Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, MEP Deirdre Clune, Cork Business Association president Philip Gillivan, and ‘Irish Examiner’ marketing manager Karen O’Donoghue at the Cork Business Association Brexit Breakfast Briefing in the Imperial Hotel, Cork.

Trade in Cork city centre was down more than 60% as a result of Storm Emma, which forced the city to effectively close down for 3 days.  Re-opened for business this week, retailers, publicans, and traders were keen to hear from An Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD on another key issue affecting trade, the impact of Brexit on Cork businesses.

CBA President Philip Gillivan welcomed more than 70 businesses to the Imperial Hotel today (Monday) to hear the latest update in Brexit negotiations, directly from Minister Simon Coveney TD as well as Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune.  Speaking at the Brexit Briefing, Philip Gillivan said:

“We are well represented by Minister Coveney at the Brexit negotiations, which are again at a critical stage. It is vital for businesses to have clarity on current developments at the negotiating table and what they mean for the future of the UK’s relationship with Ireland and the implications for Irish business, particularly local businesses. Time, as we know, is marching on, and we all need to be using this time wisely to prepare for Brexit.”

An Tanáiste provided insights and information to Cork businesses for over 30 minutes and answered all questions arising from the floor on the challenges and opportunities for Cork in a post-Brexit environment.

“Certainty for businesses with a clear transition timeline, up to 2020, is vital so they can plan and prepare for Brexit and we are working specifically to this agenda during the negotiations,” said Minister Coveney TD at the CBA Brexit Briefing.

Attendees also heard from Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune who gave the perspective of the European Parliament, which will ultimately ratify the Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU.

Cork’s St Patrick’s Festival 2018 – Road Closures


This year’s Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in the heart of the City on Saturday, March 17th 2018.

Celebrating the theme of Democracy For All – 100 Years of the Vote for Women, join us in the City Centre for a carnival of colour, music,  pageantry and comic fun.


The Parade will begin at 1.00 pm at South Mall, travelling via Grand Parade, St. Patrick’s Street, turning on to Merchant’s Quay and culminating at the junction of Merchant’s Quay and Parnell Place at approximately 3.30 pm. It is anticipated the Parade will have up to 2500 participants and attract up to 50,000 spectators.

We wish to inform you of Road Closures which take place to facilitate the Parade.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to these road closures for this civic event. If you have any queries, please contact Cork City Council at  021-4924116.



Saturday 17th March from 07:00 to 16:00
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time.

  • Copley Street
  • Union Quay
  • Stable Lane
  • Connell Street
  • Lapp’s Quay


Saturday 17th March from 10:30 to 16:00
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time.

  • Parnell Bridge Southbound
  • Anglesea Street West Lane (filter lane from Union Quay/Parnell Bridge)


Saturday 17th March from 11:15 to 15:00pm
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time`

  • Terence McSweeney Quay


Saturday 17th March from 11:15 to 17:30
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time

  • Parnell Bridge
  • Parnell Place
  • South Mall
  • Grand Parade
  • St Patrick’s Street
  • St Patrick’s Bridge
  • Castle Street
  • Merchants Quay
  • Lavitt’s Quay East (Christy Ring Bridge to Saint Patrick’s Bridge)
  • Anderson’s Quay westbound (from Brian Boru Bridge to Merchant’s Quay)


Please note there will be lane restrictions on both Clontarf Bridge & Eglinton Street to restrict access onto Terence McSwiney Quay. This will also commence at 1100hrs


In addition, the following main streets will be directly affected and will be closed from 11.15am

  • Parliament Street
  • Parliament Bridge
  • Washington Street between South Main Street and Grand Parade
  • Parnell Place
  • Fr Matthew Quay
  • Morrison’s Quay
  • Half Moon St
  • Academy St
  • Drawbridge St
  • St Augustine Street
  • Paul Street
  • Oliver Plunkett Street


Traffic diversions will be put in place to facilitate these road closures, as follows:

  • South Terrace/George’s Quay – traffic will be diverted via Sullivan’s Quay & Frenche’s Quay to either Greenmount or onto Washington Street and Bachelor’s Quay.
  • Lavitt’s Quay – traffic will be diverted across Christy Ring Bridge
  • No public traffic access to Lapps Quay



  • Friday 16th March from 07:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 17th March – Copley St at area adjacent to former Brooks Haughton Building
  • Friday 16th March from 14:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 17th March  – Copley St at area opposite the former Brooks Haughton Building, Anglesea Street, Lapps Quay, Anglesea Street adjacent St. Joachim & Ann’s Home.
  • Friday 16th March from 20:00 until 17:30 on Saturday 17th March- St. Patrick’s St, Emmet Place, Academy St, South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Union Quay


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More great news for Cork’s Victorian Quarter

Planners give go-ahead for MacCurtain Street hotel


CITY planners have given the go-ahead for another hotel in the city centre, providing a further boost to the city’s growing tourism trade.

Plans for the construction of a 73-room hotel in the Victorian Quarter were given the green light in recent days.

The development is planned for the corner of MacCurtain Street and York Street on the site of the Windsor Inn.

It will see some 90-bed spaces provided once the development is completed and incorporates the partial demolition of the existing building and the construction of an eight-storey hotel with a bar facility on the ground floor with an external courtyard along with a basement level.

The development is just one of several planned for the area, with city planners also set to make a final decision on the Metropole Hotel plans by next week.

Owners Trigon Hotels Ltd have sought permission to redevelop the iconic hotel in a multi-million euro plan which includes the construction of a new, urban hotel called ‘The M.’

Once finished, the development would have more than 400 hotel beds.

It is one of several major hotel developments planned for Cork city in the coming years, with the new Maldron nearing completion on South Mall.

Further developments are planned for Parnell Place, Sullivan’s Quay and Horgan’s Quay, delivering hundreds of extra hotel beds to the city.


(Source: Kevin O’Neill, writing for the Evening Echo

CBA Welcomes go ahead for major Docklands redevelopment

An artist's impression of the Horgans Quay development.

The Cork Business Association welcomed the announcement that Cork City Council has approved planning for the €160 million scheme at Horgan’s Quay. This scheme will include more than 200 apartments, office space for 5,000 people. A 136-bed hotel and three public plazas are also included in the plans from HQ Developments, which will revamp a 6.1-acre site next to Kent Station.

Senior officials at City Hall say they believe the proposal will be a further catalyst for development in the east of the city, with more projects potentially following suit shortly.

Planners yesterday signed off on the proposals for HQ Developments, an ambitious joint-venture from Clarendon Properties and BAM Ireland.

It includes almost 37,000 sq m of offices in three blocks, as well as 237 apartments over four blocks. A 136-bed hotel with a rooftop restaurant and some 2,285 sq m of retail and restaurant space are also included in the mixed-use development, which finally draws a line under the two-decade long saga surrounding the site which was once the proposed home to an events centre, as well a technology park and more than 1,000 apartments.

Commenting on the announcement Lawrence Owens Chief Executive of the CBA said

“This is a very positive day for Cork city, they significance of this development cant be overstated. It will signal the commencement of meaningful development on the eastern side of the city.What I hope to see very soon is cranes in the skyline in Horgan’s Quay and this project under way”.

Pat Ledwidge, Deputy Chief Executive of Cork City Council, welcomed the decision to approve planning.

“It is a welcome development in the context of the National Development Plan and the Planning Framework,” he said.

“Despite all the positive activity in the city centre, there is still a shortage of high-quality office space in Cork city centre.

“This is welcome in the context of the other developments happening in the city too, including the finished One Albert Quay, the South Mall plan and the work at Navigation Square. As we see the steel rising above Navigation Square, we see the potential.

“I hope that when the first blocks of Navigation Square are ready for fit-out this time next year that Horgan’s Quay will be at the same stage Navigation Square is now.”

HQ Developments is the first step in the regeneration of the Kent Station lands, which have been idle for quite a number of years. Mr Ledwidge said he hopes that some more of the area will be made available for similar works.

“Those that aren’t required by Irish Rail for operational purposes are ideal for development,” he said.

“There is no real flooding issues, the infrastructure is there; there is no limit on what could be achieved there.

“It is the next step in revitalising that whole eastern end of the city.”

The planning decision is now open to a four week window of appeal. If this passes without objection, it is understood that developers are keen to begin work as soon as possible.

It is the latest in a series of major developments in the city centre, following office projects at One Albert Quay, Navigation Square and the South Mall, as well as hotel and student accommodation builds throughout the city.

Mr Ledwidge said he is optimistic that further activity will follow suit.

“There are a number of other plans in the pipeline,” he said.

“There is a major planning permission in place at the Trinity Quarter already that we would like to see progressed and, of course, there is a major shortage of housing.

“That is why this development is so welcome: there is a hotel, there are offices, there is apartments and there are some very nice public plazas too.”


           Source Kevin O’Neill Evening Echo

CBA Brexit Briefing with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D.

A “Brexit for Business” breakfast will take place on Monday 05th March in the Imperial Hotel, Cork City.

We would like to invite you to attend this breakfast briefing with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney to hear about the latest stage of negotiations, to better understand how your business could be impacted, and how to help your business adapt and be ready for Brexit in March 2019.

This is a free event and you can register now simply by clicking here.


Date: Monday 05th March 2018
Time: 7.30am – 9.00am
Location: Imperial Hotel, Cork City


For further inquiries please email or call 021 4374200.


Philip Gillivan Elected As New President of the Cork Business Association

The Cork Business Association held its 61st Annual General Meeting on February 6th at AIB 66 South Mall Cork. The event marked the election of Mr Philip Gillivan proprietor of The Shelbourne Bar, McCurtain Street as their new President. Philip’s term will last until February 2020.

Philip is taking over the reins from Pat O Connell, who had a hugely successful two-year term as President.  He was instrumental in re-structuring the Cork Business Association into areas that would most benefit the city, including Retail, Tourism, Infrastructure, Security, Movement, Policy, Social, and Communications.
He will continue to play an active role in the Cork Business Association and as immediate past president, he will be one of its representatives on the Cork City Centre Partnership (CORE) during 2018.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Gillivan stressed the opportunities for economic development in the city, “I am honoured to take up the post as President of the Cork Business Association. This is a very exciting time for Cork but equally, so we have to recognise the challenges we must address particularly in respect of infrastructure and public transport. Business overall is improving with an increasing level of investment, specifically in terms of new development projects as can be measured in the number of cranes visible in the city’s skyline. As a business owner myself, I want to stress how beneficial it has been to be part of this organisation over the years and to remind owners and managers that we are here for you, to promote your interests at local and national level. We will continue to work with all the key stakeholders to revitalise our city and make it a place people want to work, visit and live in. We all need to work together to have one strong voice and this is the voice of business in cork city”.


Philip went on to identify a number of priorities that he will concentrate on during his term in office. “I want to build partnerships between the quarters in the city and use the positive experience I have garnered from my role in helping the re-emergence of the McCurtain Street / Victorian area. This quarter is now such a vibrant part of our city’s economy. I firmly believe in businesses working together for the greater good and this is the ethos I will bring to the CBA during my term as President I also want to see that Cork fully embraces smart technology to enhance the customer experience”.
“Finally we will continue to work with Cork City Council and other stakeholders on issues facing our members including Infrastructure, Parking, Flood defences, Rates, Security, Marketing of Cork and the improvement of our Public Realm.”
Philip concluded by saying, “I would like to thank Pat O Connell for his amazing commitment to the Cork Business Association and indeed Cork. He has been a highly committed and dynamic president and has delivered a considerable amount for the association. Pat is leaving me with a much stronger and more relevant organisation and I thank him most sincerely for that. I look forward to working closely with our Chief Executive Lawrence Owens, and with our executive members who represent all business sectors in cork.”


Commenting on the appointment, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said,
“I would like to congratulate Philip on his election as our new President and I look forward to working with him during 2018. Philip is a proven entrepreneur with a strong commercial background and I am confident he will bring new progressive and dynamic thinking to the organisation.”


Invitation to attend the Cork Business Association AGM 2018


Date: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Registration: 5.30pm
Meeting: 6pm
Venue: AIB Bank, 66 South Mall
The Agenda for the 2018 Cork Business Association AGM is as follows:
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of last AGM
  • Matters Arising
  • President’s Address
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Chief Executive Report
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Election of Auditors
  • Any Other Business

All members are welcome to attend the AGM and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. 


#CBABusinessAwards 2017 Winners Announced

CIT and Cork Convention Bureau were the big winners at the Cork Business Association’s ‘Cork Business of the Year’ Awards, which were held in Pairc Ui Caoimh on Saturday 20 January.

The awards, which are run in partnership with JCD and The Irish Examiner, recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork City and its environs.

The awards were presented at the CBA’s gala dinner at Pairc Ui Caoimh on Saturday the 20th January.  A special tribute was also made to the late James O Sullivan and Owen O Callaghan, who were both prominent members of the CBA.

A further 8 awards were presented on the evening and the very deserving winners on the night were:










Commenting on the winner, Chief Executive of Cork Business Association Lawrence Owens said, “This year we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving winners and finalists.  To be finalists for these awards was, in itself, a wonderful achievement.  I would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our award sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner”.


The mission of the awards is to recognise the value and achievement of Cork Businesses.  The CBA’s aim is to acknowledge an individual business that has contributed to or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural or civic life of Cork. The CBA also aim to promote the profile of the winners and to encourage excellence in business activities.


We would like to take this opportunity to pay a very special thank you to the CBA Business Awards organising committee; Niamh Murphy (ETC – Events, Tourism, Communications), Philip Gillivan (Shelbourne Bar), Vicki Galvin Crean (AIB), Sinéad Dunphy (Cork International Choral Festival) and Eoin Kennedy (ZoneDigital) – without whom this event would not have been possible so thank you for all your hard work over the past number of months.


The Oyster Tavern picked up the Best Cork VFI Pub 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by the VFI. Picture: Miki Barlok

O’Connor Brothers picked up the Best Cork Family Business 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by Musgrave. Picture: Miki Barlok

Keanes Jewellers picked up the Best Cork Retail Business 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by Cork City Council. Picture: Miki Barlok

Cork International Choral Festival picked up the Best in Tourism, Arts, Events 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by the Irish Hotels Federation. Picture: Miki Barlok

Republic of Work picked up the Best Cork New Business 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office. Picture: Miki Barlok

Nash 19 picked up the Best Cork Café/ Restaurant 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by The English Market. Picture: Miki Barlok

AM O Sullivan PR picked up the Best Cork Professional Services Business 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by Irish Mainport. Picture: Miki Barlok

The Montenotte Hotel picked up the Best Cork Hotel 2017 award at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by King’s Laundry. Picture: Miki Barlok

Cork Convention Bureau received the overall Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year medium category award at a ceremony in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by JCD, AIB and the Irish Examiner. Picture: Miki Barlok

CIT received the overall Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year large category award at a ceremony in Pairc Ui Caoimh on January 20, sponsored by JCD, AIB and the Irish Examiner. Picture: Miki Barlok

Marie Claire takes a shine to Cork!

The following article was written by Trish Halpin for Marie Claire – travel.


“Cork is the city break you probably never thought of (but really should).”

Food, music, history, shopping and culture plus a healthy dose of fun make Ireland’s second city the perfect mini break

Why go? For the craic of course. Cork city really is the place to eat, drink and be merry, with pubs, bars and great restaurants tempting you inside along every street and alley you wander down. Friendly locals are always ready to strike up a conversation, whether you’re asking for directions or ordering a pint of Guinness, and a young student crowd gives the historic city a hipster vibe.

While you’re there, it’s worth adding on an extra night or two to explore other parts of the county, such as Kinsale, just 18 miles south west of the city. The starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way – a 2,500km touring route of Ireland’s magnificent Atlantic coastline – the craic continues in many of the pretty harbour town’s pubs.

When? Any time of the year for the weather hardy (be prepared for Ireland’s frequent grey skies and ‘mizzle’) but time it with one of the many festivals such as the Midsummer, Folk, Harbour or the St Patrick’s day parade, and you’ll see Cork city really come to life. We arrived on the last day of the Guinness Jazz Festival, and the whole place was strewn with bunting, music playing everywhere from the headline acts at Cork Opera House and Everyman Theatre to the Jamie Cullem-esque piano singer in our hotel bar.


The River Lee hotel

Stay at: The River Lee Hotel, the perfect location for exploring Cork city, with everything you’ll want to visit no more than a ten minute stroll away. The lobby, bar and restaurant are spacious, light and airy, thanks to glass walls everywhere – even the lifts are glass so you get a great view of the city each time you whizz up and down to your room. Modern and contemporary décor (mainly neutral colours but with the odd bright purple, red or yellow chair and sofa dotted around) make the bar and library areas a nice place to hang out, or if the weather is up to it, the terrace on the river. Bedrooms have views over the river or towards city landmarks such as St Fin Barre’s cathedral, and come with a flat screen TV and Nespresso machine. Our bed was super comfy with crisp white linen, and goodies by The White Company in the bathroom.

In Kinsale, at stay at The Trident Hotel is a real treat, as rooms are super chic, having just been very tastefully renovated. Each one has fantastic views of the pretty harbour where you can watch the comings and goings of the boats, or the take offs, landings and fly bys of the herons and gulls that seem to have designated the hotel roof a landing spot for their aerial adventures.


You really must: Visit the English market, which has been the social hub of Cork city since 1788. You’ll see – and want to taste – the best of Cork’s foodie scene with meat, fruit, veg and seafood aplenty, plus locally produced cheeses (a special mention for Toons Bridge Dairy’s ricotta and mozzarella), chocolates and even fermented foods. A brisk stroll might be in order after that, so pick up one of the excellent Cork Walks leaflets from the nearby tourist office and discover the history of the city centre island, the Shandon area, the South Parish or the University area. Weaving our way through parks, past Georgian buildings and through the university campus then along the river was a great way to get a feel for the city.

For exploring the city by night, follow the Cork Heritage Pub Trail  and discover some really unique and characterful watering holes. We loved The Oval off South Main Street. Once through the door and behind a heavy curtain, you’ll find an oval room lit only by candlelight. It was dark and intimate with really cool music playing in the background and band posters (from Radiohead to Talking Heads) all over the walls.


Kinsale harbour

In Kinsale, it won’t take long to wander around the pretty streets away from the harbour, and whichever route you take you’ll most likely end up spotting an impressive old white building with red doors – The Old Courthouse, which is now a museum. The huge anchor in the front is from a ship in the Spanish Armada fleet and the crane is from the Lusitania, which sank off the coast of Kinsale in 1915, with the loss of 1500 lives. Both point to Kinsale’s strategic importance in maritime history.

To stretch your legs even more, a walk around the harbour to the coastal path known as the Scilly walk, will take you from the town up to Summercove and Charles Fort. You’ll get glorious views of Kinsale and work up some property envy at the fabulous Grand Design houses overlooking the water.

The dining room at the Farmgate Cafe


Dine at: Farmgate Café on the top floor of the English Market in Cork city. The lunch menu will make your mouth water with classics such as Irish Stew and sausages with puy lentils and mash, all cooked to perfection. The menu is created each day based on what the chef chooses from the stalls in the market down below, or sourced by owner Kay Harte from producers across the county. Another must eat in the city is a slice of pizza at the Franciscan Well Micro Brewery, located on the site of the ancient Shandon Friary. Serving great craft beers and hot from the oven pizzas, it’s a nice place to hang out for a cheap bite and great beer.


A mouthwatering Fishy Fishy creation

In Kinsale, we had a scrumptious dinner at Fishy Fishy. We were guaranteed the seafood would be fabulous given that owner Martin Shanahan is a former fishmonger and our organic sea trout and pan fried John Dory certainly didn’t disappoint.


Bring home: Scrumptious artisan chocs from Danero Cork Chocolate (95 South Main Street, Cork City) – make sure you have one of their sensational hot chocolates while you’re there. At Cork Craft & Design you’ll find lots of interesting local crafts to browse, likewise at the Kilkenny shop, which has fashion and jewellery too.


To read the original article click here. 

And the finalists are………..

We are delighted to announce this years “Cork Business of the Year Awards” finalists.

The overall winners will be announced at our annual gala dinner and awards night on Saturday 20th January at the Páirc Uí Chaoimh conference centre.

Our awards, which are run in partnership with JCD, the Irish Examiner and AIB, recognize the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork City and environs.


This year’s finalists are:

Best New Business in Cork, sponsored by LEO Cork City:

  • Republic of Works
  • Cask
  • The Health Zone


Best Cork Family Business, sponsored by Musgrave:

  • O’Connor Bros
  • The Flying Enterprise
  • Herlihy’s Centra


Best Cork Hotel, sponsored by King Laundry:

  • The Montenotte Hotel
  • The Kingsley Hotel
  • Cork International Hotel


Best Cork Café/Restaurant, sponsored by The English Market:

  • Nash 19
  • Idaho
  • Café Velo


Best Cork VFI Pub, sponsored by Vintners Federation Cork:

  • The Oliver Plunkett
  • Cask
  • The Oyster Tavern


Best Cork Retail Business, sponsored by Cork City Council:

  • Azure Jewellery
  • Cork Flower Studio
  • Keanes Jewellers


Best Professional Services Business, sponsored by The Mainport Group:

  • Investec
  • Cork Convention Bureau
  • AM O’Sullivan PR


Best Tourism Art Event, sponsored by IHF:

  • Cork International Choral Festival
  • Crawford Art Gallery
  • Cork City Gaol


As we celebrate 60 years in business this year we would be delighted for you to join us on the awards night, 20th January, for what is guaranteed to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Commenting on the finalists, our Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Owens, said: “This year we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving finalists.”


Book your tickets for the CBA Annual Gala Dinner and Awards here.