‘You are the Difference’ with Alf Dunbar spreads positivity!

The Cork Business Association would like to thank Joan Lucey, owner of Vibes & Scribes and member of the CBA Executive Board, Penneys store manager John McCarthy and Paul McGuirk, head of Local Enterprise Office Cork City for organising the superb customer service coaching event last wednesday in the Everyman Theatre.

The presentation was very informative, entertaining and inspirational. Cork business owners, managers and staff showed up in great numbers as the Everyman was nearly sold out. We have received nothing but positive feedback since!

This event was held in the context the Cork City Customer Service Charter and aims to build on Cork’s goal to become known as a city of excellent customer service.

Alf, who has successfully worked with businesses and organisations in 25 countries around the world, aims to inspire retail and hospitality managers and staff to become ‘best in class’ in their industry. He will also provide those attending with the tools to train their teams and deliver consistent excellent customer service using simple effective techniques

It is another big step towards making Cork City the best in Customer Service and the best place to enjoy shopping.



“You Are The Difference” 

Customer Service Charter Training Event in Cork City with leading

UK performance coach, Alf Dunbar Tickets Still Available.

The Local Enterprise Office Cork City, in association with Cork City Centre Forum,  is hosting a fantastic motivational event on the evening of 6th November that we thought you and your team might be interested in attending.


Alf Dunbar, one of the UK’s top performance coaches within the customer service and leadership industry, will deliver his ‘You Are The Difference’ coaching session in the Everyman on Wednesday 06th November from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. The event is being held as a follow on to the launch earlier this year of the Cork City Customer Service Charter and aims to build on Cork’s goal to become known as a city of excellent customer service.


Alf, who has successfully worked with businesses and organisations in 25 countries around the world, aims to inspire retail and hospitality managers and staff to become ‘best in class’ in their industry. He will also provide those attending with the tools to train their teams and deliver consistently excellent customer service using simple effective techniques.


Companies can bring up to 20 staff along to the event where they will engage in an interactive, educational, inspirational and motivational performance-enhancing session for just €30 per business.


The ticket price includes refreshments, a copy of Alf Dunbar’s book, and a download link to his training video that owners/managers can use to help train their staff.


To register and for more information see https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkCity/Training-Events/Online-Bookings/-You-Are-The-Difference-An-evening-with-Alf-Dunbar.html

Venue: The Everyman, 15 MacCurtain Street, Cork.
Date: 06/11/2019
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm


Cork Business of the Year Awards 2019 launched

Enter for free online by midnight December 9th in any of the 13 exciting and diverse business categories and you could be celebrating at the President’s Dinner in Cork’s Vienna Woods on Saturday 22nd February 2020 with fellow stars of the Cork Business scene!

Entries now open for the CBA’s
Cork Business of the Year Awards 2019

New Digital award launched!

Cork Business Association (CBA) has launched their annual 'Cork Business of the Year Awards 2019’, in partnership with awards sponsor JCD, event partner AIB and media partner The Irish Examiner, to recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork City and its environs.

Your business could be set for stardom in February 2020, as entrants not only have the chance to win individual award categories but they could also be named the overall ‘Cork Business of the Year.’

The 13 award categories for 2019 include:

  • Best New Business in Cork, sponsored by LEO Cork City
    • Open to all businesses that have been founded or are new to Cork since 1st January 2017. Entrants will be asked to explain their business and to demonstrate how they have translated a great idea into a viable and successful business venture. They will also be asked to outline their plans for the future.


  • Best Cork Family Business, sponsored by Musgrave
    • Open to all family owned and run businesses in the greater Cork city area. Your business must be managed by family members and you must be able to demonstrate the involvement of at least two generations of family members who are working in the business.


  • Best Cork Hotel, sponsored by Kings Laundry
    • The Best Hotel award acknowledges excellence in service and accommodation. Entrants will demonstrate high class, flawless service in a comfortable, quality establishment, while both meeting and exceeding guest expectations, and how they have helped to promote Cork as a destination nationally and internationally.


  • Best Cork Restaurant, sponsored by The English Market
    • The best Restaurant award acknowledges excellence in quality, service, price and ambiance. Entrants will demonstrate high standards in food quality, cost, efficiency, customer service, imagination, attention to detail, marketing and how well the establishment functions as a business.


  • Best Cork Café, sponsored by The English Market
  • The best Café award will recognise excellence in customer service, business innovation, premises ambiance and atmosphere. Entrants will demonstrate high standards in food quality, cost, efficiency, imagination, attention to detail, marketing and how they have raised the profile of their business in this ever increasingly competitive sector.


  • Best Cork VFI Pub, sponsored by Vintners Federation Cork
    • The award for Best Cork Pub will be awarded to the pub that, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates ‘best in class’ in the areas of innovation, creativity, ambiance, operational excellence and customer service.  Open to VFI Members only.


  • Best Cork Retail Business, sponsored by Cork City Council
    • The best Cork Retail Business will be awarded to the business that routinely strives for the highest standards across a number of key metrics such as customer service, value, visual merchandising, premises maintenance, marketing, and adaptability. High standards are particularly important given the very severe challenges currently facing Ireland’s retail industry. It is critical that the retail industry plays its part in consistently improving its offering to attract more customers, keep retail workers in jobs and simultaneously keep Cork city centre vibrant which in turn will re-engage citizens and customers alike.


  • Best Professional Services Business
    • This category is open to all businesses that provide a professional business service in the greater Cork city area. They include banking, legal, accounting, HR, recruitment, PR, marketing, architects, financial advisers, engineers, consultants, training providers, strategic advice etc. They can be any organisation or profession that offers customised, knowledge-based services to clients. Entrants must be able to explain what their professional business service is and demonstrate their commitment to customer service excellence within their particular service provided.


  • Best Tourism Art Event, sponsored by IHF Cork
    • This award is designed to recognise and reward an organisation, attraction, business or event that has excelled in tourism, contributing to growing tourist numbers and /or the visitor experience in Cork.


  • Best Cork Digital Business
  • This award will be presented to a company or organisation that can practically demonstrate how they have embraced the digital age and built their company around, or adapted their business strategy to adopt, a more future focused, digitally powered approach. This category is open to all businesses, regardless of their stage in the business life-cycle. 
  • Cork Business of the Year, medium category, sponsored by JCD and the Irish Examiner
    • This award honours and acknowledges a business that has contributed or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural, or civic life in Cork city. This award is open to all medium sized businesses irrespective of Category.


  • Cork Business of the Year, large category, sponsored by JCD and the Irish Examiner
    • This award honours and acknowledges a business that has contributed or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural, or civic life in Cork city. This award is open to all large businesses irrespective of Category. 


  • The Champion of Cork Award, sponsored by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
    • The Champion of Cork Award was created to praise, honour and recognise a Corkonian whom we believe has made a real difference to Cork and its people, be it through driving business, their contribution to the arts, their charitable work, their efforts in developing our city or their passion and drive for promoting all things Cork.

The Cork Business Association is celebrating 62 years in business this year, and the organisation’s Cork Business of the Year Awards are always a highlight for local businesses.

Speaking about the awards, Chief Executive of Cork Business Association Lawrence Owens said:

The Cork Business of the Year Awards have grown year on year and are certainly the highlight of Cork Business Association’s calendar. Through these awards, along with our sponsors and partners, the CBA annually seeks to recognise the hard work and good business acumen demonstrated by businesses in Cork.

Last year we recognised some highly notable achievements, with the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival being named the overall winner in the Large Category and McCarthy Insurance in the Medium Category.

We very much look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and would like to encourage all businesses located within the greater Cork city area to consider entering these prestigious awards.

The benefits of being part of the awards process are many, including association with the awards, public recognition for your hard work, plus marketing and networking opportunities. We would also like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our awards sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner.

To enter the Cork Business of the Year Awards 2019, your business must be based in the greater

Cork city area or be a current member of the Cork Business Association.

Nominations are open now and entries for all award categories which are FREE to enter should be completed online at http://corkbusiness.ie/cba-cork-business-of-the-year-awards-2019/ following a simple 3 step process no later than midnight December 9th 2019.  An experienced panel of leading business executives will provide independent judging with shortlisting commencing in the New Year.

The awards ceremony, which is a favourite event on Cork's glittering social calendar, will take place at a Black Tie dinner in Cork’s Vienna Woods on Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Tickets are priced at €120 (plus booking fee) and are available to purchase online HERE or direct from the CBA office by calling (021) 427 8295. Tickets include a pre-dinner drinks reception, a Taste of Cork meal; wine, awards presentations, spot prizes and stellar live entertainment.

For more information on Cork Business Association and the 2019 Cork Business of the Year Awards including full detail of categories and how to enter see http://corkbusiness.ie/cba-cork-business-of-the-year-awards-2019/.

Bus Éireann introduce major enhancements in Cork 

Bus Éireann, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority (NTA) are introducing major enhancements in Cork with the introduction of a brand new Route 225 and an enhanced Route 216 service, from this Sunday, November 03rd.

Route 225
These enhancements will be of major benefit to those travelling to and from Cork Airport and for those living in the towns of Haulbowline, Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline in particular.
The new service will operate each day from 0400 until 0030, with the main benefits of the new service including:

Brand new route offering a high frequency service to and from Cork Airport

  • Up to 40 departures every day in each direction
  • Services operating every 30 minutes throughout the day
  • Increased connectivity between Carrigaline and Ringaskiddy
  • Ballygarvan added to the Public Transport Network
  • Low entry, fully accessible vehicles

The new Route 225 service, which is creating an additional 33 jobs in Cork will provide up to 40 departures every day connecting the towns of Haulbowline, Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline to Cork Airport.

Route 216
Bus Éireann, again in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, are pleased to also announce an enhanced bus service for our customers on Route 216 (Cork University Hospital – City Centre – Mount Oval) on the 03rd November. This enhanced network will see:

  • Extension of Route 216 to Passage West and Monkstown
  • Combined with Route 223 will provide three services per hour to / from Cork city
  • Extended hours of operation

We are delighted to be introducing a brand new service and our communications campaign for these enhancements begins this week, can you please share with all your members.

All details regarding the Route 225 and Route 216 service enhancements can be found here: www.buseireann.ie/Route225

Cork’s Better Buildings for 2019 have been revealed!

Bestowing praise on the best maintained buildings in Cork

Cork Business Association, in association with Cork City Council and The Echo, have announced the winners of the 2019 Cork Better Building Awards.


The awards honour the best designed and best maintained buildings in the greater Cork City area, and are aimed at rewarding businesses and building caretakers for their efforts to protect, enhance and improve the city’s streetscape, which in turn, significantly contributes to a positive public perception of the city as a vibrant and dynamic place to live, visit, invest and do business in.


This year in particular, Cork Business Association sought to recognize the huge amount of expansion and planning in Cork, through the awards which were open to any building in the greater Cork area.


The winners of the 2019 Cork Better Building Awards were announced Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan, at a special awards luncheon in the Clayton Hotel, Cork City, on Friday October 18th. Red FM presenter, Neil Prendeville, was MC on the day.


  1. Best in Café/Restaurant

Café Gusto

Café Gusto has recently been tastefully repainted, adding new life to this stretch of Washington Street. Located in a late Georgian, terraced, former house with a double-height timber shopfront to the mezzanine level and retaining some of its distinctive decorative elements, this distinctive café/restaurant enhances the character of this part of the city.

Marianne Delaney representing Cafe Gusto pictured accepting their award for Best in Café/Restaurant at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Commercial Business Frontage - Special Merit Award

            Powell Property, Grand Parade

Powell Property occupies a terraced, bow-fronted Georgian former house dating from c. 1790. One of a group of three, with its slate-hung façade and retention of original window arrangement to the upper floors, it makes a significant contribution to the architectural character of Grand Parade.


Michael Powell representing Powell Properties pictured accepting their Special Merit award for Best Commercial Business Frontage at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Commercial Business Frontage - Overall Winner

            Barry C Galvin & Son Solicitors 91 South Mall

The attractive, grey and white painted façade of “Barry C. Galvin & Son Solicitors” with its gold signage lettering, contributes to the commercial character of South Mall. The contrasting colours of the arched plasterwork and pilasters enhance the appearance of this building onto the street.

Mr Barry Galvin representing Barry C. Galvin & Son Solicitors pictured accepting their Overall Winner award for Best Commercial Business Frontage at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Best in Retail

The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place

“The Drapery Store” occupies this fine, terraced, three-storey building on Emmet Place, dating from c. 1885. Its sympathetic shopfront, including timber fascia and tasteful window display, perfectly complements the Ashlar limestone plinths and pilasters and cast-iron gates at ground floor level, with red brick walls, carved stone architrave to first floor openings and timber sash windows above.

Mairead O’Shea representing The Drapery Shop pictured accepting their award for Best in Retail at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Best New Development

85 South Mall

Designed by Henry J. Lyons Architects, this new office development has provided much needed, high quality, Grade A office space to the South Mall area, enhancing the commercial life of the city centre. This highly sustainable building provides a new anchor to this office quarter, strengthening the civic nature of the street.

John Cleary representing JCD Group pictured accepting their award on behalf on 85 South Mall for Best New Development at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Best in Tourism, Arts & Accommodation

Nano Nagle Place

The restoration and redevelopment of the South Presentation Convent, grounds and schools: Nano Nagle Place, has made a huge contribution to the rejuvenation of the South Parish area of the city. With its heritage experience, gardens, ‘Good Day Deli’ café and shop, this is a key addition to the tourist draw of Cork City. The story of life in 18th century Cork and the legacy of Nano through the spread of the Presentation Order worldwide is told, while the visitor goes on a spiritual journey and observes living history- experiencing her resting place and the complex of buildings dating from the 1770s to the present day.

Shane Clarke representing Nano Nagle Place pictured accepting their award for Best in Tourism , Arts and Accommodation at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Best in Pub Front

Tom Barry’s, Barrack Street

Tom Barry’s is nothing short of a Cork institution. Situated on one of the city’s oldest streets, it sits in the shadow of St Finbarr’s Cathedral and is steeped in history. This well-maintained premises painted in an attractive marine blue palette is further complemented by the subtle use of contrasting colours to accentuate key focal points of the building. The use of strategic planting and the clever use of signage is another positive feature of this building.

Aideen O’Sullivan, Guardian Owner of Tom Barry’s representing Tom Barry's Pub pictured accepting their award for Best Pub Front at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Best in Heritage & Conservation

The UCC Centre for Executive Education

Designed by architects T. and K. Deane in 1839, the former Cork Savings Bank has been sensitively reimagined by JCA Architects for its new life as the UCC Executive Masters Business School. Located on a corner site overlooking the south channel of the River Lee, the building occupies a prominent position in the urban landscape. It’s beautifully embellished, former banking hall has been restored to best conservation practice, ensuring this fine, limestone, city landmark will add new life and enhance the educational and business life of the city.

David Burke, UCC Capital Projects Manager an Ursula Kilkelly, Head of the College of Business and Law representing the UCC Centre for Executive Education pictured accepting their award for Best in Heritage and Conservation at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.


  1. Judges Choice

St. Patrick's Bridge

Following a €1.2 million repair and rehabilitation project by Cork City Council, which involved cleaning, repointing and repair of the stonework by Cumnor Construction, specialist repair and restoration work on its lamp columns, and replacement/resurfacing of its carriageways and footpaths, St. Patrick’s Bridge has been returned to its former glory as an iconic feature of Cork’s cityscape. Built in the mid-nineteenth century to a design by Joseph Hargrave and involving over one hundred skilled stone cutters and masons in its construction, this recent refurbishment work showcases this fine example of the city’s architectural heritage.

Tony O’Sullivan, Cork City Council, Julia Gebel, Gebel & Helling Conservation and Gareth O’Callaghan, JC Architects, representing St Patrick's Bridge pictured accepting the Judge's Choice Award at the Cork Business Association's Cork's Better Buildings Awards 2019 in association with Cork City Council and media partners The Echo.



Speaking at the awards, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said:

“The Cork Better Building Awards, which we are thrilled to once again partner with Cork City Council on, are a fantastic opportunity to encourage businesses to improve their facades and the overall look of the city. This year’s judging team put a lot of focus on recognizing maintenance and simple good housekeeping of buildings; tasks like painting and cleaning, planting and enhancements that make the very best of the building. I would like to congratulate all the winning businesses today on their well-deserved success and to thank them all for the valuable contribution they make to maintaining Cork’s image as a dynamic and vibrant place to live, work and do business. The facade and exterior areas of a building are one of its biggest selling tools, and one of our main aims in running these annual awards is to encourage everyone to have pride in their buildings and foster a pride of place in Cork.”


Also commenting, Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council, said:

“Cork City Council recognises how important it is to acknowledge and reward property owners who keep our buildings to a high standard and, in doing so, highlight Cork as a fantastic place to shop, work and live. Congratulations to all this year’s Better Buildings Award winners and thank you to all the award entrants for your efforts in maintaining your buildings to such a high standard.”


The awards are run by Cork Business Association and sponsored by Cork City Council and The Echo.

The 2019 judging panel included Ann Bogan, Senior Planner Cork City Council, Paul McGuirk, Local Enterprise Office Cork City, Mary Doyle, Executive Planner Cork City Council, Alan Healy, Deputy News Editor with The Echo, Eoin Kennedy, Zone Digital.

Alliance Welcome Budget Funding For Gardaí And Judicial Council


The Alliance for Insurance Reform has welcomed the additional funds committed to the Department of Justice (€39m) and An Garda Síochána (€81m) in Budget 2020 but has expressed concern regarding a comment about the timing of the Judicial Council made by the Minister for Finance in his Budget speech.

Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform said

“We welcome the allocation of an additional €39m to the Department of Justice and €81m to An Garda Síochána in the context of the urgent need to establish the Judicial Council and set up the Garda Insurance Coordination Unit.

“However we would be extremely concerned about a scripted comment by the Minister for Finance in which he stated that “2020 will see the establishment of the Judicial Council.”  The Judicial Council Act was signed into law by the President on 23rd July and the Minister for Justice has repeatedly stated that the Council would be established by the end of this year.  If Minister Donohoe’s comment means that there is additional slippage in this schedule, this is intolerable for the small businesses and voluntary groups facing closure in the next few months. We have urged the Minister to clarify his comments  and for no further delay to be applied to this critical insurance reform action.

“Finally, we urge the Garda Commissioner to move swiftly to set up the Garda Insurance Coordination Unit to spearhead the fight against insurance fraud.”

Rochestown Park Hotel Announces ‘Raising Dough for Marymount Cookbook’

#RaisingDough celebrates 30 years of the Rochestown Park Hotel and aims to raise €30k for Marymount Hospice

Rochestown Park Hotel celebrates 30years at the heart of the community in Cork this year and when planning our celebrations we decided to take a different approach to the traditional party.

As a fitting tribute to our customers and the people of Cork, for their continued support, we have commissioned the #RaisingDough for Marymount Cookbook project.

The #RaisingDough for Marymount Cookbook project is the brainchild of our Executive Chef Gary Burke and aims to raise €30k in Rochestown Park Hotel’s 30th year for the Marymount Hospice.

Gary Burke, Executive Chef at Rochestown Park Hotel, has for a long time sought a way of repaying Marymount for the great care shown to his family and the families of his colleagues at Rochestown Park Hotel who have relied upon their dedicated support.

Why a Cookbook? Why not? Gary honed his skills under the tutelage of the Brennan brothers and Kevin Dundon, assisting with the running of the famed Cookery School at Dunbrody House. Having run restaurants, opened hotels and now serving sumptuous delights in Cork’s premier events hotel. It is safe to say Gary knows a bit about food.

But this isn’t meant to be just another cookbook, Marymount touches and has touched the hearts and souls of families throughout Cork and Munster. They provide care for the loved ones of husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, indeed all family members. As such this book aims at celebrating the family in all its glory.

The recipes range from the simple to the slightly more engaging, they showcase the best of Cork produce and local suppliers but more importantly they taste of Cork, of Home and of Family.

So, you knew it was coming!! Here’s the ask!

€20 is all they're looking for!
That’s right, you heard it, just €20 will help them on the way to ther target of €30k and what do you get………Well a shiny new cook book of course filled with Cork delights, a chance to gather the family around the table and the knowledge you’ve helped raised funds for a very worthy Pure Cork institution, Marymount Hospice.

If you wish to attend the #RaisingDough launch register your interest on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/raising-dough-for-marymount-tickets-73973096523

Venue: The Atrium @ Rochestown Park Hotel
Date: Thursday October 10th
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm

Executive Chef Gary Burke will be cooking up a storm on the night signing books, dishing out prizes and serving up delectable treats straight from the book. And of course we’ll have lots of books!!!!

The #RaisingDough cookbook will be available to purchase from the following outlets: Rochestown Park Hotel, Marymount Hospice Curraheen, Marymount Charity Shop, Oliver Plunkett St, Cork & Musgrave MarketPlace, Ballycurreen, Airport Road.

All monies from cookbook sales at the above locations will go directly to Marymount Hospice, thanks to the generosity of the sponsors detailed below.

The ‘Raising Dough for Marymount Cookbook’ was produced by Rochestown Park Hotel with the generous help of sponsors: Quigley Meats, All Fresh Wholesale, Ballycotton Seafood, O’Connell Butchers, Gulfstream, Cork Bar & Catering Equipment, CM Refrigeration, Meadowfresh Foods, John Giltsharp, Higgins Catering and published by Mercier Press.

Trade at GLOW 2019 Christmas Markets

Applications to trade in the GLOW 2019 Christmas Market are now open.  GLOW is a family friendly spectacle in Bishop Lucey Park from 4.30pm to  8.30pm, a 30 Meter high Ferris wheel, childrens’s carousel, choral performances and other family oriented events on Grand Parade.

This year’s festival will run for 12 days, attracting an audience of up to 130,000.  Dates are as follows:-

  • Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December
  • Friday 6th December to Sunday 8th December
  • Friday 13th December to Sunday 15th December
  • Friday 20th December to Sunday 22nd December

 Please note the following changes that apply to 2019 GLOW Christmas Market in comparison to previous years:-

  1. GAS - Due to stringent changes and enforcement of Gas Regulations introduced recently, we are sorry that we cannot permit the use of gas in any form on site for this event.  This is therefore a gas free site.
  2. RATES – A Charge of €5 per day for power will be levied on traders who use in excess of 32amps.
  3. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS LTD  have been appointed to manage the GLOW 2019 Christmas Market on behalf of Cork City Council and they will manage the application/selection process and all correspondence pertaining to same.  Completed forms must be therefore returned to them and not Cork City Council.


  • If you are interested in taking part, completed forms should be returned to Triangle Productions Ltd (you can post or email to stockdalejoe@gmail.com)  on or before 12 Noon on Friday, 4th October, 2019.  Please read and review the attached Market Trader Criteria carefully - this provides all information re market participation.
  • All applicants will be informed by email if they are successful by Friday, 11th October, 2019.  Successful applicants will be issued with an invoice and must pay their Pitch and Casual trading fees, in total, no later than Friday, 25th October, 2019.

Please do not send cash or cheques with your application as you will be invoiced by Cork City Council if successful.  If successful, your stand allocation will then be confirmed, together with details of the time you should arrive on site, set up and specific terms and conditions.

Please note that all completed applications forwarded to Triangle Productions Ltd will be acknowledged – if you do not receive an acknowledgment of same, please contact Triangle Productions directly. 

Please contact Fiona Browne at 021-4924344 or fiona_browne@corkcity.ie for more info.

Must-see acts and events at this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Jazz musician, Gary Baus, and swing dancers, Laura Hicks and Ferran Mata, pictured launching the 42nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which returns to Cork City from Thursday 24th – Monday 28th October, with headline gigs taking place in Cork City Hall and the Everyman. Picture; Clare Keogh

2019 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Programme is officially launched!

Guinness has launched the full programme of events for the 42nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which takes place over the bank holiday weekend from 24th to 28th October 2019.  

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and longest running events on the Irish music calendar. Every nook and cranny of Cork City will come alive across the festival weekend to the sounds of over 1,000 musicians and creative artists from more than 20 countries.

This year’s festival will host a fantastic array of top international headline jazz acts, including Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Kurt Elling, The Big Brass Band Explosion, Dr. Linley Hamilton Quintet, Fred Hersch Trio, Mica Paris, and Spyro Gyra.

There’s also a great line up at the Metropole Festival Club, and an exciting fringe programme of free gigs and entertainment in over 70 city venues across the city.  

This year we’re also looking forward to the Blaze of Jazz Parade, which will kick off the weekend on Friday 24th in spectacular ‘flare’.  This family-friendly parade will feature a mix of red-hot jazz bands with fiery Cork characters in a dramatic musical march full of flaming antics.   Other highlights include the Jazz Jamboree, Jazz Food Fair, and The Artistry of Frank Sinatra audio-visual event with more to be announced soon!

You could spend your time wandering from venue to venue, taking in free on-street sessions, but we also recommend booking tickets to at least one must-see acts on www.guinnessjazzfestival.com before it’s too late…  



  1. British soul queen and platinum selling artist Mica Paris singing Ella Fitzgerald.  Friday October 25th, The Everyman, 8pm
  • Booka Brass Band, Ireland's first New Orleans style brass band.
    Friday October 26th, Cork Opera House, 11.30pm
  1. Prize winning saxophonist and composer Paul Booth followed by Tudo Bem’s celebration of the Music of Brazil at the much-loved Jazz at the Green Room sessions at Cork Opera House.  Friday 25 October 2019, 10pm and midnight


  • Big Brass Band Explosion – Three amazing brass bands - The OhnO! Jazzband, Hyde Park Brass, and Les FanFlures - will play back to back in a gig guaranteed to knock your socks off. Saturday October 26th, The Everyman, 2pm
  • 14-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling will pay tribute to jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn and Nancy Wilson.  Saturday October 26th, Cork City Hall, 8pm.
  • American Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra whose 30 albums have sold over 10 million copies over four decades.  Saturday October 26th, The Everyman 8pm
  • Renowned ECM artist John Surman, who is known for expanding the horizons of jazz, will present a special concert with pianist Vigleik Storaas. Saturday October 26th, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm.


  1. Northern Ireland’s famous Trumpeter Linley Hamilton is one of the most prolific figures in the jazz scene.    Sunday October 27th, The Everyman, 2pm
  2. – Leading the new wave of young European improvising trumpeters, Airelle Besson will perform with pianist Sebastian Sternal, and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel.
    Sunday October 27th, Triskel Arts Centre, 2.30pm
  1. Motown diva and Grammy Hall of Famer, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, who is listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Immortal Artists”.
    Sunday October 27th, Cork City Hall, 8pm
  1. 14-time Grammy nominee and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year, Fred Hersh, is flying in from the US with his jazz Trio.  Sunday October 27th, The Everyman, 8pm

Also, to mark ECM record label’s 50th anniversary, Triskel Arts Centre has curated a weekend of concerts and cinema during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival weekend.

Finally, you can’t miss out on the experience of attending a gig at the Metropole Festival Club, where a host of fresh new international talent will perform from the UK, France, Canada and Ireland. Entry is just €30 per person and will give you access to the entire hotel with jazz acts in four rooms including New York Brass, Pixie & The Gypsies, NC Grey and the Hyde Park Brass Band.  The Metropole is also hosting a Jazz Platinum VIP Lounge this year where you can experience smooth purist jazz in an intimate setting with champagne and charcuterie boards, tapas and oysters for €75 per person.

At this year’s programme launch event, Councillor John Sheehan, Lord Mayor of Cork, welcomed the continued support of local businesses in 2019, “The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival attracts more than 40,000 people to Cork annually and is worth millions to the local economy. Its continued success is a testament to the fantastic team ethos that has evolved over the years between Guinness, the festival committee, local government and the local business community and I wish it every success once again in 2019.”

Michael Lyons, On-Trade Sales Manager, Diageo Ireland, is calling all music lovers and to experience the welcoming and party vibe in Cork for this year’s festival.  “The festival has always boasted a line-up of music for the soul and we are thrilled to welcome some of the greatest musicians from the Jazz, RnB, Soul and Motown genres again this year. Those looking for a unique party atmosphere emanating from every part of the city have lots to look forward to with free gigs and fringe events for every palette.”

Fiona Collins, Chairperson of the Guinness Cork Jazz Committee commented, “The festival committee is delighted to work in partnership with Diageo Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork Business Association, Cork Chamber and businesses all over the city to create another fantastic weekend programme to be proud of and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the city and it’s welcoming vibe to thousands of Irish and overseas visitors”.

For Guinness Cork Jazz Festival updates and tickets please visit www.guinnessjazzfestival.com. And follow the festival social channels for the latest news - www.facebook.com/corkjazzfestival - www.twitter.com/corkjazzfest


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