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

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


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


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


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



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

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



€20 million to be invested in Cork City

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


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


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



Temporary traffic management arrangements will be put in place

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


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


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


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



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

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




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

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

Planning given for hotel tower on Sullivan’s Quay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Fantastic line up for Choral Festival

1 week to go!

New dates for this year’s Festival: 18-22 April

One of Cork’s biggest events, The Cork International Choral Festival, will take place two weeks earlier this year from 18-22 April, due to the Ed Shearan concert in Pairc Ui Chaoimh clashing with the Festival.  Tickets for the exciting programme are on sale online and at their new box office at the Festival HQ in Civic Trust House, Cork City.

The event will welcome almost 3,500 world class singers and 35,000 visitors from across Ireland, Europe and beyond for what will be the 64th annual Festival.  It’s a celebration of all genres of music and song from classical to sacred, pop, and rock.

There is an extensive calendar of events to choose from, including a series of gala concerts, national and international competitions, schools’ concerts, workshops, seminars, and free outdoor recitals, which will take place in more than 60 venues in the city and county.

Some key events include…



  • 18 April, 8pm – Opening Gala Concert in Cork City Hall:  A celebration of Irish composers with pieces from Aloys Fleischmann and Bernard Geary, along with a whole host of Irish performers.
  • 19 April, 8pm – A gala concert in Cork City Hall with internationally renowned Swedish group Solala and Ardú Vocal Ensemble.
  • 20 April, 7.30pm – A gala concert in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral with Chamber Choir Ireland
  • 20 April, 10.30pm –  The Tenebrae Consort will perform in the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne, following Tenebrae’s recent Grammy nomination.
  • 21 April, 3pm and 8pm – Fleishmann International Gala afternoon and evening concerts, which features hundreds of international voices in Cork City Hall.
  • 22 April, 8pm – Closing Gala Concert in Cork City Hall



  • 19-21 April: A three-day Choral Symposium will take place throughout the weekend, with free workshops and seminars with world leaders in the areas of composition conducting and voice work. This is free of charge and a must for anyone involved in Choral music.  It offers a more interactive platform, for composers, conductors, singers, practitioners, and students to meet, experience, and discuss.
  • 18 & 19 April: Primary and post-Primary Schools Choirs competitions will take place at Cork City Hall.
  • 20 April, 12.15pm:  The Big Sing will take place in Cork City Hall and everyone is invited to come along and learn how to sing together as part of a choir. Conducted by award winning conductor Bernie Sherlock, this is a free event where the biggest bespoke choir is created by the audience in attendance.
  • Follow the Choral Trail for the weekend for a wide variety of performances in venues throughout the city and county.
  • Afternoons in the Atrium of the Clayton Hotel.  With a jam packed schedule of different choirs every fifteen minutes from every walk of  life and from around the world on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, this is not to be missed.


Commenting, Sinéad Dunphy, Festival Manager, said, “We hope music fans will join us this year for our new dates from 18-21 April.  We have a really exciting line-up and it’s a Festival for everybody, with a variety of genres available including everything from classical, to sacred, to pop, to rock. We’re ready to welcome people from all over the world to enjoy everything that Cork and Ireland has to offer, all the while ensuring the sweet sounds of choral are ringing in your ears”.


Over 90% of events are free of charge.  Gala Tickets are available for purchase through an online booking system at or at the new ticket office in Civic House Cork.  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.


View the Cork International Choral Festival 2018 Programme Here. 



Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, MEP Deirdre Clune, Cork Business Association president Philip Gillivan, and ‘Irish Examiner’ marketing manager Karen O’Donoghue at the Cork Business Association Brexit Breakfast Briefing in the Imperial Hotel, Cork.

Trade in Cork city centre was down more than 60% as a result of Storm Emma, which forced the city to effectively close down for 3 days.  Re-opened for business this week, retailers, publicans, and traders were keen to hear from An Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD on another key issue affecting trade, the impact of Brexit on Cork businesses.

CBA President Philip Gillivan welcomed more than 70 businesses to the Imperial Hotel today (Monday) to hear the latest update in Brexit negotiations, directly from Minister Simon Coveney TD as well as Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune.  Speaking at the Brexit Briefing, Philip Gillivan said:

“We are well represented by Minister Coveney at the Brexit negotiations, which are again at a critical stage. It is vital for businesses to have clarity on current developments at the negotiating table and what they mean for the future of the UK’s relationship with Ireland and the implications for Irish business, particularly local businesses. Time, as we know, is marching on, and we all need to be using this time wisely to prepare for Brexit.”

An Tanáiste provided insights and information to Cork businesses for over 30 minutes and answered all questions arising from the floor on the challenges and opportunities for Cork in a post-Brexit environment.

“Certainty for businesses with a clear transition timeline, up to 2020, is vital so they can plan and prepare for Brexit and we are working specifically to this agenda during the negotiations,” said Minister Coveney TD at the CBA Brexit Briefing.

Attendees also heard from Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune who gave the perspective of the European Parliament, which will ultimately ratify the Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU.

Cork’s St Patrick’s Festival 2018 – Road Closures


This year’s Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in the heart of the City on Saturday, March 17th 2018.

Celebrating the theme of Democracy For All – 100 Years of the Vote for Women, join us in the City Centre for a carnival of colour, music,  pageantry and comic fun.


The Parade will begin at 1.00 pm at South Mall, travelling via Grand Parade, St. Patrick’s Street, turning on to Merchant’s Quay and culminating at the junction of Merchant’s Quay and Parnell Place at approximately 3.30 pm. It is anticipated the Parade will have up to 2500 participants and attract up to 50,000 spectators.

We wish to inform you of Road Closures which take place to facilitate the Parade.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to these road closures for this civic event. If you have any queries, please contact Cork City Council at  021-4924116.



Saturday 17th March from 07:00 to 16:00
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time.

  • Copley Street
  • Union Quay
  • Stable Lane
  • Connell Street
  • Lapp’s Quay


Saturday 17th March from 10:30 to 16:00
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time.

  • Parnell Bridge Southbound
  • Anglesea Street West Lane (filter lane from Union Quay/Parnell Bridge)


Saturday 17th March from 11:15 to 15:00pm
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time`

  • Terence McSweeney Quay


Saturday 17th March from 11:15 to 17:30
Roads will open when safe to allow access, which could be in advance of advertised time

  • Parnell Bridge
  • Parnell Place
  • South Mall
  • Grand Parade
  • St Patrick’s Street
  • St Patrick’s Bridge
  • Castle Street
  • Merchants Quay
  • Lavitt’s Quay East (Christy Ring Bridge to Saint Patrick’s Bridge)
  • Anderson’s Quay westbound (from Brian Boru Bridge to Merchant’s Quay)


Please note there will be lane restrictions on both Clontarf Bridge & Eglinton Street to restrict access onto Terence McSwiney Quay. This will also commence at 1100hrs


In addition, the following main streets will be directly affected and will be closed from 11.15am

  • Parliament Street
  • Parliament Bridge
  • Washington Street between South Main Street and Grand Parade
  • Parnell Place
  • Fr Matthew Quay
  • Morrison’s Quay
  • Half Moon St
  • Academy St
  • Drawbridge St
  • St Augustine Street
  • Paul Street
  • Oliver Plunkett Street


Traffic diversions will be put in place to facilitate these road closures, as follows:

  • South Terrace/George’s Quay – traffic will be diverted via Sullivan’s Quay & Frenche’s Quay to either Greenmount or onto Washington Street and Bachelor’s Quay.
  • Lavitt’s Quay – traffic will be diverted across Christy Ring Bridge
  • No public traffic access to Lapps Quay



  • Friday 16th March from 07:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 17th March – Copley St at area adjacent to former Brooks Haughton Building
  • Friday 16th March from 14:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 17th March  – Copley St at area opposite the former Brooks Haughton Building, Anglesea Street, Lapps Quay, Anglesea Street adjacent St. Joachim & Ann’s Home.
  • Friday 16th March from 20:00 until 17:30 on Saturday 17th March- St. Patrick’s St, Emmet Place, Academy St, South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Union Quay


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More great news for Cork’s Victorian Quarter

Planners give go-ahead for MacCurtain Street hotel


CITY planners have given the go-ahead for another hotel in the city centre, providing a further boost to the city’s growing tourism trade.

Plans for the construction of a 73-room hotel in the Victorian Quarter were given the green light in recent days.

The development is planned for the corner of MacCurtain Street and York Street on the site of the Windsor Inn.

It will see some 90-bed spaces provided once the development is completed and incorporates the partial demolition of the existing building and the construction of an eight-storey hotel with a bar facility on the ground floor with an external courtyard along with a basement level.

The development is just one of several planned for the area, with city planners also set to make a final decision on the Metropole Hotel plans by next week.

Owners Trigon Hotels Ltd have sought permission to redevelop the iconic hotel in a multi-million euro plan which includes the construction of a new, urban hotel called ‘The M.’

Once finished, the development would have more than 400 hotel beds.

It is one of several major hotel developments planned for Cork city in the coming years, with the new Maldron nearing completion on South Mall.

Further developments are planned for Parnell Place, Sullivan’s Quay and Horgan’s Quay, delivering hundreds of extra hotel beds to the city.


(Source: Kevin O’Neill, writing for the Evening Echo

CBA Welcomes go ahead for major Docklands redevelopment

An artist's impression of the Horgans Quay development.

The Cork Business Association welcomed the announcement that Cork City Council has approved planning for the €160 million scheme at Horgan’s Quay. This scheme will include more than 200 apartments, office space for 5,000 people. A 136-bed hotel and three public plazas are also included in the plans from HQ Developments, which will revamp a 6.1-acre site next to Kent Station.

Senior officials at City Hall say they believe the proposal will be a further catalyst for development in the east of the city, with more projects potentially following suit shortly.

Planners yesterday signed off on the proposals for HQ Developments, an ambitious joint-venture from Clarendon Properties and BAM Ireland.

It includes almost 37,000 sq m of offices in three blocks, as well as 237 apartments over four blocks. A 136-bed hotel with a rooftop restaurant and some 2,285 sq m of retail and restaurant space are also included in the mixed-use development, which finally draws a line under the two-decade long saga surrounding the site which was once the proposed home to an events centre, as well a technology park and more than 1,000 apartments.

Commenting on the announcement Lawrence Owens Chief Executive of the CBA said

“This is a very positive day for Cork city, they significance of this development cant be overstated. It will signal the commencement of meaningful development on the eastern side of the city.What I hope to see very soon is cranes in the skyline in Horgan’s Quay and this project under way”.

Pat Ledwidge, Deputy Chief Executive of Cork City Council, welcomed the decision to approve planning.

“It is a welcome development in the context of the National Development Plan and the Planning Framework,” he said.

“Despite all the positive activity in the city centre, there is still a shortage of high-quality office space in Cork city centre.

“This is welcome in the context of the other developments happening in the city too, including the finished One Albert Quay, the South Mall plan and the work at Navigation Square. As we see the steel rising above Navigation Square, we see the potential.

“I hope that when the first blocks of Navigation Square are ready for fit-out this time next year that Horgan’s Quay will be at the same stage Navigation Square is now.”

HQ Developments is the first step in the regeneration of the Kent Station lands, which have been idle for quite a number of years. Mr Ledwidge said he hopes that some more of the area will be made available for similar works.

“Those that aren’t required by Irish Rail for operational purposes are ideal for development,” he said.

“There is no real flooding issues, the infrastructure is there; there is no limit on what could be achieved there.

“It is the next step in revitalising that whole eastern end of the city.”

The planning decision is now open to a four week window of appeal. If this passes without objection, it is understood that developers are keen to begin work as soon as possible.

It is the latest in a series of major developments in the city centre, following office projects at One Albert Quay, Navigation Square and the South Mall, as well as hotel and student accommodation builds throughout the city.

Mr Ledwidge said he is optimistic that further activity will follow suit.

“There are a number of other plans in the pipeline,” he said.

“There is a major planning permission in place at the Trinity Quarter already that we would like to see progressed and, of course, there is a major shortage of housing.

“That is why this development is so welcome: there is a hotel, there are offices, there is apartments and there are some very nice public plazas too.”


           Source Kevin O’Neill Evening Echo

CBA Brexit Briefing with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D.

A “Brexit for Business” breakfast will take place on Monday 05th March in the Imperial Hotel, Cork City.

We would like to invite you to attend this breakfast briefing with An Tánaiste Simon Coveney to hear about the latest stage of negotiations, to better understand how your business could be impacted, and how to help your business adapt and be ready for Brexit in March 2019.

This is a free event and you can register now simply by clicking here.


Date: Monday 05th March 2018
Time: 7.30am – 9.00am
Location: Imperial Hotel, Cork City


For further inquiries please email or call 021 4374200.


Philip Gillivan Elected As New President of the Cork Business Association

The Cork Business Association held its 61st Annual General Meeting on February 6th at AIB 66 South Mall Cork. The event marked the election of Mr Philip Gillivan proprietor of The Shelbourne Bar, McCurtain Street as their new President. Philip’s term will last until February 2020.

Philip is taking over the reins from Pat O Connell, who had a hugely successful two-year term as President.  He was instrumental in re-structuring the Cork Business Association into areas that would most benefit the city, including Retail, Tourism, Infrastructure, Security, Movement, Policy, Social, and Communications.
He will continue to play an active role in the Cork Business Association and as immediate past president, he will be one of its representatives on the Cork City Centre Partnership (CORE) during 2018.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Gillivan stressed the opportunities for economic development in the city, “I am honoured to take up the post as President of the Cork Business Association. This is a very exciting time for Cork but equally, so we have to recognise the challenges we must address particularly in respect of infrastructure and public transport. Business overall is improving with an increasing level of investment, specifically in terms of new development projects as can be measured in the number of cranes visible in the city’s skyline. As a business owner myself, I want to stress how beneficial it has been to be part of this organisation over the years and to remind owners and managers that we are here for you, to promote your interests at local and national level. We will continue to work with all the key stakeholders to revitalise our city and make it a place people want to work, visit and live in. We all need to work together to have one strong voice and this is the voice of business in cork city”.


Philip went on to identify a number of priorities that he will concentrate on during his term in office. “I want to build partnerships between the quarters in the city and use the positive experience I have garnered from my role in helping the re-emergence of the McCurtain Street / Victorian area. This quarter is now such a vibrant part of our city’s economy. I firmly believe in businesses working together for the greater good and this is the ethos I will bring to the CBA during my term as President I also want to see that Cork fully embraces smart technology to enhance the customer experience”.
“Finally we will continue to work with Cork City Council and other stakeholders on issues facing our members including Infrastructure, Parking, Flood defences, Rates, Security, Marketing of Cork and the improvement of our Public Realm.”
Philip concluded by saying, “I would like to thank Pat O Connell for his amazing commitment to the Cork Business Association and indeed Cork. He has been a highly committed and dynamic president and has delivered a considerable amount for the association. Pat is leaving me with a much stronger and more relevant organisation and I thank him most sincerely for that. I look forward to working closely with our Chief Executive Lawrence Owens, and with our executive members who represent all business sectors in cork.”


Commenting on the appointment, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said,
“I would like to congratulate Philip on his election as our new President and I look forward to working with him during 2018. Philip is a proven entrepreneur with a strong commercial background and I am confident he will bring new progressive and dynamic thinking to the organisation.”


Invitation to attend the Cork Business Association AGM 2018


Date: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Registration: 5.30pm
Meeting: 6pm
Venue: AIB Bank, 66 South Mall
The Agenda for the 2018 Cork Business Association AGM is as follows:
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of last AGM
  • Matters Arising
  • President’s Address
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Chief Executive Report
  • Chairperson’s Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Election of Auditors
  • Any Other Business

All members are welcome to attend the AGM and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.