Plebiscite for Directly Elected Mayor

 

On Friday 24th May 2019, the people of Cork City and County will have an opportunity to vote in a plebiscite on a proposed directly elected mayor with executive functions (duties). A plebiscite is an electoral poll consulting the public on a proposal. This is an important opportunity for the people of Cork to decide on the future of Local Government and we urge everyone to study the proposals carefully and have their say.

 

Voters will be asked if they approve a proposal that would allow the people of their council area to directly elect a mayor with executive functions for a five-year term. At present, the Mayor of a council  (called a Lord Mayor in Cork City) is elected for a one-year term by other councilors. Under the Government’s proposal, the directly elected Mayor would have more functions than Lord Mayor currently has, including some or all of the executive functions held by the current Chief Executive.

 

The plebiscite is taking place through provisions in the Local Government Act 2019. Under the Act, if the proposal is accepted by a majority of voters in a council’s administrative area, the Minister will submit a report to the Oireachtas with legislative proposals for an election of a mayor by the people. The Oireachtas will then consider the legislation. If the law is passed, an election for Mayor will take place.

 

If the proposal is rejected by a majority of voters in a council’s administrative area, the current balance of powers and functions will not be changed without legislation.  

 

You can read more information on the plebiscite in Cork area HERE

From book to screen to exhibition – The Atlas of the Irish Revolution

 

The best-selling and award-winning Atlas of the Irish Revolution from Cork University Press anchors a new exhibition, opening Thursday 16 May at St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street.  Funded by the Cork City Council Arts Office, the exhibition will remain in residence until the end of the year.

 

This collaboration between University College Cork and LW Management Group who operate the St. Peter’s Cork venue, brings dynamic UCC scholarship into a unique public space in the heart of Cork city.  It is the latest public outreach effort by the Atlas of the Irish Revolution project, following the major documentary series earlier this year, ‘The Irish Revolution’, narrated by Cork film actor Cillian Murphy and produced by RTÉ Cork and UCC.

 

The exhibition explores key moments in the 1913-1923 period, touching on history, geography, art history, sociology and archaeology.  It intertwines national, international, and distinctly Cork perspectives of Revolutionary Ireland through images and extended, informative panels.

 

A key feature of the exhibition is a dedicated reading area where visitors can explore Cork University Press’s 5kg and 1,000-page book, which features over 100 essays, 300 maps, and hundreds of images. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view ‘The Irish Revolution’ documentary series on-site.  Throughout the year, St. Peter’s Cork and UCC will host several public lectures addressing various themes from the book.

 

Commenting on the official launch of the Exhibition Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Thomas Moloney said:

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution book is a sincerely impressive achievement for the team at University College Cork and it is clear that this book is among the greatest Irish history books.  The accompanying exhibition here at St. Peter’s Cork is an excellent example of collaboration between University College Cork and LW Management and I am delighted that Cork City Council was able to support the initiative. I believe a great job has been done in bringing all of the elements of the revolutionary period together and I am confident that the exhibition will give visitors a substantial taste of those elements”

 

Christine Moloney, CEO of LW Management praised the work of the University College Cork team and said:

“The LW Management Group, through our St. Peter’s Cork venue, is delighted to partner with University College Cork on the “Atlas of the Irish Revolution” exhibition. Our aim is to create a space in Cork for people to explore this incredible book and to delve into its artwork, maps and accessible scholarly articles. Our free entry exhibition provides a unique opportunity for visitors to deepen their understanding of this period and to stand back, reflect and return time and time again to dip in and out and explore a chapter or a particular theme at a time. Given the upcoming centenary commemoration for 1920, this exhibition will also set the scene for our Programme of Events at St. Peter’s Cork in 2020”.

 

Dr John Borgonovo, Lecturer in the School of History at UCC and Associate Editor of the Atlas of the Irish Revolution said:

“The Atlas of the Irish Revolution was created to make cutting-edge scholarship accessible to the general public.  The editorial team is pleased that LW Management and Cork City Council Arts Office have offered us an opportunity to bring a selection of the book’s maps, posters, photos, and images into St Peter’s historic and evocative setting.  The exhibit is part of UCC President Patrick O’Shea’s vision to place the university, ‘firmly back in the public square’ through imaginative public engagement with the community.  UCC’s schools of history and geography intend to continue its public outreach program as we progress further into the ‘decade of centenaries’.

 

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution Exhibition opens at St. Peter’s Cork on Thursday the 16th of May 2019 and runs until the end of the year.

Admission is free.

World’s leading Wind Energy Scientists to travel to Cork for prestigious International Conference

~ WESC 2019 will be a 4-day international festival of wind energy science ~

“We have been working in Europe for a long time, it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring our colleagues home to Cork,” Dr. Cian Desmond, MaREI

 

A major international wind energy science conference is coming to Ireland next month from June 17 – 20, the first time it has taken place outside of mainland Europe, bringing up to 900 of the world’s leading wind energy scientists and engineers from over 38 countries to Cork for a four-day event, which is estimated to be worth €1.4 million to the local economy.

 

The Wind Energy Science Conference (WESC) 2019 is organised on behalf of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) in association with MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy. The event is chaired by Dr. Cian Desmond, a Research Fellow in UCC, who won the event for Cork following a competitive bidding process between Europe’s top research institutions.

 

It will be the first time the biennial conference has taken place outside mainland Europe and is the largest scientific conference ever to be held in Cork, with up to 900 delegates attending a total of 700 talks across 140 sessions across 8 diverse scientific themes. The conference will take over the entire UCC main campus for 4 days this June.

 

Dr. Desmond and member of the Offshore Renewable Energy Group at the SFI MaREI Centre have managed to more than doubled the number of delegates attending in previous years by restructuring the conference, broadening its themes, and tapping into their strong academic networks across Europe. The ground-breaking research being carried out at UCC and Ireland as a destination were also huge selling points for international delegates.

 

Organisers are keen for the conference to be part of the broader Cork community, and so, delegates will be encouraged to explore some of the best food, music, sport and culture that Cork has to offer with trips to Spike Island, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork City Goal and other key attractions along with a banquet dinner in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

 

Dr. Desmond, whose current research at the SFI MaREI Centre focuses on the design and testing of floating wind turbines, says that “the aim of the conference is to create a multidisciplinary open forum for discussion where scientists and engineers can explore the latest developments in wind energy science, spot emerging trends and identify future collaborators. Whilst wind energy is a mature technology, there are a number of complex open research questions. To provide innovative solutions we need to start conversations between diverse scientific groups and forge new collaborative research relationships”.

 

Up for discussion at WESC 2019 is the development of floating wind turbines which Dr. Jimmy Murphy (lead of the Offshore Renewable Energy Group in MaREI) says promises to be “the next big thing” in renewable energy generation, due the potential for mass production and lower environmental impact compared to bottom fixed offshore wind turbines. A symposium dedicated to Floating Wind Energy hosted by Prof. James Manwell (University of Massachusetts) will bring together a number of the world’s leading researchers from China, Germany and the USA to discuss how to accelerate the uptake of floating technologies, risk mitigation and other pressing topics.

 

Other highlights will include a demonstration of a commercial floating wind energy platform which is currently being tested in the Lir, the National Ocean Test Facility; a discussion with EirGrid, Ireland’s electricity power grid provider, on the challenges faced by grid operators when there is a high percentage of wind energy on the system; and sessions led by Dr. Roland Schmehl of TU Delft which will focus on airborne wind energy systems, a potential game changing technology which will allow wind energy to be generated by drones and kites flying at high altitudes and a session exploring the latest findings from EirWind.  This is a €1.2million industry and SFI funded project in MaREI which is examining the opportunities for and barriers to the development of offshore wind in Ireland.

 

Commenting on the value of bringing the conference to Cork, Evelyn O’Sullivan, manager of Cork Convention Bureau said, “We are delighted to have been involved with Dr Cian Desmond in the original bid submission to bring the Wind Energy Science Conference to Cork in 2019. WESC will be the largest association conference to be held here bringing a lot to the local economy based on the value of each international delegate being €1,600”.

 

 

For more information or to register for the conference see www.wesc2019.org

For further media requests contact niamh@e-t-c.ie or maria@e-t-c.ie

Cork International Choral Festival 2019 – Overview and Competition Results

 

The 65th Cork International Choral Festival drew to a phenomenal close on Sunday May 5th with its closing gala concert of international choirs in Cork City Hall.

 

The festival which took place from May 1st – 5th, drew 5,000 singers and 50,000 visitors to Cork for five days of music and song and gave an estimated €10 million economic boost to the city.

 

This year’s festival was attended by An Tánaiste, Minister Simon Coveney T.D and Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan T.D, who took time out from their busy schedules on day one of the event to meet some of the choirs and team at Cork City Hall.

 

Highlights from this year’s Cork International Choral Festival included gala concerts by the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, junior and senior choruses with the Fleischman Choir; a performance of music written ‘Before and After Bach’ by Chamber Choir Ireland; an other-worldly concert by Norwegian jazz/folk singers, Pust; as well as the annual national and international trophy competitions including the much coveted Flieschmann International Trophy, won this year by Chamber Choir KGBL from Slovenia.

 

The Sean O Riada Composition Competition trophy was awarded to UCC MA student, James May for his work, street after street alike, while Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, from Ballyvolane in Cork were named winners of the National Primary School Choirs competition.

 

The festival team would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s hugely successfully. We are already gearing up for another unforgettable event in 2020. Mark your calendars for 29th April – 3rd May 2020.

 

 

 

Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Prize Winners

 

1st Prize

Chamber Choir KGBL, SLOVENIA

Conductor: Ambrož Čopi

92.75%

 

2nd Prize

Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre Choir, GERMANY

Conductor: Cornelius Trantow

92.00 %

 

3rd Prize

The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo, NORWAY

Conductor: Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde

91.89%

 

 

International Awards

 

Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy

Donated by Chris Mahon

Special Award for the performance of a piece in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Awarded to:

Hamburg Academy Of Music And Theatre Choir, GERMANY

 

Conductor:  Cornelius Trantow

For the performance of: Iuppiter by Michael Ostrzyga

 

 

Schuman/Europe Trophy

In memory of Moira Pyne (1916 – 2009)

Special Award for the performance of a piece by a living European Composer in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition.

Awarded to:

 

Kamarikuoro Näsi, FINLAND

Conductor:  MarkusYli-Jokipii

For the performance of: Vinternatten by Juhani Komulainen

 

Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy

In memory of Hans Waldemar Rosen

Special Award for the performance of a choral work by Heinrich Schütz in the National or International Competitions.

Awarded to:

Mornington Singers, IRELAND

Conductor: Dr. Orla Flanagan

For the Performance of:  Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes

 

 

The McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy

Donated by the Cork Council of Trade Unions

Special Award, decided by the members of the International Jury, to a conductor in the International Competition for the performance of an imaginative and artistic programme. The recipient of this Trophy also receives a special award, kindly donated by Musica International, which offers them full access to the Musica International website and their virtual choral library.  Musica International is a major project of the International Federation for Choral Music.

Awarded to:

Conductor:                         Ambrož Čopi

Choir:                                  Chamber Choir KGBL SLOVENIA

 

 

PEACE Trophy

Donated by the P.E.A.C.E Movement Cork

Awarded to the choir that best embraces the spirit of the Festival, and fulfils the intentions of the trophy’s benefactors, the P.E.A.C.E. Movement, Cork.

Awarded to:

Cheep Trill, AUSTRALIA

Conductor:  Emma Dean

 

 

Ireland’s Choir of the Year

 

IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR

and

Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy

Donated by The Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson

1st Prize

Mornington Singers, Dublin

Conductor:      Dr. Orla Flanagan

90.56%

 

2nd Prize

Maynooth Chamber Choir, Kildare

Conductor:      Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh

88.00%

 

3rd Prize

Dublin Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor:      Lynsey Callaghan

84.11%

 

 

National Adult Competitions

 

National Competition for Chamber Choirs

1st Prize

NUIG Alumni Ensemble, Galway

Conductor:      Dr Peter Mannion

86.33%

 

2nd Prize

Euphonics, Dublin

Conductor:      Ciarán Kelly

85.00%

 

 

National Competition for Female Choirs

1st Prize

The Park Singers, Dublin

Conductor:      Orla Gillan

90.00%

 

2nd Prize

Dulciana Ensemble, Dublin

Conductor:      Judith Lyons

87.67%

 

 

National Competition for Male Voice Choirs

1st Prize

Portadown Male Voice Choir, Co Down

Conductor:      Gordon Speers

87.00%

 

2nd Prize

Wicklow Male Voice Choir, Wicklow

Conductor:      Anthony Norton

84.50%

 

 

National Competition for Mixed Voice Choirs

1st Prize

The Carrigaline Choral Group, Dublin

Conductor:      Robbie Pender

85.00%

 

2nd Prize

The Carrigaline Singers, Cork

Conductor:      Alan Carney

83.17%

 

 

National Competition for Youth Choirs

1st Prize

Dublin Youth Chamber Choir

Conductor:      Lynsey Callaghan

86.83%

 

 

National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music

1st Prize

Douglas Harmonia Singers, Cork

Conductor: Lorna Moore

86.83%

 

2nd Prize

Gorey Choral Group, Wexford

Conductor: Eithne Corrigan

88.83%

 

 

National Competition for Church Music

1st Prize

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor: Ben Jacob

90.50%

 

2nd Prize

Cappella Lyrica, Cork

Conductor: Maria Judge

89.50%

 

Special Awards – National Adult and Youth Competitions

 

IRELAND’S CHOIR OF THE YEAR

and

Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy 
Donated by The Guinness Choir in memory of its founder Victor Leeson

Awarded to:

The Mornington Singers Dublin

Conductor:      Dr. Orla Flanagan

 

Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire 
Donated by Cór Cois Laoi

Special Award for the performance of a choral work in Irish.

Awarded to:

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor:      Ben Jacob

For the performance of: Fornocht do chonac thú  by Criostóir Ó Loingsigh in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition  

 

 

Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music
Donated by The Contemporary Music Centre

Special Award for the performance of an original choral work by an Irish composer written after 1975 and chosen from the library collection of the Contemporary Music Centre.

Awarded to:

Mornington Singers, Co. Dublin

Conductor:      Orla Flanagan

For the performance of: A Nywe Werk by Seán Doherty in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition  

 

 

The John Mannion Trophy

Donated by the family of John Mannion

Special Award to a Chamber Choir for the performance of a work in the National Competitions.

Awarded to:

Choir:                          Maynooth Chanber Choir, Co. Kildare

Conductor:     Ruaidhrí Ó Dálaigh

 

For the performance of: It’s Strange about Stars by Séan Doherty in The Irelands Choir of the Year

 

 

 

Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition

The Seán Ó Riada Trophy

Awarded to Composer, James May, for his work street after street alike

 

National Competitions for Schools

National Competition for Schools: Section 1 (Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Cork

Conductor: Angela Ward

88.75%

 

2nd Prize

Cór Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní, Cork

Conductor:  Maeve Ann O’Brien

86.5%

 

National Competition for Schools: Section 2 (Equal Voice Post-Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Limerick

Conductor:  Orla Colgan Ahern

91%

2nd Prize

Ursuline Singers, Thurles (Co. Tipperary)

Conductor:  Joan Butler

90%

 

 

National Competition for Schools: Section 3 (Mixed Voice Post-Primary School Choirs)

1st Prize

Wesley College Senior Choir, Dublin

Conductor:  Helen Doyle

88%

 

2nd Prize

Newtown School Choir, Co. Waterford

Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair

85.25%

 

 

Special Awards – National Competitions for Schools

 

SCHOOL CHOIR OF THE FESTIVAL

and the Recipient of The John Cunningham Trophy.

Awarded to the school choir who received the highest overall mark in the National Competitions for Schools.

Awarded to:

Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick

Conductor:  Orla Colgan Ahern

 

The Sing Ireland Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a piece in the National Competitions for Schools.

For the performance of:  The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre, in the National Competition for Schools: Section 3: Post-Primary Equal Voice

 

Awarded to:  Wesley College Senior Choir, Co. Dublin

Conductor:   Helen Doyle

 

 

The Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy

Special Award for the performance of a choral piece in Irish in the National Competitions for Schools.

Awarded to:

Ursuline Singers Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Conductor:  Joan Butler

 

For the performance of: Sí Do Mhaimeo Í by Michael McGlynn in the National Competition for Schools: Section 2: Post-Primary Equal Voice

 

The Sing Ireland Bursary for Conductors

Special bursary award to a conductor in the school competitions to attend Sing Ireland’s Annual Summer School.

Awarded to:

Angela Ward

Conductor of Cór Scoil Oilibhéir, Co. Cork

Soul In The City Is Back!

June Bank Holiday Weekend May 31 st to Sunday June 2nd
With ‘Aretha Queen of Soul’ at The Everyman – Sunday June 2nd, 8pm


For the third year running, fast becoming an annual staple with Soul lovers, the ever-popular music festival ‘Soul in the City’ returns to the Victorian Quarter Cork this June Bank Holiday weekend.
Last year’s soul packed festival saw thousands of fans flocking to MacCurtain Street and it’s surrounds to enjoy great soul food and music. This year we can expect another fantastic weekend jammed with live bands, mouth-watering eats, fun and craic galore.

 

This June Bank Holiday weekend, the Victorian Quarter of Cork City will come alive with soul as some of the country’s best Soulful Brother’s and Sister’s return to various stages around the Victorian Quarter culminating in the Grand Finale, at The Everyman Theatre on Sunday 2nd.

 

Following Cork’s very own soul diva Karen Underwood’s consecutive sell-out concerts year on year at St Lukes, Karen now returns to The Everyman with a full band for Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul to celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin.

 

Karen Underwood is no stranger to Cork, having moved here over twenty years ago and has regularly played to sold out audiences in the city’s largest venues over the years. Karen’s move to Cork is an interesting one and it all began with bacon and cabbage! In 1997 a friend from Cork invited her to dinner, produced the traditional Irish fare and put an Aretha Franklin CD on the player. It was then Karen realised that her music had travelled across the Atlantic and that combined with a special Cork céad míle fáilte would change the course of her life.

She has never looked back.

 

“If you want to clap and sway and tap and finger pop this show is for you. I was born to learn from the legend that is Aretha how to feel music and express music, unapologetically. I understand the schism of the artist to respect and love gospel music while living in a world that commands you to perform your music and your story more flamboyantly. It is truly an honour to return to The Everyman with this show Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul.”

– Karen Underwood

Karen Underwood performing at the launch of Soul in the City at The Bridge on Thursday 02nd May. Photo Credit: Dave Lyons

 

Tickets For Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul are available from The Everyman.

 

MacCurtain Street and its surrounding area, now known as the Victorian Quarter, has seen a surge and rejuvenation over the past number of years. The Quarter is characterized by an unusual and harmonious mix of architecture – from Victorian, early twentieth up to the present time. Strolling through the streets you will get a sense of Cork both past and present.

 

The area consists of many independent traders with varying sizes of businesses. A mix of small independent traders, big hotels, fine cafes, restaurants and lively bars. Joined together under the umbrella term the ‘MacCurtain Street Traders’ the mix of different emporiums provide something special when it comes to the food and beverage aspect of the festival Imagine a traditional fish‘n’chip shop serving you creole fish taco with chipotle sauce? Fancy a Louisiana style gumbo? Smothered Pork Chops with black-eyed peas and corn bread? A luxurious crimson cake synonymous with the American south or Mississippi Mud Pie? It doesn’t get more Southern than this and you don’t have to go to New Orleans to sample it!

This year the committee would like to put a larger emphasis on the food scene of the festival in order to include more businesses within our area. We are inviting food venues in the VQ to take part in a ‘Soul Food Competition’  to promote this increased emphasis on food.
The competition will revolve around a ‘Soul Dish’ where a key ingredient must be included in your dish- a bag of cajun spices. Each chef will cook their dish on their own premises and it will be tasted on the premises,. Each Chef  will be asked to bring their dish to a location within the Quarter (TBC) to be showcased for a photo opportunity. It will be judged by a guest judge on the day. TThe ‘Soul Dish’ can be a burger, seafood, pizza its your choice as long as the key ingredient is used. The competition is mainly to create publicity for the festival and quarter. It will be made clear that the winning dish is based on the guest judges personal taste.

 

This festival is an important contributing factor to Cork’s growing reputation as a great venue for music, food and beverage is. The city entered the 21st century with the growing reputation of a modern, accessible urban centre. This reputation was proven when the city  was given the designation of European Capital of Culture back in 2005. Building on that accolade, the city has continued to actively develop support for culture in general.
The Victorian Quarter has continued this trend with its recent investment in hotel and hospitality sectors.

 

Victorian Quarter Traders enjoying the launch of Soul in the City at The Bridge. Photo Credit: Dave Lyons

 

Local restaurants will be embracing the festivities by serving up delicious soul food. The origins of soul music is emotional, soul food eclectic in taste. This is what you can come to expect at Soul in the City around the MacCurtain St area on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

 

This year we hope to grow the ‘Soul food ‘side of the festival. Several talented chiefs from the Quarters many restaurants and eateries will be invited to prepare a ‘soul dish ‘of their choice. Each dish must incorporate the same key ingredients. There will be judges out and about to select the overall winner!

 

People are encouraged to come rejuvenate their soul on May 31st to June 2nd. From live performances throughout the Victorian Quarter to delicious soul food and drinks across many venues. Bring your body into the city and your Soul will be replenished! We cannotwa it!

 

For a full scheduling of events visit www.soulinthecitycork.ie.

 

Soul in the City – Victorian Quarter Cork
June Bank Holiday Weekend May 31 st to Sunday June 2nd
With ‘Aretha Queen of Soul’ at The Everyman – Sunday June 2nd , 8pm
Tickets HERE.

Photo Credit: Dave Lyons

 

Try this year’s mouthwatering Soul Cocktail, very aptly entitled “Soul Gin Fizz”.

 

Soul Gin Fizz

 

Ingredients

  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1 lime , juiced
  • 1/4 cup rosemary simple syrup
  • 12 ounces club soda – or flavoured sparkling water (such as Fevertree)
  • rosemary, for garnish – optional
  • cucumber slices, for garnish – optional

 

Instructions

In a small saucepan, heat rosemary sprigs, water and granulated sugar over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes. Remove rosemary sprigs and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Can be made ahead of time.

To make the gin fizz cocktail, combine gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice and rosemary simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass, filled with ice. Top with club soda/sparkling water, and give one final stir to combine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig, and cucumber, if desired.

 

And here’s what it should look like! 

49,000 To Travel Through Cork Airport This May Bank Holiday Weekend

Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest growing and most punctual airport, is set for a busy May Bank Holiday weekend with over 49,000 passengers expected to travel through the southern gateway this weekend. Passenger numbers are up 11% on the same period last year and the busiest day for both arrivals and departures is Sunday, May 5.

Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said:

“We are preparing for another busy May Bank Holiday weekend at Cork Airport, as we also welcome our latest new route from Cork Airport to Dubrovnik in Croatia operating twice a week this summer with Aer Lingus. It takes off this Saturday (May 4) and already our summer season is well and truly underway with the recent launch of many new route additions to our busy summer schedule with Ryanair and Aer Lingus.”

“Over 50 routes are on offer from Cork this year ensuring greater choice, flexibility and convenience for passengers across the south of Ireland choosing to fly from Cork Airport.”

In total, 2.6 million passengers are expected to travel through Cork Airport this year, up 8% on 2018, its fourth consecutive year of growth. In May, Cork Airport will see summer seasonal routes with Aer Lingus commencing to Newquay, Palma de Mallorca and Rennes while Volotea will start its summer schedule to Verona.

Passengers travelling through Cork Airport this May Bank Holiday weekend are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes before their flight and go directly to the security screening area once checked in. There are changes to Cork Airport’s internal road layout, which includes a new set down lane. Drivers are advised that they can set down for up to 15 minutes free on the forecourt before tariffs apply.

Cork On The Rise

Cork on the Rise: ‘Public consultation is key for city sustainability’

Ann Doherty, Cork City Council chief executive; Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mick Finn; Eoin English, Irish Examiner; and Philip Gillivan, Cork Business Association president, attend the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork on the Rise event at the Cork University Business School building, 1 Lapps Quay, Cork. Picture: David Keane

The time is ripe for Cork to be one of the leading sustainable cities in Europe, according to a world-renowned architectural expert.

Speaking at the Irish Examiner’s business breakfast to mark the ‘Cork on the Rise’ special supplement, Angela Brady said in order for Cork to realise its goal to be a sustainable city, it needs to be led by public consultation.

“We need to do key things like appreciate the rich value in heritage, which is what gives Cork its history, culture, and identity. That is the unique selling point of Cork.

Angela Brady of Brady Mallalieu Architects, speaks at the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork on the Rise event.

“We cannot look back at some of the older fashioned taller building models. You need to look forward to make a sustainable city that is liveable, easy to walk and cycle, and cuts down on cars. If you have a walkable city, you have a liveable city. People get to know their neighbours better, and all that goes with that.

“The people of Cork are key for public consultation; it cannot be led from the top down. The future is ripe for Cork to be one of the leading sustainable cities in Europe,” Ms Brady told the 120 business, political, and community leaders in attendance at the UCC Centre for Executive Education, in the former Cork Savings Bank building on Lapps Quay.

Developer Michael O’Flynn said while the long-term vision for Cork and Ireland under Project 2040 was a good one, there were “tremendous challenges” in the short to medium- term.

When it comes to housing, “we have to face up to the fact that we are nowhere near where we need to be”, Mr O’Flynn said.

Michael O’Flynn, O’Flynn Group CEO, at the ‘Irish Examiner’ event at the Cork University Business School.

We cannot just take care of the future, because urgent action is needed now, he said.

“We need a business plan to execute the Cork vision,” Mr O’Flynn said, with the upcoming challenges of boundary extension bedding down.

“We cannot lose the opportunity given what is happening on the national stage, because it happens to be coinciding with a boundary change here in Cork.

“We have to have a serious question about the immediate strategy to get from A to B. I agree with the ultimate strategy, but we have to have a transition along the way,” Mr O’Flynn said.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking at the ‘Irish Examiner’ Cork on the Rise event. Pictures: David Keane

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the national planning framework was aimed at tackling the “utterly dominant” Dublin region, which had been the economic model for the past 50 years. We cannot continue to have situations like people moving to Navan and Portlaoise but driving to Dublin for work every day, Mr Coveney said.

A directly-elected mayor with a fixed term of office instead of election cycles could provide the sustained drive towards executing the vision for Cork’s future, Mr Coveney said.

Cork City Council chief executive Ann Doherty said that to make Cork a sustainable city to rival international second cities such as Manchester, Barcelona, or Porto, it had to emphasise neighbourhoods and communities with better public transport and ease of access to work.

 

 

Source: The Irish Examiner

A Message To Our Members

Dear Members

In our weekly ezine of March 14th we detailed to you our comprehensive submission to Cork City Council. One proposal which was agreed at our AGM asked for a flexi 2 hours free parking initiative commencing at 10am in the North Main Street & Paul Street Car Parks running from Monday to Sunday inclusive, for a period of six months. It was acknowledged that a number of different parking promotions have been running since August 2018, the most recent of which ended in mid-February this year. We also asked that the Park & Ride service be free to users on Saturdays during the same six month period. Additionally, we have asked that the Park & Ride service be extended to include Sundays.

 

Cork City Councils response:

That this proposal would waive a huge proportion of total car park income and cost circa €2.3m. It would be very difficult for Council to raise replacement funds or agree compensatory cuts. However, they have agreed to engage with us to run seasonal or specific parking promotions and will work with the CBA to identify opportunities that can be delivered in partnership with the business community.

 

This was a deeply disappointing response but we will continue look for meaningful initiatives that incentivise our customer to visit our city. With that in mind we have had a productive meeting with one of the major private Car Park operators and we will update you on this initiative next week which will give you the business the opportunity to reward your customer by reducing their parking costs throughout the year. At a cost bespoke to your business type.

 

 

 

We are looking for a dedicated fund from Cork City Council to provide ongoing marketing of the city centre. This should involve a proactive marketing strategy as opposed to responding to issues as they occur.

 

Cork City Council’s response: 

That the Council continues to support various marketing initiatives for the city centre. This includes development and expansion of festivals and the implementation of promotional campaigns aimed at increasing footfall in the city centre through its city centre fund and other supports. The have offered to contribute an additional €100,000 specifically for city centre marketing provided it was matched by the local business community.

 

 

 

We have stressed that it is essential as a city we accurately measure what we do, especially in relation to city centre footfall. If we don’t measure, we don’t know! This is a critical piece of infrastructure and we are seeking a city wide system that, 365 days a year, measures activity in all our key streets. This is a fundamental tool that every city needs to assess how it is performing.

 

Cork City Councils response:

They have advised that the have installed six counters at three locations on St Patrick Street as part of the CCMS and have agreed to work with us to explore how this can be expanded to further locations throughout the city.

 

 

 

We asked Cork City Council to actively promote the Park by Phone facility by offering an attractive once-off free signing up offer of €10 credit to all new customers. Cork City Council should be targeting a 50% usage of this system which is currently in the low 20% bracket.

 

Cork City Councils response:

They have confirmed that the usage rate is increasing but they did not supply details. They agree with our contention that we should be targeting a 50% usage rate. They have reviewed the costs of our proposal and believe they have a more efficient and effective method of promoting the system and would like to work with us to develop this further. Again they did not supply details at this point.

 

 

 

We want to see the introduction of Parking Meters with a card/phone payment option in strategic locations across the city. This is again a critical piece of infrastructure on how we make parking in our city easier to use for locals and tourists alike. Once these options are up and running and have achieved a critical mass we should consider phasing out the disc parking system. 

 

Cork City Councils response

This was previously assessed as costing circa € 600,000 per annum. In addition, their assessment concluded that the provision of meters with no cash option will reduce cost only marginally and will not yield a return on investment.

 

We fundamentally disagree with the suggested costings and contend this should be principally be about making the customer (local or tourist) experience better and easier and we are adamant it would be revenue increasing.

 

 

 

We have asked Cork City Council to fast track the much needed improvements to Paul Street and North Main Street Car Parks and provide us with a date when these works are due to start.

 

Cork City Councils response:

They agree with our assessment of these Car Parks. Council is now considering tenders for the appointment of consultants. They also confirmed funding has been assigned to progress the initial prioritised works on a phased basis.

 

 

 

We have asked to have the “Living Over the Shop Scheme” in the city be re-introduced as this gives tax/rates incentives to premises owners who renovate disused spaces on upper floors for housing. This initiative has many benefits from providing additional housing to increasing the number of people living in the city which is good for business. It also could provide much needed revenue for hard pressed business owners from rental income.

 

Cork City Council hosted a day seminar on how to tackle the problem of urban vacancy; which the CBA attended.

Date: Thursday 21st March

Time: 9.45am to 5pm

Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork

 

The ‘Unlocking Upstairs’ event which was focused on tackling upstairs vacancy and was aimed at building owners, architects, engineers, developers, planners and anyone with an interest in how we can better utilise upper floors and vacant spaces.

More info available HERE.

 

Cork City Councils response:

Was essentially to confirm that they would be holding the above event and was committed to assessing how the challenges of bringing life to the upper levels of city centre buildings could be overcome. It will also continue to run the Living City initiative which has significant tax incentives for building owners.

 

 

 

We asked that they make the Commercial Rates Payment Incentive Scheme more attractive for businesses. Increase the qualifying rate base from €4000 to €5000, increase the grant from 3% to 10%. Extend out the grant to ratepayers who are in arrears provided they sign up to an agreed payment plan.

 

Cork City Councils response:

They noted our proposals and advised that 57% of ratepayers qualify for the current scheme (But the did not supply data on the take up percentage of the scheme). They advised that the current scheme allows for those who have paid the value of two years to access the scheme. The changes we proposed can be considered in the context of the next budgetary process for the 2020 budget which is a reserved function for the elected members.

 

 

 

Introduce a capped new business start-up rate incentive scheme of 50% off rates year 1; 25% off rates year 2.

 

Cork City Councils response:

While in principle a good idea the definition of a new business could cause issues (how?) and the scheme could be open to unintended consequences (what?). We received no details to explain their concerns here.

 

 

 

Offer incentives to owners who volunteer vacant properties for temporary use.

 

Cork City Councils response:

Advised that there is currently an artist’s exemption in place for landlords who offer their premises to qualifying artists. In addition, if a landlord offers a vacant property to a not for profit entity, Cork City Council generally writes off rates.

 

 

 

There must be stronger action on derelict sites. We welcome the change which will mean the 3% annual levy on the market value of the property increases to 7% of the market value from 2020.

 

Cork City Councils response:

That they have placed considerable resources in tackling dereliction in recent times. It has established a dedicated derelict sites unit and there are now over 100 buildings and sites on the derelict sites register. They have advised they are actively working with building and site owners to progress these sites.

 

 

 

Complete a full review of Cork City Centre Retail Strategy. This must be a bottom up review and have full and active participation by all parties. All businesses must be given the opportunity to have their say in the future retail blueprint for Cork City. Clear time-lines must be agreed on completion of the review and for its introduction. We also must assess the current retail offer in the city and how we can work collaboratively to attract key brands to the city centre.

 

Cork City Councils response:

That the retail strategy will be reviewed in the context of the development of the upcoming City Development Plan and have committed to engaging fully with the Cork Business Association and other stakeholders in this regards.

 

 

 

Introduce free city centre Wi-Fi (that works!).

 

Cork City Councils response:

That they currently provide free wifi in public spaces such as Bishop Lucey Park, Fitzgeralds Park and in front of Cork City Library. They have advised that they endeavouring to expand this into other public spaces without compromising the activities of commercial operators.

 

 

 

Improve directional signage in the city especially for tourists.

 

Cork City Councils response:

They are currently engaging with Failte Ireland to progress a wayfinding scheme funding application.

 

 

 

Work with businesses to improve black spots with sponsored initiatives such as area clean-ups and planting. Maximize the take up of the New Placemaking Fund as proposed by Cork City Council.

 

Cork City Councils response: 

That they regularly engage with businesses and community groups at a street or neighbourhood level to enhance black spots and will continue to do so. There have been significant amount of applications for the placemaking fund and successful applicants are being notified.

 

 

 

Provide an ongoing city centre street cleaning regime that must be published by Cork City Council and made available to businesses. A deep street cleaning programme schedule must also be agreed and made available to businesses. There needs to be better use of more modern cleaning methods and machinery to clean and remove litter from our streets.

 

Cork City Councils response:

That they would continue to engage with the CBA in this regard.

 

 

 

However we subsequently we received the following detail:

At present the following streets are on the Cork City Centre Street Cleaning daily cleaning regime:

 

  • Washington Street
  • Mardyke Walk
  • Western Road
  • Lancaster Quay
  • Woods Alley
  • Woods Street
  • Prospect Row
  • Lynches Street
  • Grenville Place
  • Bachelors Quay
  • Francis Street
  • Millerd Street
  • Devonshire Street
  • Coach Street
  • Devon Street
  • Moore Street
  • Grattan Street
  • Thomas Street
  • Peters Street
  • Sheares Street
  • Little Hanover
  • Gravel Lane
  • James Street
  • Anne Street
  • Fenns Quay
  • Court House Street
  • Hanover Street
  • Wandesford Street
  • Liberty Street
  • Cross Street
  • Little Cross Street
  • Adelaide Street
  • Liberty Street
  • North Main Street
  • Kyrls Quay
  • Kyrls Street
  • Coal Quay
  • Coachlanders Six Lane
  • Vaundelours Lane
  • Corn Market Street
  • Cook Pit Lane
  • Portneys Lane
  • Castle Street
  • Saint Augustine Street
  • Paul Street
  • Grand Parade
  • South Mall
  • St Pauls Avenue
  • Dalton Avenue
  • Pauls Lane
  • Half Moon Street
  • Parliament Street
  • Grafton Street
  • Princes Street
  • Marlboro Street
  • Cook Street
  • Morgan Street
  • Pembroke Street
  • Oliver Plunkett Street
  • Market Street
  • Market Lane
  • Elbow Street
  • Morgans Street
  • Winthrop Street
  • Winthrop Lane
  • Caroline Street
  • Phoenix Street
  • Crane Lane
  • Smith Street
  • Beasley Street
  • Parliament Bridge
  • Father Matthews Quay
  • Straid an athar maithu
  • Fitton Street
  • Keefe Street
  • Catherine Street
  • Morrisons Quay
  • Mutton Lane
  • Patrick Street
  • Careys Lane
  • French Church Street
  • Academy Street
  • Opera Lane
  • Bowling Green Street
  • William Street
  • Perry Street
  • Draw Bridge Street
  • Emmett Place

These street area swept approx 2-3 times daily. A street cleaning service is provided between 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 7am – 7pm on a Sunday (please note that a reduced service is provided between 11am and 7pm on Sundays and only the street between the quays are serviced between 6pm and 10pm in the evenings).

 

 

In regards to deep cleaning, please note the following:

 

  • The Aquazzura street cleaning machine covers Patrick Street, Oliver Plunkett Street & Grand Parade on a daily basis between 6am and 2pm (rotated as required).
  • Pressure washing commenced in mid March serving the service strips on Patrick Street, Oliver Plunkett Street and Grand Parade. Patrick Street has just been completed and we have moved onto Oliver Plunkett Street.
  • A gum removal tender for Patrick Street, Oliver Plunkett Street and Grand Parade will be prepared soon with the works anticipated to be carried out in Summer 2019.

 

 

 

Flood Defences for Cork

We urgently want to see the commencement of work on Cork’s Flood Defence Scheme by the OPW. We acknowledge that significant improvements have been brought about by the active engagement of many stakeholders. The end result is a more subtle and less extrusive scheme than that which was originally proposed. It is also important to clarify that back in 2014 the CBA publicly called for a tidal barrier for Cork as one of the options to protect the city from flooding. However, our information is that the cost of such a scheme is way beyond the budget available to Cork or even available to the national budget for flood defence works at the moment.However if funding were available for such a scheme our position is the same as 2014 when we first proposed this option for Cork.

 

In the interim we cant continue to argue and sit on our hands and do nothing we need to commence local defence work as soon as practicable.

 

Cork City Councils response:

Cork City Council continues to work with the OPW to ensure that this scheme is progressed in a way that is sympathetic to the city, the quays, the environment, the landscape and the general amenity of the River Lee.

 

 

 

​In our original communication we acknowledged that some of our proposals would require additional funding but we stressed that is not a reason for inaction. However, it is also not a reason to raise commercial rates to deliver on these initiatives which is why we are advocating that Cork City Council borrow the necessary funds to implement these and many other critical infrastructure projects that are currently on hold. We understand the Cork County Council have recently agreed a loan of € 130 million for similar projects in the County and we see no reason why Cork City Council could not adopt the same innovative approach.

 

Cork City Council response: 

They are seeking to optimise the impact of investment in the city. To that extent, Cork City Council has been successful in attracting significant funds from various central government sources such as the DUCGS scheme, the LIHAF fund, Urban Regeneration Fund, the NTA & TII. They will continue to maximise these whenever possible as they respond to the changing needs of the city.

 

 

 

As we previously advised regarding the Events Centre, the Cork Business Association (CBA) and Cork branches of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) wrote to Ann Doherty CEO of Cork City Council on two occasions to ascertain where this project is. We called on her to provide clarification and to engage in meaningful communication on the long-awaited Cork Events Centre. We need clarity to understand where the delays are. It is now more than four years since the State funding was sanctioned and more than three years since the sod was turned on the site and businesses need reassurance, once and for all, that the project will come to fruition. We also need timelines to ensure this process does not continue moving at its hitherto slow and stumbling pace.

 

Since the above communication, the CBA and Cork branches of the IHF, VFI and RAI had separate meetings with Theo Cullinane Head of Bam Construction and Ann Doherty Chief Executive Cork City Council. Our understanding is there will be a statement on the issue in the coming weeks. All businesses and indeed the general Cork public hopes this announcement will finally clear the way for this project to commence. But we have been here before and until we have absolute certainty we have nothing.

 

There is significant information in this communication but it essential you our members are fully informed on the issues that we represent you our members on. We will now take each issue we have raised examine and evaluate their response and revert to Cork City Council on those issues where we feel they are not delivering what is in the best interest of business in the city. Conversely we will work proactively with Cork City Council on the issues we have an agreed position on. We will as always keep you our members informed of our progress or otherwise.

SeaFest launches its biggest free programme to date

Ireland’s largest free maritime celebration comes to Cork city in June

SeaFest, Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration, unveils its exciting 2019 programme today for Cork, with over 100 events taking place from 7 – 9 June. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of Cork in Cork City for SeaFest 2019, with the line-up to include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Neven Maguire and Rory O’Connell and talks from Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack and wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan. For full festival details visit www.seafest.ie.

Held in Galway for the past three years, Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) will now present SeaFest from 2019 – 2021. The festival, which acknowledges everything the ocean has to offer, will be a culmination of a weeklong celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs from 1 – 9 June.

SeaFest highlights include Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Bord Bia free cookery demonstrations from esteemed chefs Rory O’Connell (Ballymaloe Cookery School) and Neven Maguire (MacNean House & Restaurant), along with demos from fishmongers, Pat O’Connell and Hal Dawson. BIM also brings its never-before-seen Clean Oceans’ visitor experience, raising awareness of plastic in our oceans.

Further key events for SeaFest 2019 include Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack discussing weather changes and warnings at the Marine Institute marquee. There will also be engaging talks and films inspired by the ocean at Marine Institute’s The Atlantic Theatre. Award-winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allen will discuss his remarkable experiences filming BBC’s  Blue Planet and Ocean Giants. RTÉ documentary Ireland’s Deep Atlantic will also be screened.

Speaking on the launch, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:

“SeaFest is a hugely important festival for the country and it’s fitting that it will take place in Cork which has a unique maritime history and association with the sea. That the city’s motto proclaims Cork to be ‘a safe harbour for ships’ speaks for itself.

“There is a great programme of free events lined up for the festival this year — and for the next three years — to ensure that people connect with the river, the harbour and the sea. SeaFest will be at the core of European Maritime Day next year when we will also celebrate 300 years of the Royal Cork Yacht Club… the oldest of its kind in the world. We invite everyone to attend the free, fun events and help focus on keeping our oceans healthy and vibrant.”

There will be free sailing, kayaking, currach and dragon boat trips on the water, with Irish Sailing, Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Meitheal Mara. Tours of the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioner of Irish Lights’ ILV Granuaile take place across the weekend. The Defence Forces will provide an equipment and capabilities display.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed said:

“SeaFest is about highlighting the importance and value of our  seas and oceans. After being successfully hosted in Galway for the last three years, it is important that this national maritime festival is enjoyed across the country. I am delighted therefore that it will be presented in Cork city for the next three years from 2019-21, as it continues to grow and evolve and in other coastal locations in the future. With such a fantastic line-up of free and fun events across the three days designed to educate, engage and entertain the whole family, SeaFest 2019 in Cork is set to be a magnificent maritime celebration.”

There will be fun and free activities in the dedicated Kids Zone, along with touch tank displays as part of the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. This is the first year for BIM’s interactive aquaculture remote classroom (ARC) at SeaFest, with virtual reality headsets for wearers to experience mussel beds up close. Music Generation Cork City will also be performing on the music stage throughout the event.

The Port of Cork and UCC research centre MaREI will showcase a 3D art exhibition by local fifth class pupils about awareness of marine litter; the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will outline UN Sustainable Development Goals; and there will be water safety advice from RNLI.

SeaFest 2019 is part of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, increasing our engagement with the sea. The Our Ocean Wealth Summit will take place in Cork on Sunday, 9 June and Monday, 10 June.

SeaFest is proudly supported by Cork City Council, BIM, Marine Institute, Port of Cork, Cork Harbour Festival, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Defence Forces, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bord Bia, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Pure Cork and by media partners Today FM and RedFM. SeaFest is part funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector.

To view the full festival programme visit www.seafest.ie. Follow SeaFest on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

65th Cork International Choral Festival will bring 5,000 singers and 50,000 visitors to Cork

Cork’s longest running festival to generate €10 million for the local region

The full programme of events for the 65th Cork International Choral Festival was launched in City Hall last night (Wednesday April 10th) amid a chorus of music and song.

 

The globally renowned choral festival – Cork’s longest running festival and one of Europe’s most prestigious competitive choral events – takes place from May 1st – 5th 2019 and will bring 5,000 world class singers and 50,000 visitors to the Cork for five days of music and song. The historic Cork choral festival is expected to give an €10 million economic boost to the region.

 

Throughout the festival, singers from all over Ireland, Europe and beyond will take to the stages and streets of Cork for an extensive programme of national and international competitive trophy, gala concert and non-competitive performances in more than 90 venues across the city, with gala events and competitions centring around Cork’s City Hall.

 

Selected Irish and international choirs will also participate in a wide range of festival events including fringe concerts and informal public performances, which will see choirs popping up throughout Cork city and county in new and unexpected locations, including Blarney Castle and Gardens, St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh and the Methodist Church, Kinsale, during the five festival days.

 

The 65th Cork International Choral Festival opens on Wednesday May 1st in Cork City Hall with an exquisite Gala Concert celebrating the work of the Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius and Danish composer, Carl Nielsen. The renowned Fleischmann Choir and Cork School of Music (CSM) Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by the CSM Junior Children’s Chorus and the CSM Senior Children’s Chorus for a performance of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1, and Nielsen’s Fynsk Forår and Hymnus Amoris.

 

Other festival highlights include Helene Stureborg’s Chamber Choir, which returns to Cork from Stockholm – after winning the Fleischmann International Trophy at Cork International Choral Festival in 2016 – for the gala ‘Evocations 2019’ concert in the city’s North Cathedral on Friday May 3rd at 10.30pm.

 

St. Finbarre’s Cathedral will also reverberate beautifully to the sounds of Chamber Choir Ireland who will give the world premiere performance of street after street alike, the winning composition of the 2019 Seán Ó Riada composition competition, composed by UCC Experimental Music Master’s student, James May. The evening will also see Chamber Choir Ireland perform a mixed programme of medieval and contemporary choral composers entitled ‘Before Bach and After’.

 

Headline non-competitive act PUST (meaning breath in Norwegian) whose compositions reverberate between Scandinavian folk, jazzy tones and all sorts of worldly and natural sounds, will bring a breath of fresh air to the festival with a gala performance in Cork City Hall on Thursday May 2nd.  Alternatively, the edgy, colourful, Brisbane based community choir, Cheep Trill, will perform in Triskel Christchurch the same day as part of the Fringe Concert series and again in Blarney Castle and Gardens on Friday May 3rd at 2pm as part of the Choral Trail.

 

Competitions taking place as part of the 65th Cork International Choral Festival include the National Competitions for Schools and National Open Competitions for Chamber Choirs, Ensembles, Mixed Voice, Youth Choirs and the prestigious Ireland’s Choir of the Year competition which will be contested by the highest number of choirs ever this year.

 

The hotly contested and highly prestigious annual Aloys Fleischmann International Trophy competition takes place on Saturday May 4th, giving audiences the opportunity to hear some of the world’s top amateur choirs competing for one of Europe’s most prestigious choral prizes.

 

However, musical or not, everyone is invited to get involved, participate in and enjoy the various workshops, events and performances on offer during the festival of song. A series of free concerts and performances will be staged around the city as part of the Fringe Concerts, Choral Trail and Afternoons at the Atrium of the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay, with plenty of impromptu night time performances in the hotel’s festival club.

 

The annual Big Sing also returns to Cork City Hall on Saturday May 4th inviting singers of all ages and levels of experience to form the largest choir of the festival, ensuring that everybody is given the opportunity to use their voice! Last year’s Big Sing brought 600 participants from all backgrounds together and the festival organisers hope to top that number this year under the tutelage of Ciaran Kelly of Ardu Vocal Ensemble, who will treach eager singers of all ages to perform Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ a capella!

 

Speaking at the programme launch, long-standing festival director, John Fitzpatrick, said:

 “Cork International Choral Festival has built a reputation as one of Europe’s most prestigious choral festivals.  We are very proud of its long tradition, its exciting Gala Concerts and Fringe Concert Series, its interesting Choral Symposium, its diverse, extensive and inclusive outreach programme, and the high level of entries for its competitive and non-competitive performances. We are delighted to welcome so many international and Irish choirs to Cork for what will be an exciting five days of music and song. The festival wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and support of the small team of committed staff, our sponsors, and our wonderful volunteers, and I would like to thank them all in advance for their hard work and dedication to Cork’s longest running festival.”

 

New festival manager, Elaine FitzGerald added:

“This is my first Cork International Choral Festival as festival manager and I’m very much looking forward to welcoming singers from all over the world to Cork, hearing them perform, and showing them the best that Cork has to offer. We have a packed programme of events throughout the festival and there should certainly be a song for everyone over the May bank holiday weekend, whether you’re interested in sacred church music, jazzy tunes or you just want to hear a fun street chorus, Cork International Choral Festival’s got it all!”

 

Cork International Choral Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council, with the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo and Cork’s 96FM as media partners.

 

Festival Tickets are available for purchase through the online booking system at www.corkchoral.ie.

 

Special packages are also available in partnership with the Clayton Hotel Cork City to ensure visitors get the best of their journey to Cork while enjoying all the Festival has to offer.