Chase the Sunset with Ocean Escapes

Hop Onboard for an Unmissable Cork Harbour Sunset Cruise

A cool ocean breeze on your face, a salty spray on your skin, watching the sparkling water and basking in the beauty of a glorious pink and orange sky as the sun begins to set on the horizon. Doesn’t this sound like an idyllic summers evening? You could be sailing around scenic Cork Harbour, chasing the sunset, during a special 2 hour long Sunset Cruise departing from Crosshaven on July 13th at 8pm.

The cruise is being run by ‘Ocean Escapes’ on their new Cork Harbour tour boat experience, which operates daily between Cork and Cobh, and has quickly become the hottest ‘summer bucket list’ thing to do in Cork in 2018. The tour guides and crew have witnessed some remarkable sunsets as the boat docks each evening in Crosshaven and decided that Cork locals and visitors might also enjoy spending some time on the open water ‘chasing the sunset’. Tickets for the Sunset Cruise from Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven are €15 per person or €20 for two people, and can be bought on board.


If you can’t make this Sunset Cruise, but would still like to get out on the water to enjoy breath-taking views, famous sights, nature & wildlife, fascinating stories, and all the maritime history that Cork Harbour has to offer, you can book a place onboard the 72-seater tour boat from either Port of Cork Marina, Custom House Quay in Cork City or Kennedy Quay in Cobh.  See for times and prices. Tours depart daily until September from Cobh or Cork City.  Or, if you are more of a thrill seeker, you can book a tour on one of the Ocean Escapes exhilarating high speed ribs.

For more information contact Ocean Escapes 021 2339049 (Mon- Fri 9.30am- 5.30pm) or see

Irish Water to host information evening in advance of project to replace old water mains in MacCurtain Street and surrounding area

Irish Water will shortly begin a project to replace approximately 4km of old water mains in Cork city centre which will result in significant improvements in the water supply for local customers.


The project will involve the decommissioning of old and damaged cast iron water main, much of which dates back to the early 1900s, in an area north of the river, on MacCurtain Street and surrounding streets.*


This work is essential in order to maintain a secure and reliable water supply for the people of Cork City. Due to the age of the pipes to be replaced, they have become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration issues. In some parts of the city over 60% of water supplied is lost through leakage. This project will benefit local residents by providing them with a more secure, reliable supply.


Removing old cast iron and lead pipes from the public water network and replacing them with new ductile iron and plastic (polyethylene) pipes will also reduce the risk of contamination, helping to protect customers’ health



Prior to the commencement of this work Irish Water, in partnership with Cork City Council, will host a drop in information evening relating to the planned water network improvement works. This will take place in the Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain Street, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, July 5th

Members of the public are invited to drop in, meet the project team and find out more about the proposed programme of works.



€20 million to be invested in Cork City

This project forms part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see over €500 million invested over the next four years to reduce leakage and improve water supplies. In 2018/2019, we plan to invest €20 million in Cork City’s distribution network through water mains rehabilitation, lead service replacement, leak detection and repair programme and the First Fix Free scheme. As a result of this work, Irish Water expects to save up to 3 million litres of treated water every day.


Steven Blennerhassett, Water Network Programme lead, commented “Replacing these old water mains on MacCurtain Street, the Lower Glanmire Road and surrounding streets will reduce leakage and result in a major improvement in the water supply for our customers in the area. Combined with the proposed upgrade of the Lee Road water treatment plant and ongoing water main rehabilitation work throughout the city, this is part of Irish Water’s commitment to providing the people of Cork with a modern, safe and efficient water supply network.


“We recognise that works of this nature can cause inconvenience and we are committed to minimising any disruption by engaging with local businesses, residents and other stakeholders. We look forward to meeting the public at our information evening on July 5th where the project team will be available to discuss the plans and address any concerns people may have ahead of the commencement of the work.”



Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place

Construction is expected to commence by the end of July and the work will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian on behalf of Irish Water. Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place as the work progresses in order to minimise disruption to the public and to businesses and residents in the area. The contractors will liaise with the Cork City Council Roads Department, An Garda Síochána and local residents and businesses who will be notified about upcoming events likely to cause disturbance such as planned temporary disconnection of services, working hours or any other planned works.


When construction is underway areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on the community. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.


Prior to the start of the main construction work, site investigation work is due to get underway this Monday, July 2. This will involve digging a number of trial holes in MacCurtain Street and surrounding area. This work will be mainly located in parking bays to keep disruption to a minimum and work areas will be limited to short sections.


We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience as a result of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates or you can call our customer care team on 1850 278 278, open 24/7.



For more information on how we are reducing leakage across the country, visit

You can also play your part by reporting leaks on public property such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, using our online form or by calling 1850 278 278.




*The locations to benefit from these improvement works include the following:

Leitrim Street Carrol’s Quay York Street
Pine Street Lower Glanmire Rd Woods Place
Hardwick Street Devonshire Street Little William Street
Coburg Street St. Patrick’s Quay St. Patrick’s Hill
Camden Place MacCurtain Street Water Street
Bridge Street Harley Street Lower Grattan Hill

How to pay for on street parking in Cork City Centre

To pay for parking on-street there are two options:

  • Park By Phone
  • Display a Parking Disc

To pay for parking in North Main Street and Paul Street car parks, please take a ticket on entry. Payment can be made at any of the pay stationson all levels of the car park. At the Black Ash Park & Ride, please take a ticket on entry to the facility, payment can be made at one of the paystations in the depot either on entry or exit.

This service allows you to pay for parking over the phone by either calling 021 4924030 or booking your parking on the free app.

You can download the free app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.

You can register for the service online at:

For existing users:

There is no need to display anything on your car.

Please note the  Schedule of Fees for Park by Phone.


You can pay for parking on-street by purchasing, marking and displaying a parking disc within the parked vehicle.

Shops, restaurants and cafes within the city centre and in the surrounding areas sell parking discs.

Please see Parking Disc Retailer locations.

Planning given for hotel tower on Sullivan’s Quay

CORK’s hospitality offering is set for a major boost after the city’s biggest planned hotel was given the green light by An Bord Pleanála.

The ambitious redevelopment of the former tax office on Sullivan’s Quay has taken a significant step forward with the news that the multi-million euro mixed-use hotel and office development has been approved by the planning authority.

Construction company Bam has now been granted permission to build a 193-bed hotel, including a 12-storey cylindrical tower on the corner of Sullivan’s Quay and Meade Street.

The hotel development, which includes underground car parking, a bar, restaurant and retail area, as well as a gym, will be built adjacent to a six-storey office development of some 9,310 square metres.

Approval of the new development is the latest chapter in a long history for the Sullivan’s Quay site.

An artist's impression of the hotel and office development planned for Sullivan's Quay.

An artist’s impression of the hotel and office development planned for Sullivan’s Quay.

Developers were initially granted permission for a major office development and a 183-bed hotel in 2009. BAM had acquired the site from the Revenue Commissioners in 2006.

However, the decade-long financial and construction downturn meant that the site remained undeveloped.

It became home to dozens of artists and CIT students, who used the space until the beginning of 2017.

In May 2017, BAM lodged plans to modify the 2009 permission to include 193 hotel beds, an increase of ten.

Further changes were proposed in November of last year, with BAM seeking to increase the number of beds to 220.

This final change was not approved by city planners, though, who green-lit plans for the 193-bed hotel.

A number of objections saw the case referred to An Bord Pleanála, with planners finally approving the plans this week, clearing the way.

In the interim, the building was subject to antisocial behaviour and fires, a move which promoted BAM to demolish the site, removing what had often been considered to be an eyesore from the city’s skyline.

There is no timeline attached to the new development as yet.



Source: Kevin O’Neill writing for the Evening Echo.

€80m cargo container terminal to be built in Cork Harbour

A new cargo container terminal is to be built at Ringaskiddy at the mouth of Cork Harbour as part of an €80 million investment by the Port of Cork Company.

The company says it will be the most significant investment in marine infrastructure and superstructure in their history.

The new facility will replace the Cork Dockland sites at Tivoli, close to the city, allowing for the future redevelopment of these lands.

The Cork Container Terminal project will see the construction of a 360 metre quay with 13m depth alongside, which will allow larger ships to berth in Ringaskiddy.

The new facility will replace the Cork Dockland sites at Tivoli, close to the city

The development will also include a new cargo terminal on a 13.5 hectare site, as well as two ship-to-shore gantry cranes and container handling equipment.

Port of Cork Chief Executive Brendan Keating says the development will secure the company’s future and bring significant economic benefits to the Munster region, as well as to the national economy.

The project is being funded by AIB plc, the European Investment Bank, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, and with monies from the European Union Connecting Europe Facility funds, as well as its own funds.

The contract for the project has been awarded to BAM Civil Limited, with the terminal due to be operational by 2020.


Source:  writing for RTE News

Thank you Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald

On behalf of the Cork Business Association we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald and his wife Georgina for a fantastic term in office.

The position of Lord Mayor is a very demanding role and we think you will join us in agreement that Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald did a stand-up job for Cork City over the past year. His passion and love for Cork shone through in all he did and for that we are very grateful.

And what a way to finish out his term, chaperoning the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall through our beautiful city!

Thank you again for all you have done Lord Mayor and we wish you all the best in the future.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the incoming Lord Mayor, Mick Finn, on his new position. We wish him the very best of luck and we have no doubt he will do a great job!

Press Release: Royal Visit to Cork

Cork City Council have released the following Press Release regarding the official visit of The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Cork this coming Thursday, 14th June. 


Cork City Council has welcomed the formal announcement of the official visit by HRH, The Prince of Wales and HRH, the Duchess of Cornwall to Cork on Thursday June 14.


Speaking following the announcement, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “The people of Cork, and indeed the people of Ireland, have very fond memories of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Cork in 2011 when it was clear to all that the Queen thoroughly enjoyed her time in the city, describing it in a letter afterwards to the Lord Mayor’s office as ‘colourful and lively’”.


“The international profile of our city skyrocketed following that visit with footfall at the English Market increasing by up to 30% and interest in hotel rooms in the city and county increasing by up to 70%. Most recent tourism figures show that a third of Cork’s overseas visitors now hail from the UK while Cork remains the second most popular holiday destination in the country for UK tourists behind Dublin. This week’s visit is another remarkable opportunity to showcase internationally all that our special city has to offer in terms of its food, arts and culture, heritage and FDI opportunities”.


A formal Lord Mayor’s Reception is to take place at City Hall, and the itinerary also includes a visit to the English Market and an evening dinner in the City.


In order to facilitate the itinerary for the Royal visit, some road closures and parking and traffic restrictions will apply in the city centre. Bus Eireann will operate a full service but there will be some diversions to public transport routes. For further details see below:



Parking will be removed from the following locations at 12pm on the 13th of June until 2 pm on the 14th of June

Patricks Street from Academy Street to Daunt Square, the Grand Parade, South Mall, Oliver Plunkett Street from Prince’s Street to the Grand Parade, Lapp’s Quay, Kyrl’s Street and Anglesea Street

Parking will be removed from the following locations at 12 noon on the 14th of June until 11.30 pm on the 14th of June

Half Moon Street, Academy Street, Emmet Place and Drawbridge Street


Vehicular Traffic Closures

Closure from 7.15am to 2pm:

Grand Parade, Tuckey Street, Oliver Plunkett Street, Lapps Quay and South Mall ( Grand Parade to Parliament Street). 

Closure from 9.30am to 2 pm:

Anglesea Street, Union Quay (between the junction of Copley Street and Parnell Bridge), Parliament Bridge, the remainder of South Mall and streets off both sides of the Mall. Vehicles will only be allowed northbound on Parnell Bridge during this period.

Closure from 9.30am to 11.30am:

Patricks Street and adjoining side streets, Half Moon Street, Emmet Place and Drawbridge Street, Washington Street from South Main Street to Daunt Square.


 Pedestrian Restrictions

From 7.15am to 1.30pm:

There will be pedestrian restrictions on the Grand Parade, Tuckey Street, Oliver Plunkett Street (from Market Alley to the Grand Parade).

From 9.30am to 11.30am:

Pedestrian movement will be restricted at Daunt Square and Washington Street (from South Main Street to the Grand Parade).

From 10.30am to 1.30pm:

Pedestrian movement will be restricted on Anglesea Street, Parnell Bridge West Side and Union Quay


  • Due to road closures on Lapps Quay on Thursday, the Black Ash Park & Ride bus will operate to and from Eglinton Street. The route will follow from Eglinton Street to Albert Quay, Albert Street and out the South Link. Normal service to/from Lapps Quay resumes on Friday 15th June 2018
  • Access to Opera Lane apartments will be via Bowling Green Street
  • Also an Garda Siochána have requested the removal of Coca Cola Bicycles in the following areas:
  • By 7am on Thursday June 14  at Grand Parade
  • By 7am on June 14 at Lapps Quay
  • By 9.30 am on June 14 at Anglesea Street
  • By 5pm on June 14 at Emmet Place

Irish Water to develop Drainage Area Plans in Cork

Irish Water to develop Drainage Area Plans in Cork with a view to improving wastewater network performance, protecting waterways and planning for future population growth and economic development.

Issued June 1, 2018 – Irish Water is investing €11m to develop Drainage Area Plans for Cork City, Ballincollig and Midleton which will help to improve the performance of the wastewater network, protect the environment and facilitate social and economic development over the coming years.

Contracts have recently been signed by the utility to carry out extensive surveying and mapping of the existing wastewater treatment network in these areas. Parts of the network are very old – dating back to the start of the last century – and much of it has never been mapped previously.

The information gathered from this project will enable Irish Water to identify areas where urgent repair or upgrade work is required and to effectively plan its investment in the wastewater treatment network so that maximum value for money can be achieved while also protecting the environment, preventing sewer flooding and facilitating future population and economic growth.

The works will involve using CCTV to survey and assess the condition of over 135km of sewers, mapping an estimated 8,000 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network.

The surveys, which will get underway this month, will be focussed on key areas such as flooding locations, pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants, areas of predicted future growth and locations experiencing operational issues at present.

Sean Twohig, Capital Programmes Regional Lead with Irish Water, commented: “This work is part of Irish Water’s commitment to protecting Ireland’s waterways and coastal areas and ensuring that the wastewater infrastructure is in place to support population growth and economic development. Much of the sewer network is in poor condition due to its age and decades of under-investment. In addition, only a small portion of it has been accurately mapped and assessed to determine its condition.

“Data gathered from this project will allow us to improve the wastewater treatment network across Cork by identifying the areas most urgently in need of upgrading and allowing us to plan our investment so that we can meet the needs of these Cork communities now and into the future.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

New boat tour of Cork harbour launches

New boat tour of Cork harbour connects the City with Cobh!

Ocean Escapes is making waves in Cork tourism


A new 72-seater tour boat has been launched for the summer season connecting Cobh and Cork City.  Ocean Escapes, a Cork-based company, is investing €1/2 million in the new service and will operate daily guided tours of the harbour from Cobh to Cork City and Cork to Cobh, with a return by rail option, until September.

Locals and visitors alike will enjoy the experience, which will include the sights, sounds and stories of the harbour, told in a fun and theatrical way by engaging guides.

Owner/directors Orla O’Neill and Andrew O’Riordan pictured at the launch of a new 72-seater tour boat for the summer season connecting Cobh and Cork City. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Highlights along the ancient port waterways will include breath-taking views and famous landmarks such as Crosshaven, Rochespoint Lighthouse, Blackrock Castle, Spike Island Prison, Camden Fort Meagher, Haulbowline Naval Base (Ireland’s only Naval Base), Blackrock Castle, Martello Towers, Lord Inchiquin and the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the World’s first Yacht Club, and Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic, and more.  Passengers will also learn about Cork’s fascinating maritime history and hear unique stories about each of the towns, villages and islands along the harbour.  Cork has a wealth of maritime wildlife and you might even see dolphins or whales along the way.

Commenting Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork, said, “Cork is Ireland’s Maritime Haven, set in a beautiful coastal environment with a significant maritime history spanning over a thousand years. It is also ideally situated between two of the best experiences in Ireland – the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.

“There is a gap in the market for a tour that connects Cork City and Cobh and provides access to our harbour and rich maritime history in an engaging and interactive way.  Services like this will open up new markets and help retain tourists and cruise passengers in Cork when they arrive.  This is a fantastic initiative and it sits perfectly within the new Pure Cork brand that was recently launched and the Ireland’s Ancient East touring route.”

Also commenting, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said, “There has been a huge demand from the business community for a tourism offering that connects the city with Cobh, in order to tap into the huge potential that the cruise market offers, so we are delighted to welcome this development.”

Ocean Escapes is already well known for operating successful rib tours in the harbour. This new venture is a partnership with another local company, Cool Running Events, who are known for delivering exceptional entertainment with Cork on Ice and The Nightmare Realm, and business man Daniel O’Donoghue, who will operate as Ocean Escape’s marine engineer and technician.

Speaking at the launch, Andrew O’Riordan, Owner/Director of Ocean Escapes, said, ‘We are delighted that Cork is being promoted as a maritime haven and hope this new tour offers tourists and locals alike a new and exciting experience on our harbour. So far, we have got incredible support from all the key stakeholders in Cork and we hope everyone continues to spread the word about the Ocean Escapes Harbour Tours.”


The new tour takes 1.5hrs and will run from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 2nd September, sailing from Cork City at 11:30 and 16:00 and from Cobh at 9.00, 14:00 and 18:00. (People are advised to check the website for accurate daily timings as times may change for cruise ships). Tour packages are cleverly paired with return rail connections, allowing visitors to take in the sights of Cork city or Cobh before returning to their origin.  Prices start from €16.

The tour boat is also available for private booking and for transport to and from events like concerts in Pairc Uí Chaoimh or weddings, hens and stag parties.

For more information or to book see