, Head of Partnerships, Diageo Ireland said: “Ireland is brimming with some of the most talented and creative musicians, artists and performers, but during the last 18 months they’ve had no stage, no pubs, no venues or stadiums. We’ve all missed the hum of the crowd and the beat of the drum, so we are delighted to welcome back The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, providing a platform for musicians to perform and welcoming thousands of people to Cork to enjoy the festival atmosphere that we have all been looking forward to returning”.

Fiona Collins, Chairperson of the Cork Jazz Festival Committee commented: “One of the highlights for many will be the Fringe Festival which will see some of finest brass bands, New York Brass and Hyde Park returning, as well as more familiar local bands such as Rebel Brass bringing music to the streets of Cork.” Collins continued; “The festival committee is delighted to work in partnership with Diageo Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork Chamber of Commerce, Cork Business Association and businesses all over the city to bring jazz back to the streets of Cork. It promises to be a fantastic weekend, with an ever-developing programme, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to bring the vibrancy of the festival back to the City of Cork’.

Other festival highlights include:

  • Special live debut performance of ChoiceCut’s recording project Mas Exodus by ChoiceCut’s Mark Murphy and musical director Max Zaska, supported by the Department of Culture & Tourism, and featuring some of Ireland's most talented musicians.
  • Cork’s two inimitable and formidable jazz musicians, Paul Dunlea (Trombone) and Cormac McCarthy (Piano) who are joining forces in a set to include original Jazz compositions and also Xenia Pestova Bennett (piano) and Ed Bennett (live electronics) who will perform a radical reinterpretation of Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations.
  • Jazz Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel will host Fans of Swing, Funk, Groove, Blues and Dixieland for an exciting mix of Irish and international acts on several stages throughout the hotel.
  • The Jazz Music Trail sees the city come alive with the sights and sounds of this music trail that spans over 60 Cork venues. With music to suit every appetite, you’ll discover everything from ska to swing, jazz to brass as the trail leads you to every corner of the city.

To purchase tickets to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2021 log onto;

CBA Marks Retirement of Barry McPolin

CBA Marks Retirement of Barry McPolin

CBA Chairman Pat O'Connell, Board Member Lawrence Owens and Business and Communications Manager, Helen Murphy make a presentation to Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin on the occasion of his retirement from An Garda Siochana.


On the retirement of Cork's Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin, CBA want to thank him for his support to the Cork business community  over the last number of years. And so to mark the occasion, CBA Chairman Pat O'Connell, Board Member and former Chief Executive Lawrence Owens and Helen Murphy Business and Communications Manager visited the "Chief Super's" office this week. On behalf of CBA, Pat O'Connell thanked Barry McPolin most sincerely for his active help with security issues in the city throughout his tenure and congratulated him on the Garda response to Covid-19. Lawrence Owens also thanked him for being readily available to personally oversee issues raised by CBA and its members over the years. CBA President Eoin O'Sullivan sends Chief Superintendent McPolin very best wishes on his retirement and hopes the excellent relationship CBA has built with An Garda Siochana will continue with his successor.


Mural of a Hurley Player in Cork City

Ardú Street Art project arrived in Cork October 2020 injecting a burst of colour, vibrancy, and life into the city in lockdown. Seven of Ireland’s most respected and renowned street artists were invited to create key city-centre locations, in response to a theme inspired by the 1920 Burning of Cork. Find work by Deirdre Breen at Wandesford Quay, Maser at The Kino, James Earley at Henry Street, Peter Martin at Kyle Street, Shane O’Driscoll at Harley Street, Aches at Anglesea Street, and Garreth Joyce at Liberty Street.


The Ardú team are delighted to announce their return to Cork city’s streets from today September 27th, until October 11th, with four more large scale murals to brighten up the city centre landscape. Commissioning artwork from home grown talent of the highest level is the main aim of Ardú. The 2021 edition will welcome artists:


1) Friz

Friz is a Belfast based artist who works in both traditional and digital mediums, currently focused on spray painting.

Her work largely revolves around the female form. It is a study in identity; who we are; where we come from and our connection to the natural world around us.


2) Shane O’Malley

Shane O’Malley is a visual artist hailing from Navan, now based in Galway. His work explores colour, forms and symbols through painting. It is a meeting point of a studio practice and mural art painted in public spaces.

Shane’s strong use of colour stems from his origins in graffiti culture. Shane began painting graffiti in 2001 drawn to the act of writing his name, which was creative in one way while destructive in another. Drawing and painting created the habit of processing through the act of making. Shane is drawn to both the meditative slow process of painting with a brush in the studio and the faster act of spray painting and making art in public spaces.


3) Conor Harrington

London based artist Conor Harrington returns to his hometown of Cork for Ardú 2021.

His work draws a fine line between classical and contemporary art, and masterfully creates a world within those boundaries. A former graffiti artist, he not only still enjoys painting huge outdoor murals but consistently tackles new, inventive forms of art, often in a gallery setting.

Conor utilizes realistic images of people in his pieces, incorporating abstract elements to accompany his painted subject. His illustration of the human form is mesmerizing: he skillfully hones in on certain parts of the figure while obscuring others through the use of bold line work, superb shading and bursts of color within his creations.

Harrington has painted numerous street pieces across the world such as in New York, Miami, Paris, London, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Mallorca, Sao Paulo, San Juan and the Bethlehem Wall.


4) Asbestos

Asbestos is a street artist hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in mixed media artwork, combining mediums like photography and painting onto found objects. Asbestos has been contributing to Ireland’s urban landscape since 2003.

His portraits explore the concept of identity that are a conversation with two versions of his persona. “Each mask portrays two versions of myself, one alive and one dead. The dead version is a fictional character that represents me, if I’d been killed in a car bomb”. The bomb he refers to was a real one that went off in Dublin 46 days before he was born, 5 minutes after his mother walked past it. “I’ve always been fascinated about the fact that I may never have existed.” So each portrait is created by two versions of his persona combining photorealism and abstract naive strokes.


Ardú organisers Shane O’Driscoll, Paul Gleeson and Peter Martin are excited to present the second edition of Ardú to the public, in a safe space where you can observe the murals come to life outdoors “At a time when we face shared and personal challenges, each of our artist’s murals are a rallying cry to the city – a call to remember that we have been through terrible times before and we rose up. We can do it again. Having made such a positive impact on the city last year, we are excited to be back with another line-up of inspiring artists to transform Cork city’s streets.”


Friz is the first artist to kick off this year’s series, she is currently painting at St Finbarr’s Road, Cork. Further details on the Ardú Street Art project, including each mural location, will be announced soon. Keep up to date with the process by following Ardú on social media: Twitter @ArduStreetArt / | Instagram: @ArduStreetArt |

Cork City Local Enterprise Office Upcoming Events.


The following upcoming events may be of interest to our micro/ small enterprise members.


1) Learn about the Acumen Programme

This FREE lunchtime webinar will explain the Acumen Programme … how it assists businesses to explore the cross-border market and how it can open up your micro / small business to new customers, new revenue streams and new sustainable income.




  • Information on what is available in terms of Acumen financial support
  • Eligibility information - do you qualify?
  • A breakdown of other ITI services including: Elevate/Trade Accelerator Vouchers, Brexit Advisory funding, e-Merge


InterTradeIreland can assist micro/small enterprises to source and fund the right people to help you increase your cross-border export sales in Northern Ireland to help you improve your knowledge of the market and identify new business opportunities.

Acumen funding is used to employ a sales person - either full time or part time - to develop the significant cross-border opportunity that you have identified.  ITI will fund 50% of their cost to a maximum of €18,750 for a full time position, or €10,000 for a part time position.


Book your FREE place here ….


2) Innovate 2021

One of the keys to any successful business, regardless of its size, is innovation.  Developing new ideas is the fuel which will keep your business up to date.  Innovation will keep operations, products and services fresh.  Adding this fuel will make your business more competitive.




The event will be opened by Jacqui McNabb, Head of Economic Development and Enterprise, LEO Kildare and will host a number of guest speakers including:

  • Frank Devitt -  renowned speaker, innovation expert and author of ARRIVE Frank Devitt
  • Kim McKenzie Doyle – former President and current director of the Institute of Designers Ireland and Head of The Big Idea
  • Tony Murphy – Workplace Innovation Engineer with IDEAS Institute”


Click on the following link for further information and to book online ….


3) National Women's Enterprise Day 2021

Join entrepreneur and broadcaster Aine Kerr and some of Ireland’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs and business women for a day of inspiration and learning on how you can build your future in business and what will help you get there!



To register your place for this FREE event, click on the following link:

CBA Members Take Part in Culture Night 2021

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery Culture Night

Free Admission - Family Friendly - Open Until 10pm

On Culture Night The Crawford Art Gallery is staying up late!

The gallery will remain open from 5pm till 10pm and entry as always is free.
Whether you are curious or a dedicated culture vulture, you are warmly invited to view the exhibitions in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Visit The Crawford Art Gallery's special Culture Events Page for more details on their programme for the evening.


Meet the Artist

Attend one of two events  (6pm & 7pm) in Sternview Gallery at Nash 19 – meet Helle Helsner and her current show.

Helle Helsner works with drawing, paint and metal, creating works about how we shape and are shaped by land.

Helle will talk about her drawing and sculpture works and will give insight into her making process in how she explores landscape and materials.

The award-winning Nash19 restaurant and wine bar is now open late until 9.30pm and will serve artisan food on the night.

Booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. 


The Montenotte Hotel


Tour of Two Exhibitions

Come and visit The Montenotte Hotel where you can enjoy two art exhibitions. Tours start at 6.45pm & 7.45pm.

Start with the Art Exhibition in the hotel foyer, which is in association with The Gallery Kinsale, which will showcase a collection of paintings entitled “There is still life” by Irish Artist Peter Dee.

To follow, relax and enjoy a glass of Prosecco and then travel to the new Sculpture Exhibition in the stunning sunken Victorian Garden which the hotel has created in association with the prestigious Kildare Gallery. A lovely cultural event with the most amazing views of Cork city.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited


Visit The Sculpture Garden at The Montenotte Hotel on Culture Night 2021



Nano Nagle Place

Exhibitions, Music & Poetry

This year Culture Night at Nano Nagle Place will be both on site and online. Their fantastic museum will be open, including the wonderful ‘Changing Habits: 250 Years of Convent Life‘ exhibition.

On Culture Night, Nano Nagle Place will be launch an new exhibition of photographic portraits by Clare Keogh, exploring convent life in Nano Nagle Place today to complement “Changing Habits”.

In collaboration with Munster Literature Centre, they will share a video recording of Eileen Ní Chuilleanáin reading poems at Nano Nagle Place from her book, ‘The Mother House’, winner of the 2020 Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

The series of Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas in partnership with the East Cork Early Music Festival will conclude. Violinist Caitriona O’Mahony will be accompanied by organist James Taylor to perform the Glorious Mysteries live on the night, while a virtual concert of the same will also be released via thier website.

Cork Printmakers Inflorescence exhibition in The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place will also be on show. The exhibition explores themes of biodiversity, botany and ecology and takes inspiration from its location within the gardens of Nano Nagle Place as a historic site of contemplation and reflection.



Karen Underwood @ Cork Opera House

Free Live Concert

Cork Opera House is delighted to host Karen Underwood’s Great Black American Songbook on Culture Night at 8pm

This is Karen Underwood going home to her roots. Karen and a piano; bringing you from the underground railroad to Cork City performing music from classic spirituals and gospel to Jazz and Soul. She will be accompanied by Daniel Murphy, making his debut on keys, at Cork Opera House.

Get on board this train visiting the music of artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more.

“This is Vol.1 of my favourite tunes of the Black American Songbook. I want to share this experience with my Irish family. Looking forward to seeing you all again.” she said ahead of the event.

This event is free, but ticketed. Click Here to reserve tickets.


The Metropole Hotel

Beat on the StrEAT

Harley StrEAT Food


On Culture Night this year, The Metropole Hotel and Harley StreEAT will welcome Son-Solar to play.

Son-Solar are a 9 piece multicultural band playing Afro-Latin music.

The gig will be outside on Harley StrEAT which features some delicious food and beverage items in the food market.

The event is free and The Metropole Hotel look forward to welcoming people to celebrate Culture Night.


CADA Performing Arts

Kids Get Your Groove On

Children's dance and drama classes in progress. Please feel free to drop into the CADA studio in Pine Street to participate.

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Wheelchair accessible and older children welcome

Visit CADA for more information

Full Culture Night Programme

Cork Culture Night 2021 Logo

Despite the challenges this year for Culture Night, organisers and venues have created over 100 events, a huge testament to the creativity and dedication of the Arts Sector in Cork.

Live In-Venue Events
Outdoor Events
Online Events

Each venue is obliged to follow the regulations & guidelines relevant to their premises and their event, with the best interest of patrons, artists and staff at the heart of planning.

Your patience and support is very much appreciated.

Cork Business Leaders Support Focus Ireland Shine-a-Light

CBA Supports Shine A Light

Pictured at the launch of Focus Ireland's Shine a Light on Homelessness campaign are (L-R) Mairead Twohig, Reporter, 96FM; Paula Cogan, President Cork Chamber; Alan O'Callaghan, Operations Manager, Spike Island,; Aisling O'Connor, Project Leader, Focus Ireland; Ray Kelleher, Hotel Sales & Marketing Director, The Montenotte Hotel, Helen Murphy, Business & Communications Manager, Cork Business Association

Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy are calling on business leaders, companies, employees and individuals across Cork to sleep out for one night on Friday October 15th – to help raise funds for vital homelessness services. Recent figures from the Department of Housing report that 413 people are currently without a home in Cork. The historic Spike Island has also been confirmed as a venue for Business Leaders sleep out for the first time since 2019 with a virtual option also available to  everyone to sleep on their sofas or back gardens.

CBA's Vice President, Kevin Herlihy has volunteered to take part in the Spike Island Business Leaders Sleepout.

Corporate support for Shine a Light Night is so important, as demand for Focus Ireland’s services has increased over the past year since the Covid-19 outbreak. This demand is expected to grow further as the economic impact of the virus continues to hit the country and impact the 8,132 people currently homeless in Ireland, including 2,129 children and 930 families in emergency accommodation. Bord Gáis Energy remains committed to its continued partnership with Focus Ireland, sponsoring the annual fundraising initiative – Shine A Light Night - for a third year; with both Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy hoping that the virtual sleep-out options will make this year’s Shine a Light Night safe and accessible to as many people as possible.


In line with Covid-19 guidelines, Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy will stage in-person events with business leaders sleeping out in Cork, Limerick and Dublin. Event organisers are currently carrying out risk assessments at all venues and will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation with participants safety a priority.


In 2021, Focus Ireland’s Shine a Light Night campaign, which has been supported by Bord Gáis Energy since 2019, is aiming to raise €1.5 million, with Ireland’s business community helping to raise the vast majority of this. For the second year, members of the public can also get involved in the initiative within their homes and gardens by hosting their own sleep outs to Shine a Light on homelessness in Ireland. Since the event began in 2012, Shine A Light Night has raised over €7.1m for people experiencing homelessness in Ireland.Ger Spillane, head of Focus Ireland services for the Mid and South West region said: “Shine a Light Night is our most important fundraising initiative each year and we have always been strongly supported by the business community in Cork. We are truly grateful for their involvement and support in driving funds to ensure our vital services can continue to help those who are homeless across the country. We are delighted to be back at Spike Island this year, restrictions and guidelines permitting, but will also be encouraging members of the public, work places, schools and universities to get involved in our ‘virtual’ sleep outs or on their own premisses if it is safe to do so. We’re relying on the support from businesses and members of the public to reach our fundraising goal of €1.5 million so we can continue to support those experiencing homelessness in communities nationwide.”


Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy, Dave Kirwan said, “The past year has been incredibly challenging for many; however, we know those impacted by homelessness are particularly vulnerable and need our collective support and fundraising efforts. Everyone at Bord Gáis Energy is as committed as ever to supporting the crucial work of Focus Ireland in addressing the causes of this devastating social issue and increasing support for those who are at risk of losing their home. Last year’s virtual sleep out was hugely successful, showing the strong support of the Irish public to this worthy cause and I’d encourage individuals, families and businesses across the country to consider joining or supporting the campaign this year, giving one night to shine a light on homelessness.”


To register to take part in a sleep out and for more information please visit  Shine A Light 2021 (

Picture: Michael O'Sullivan /OSM PHOTO