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”.



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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


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



  • 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



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! 

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

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.

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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


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.

‘Design POP’ – a Citywide Design and Food Festival comes to Cork this May

Recently it was announced that Ireland’s cultural hub, Cork, is to play host to a hybrid festival of food and design from May 17th-19th, 2019. Design POP is set to merge innovative design with local and international food and drink experiences in a collaborative pop up festival with events and exhibits taking place in various iconic locations across the city.

Design Pop

Celebrating talent in both disciplines, Design POP will see six of Ireland’s leading designers working closely with six top local food producers to create bespoke installations that will pop up across Cork city centre for the duration of the festival. The three-day showcase brings together Ireland’s creative community by initiating collaboration through these innovative pavilions. The festival will also engage the public through a program of pop-up events in venues around the city through workshops, showcases, exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations. Design POP will showcase a number of emerging and established designers, creatives and foodies to the public seeking unique contemporary art & design.

Design POP embraces the existing bold aesthetic and character of the chosen locations around Cork city and amplifies them through the specially created pavilions. The weekend’s event program will give artists, creatives, food producers, designers and makers a platform to discuss and showcase their work processes in a weekend that will not only celebrate innovation and creativity but also Cork.

Speaking on the announcement founder of Design POP, architect and Cork native, Amy McKeogh commented, “Given the huge successes that both Milan and Clerkenwell Design week have become, I know a design festival has the ability to engage with the public and establish Cork as a destination for creative talent. I’m really excited to highlight the amazing food and design innovation we have in Ireland and to hopefully inspire the next generation to think boldly.”

The full line-up of designers, food producers and speakers will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information on Design POP, visit




Seafest & Cork Harbour Festival Set The Scene For Ireland’s Biggest Maritime Celebration This June

SeaFest and Cork Harbour Festival are coming together for Ireland’s biggest maritime celebration, which will take place in Cork this June. Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) present SeaFest, a national free and family friendly maritime festival, at the Port of Cork on 7th – 9th June.

This will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs from 1st – 9th June, with over 70 events for all to enjoy.

The programmes of both festivals will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Having been held in Galway for the past three years, Cork City Council and MCG — made up of government departments with responsibility for marine matters —  will now present SeaFest from 2019 – 2021. More than 100,000 are expected to attend the national annual festival on Cork city’s quays, celebrating what the ocean has to offer.

Speaking on today’s announcement, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn said:

“We are delighted that Cork city will enjoy two festivals this June, with nine action-packed days of activities focused on the water. While Cork Harbour Festival will celebrate Cork’s rich maritime heritage, SeaFest will acknowledge the value of Ireland’s oceans and encourage national engagement with our seas. These two festivals will be a spectacular showcase for both locals and visitors alike, with an amazing variety of family-focused events, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and workshops soon to be announced.”

Cork Harbour Festival Manager Joya Kuin added:

“June will be a fantastic celebration of all things maritime, with Cork Harbour Festival returning with another jam-packed programme and SeaFest docking at the city’s quayside for the next three years. The collaboration of the two festivals will highlight to a local, national and international audience our rich maritime culture and how easily it can be accessed for all to enjoy.”

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.

Keep Cork Meeting 2019

Businesses encouraged to think of Cork first for their next corporate event

Cork Convention Bureau launch annual ‘Keep Cork Meeting’ event


Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) will host its 7th annual business tourism showcase, Keep Cork Meeting, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Thursday 11th April from 7.30am to 12 noon.  The event is ideal for anyone involved in organising events and meetings in Cork.


Keep Cork Meeting, which is Ireland’s longest running meetings and events expo, aims to encourage more conferences, meetings and events in Cork, and gives hotels and other tourism service providers locally the opportunity to showcase their offering to the corporate market.

There will be over 40 exhibitors showcasing the very best of Cork’s business tourism offering, including accommodation options, unique Cork venues, food and drink options, activities and interactive experiences, from spa treatments to historical venues, cooking and tours.

Attendees will be also be given the opportunity to receive advice from event management experts in attendance and have one to one clinics with the Cork Convention Bureau team members about their supports.

Over 150 conference and event organisers across all sectors will attend, in addition to Conference/Event Ambassadors, who have already secured international events for Cork from 2019 up to 2023.

A buffet breakfast will be served and lots of prizes and goodies will be on offer for everyone in attendance.

Cork Convention Bureau aims to grow conference and business tourism by 8% annually to €14m, with each business delegate valued at €1600.  “The business tourist contributes three times more to the local economy than the leisure tourist and many business tourists are now beginning to extend their stay by 2-4 days, which offers a huge opportunity for growth”, according to Evelyn O Sullivan, Manager at Cork Convention Bureau.


“The biggest growth opportunities are in areas like Agri and Food, Space, Neo Natal, and Maritime, and we are here to support anyone wishing to bring a conference to the Cork region.  We can help with practical supports and free of charge impartial advice to ensure the smooth running and success of your event.  We also hope that our event inspires local companies to think of Cork first when planning their next corporate event.”

The local hotel sector is also committed to enhancing its offering for business tourism. A recent survey of Cork hoteliers, conducted by the Cork branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), has shown that more than €11.5m was spent on renovations and improvements to hotels in the region in 2018, with more than 80% investing in capital expenditure, underlining their commitment to Cork’s conference and meetings industry. Established in 2007, Cork Convention Bureau is a public-private partnership that promotes the Cork region as a destination for business tourism (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) and generates opportunities for people to come to Cork.  Cork Convention Bureau is part of Visit Cork, which also promotes leisure tourism through the Pure Cork brand.

 If you wish to organise an event or conference in Cork, and would benefit from attending #KeepCorkMeeting, or if you would like to exhibit at the event, please contact or register on

Tee off with the Cork Business Association

The Cork Business Association’s annual Presidents Cup will take place in the stunning surrounds of Cork Golf Club on Thursday 23 May 2019.

The prestigious championship golf course is routed through exceptional golfing terrain incorporating old limestone quarries and the inner reaches of Cork Harbour, so it really is an exclusive opportunity to play the course.

Commenting, President of the Cork Business Association Philip Gillivan said, “Our President’s Cup is more than just a great day out for golf-lovers.  It offers fantastic networking opportunities for Cork’s business community, a fun team day and a chance to treat valued customers”.

As there is a shotgun start, all 24 teams will tee off at 11am and meet afterwards for a meal in Cork Golf Club where the winners will be announced.  There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs this year.

The cost is €500 per team of four, which includes a round of golf on the magnificent course, refreshments and a 3 course meal with wine in Cork Golf Club.  To book contact Carmel on or call 021-4278295. For more see