Cork targets French tourists

Pure Cork announces achievements and plans at Pure Cork Industry Day

 

Pure Cork is launching a campaign in association with Tourism Ireland to actively encourage more French tourists to choose Cork as a destination.  This is part of a wider strategy to extend the tourism season in the region.

 

The announcement was made at the recent Pure Cork Tourism Industry Day held at Vienna Woods Country House on 27 February 2019, which was attended by nearly 200 people working within the tourism industry in Cork.

 

At the event, Visit Cork, the public-private partnership that promotes Cork as a destination for leisure (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau), announced their achievements to date and plans for the coming year.

Head of Visit Cork, Seamus Heaney, illustrated the value of tourism to the region, highlighting that tourism currently supports almost 22,500 jobs in Cork, with more than 800 tourism businesses, festivals and events currently listed on the new purecork.ie website.  He encouraged all businesses to upload details of their tourism business, festival or event to the website, and to engage with their social media channels, so they can be actively supported by team at Pure Cork.

 

In 2017, €833 million revenue was generated for Cork through overseas and domestic tourism, and in 2018, 1.7 million tourists visited Cork (equating to the generation of 200 jobs) while €13.2 million was generated through conference and business tourism, with a further €14m in the pipeline for 2020.

 

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 Teagasc, Space, STEM, and Maritime, and we are here to support anyone wishing to bring a conference to the Cork region.”

“Business tourists are high end and high spend”, said Ciara Gallagher from Meet in Ireland.

Pure Cork is now undertaking a number of initiatives, working with Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, to collectively sell Cork as a destination. This includes targeting new markets that are directly serviced by airline routes into Cork Airport.

 

The tourism body is specifically targeting five key geographical areas: regional UK locations outside of London, the north east of the USA, domestic ‘staycationers’, and visitors from France and Germany.

 

With two flights now servicing Cork almost daily from Paris, operated by Aer Lingus and Air France, Pure Cork sees this as one of the biggest opportunities for growth, hence the reason they are developing a “deep dive” into the French market. 46% of all French visitors are from the Paris region and there are currently 2,200 airline seats in to Cork per week along with 1,000 ferry seats.

 

Speaking at the event, Monica Mac Laverty, Southern Europe Manager for Tourism Ireland, said French visitors average a 10.3 night stay in Ireland, which is significant.  They also tend to travel from April-June, which would extend the tourist season in Cork.  “There is an extremely strong opportunity to develop tourism from France for the Cork region, especially with direct access from Cork airport, which is key”.

Ms McLaverty said that Tourism Ireland is working in partnership with Pure Cork to convey the depth of the tourism experience available here. As part of the promotional initiative, representatives from Pure Cork will attend or host a series of events in France to highlight Cork, including a St. Patrick’s Day event on the Champs Elysees with the Irish Ambassador in France on March 14th and other engaging events yet to be announced in Bordeaux and Paris.  Key media and tour operators from this region will also be invited to visit Cork in the near future.

 

A presentation was also given at the event by Josephine O’Driscoll, Fáilte Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way Programme Manager.  The average growth in hotel occupancy in the Cork region in 2018 was +3% and Revenue growth was +6.1%, according to Fáilte Ireland figures. In 2018, Cork attractions reported average year on year revenue growth of 21% and visitor numbers growth of 33%.

 

Cork accounts for 9% of bed stock nationally, 12% of domestic trips in Ireland, 11% of domestic revenue in Ireland and 18% of overseas tourists to Ireland.

Cork currently places third in Ireland for overseas tourists after Dublin and Galway, and second in terms of overseas tourist revenue after Dublin.

 

Pure Cork sees huge growth in immersive experiences, dynamic packaging (hotels and attractions working together) and the night-time economy.  They are encouraging businesses to create exciting experiences and offers in the evening to ensure overnight stays and a longer dwell time for tourists in the region.

 

Mr Heaney said the main aim of the event was to encourage everyone working in tourism in Cork to promote Cork and the Pure Cork brand collectively to grow the industry for the benefit of the entire local economy.

 

“Pure Cork is about all of the Cork tourism industry pulling together in the understanding that by pulling together we can do better – Ní neart go cur le chéile – Fior Chrocaigh,” he said.

Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade to take place on Sunday March 17th

Organised by Cork City Council, The Cork St. Patrick’s Festival will take place from March 15th to March 18th 2019, with over 50,000 visitors expected to attend the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 17th, celebrating the theme ‘Stories of Cork’.

 

Throughout the festival weekend, Cork will be a hive of activity with traditional Irish music from the Lee Sessions, exhibitions celebrating Irish culture, plus theatre, music, guided tours and talks.

 

The Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be a vibrant carnival of colours, music, marching bands, amazing floats and community groups with up to 3,000 participants taking part, including some visiting from the USA.

 

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mick Finn said,

 

‘Is mór an onóir dom cuireadh a thabhairt díbh chuig ceiliúradh Féile Pádraig Chorcaí, go mbainfidh sibh go leor taitneamh as eachtraí na féile. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to join in Cork’s celebration of our national holiday. The 2019 Cork St. Patrick’s Festival celebrates the rich and diverse fabric of life in Cork, and reflects the great variety of people that now call our city home -we welcome Corkonians and visitors alike Leeside. The theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Stories of Cork’, invites local community organisations to express their Irishness and what it means to them. It also provides an opportunity for visitors to see why we are so proud of our city.’

 

Commissions by local arts organisations Cork Community Art Link and Dowtcha Puppets, plus national groups such as Spraoi, Buí Bolg and LuxE are in progress, creating innovative floats celebrating the theme.

 

Along with the entertaining flock of Cork Gulls created by Dowtcha Puppets, who have been working for weeks with local performing groups and St John’s College, a huge puppet of St. Patrick will accompany them on the route.

 

Cork Community Art Link will present a series of very “Cork” buildings who will roam the streets of Cork. There will be six floats of various sizes, each telling its own story through puppetry, performance and pop-up characters. These floats are being produced in conjunction with 11 local groups including Enable Ireland, The Brook Centre, Farranree Springboard, National Learning Network and Cork City Firebirds.

 

National arts organisations joining the parade in Cork include Waterford performance art group Spraoi, which will celebrate the origins of the word “langer” by unleashing a ‘langur monkey’ onto the street of Cork, while theatre performers from LuxE will tell the story of Sunniva, the Cork princess who became the patron saint of Western Norway.

 

Joining Corkonians from the United States for the Parade will also be marching bands from Indiana, North Dakota, Colorado and New York.

 

The parade will begin at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Full details of parking, park and ride bus facilities and traffic restrictions will be available on www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie in advance of parade day. See Facebook @corkstpatricksfestival and Twitter @corkpaddysfest for updates and details of other activities to enjoy over the weekend.

 

Cork’s RedFM and the Evening Echo are Media Sponsors of The Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2019.

Visit Cork Tourism Industry Day at Vienna Woods Country House

Visit Cork is a public-private partnership that promotes Cork as a destination for leisure (Pure Cork) and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau), is hosting a briefing session for those involved in the tourism industry on Wednesday 27 February at Vienna Woods Country House. 

Anyone with an interest in tourism or in attracting visitors to Cork is invited to attend the Tourism Industry Day, from local community and tourist groups, to festivals and events, to accommodation and experience providers, for an update on Pure Cork’s achievements to date and plans for the promotion of Cork as a destination in the coming year.

 

It promises to be a highly interactive, dynamic session with presentations from Seamus Heaney, Head of Visit Cork, Evelyn O’Sullivan, Cork Convention Bureau, Ciara Gallagher, Meet in Ireland, and Monica MacLaverty, Manager, Southern Europe Tourism Ireland. There will also be excellent networking and cross promotion opportunities.

 

“We encourage everyone involved in the tourism industry in Cork to attend the Pure Cork Industry Day and explore how they can work with Pure Cork to enhance their business and help collectively promote all that Cork has to offer to domestic and international business and leisure visitors,” said Seamus Heaney, Head of Pure Cork.

 

The Pure Cork Industry Day will take place from 10.30am-1.30pm, with registration from 10am.

 

All tourism businesses are encouraged to submit their festival, event or business details to the purecork.ie website, which was launched in summer 2018.

 

Register today for the industry day on http://purecork.clr.events or contact the team at Pure Cork on (021) 431 8036.

 

CBA Cork Business of the Year Awards 2018

CBA Cork Business of the Year Awards 2018

~Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, McCarthy Insurance Group, and Michael O’Flynn announced as top award winners ~

 

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, McCarthy Insurance Group and Michael O’ Flynn were the big winners at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards, which were held in Clayton Hotel Silversprings on Saturday 23 February.

 

A further 9 industry awards were presented on the evening.  The awards, which are run in partnership with JCD and The Irish Examiner, recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork City and its environs.
The winners were…

 

Best New Business, sponsored by LEO Cork City

  • Ichigo Ichie

Takashi Miyazaki is the first person to have brought a kappou-style fine dining Japanese restaurant to Ireland and by extension Cork. The 25-seat restaurant, which opened in April 2018, is located at no 5 Fenns Quay, Sheares Street. To describe the incredible quality on offer, a food critic recently said “Mr Miyazaki doesn’t just want to satisfy your appetite with his cooking, he wants to feed your soul”. Incredibly despite only opening in April, Ichigo Ichie has already being awarded one of Cork’s first Michelin Stars. A remarkable achievement in such a short period.

 

Best Tourism, Arts, or Event sponsored by IHF Cork

  • Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural institution and a regional art museum for Munster.  It is home to over 4000 works of art. It is dedicated to the visual arts outside Dublin and the Gallery excels at multidisciplinary exhibitions that include paintings, film, objects and digital imagery. Displaying innovative exhibitions from their own collection containing historically important works such as Harry Clarke, Lavery, William Orphen and temporary exhibitions from Francis Bacon and Robert Ballaght to name but a few. They also provide in-house and outreach Learn and Explore Programmes which foster a sense of history, place, context and culture to a wide audience at local, national and international level. Numbers continue to grow and over 230,000 people visited during 2018.

 

Best Cork Professional Service, sponsored by ETC the Events Tourism & Communications Agency

  • Meitheal Design Partners

 

Meitheal design Partners are an Architecture, Design and Planning Consultancy business based in Father Matthew Quay Cork with offices also in Dublin and Kenmare. This award-winning design consultancy has emerged from the recession and is now the largest indigenous Cork architectural practice. Their strong commitment to a client focused philosophy has seen their business grow to such an extent that soon they will be announcing their 5000th commission since opening their practice in 2003.


Best Cork Café,
sponsored by The English Market

  • Café Velo

Located in Georges Quay, Café Velo is a bicycle–themed café and roastery that aims to bring their customers the best of local produce for breakfast, lunch and brunch seven days a week. The majority of food is prepared in-house with the best of ingredient – they cook and slice their own ham and Spiced Beef and make their own salads, jams, soups and sauces. Recently they started their own in-house roasted coffee at their new coffee counter. Café Velo is now one of the most popular café’s on the south channel of the city proving that good produce and great customer service is always successful.

 

Best Cork Restaurant, sponsored by The English Market

  • Greene’s

Greene’s Restaurant is Located in the heart of the Victorian Quarter in Mac Curtain Street. Beautifully situated overlooking a large waterfall, it certainly has the wow factor. Greenes is fine dining at its finest – all menus are exclusively filled with produce from within 50km of the Hotel. The food at Greenes is innovative, modern and devoted to place and uses the outstanding ingredients that are available in Cork to deliver a truly exceptional dining experience.

 

Best Cork VFI Pub, sponsored by Vintners Federation Cork

  • Gallaghers

Gallagher’s Gastro Pub is a Bar & Restaurant situated at the corner of Mac Curtain Street at the foot of Cork’s famous Patrick’s Hill and is named after one of Cork’s most iconic musicians Rory Gallagher. Providing top quality food and drink in comfortable surroundings with an ambiance mixing old world and new.

Gallagher’s has an extensive menu with something for everyone – you can enjoy a quick lunch, sumptuous dinner or even a Sunday brunch. Live Music is also a big part of the offering and Gallagher’s have their very own percussionist keeping the party alive each night.

 

Best Cork Hotel, sponsored by Kings Laundry

  • Metropole Hotel Cork

The Metropole Hotel Cork is located in the heart of the city and this year celebrates 121 years of Cork hospitality. It is deeply rooted in the history of Cork and is home to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. The Metropole is a 108-bedroom hotel which also has 9 conference rooms and 2 large banqueting suites and is a member of the Trigon hotel group. This year saw a huge €2.5m investment in refurbishment including the opening of the MET – their new restaurant, bar and tea rooms.

 

Best Cork Family Business, sponsored by Musgrave

  • Hassett’s Bakery – the Hassett family

Michael Hassetts’ passion for baking developed during his time working across Europe as a chef in the early 80s. Michael started his own bakery in Douglas in 1984 and opened his first shop in 1988. Hassetts now have shops in the English Market, Douglas Court, Blackpool shopping centre and a café in Carrigaline, employing 60 staff. They also have a thriving wholesale business supplying many restaurants and Cafés in Cork City and County. Within the last twelve months they commenced exporting to the USA, Germany, UK, France and Belgium.

 

Best Cork Retail Business sponsored by Cork City Council

  • K O’Connell Fish Merchants

Founded in 1962 in The English Market, Kay O Connell started her fish merchants business with a small 14 x 10 foot stall. It is hard to believe that a business with such humble beginnings would achieve so much. Today it is instantly recognizable not only in Cork but nationally and internationally. In 1998 Pat and Paul took over the business and continued to drive it forward, but always ensured it retained the essentials of Character, Customer and Product. Retail changes and K O Connells is adapting to that change as a third generation of family join the business – they have opened their own smokehouse in Bandon and recently opened a new store in Dunnes Stores in Bishopstown Court.

 

Cork Business of the Year (Large Category):  sponsored by JCD

  • Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

For more than 40 years, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has stood tall as one of the most iconic festivals on the national cultural calendar.  Held annually over the October bank holiday weekend since its inception in the Metropole Hotel in 1978, the festival has a proud history and is worth almost €45 million to the local economy.

 

2018 was an outstanding success.  The Festival received national and international public and critical acclaim, under the helm of new Festival Director Sinead Dunphy, whose vision saw the Festival grow dramatically, resulting in a large increase in revenue to the city.

 

1,000 musicians from more than 20 countries flew into Cork for one of the most exciting weekends of jazz music performances ever to take place in Cork, with free entertainment in more than 70 pubs across the city.

 

The event also spilled out into the streets of Cork with a New Orleans inspired Dia de Los Muertos Jazz Parade, with thousands lining the streets to watch in awe.

 

Cork Business of the Year (Medium Category): sponsored by JCD

  • McCarthy Insurance Group

McCarthy Insurance Group has grown from humble beginnings in a small office in Fermoy, in 1952, to becoming the Largest Family Owned Brokerage in Ireland!

They have eight offices in Cork city and County with nearly twenty other Cork brokerages.

McCarthy Insurance Group covers every type of cover that you can think of – from General Insurance to Travel, Mortgage and Car policies, to business premise insurance, multi-business insurance and multi-national policies, including a Group of Manufacturers with ten plants in the EU. Right up to holding over €200 Million in funds for clients!!

The Group employs around 200 staff, with specialists in niches areas, such as Hair Salons, Hotels, and the Food and Drink Industry.

With Gross Written Premiums due to exceed €100 Million by 2020, this Group will be the Largest Family Owned Brokerage in Ireland, and they have plans for ambitious growth and further acquisitions in the next 5 years!

 

Champion of Cork Award: sponsored by CIT

  • Michael O Flynn

The origin of this award comes from an idea from two recently departed CBA friends James O Sullivan & Owen O Callaghan. They wanted to create an award to recognise an individual who over their lifetime has contributed not just to business but has left their mark on society in general.

 

 

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Commenting on the winners, President of Cork Business Association Philip Gillivan said, “Our awards night is a celebration of the Cork business community who are driving our local community.  It’s a celebration of businesses who go above and beyond, and it’s a celebration of employers, proud employees and ambassadors of our community.

 

“This year we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving finalists and winners.  To be a finalist for these awards is a wonderful achievement in itself.  I would also like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our award sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner, and a particular thanks to our extremely hard working and committed independent panel of judges,  Mark Fitzharris AIB, Seamus Heaney Visit Cork, Adrienne Rodgers LEO Cork City, and Gerard O’Donovan CIT.”

 

The CBA’s aim is to recognise the value and achievement of Cork businesses who have contributed to or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural or civic life of Cork, and to encourage business excellence in the city.

Finalists for the CBA Cork Business of the Year Awards 2018 announced!

We, the Cork Business Association (CBA) have announced the finalists of our ‘2018 Cork Business of the Year Awards’.  The overall winners will be announced at our Gala Awards night on 23rd February at Clayton Hotel Silversprings.

 

Our Awards, which are run in partnership with AIB, JCD and The Irish Examiner, recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork City and its environs.  They are judged by an independent panel of judges.

The finalists are:

Best Cork Retail Business sponsored by Cork City Council

  • Azure Jewellery
  • IKON Hair
  • K O’Connell Fishmongers

Best Tourism, Arts, or Event sponsored by IHF Cork

  • Peters Cork
  • Nano Nagle Place
  • Crawford Art Gallery

Best New Business, sponsored by LEO Cork City

  • NRG Awareness
  • Ichigo Ichie
  • Ocean Escapes

Best Cork Café, sponsored by The English Market

  • Café Velo
  • Union Grind
  • Idaho

Best Cork Professional Service, sponsored by ETC PR & Marketing

  • ACET Ireland
  • Meitheal Design Partners
  • Springboard PR & Marketing

Best Cork Restaurant, sponsored by The English Market

  • Cornstore
  • Greene’s
  • Arthur Maynes

Best Cork VFI Pub, sponsored by Vintners Federation Cork

  • Franciscan Well
  • Gallaghers Gastropub
  • Cask

Best Cork Family Business, sponsored by Musgrave

  • Hassett’s Bakery – The Hassett Family
  • Alliance Packaging – The Horgan Family
  • Cork English College – The Cullen Family

Best Cork Hotel, sponsored by Kings Laundry

  • The Metropole Hotel Cork
  • The River Lee Hotel
  • Hayfield Manor

 

On the night three other awards will be presented… the overall Cork Business of Year (medium business and large business), and The Champion of Cork award.

 

Commenting on the finalists, our Chief Executive Lawrence Owens said,

“This year we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving finalists.  To be a finalist is a wonderful achievement, and I wish everyone the best of luck on the night.  I would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our award sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner”.

 

The awards will be presented at a glittering Black-Tie dinner in the Clayton Hotel, SilverSprings on Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Tickets are competitively priced at €110 or €1,000 for a table of 10 and are available to purchase through Eventbrite or direct from the CBA office by calling (021) 427 8295.

Cork International Travel Fair

The Cork International Travel Fair in association with Cork Airport will take place at the Cork International Hotel on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd February 2019.

The Cork Travel Fair, in its 3rd year is the perfect place to book your holiday for 2019.

The 2-day event will see the best travel agents, tour operators, airlines, hotels, tourist attractions and everything you could want when preparing to book for your holiday.

Whether it is a family holiday, action packed adventure, city break, cruise or honeymoon, there will be something for everyone.

There will be special offers available for that weekend only and offers that you will not want to miss if you are booking your 2019 holiday.

This year, like the previous years, they have some amazing prizes to be won.
There will be holidays, flights and hotel breaks to be won – all you need to do is attend on the weekend to be in with a chance of winning.

The event will be open from 11am – 5.30pm and is free to attend.

Cork Chosen to Host IMART 2020 International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament

 

The 3rd International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament (IMART) will be held in Cork, Ireland, in 2020. IMART is the world cup for Mixed Ability Clubs, and is the global stage for people of all abilities to play together in the same un-adapted full-contact Rugby Union game abiding by World Rugby Laws.

 

Following the huge success of the inaugural tournament in Bradford (UK) in 2015, and the most recent 2017 event which was held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country (Spain), the event now moves to Cork for 2020.

 

The staging of the event in Cork marks a significant achievement for Sunday’s Well RFC, who coordinated the bid. It acknowledges the leading role which the Club now plays in championing Mixed Ability rugby. They are thrilled that IMART 2020 will bring together some of the finest Mixed Ability rugby teams in the world and will attract in the region of 750 international participants for the week-long competition.

 

A further exciting aspect of IMART is the interactive conference programme featuring internationally known speakers who will present and discuss the latest research around Mixed Ability sport across many disciplines.

 

IMAS Director Martino Corazza welcomes the choice of Ireland as the host country.

“Cork is a fantastic city, with a great rugby tradition, and Sunday’s Well Rebels are a brilliant example of rugby clubs being representative of all aspects of their communities. We are incredibly proud of this event and we recognize that staging the tournament in 2020 will give enough time to the teams to put in place the necessary arrangements and offer the opportunity for IMART to realign with the next RWC in 2023”.

 

Liam Maher of Sunday’s Well Rugby Club and also Chair of the Organising Committee said,

“We’re exceptionally proud that Cork has been chosen to host IMART 2020. That decision, I think is in part due to Ireland’s international reputation as a rugby powerhouse, but it also has much to do with our own growing reputation in Mixed Ability sport. Mixed Ability is about valuing everyone’s potential and celebrating what’s at the heart of true sport – participation, passion and fun!”

 

Ahsan Sakandar, former Bumble Bees RUFC captain said

“It’s exciting to meet old friends and new from around the world. I am very happy to play in another world cup, it’s a dream come through”.

 

Patrick Sweeney, Sundays Well Rebels captain added

“I am delighted that IMART 2020 is coming to Cork, I’m already looking forward to playing in my third world cup and having the chance to show my friends and family the power of Mixed Ability rugby!”.

 

The Mixed Ability Model encourages social inclusion by removing barriers to participation for people who feel unable to join mainstream grassroots clubs or groups due to physical or mental health issues, size, shape, age, disability, prolonged inactivity, or a perception of “not being good enough”. MA participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities share experience and learning through interactive and accessible training and resources. This creates sporting environments that are safe, welcoming and non-judgemental for all. MA emphasises regular, frequent and sustainable activities, self-determination, club membership and opportunities for social interaction for all.

 

Follow the build up to IMART 2020 through social media on Twitter and Instagram @imart_worldcup and on Facebook @IMARTworldcup.

 

 

Source: http://www.mixedabilitysports.org/cork-chosen-to-host-imart-2020-international-mixed-ability-rugby-tournament/

An extra special gift for a special lady

Women’s Little Christmas Fashion Lunch in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research is the ultimate pampering day out, and you’ll also support a very worthwhile cause.

What can you get for the lady in your life who really deserves something special? For a truly thoughtful treat, book tickets to a unique Women’s Little Christmas event!

The ‘Ladies Lunch and Fashion Showcase’ in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research, takes place on Sunday 6th January from 12-5pm in the luxurious surroundings of the Cork International Hotel.

Now in its 8th year, the event offers an exclusive afternoon of fashion, glamour and pampering.  On arrival lucky guests will be treated to a drinks reception with some pampering treats, before being dazzled by a fashion showcase with top stylist Dee Kelly Morgan. The MC on the day will be popular local influencer Helen Queally Murphy, aka @DailyDivaDiary.

A delicious three course meal will follow with wine, tea and coffee, and then the stunningly talented tenor Ryan Morgan will take to the stage with live music, while guests sit back and relax with friends or peruse some of the fabulous shopping stalls available. There’s also a best dressed lady competition, goody bags, a fantastic raffle and much, much more.

Orla Dolan, Director of Fundraising with Breakthrough Cancer Research, said, “Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Little Christmas is a fabulous excuse to catch up with the ladies in your life after a hectic Christmas, and this event is always a favourite in our fundraising calendar.  All proceeds raised on the day will support critical ongoing research into new cutting edge treatments for cancer patients, particularly those with difficult to treat cancers. We have already had a great deal of success with new treatments, thanks to the generosity of the people in Cork.”

Breakthrough Cancer Research also has a shop n drop facility on Cook St for shoppers over the Christmas season.

Breakthrough Cancer Research is leading the way with research into cancers with poor prognosis such as ovarian, pancreatic and oesophageal.  Having already progressed seven treatments from the laboratory to clinical trial, they work closely with multiple hospitals in Cork to ensure their research is responding to the needs of patients with cancers that do not respond to conventional therapies.

Tickets are priced at €55 and usually sell out in record time, so book now to avoid disappointment. To purchase your ticket, call Jesse at Breakthrough Cancer Research on 021 4226655, or www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie/shop/womenslittleladieslunch/

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