The Prism: A €20 million landmark investment in Cork


The Cork Business Association wholeheartedly welcomes the news of the €20 million, 15 storey, iconic glass fronted triangular office building which is planned for a brownfield site just yards from the Parnell Place bus station on the edge of Cork’s docklands.


Kerrymen, Kevin and Donal O’Sullivan, the owners and developers of the Port of Cork, Custom House site, have this month completed the purchase of a nearby 310 square metre triangular site on Clontarf Street that has remained unused for decades.


Tower Holdings Group, owned by Kevin O’Sullivan, will oversee the development of the proposed commercial building. On Wednesday May 16th an application was lodged with Cork City Council seeking full planning permission to build the 5,900 square metre office development on the site.


The Prism Building on Clontarf Street has been designed by Cork based architects Reddy Architecture + Urbanism to produce a light filled glass office building on a cross-city corridor.


Tower Holdings Group president Kevin O’Sullivan said the Clontarf Street development fits in with plans for the revitalisation of the heart of the city and will give a long-awaited boost to this corner of the city.


“We are very excited about this development. Our aim is to build a slender, elegant, transparent glass structure that is as much a piece of sculpture as it is a building. The development of The Prism Building will enhance a neglected, yet strategic, area of the city with a light filled building, providing a state of the art modern office building which is very much in demand in Cork City.


“Our hope is that this development will enhance and enliven the local area, acting as a catalyst for the development of nearby sites. It will become a location marker for a rejuvenated city quarter, providing a much-needed link between the city centre and the docklands,” he added.


Architect Seán Kearns said the iconic Flatiron Building on New York’s Fifth Avenue was one of the inspirations for the Clontarf Street development.


“Through the height and shape of the building our goal is to produce an iconic piece of architecture that has a sense of bravura in the use of cantilevers and curved high-tech glass that we believe will be an attractive and iconic addition to Cork City’s projected growing skyline.


“The façade will have floor-to-ceiling super clear vision glass providing the optimum combination of very high light transparency with low-reflectivity, with solar protection and thermal insulation for a pleasant indoor climate throughout the year. The glass walls will be complimented with a textured stainless steel element, adding to the ‘crystalline’ effect of the overall building,” he said


The Kerrymen are also at an advanced stage of pre-planning consultation with Cork City Council for a separate €250m, multi-storey hotel and apartment development on the nearby Custom House site which they acquired last year.


Mr O’Sullivan said that given the complexity and intricacy of the Custom House project, the developers have assembled an international team of consultants, and allotted additional time to the project. In consultation with Cork City Council the design team are working to protect the integrity of the historic site and its buildings, to enable them tender a design worthy of the site.


Cork Business Association are very excited by the prospect of this new development and look forward to seeing work begin on this project in the near future.

World-class Jazz Greats Announced For 2018 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival




An exciting line up of world class Jazz greats has been announced for the 2018 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, regarded as one of Europe’s most thrilling Jazz events, which takes place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend (25th to 30th October) in Cork City.


The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival line-up features Grammy award-winning Maria Schneider and her Orchestra for their first-ever Irish appearance, the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, celebrated US Jazz singer and composer Nnenna Freelon, UK soul songstress Laura Mvula, Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble as well as Stanley Clarke, Billy Childs Ensemble, Billy Cobham, Fred Hersch, T.S. Monk, Donny McCaslin, Belfast’s jazz evangelist Linley Hamilton, Frank Vignola’s Hot Jazz Trio and Pablo Ziegler Trio with dozens more acts yet to be announced.


Tickets for the headline acts will go on sale 31st May but there is also plenty of free entertainment with up to 1000 jazz musicians from over 20 countries performing in over 70 city venues including pubs, hotels, restaurants, galleries, public buildings and club venues as well as on the city streets. A choice of Fringe events such as a ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ Jazz Parade, Swing Dance Classes, free Jazz on the Plaza open-air gigs, flash mobs, a Swing Jive, and a Secret Jazz Trail as well as Jazz Bites food festival will ensure there is truly something for all music and cultural tastes.


For the first time ever, the weekend will kick off with a fantastic carnival-like ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ Jazz Parade on Thursday evening, 25th October.  This bright and colourful spectacle will roam through the streets of Cork bringing with it the alluring dance of the macabre. The deadly display, which is a nod to Mexico’s famous ‘Day of the Dead’ Parade, will include street performers and floats from Cork City Art Link who will partake in a New Orleans funeral procession with live improvising jazz musicians paying homage to the greatest artists of jazz gone from this world.  It’s the perfect start to Halloween season and will make you want to get your jazz on for the weekend ahead.


In partnership with the Festival, Triskel Arts Centre will curate a weekend of music and film from the world’s most prestigious jazz record label ECM which is sure to excite jazz music history buffs.


Sinéad Dunphy, the new Festival Director has high hopes for this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.  “Jazz music is constantly evolving so it’s only fitting that Ireland’s largest Jazz Festival continues to evolve too.  We’re bringing it through an exciting new phase of rejuvenation and expansion, so it will be a bigger and better celebration of arts than ever before. Attendees can expect a fresh, authentic and downright jazzy feel this year, as we get back to the roots of the Festival and reflect what’s going on right now in the Jazz world.  There will be an unparalleled blend of headline acts, gigs and fringe events, along with exciting new elements including the ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ Jazz Parade and a very hush, hush secret jazz trail.”


“I’m delighted to work with Guinness and the local Jazz Festival committee to ensure this year is the best yet so that Cork maintains its status as the home of jazz in Ireland, and one of the most important jazz festivals in the world.”


The legendary Festival Club at The Metropole Hotel, where the Festival was founded, will be the central hub while the Everyman Theatre, Cork City Hall, Triskel Arts CentreCork Opera House and Firkin Crane will also play host to some swinging Jazz headliners.


A full headline artist line-up, details of the free music and entertainment programme and Fringe events will be announced in the coming weeks. For updates

Follow the festival social channels for the latest news:, #GuinnessCorkJazz



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Visit Cork Takes to the Road

Putting Cork on the map

Visit Cork, the governing organisation for leisure and business tourism, has been very active in promoting Cork as a destination for visitors and is now taking to the road to host a series of Open Roadshows on the 23rd and 24th May in Cork City, West Cork, North Cork and East Cork.



With four events in two days, the aim of the Roadshow is to brief the Tourism Industry on the work of Visit Cork and to encourage local communities, tourist groups, accommodation and experience providers and others with an interest in tourism to adopt the recently developed Pure Cork Destination Brand.


The Roadshow events will take place in Cork Race Course, Mallow (9-10.30am) and in Jameson Distillery, Midleton (5-6.30pm) on Wednesday May 23rd. This will be followed on Thursday May 24th by events in the Metropole Hotel, Cork (8-9.30am) and in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery (3-4.30pm). Registration will open 30 minutes before each event.


Each Roadshow is facilitated by Jonathan Healy from Newstalk. With presentations on Visit Cork, the Pure Cork Brand, a panel discussion, Q and A with Industry Leaders and an engaging workshop on how businesses can implement the Pure Cork Brand, it is sure to be a highly interactive, dynamic session. Anyone who has an interest in the Tourism Industry or in attracting visitors to Cork, is invited to attend any of the four Roadshows where there will be excellent networking and cross promotion opportunities.



Ursula Morrish, Destination Manager from Visit Cork said:


“Cross promotion, innovative experience development and strategic branding is key to motivating visitors to come to Cork. We encourage everyone to attend the Roadshows and explore how they can use the Pure Cork Brand to enhance their business and to celebrate all that Cork has to offer to domestic and international visitors”


The new website will be showcased at the Roadshows and Visit Cork are currently inviting businesses and tourism providers to submit their event and business details. To submit content and to be featured on the website go to


To register for any of the four Roadshow events see


Visit Cork is a public-private partnership that promotes Cork as a destination for leisure and business tourism (Cork Convention Bureau). Visit Cork recently developed a new destination brand for Cork called Pure Cork. Visit Cork are calling on industry organisations to adopt the Pure Cork brand. To read about the brand and obtain the brand toolkit go to

Cork Midsummer Festival 2018

Cork Midsummer Festival returns this year, running from the 15th to 24th of June, and the programme of events is nothing short of spectacular.



Cork Midsummer Festival has launched its dynamic 2018 programme comprising of new works, site-specific commissions, and engaging performances at over 40 spaces.


This year, Cork’s largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival runs from 15-24 June and features 56 events. Over 55,000 people are anticipated to attend the 10 days of theatre, literature, dance, music, visual art and family-friendly festivities. For full details, visit


Highlights at this year’s Festival include Camille O’Sullivan with the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra (22 June), and the world premiere stage adaption of Asking For It by author Louise O’Neill at The Everyman (15-23 June). Picnic in the Park – featuring special performances to celebrate 250 years of circus – is back at Fitzgerald’s Park (17 June) and includes the Midsummer maypole dance.


Cork Midsummer Festival Director, Lorraine Maye said: “Working in collaboration with our programme partners, the Festival is presenting over 30 Irish premieres this year. Across those 10 days in June, Midsummer magic descends on Cork, and we invite everyone, of all ages and interests, to take the cultural adventure with us.”


In keeping with the Festival’s ongoing theme of unique events at unexpected places, hip hop/circus fusion Union Black comes to Neptune Stadium (15-17 June), while dance theatre company, Junk Ensemble performs Man At The Door (Number 54) in Sunbeam Bingo Hall, Blackpool (15-17 & 22-24 June).


Major participatory project I Could Colour Between the Lines But I Choose Not To sees artists Mark Storor and Stephen King work with Knocknaheeny residents on an installation at a house in their community (22-24 June). Other participatory events include the renowned Cork’s Long Table, an outside banquet on South Mall showcasing 10 of Cork’s best restaurants (24 June); 10 Minute Dance Parties inside a shipping container club on Emmet Place; while in Church Nightclub (16 June), Scottish performance artist FK Alexander performs the intimate (I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow.


In theatre, Katie Holly’s Crowman, starring Jon Kenny (D’Unbelievables), will premiere at The Granary (15-20 June) while Corcadorca Theatre Company’s The Numbered by Elias Canetti takes place at Fitzgerald Park (18-30 June).


A musical highlight will see composers Peter Power and Michael Gallen join creative forces for In Clouds (15-17 June), to celebrate 40 years of the Triskel Arts Centre.


Bristol-based installation artist Luke Jerram, creator of last year’s hit Museum of the Moon, returns with 1000 Flowers. The unique experience, where flowers are passed from person to person, will be documented using #1000flowers.


Other international artists include Oscar-nominated composer Hauschka at the Cork Opera House (23 June), while award-winning Catalan-based street theatre company, Kamchatka takes to the streets on the Festival’s opening day.


The Festival’s first artist-in-residence, bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa presents Nine Silences with artist Alice Maher at St Luke’s (17 June); A City In Flames with composer Linda Buckley at St Peter’s (18 June) and Life In Art, Art In Life with artist Aideen Barry at The Glucksman (21 June). Crosstown Drift presents a new event, A Night at The Gallery at the Crawford Art Gallery (23 June), with readings from Pat McCabe and Lisa McInerney.


Marking Midsummer’s Day, 21 June, events will take place from dawn to dusk. Cork schoolchildren launch art installations created for three city bridges, while an evening of music takes place at Tory Top Park, Ballyphehane, and a visual art performance Rolling Hills will be held at Patrick’s Quay.


The Festival Talks programme includes a conversation between Louise O’Neill and Tara Flynn at Crawford Art Gallery (21 June) and insights from Ellie Kisyombe into the Our Table project (15 June) at the Farmgate Café, on the campaign to end direct provision in Ireland.


For families, DJ Dónal Dineen holds Tiny Dancer: A DJ Set For Kids in St Peter’s, North Main Street (16 June), while Seoid/Jewel – An Opera for Babies and Small People takes place in the Graffiti Theatre, Blackpool (15-17 & 22-24 June).


Speaking on the programme launch, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “From the very first events, right through to closing celebrations, from dawn until dusk, for 10 days the Cork Midsummer Festival inspires artists and audiences alike to make new connections and tell new stories, to re-imagine what it is, and what it can be, to live in this great city of Cork.”


Lorraine added: “We are so grateful to our core funders the Arts Council, Cork City Council and Fáilte Ireland, and all of our individual programme funders, sponsors, patrons and friends, who have supported the Festival to ensure that Cork Midsummer Festival remains one of the most vibrant summertime events in the country.”


Cork Midsummer Festival is proudly supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland and by media partners RTÉ Cork, the Irish Examiner, 96FM and C103, and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.


Tickets for all events go on sale this evening, Wednesday 2 May, from 7pm at


The full programme of events for 2018 is available to view on the Cork Midsummer Festival here.


Keep up to date with the latest news and events by following Cork Midsummer Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




International Basketball is Coming to Cork in June – Get Your Business Behind It!

Ireland will host the 2018 FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries for the first time, this summer.

The event will take place at the Mardyke Arena, University College Cork from June 26th to July 1st, 2018.


The hosting of this international event is fantastic news for Ireland, Cork and the basketball community. Participating countries in the Championships include; Ireland, Cyprus, Denmark, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova & Norway.

In addition to the above, the Irish Senior Men will play a two-match series v Luxembourg at the Mardyke Arena UCC on June 22nd & 23rd.

There are a number of exclusive sponsorship opportunities still available to suit businesses of all sizes.

Don’t miss out on this one –off opportunity, contact Wayne Falvey on 086-6015657 or at to discuss further.

Click here for further information on available packages.

Soul in the City, Cork 2018

Following last year’s wildly successful second outing, the increasingly popular annual music festival ‘Soul in the City’ will return to the Victorian Quarter Cork this June Bank Holiday weekend.


Last year saw thousands of fans of great soul food and music flock to MacCurtain St and its surrounds for a weekend jammed with live bands, mouth-watering eats and 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, Live At Saint Luke’s on Sunday 3rd where Karen Underwood will present ‘Soul Journey’.

Karen will lead a stellar soul band at St Luke’s with special guests Gemma Sugrue, Niall McCabe, Leah Ahern and Isaiah G from Chicago Illinois.

Get on board the love train and visit the music of Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton, Isley Brothers, Prince, Jay Z and Eminem and so many more.   ‘Yeah baby I am bringing it.  Meet you at the station.’  The Soul In The City’s festival reaches its final destination at ‘Soul Journey’, and will attempt to once again raise the roof, Live at St Luke’s.

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 céadmílefáilte would change the course of her life. She has never looked back.


Gemma Sugrue live @ Soul In The City

Man! can Gemma Sugrue hit them high notes 🎶🎶🎶 A clip from last year's main event in Live At St. Luke's with thanks to Dare Media ProductionsTickets for 'Soul Journey' are still available from Gallaghers Pub Cork or at:

Posted by Soul in the City Cork on Monday, April 30, 2018


Tickets for ‘Soul Journey’ are available at and from Gallagher’s Gastro Pub.


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!


Friday will focus on the ‘after work’ folk with early bird food. Saturday will see the benefits of a Bank Holiday audience while Sunday’s premier event is ‘Soul Journey’ in St Luke’s.


This festival is yet another event which is an important contributing factor to Cork’s growing reputation as a great venue for music, food and beverage. 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.


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 Bank Holiday weekend.


People are encouraged to come rejuvenate their soul on June 1st to 3rd.  From live performances throughout the Victorian Quarter, to Soul filled movies in the Village Hall, to delicious soul food and drinks. Bring your body into the city and your Soul will be replenished!


Keep up to date with the latest news and events by following Soul in the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Cork Airport Shortlisted For Prestigious European Award

Cork Airport has been shortlisted in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI) Europe Best Airport Awards for the second year in a row. Cork, which won the Best Airport Under 5 Million Passengers category last year, is one of six European airports nominated in 2018. The winner will be announced on 19 June at the ACI Europe/ World General Assembly in Brussels.

On the announcement, Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “To be shortlisted this year in the Best Airport Under 5 Million Passengers category is an honour, especially after our win last year. This is a testament to the dedication of the entire team at Cork Airport, who continually strive for excellence ensuring we secure route expansion and growth.”


Cork Airport is the only Irish airport to be shortlisted for Best Airport based on passenger numbers at the 14th annual ACI Europe Best Airport Awards. The categories include under 5 million, 5-10 million, 10-25 million and over 25 million passengers. The Awards recognise achievement in core activities such as customer service, facilities, retail, security, community relations and environmental awareness and operations.


Six airports made the Best Airport Under 5 Million Passengers shortlist – Cork; London City Airport, UK; Tallinn Airport, Estonia; Chisinau Airport, Moldova; Prishtina International Airport – Limak Kosovo; and Turin Airport, Italy.

Over 2.4 million passengers will pass through Cork Airport this year, which is the country’s fastest growing, best connected and busiest international airport after Dublin.


Cork Airport has secured a number of new routes this year, with Air France commencing its new daily service from Cork to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from 26 May. Aer Lingus is also flying year-round to Lisbon Portela Airport from 26 October, while Ryanair is extending its twice weekly summer service from Cork to Faro into the winter season.

Norwegian launched Cork’s first direct transatlantic route in July last year, with the inaugural service to Boston Providence which operates this Spring, Summer and Autumn. In the past 12 months, new routes to Zurich (SWISS), Verona (Volotea) and Cornwall Airport Newquay (Aer Lingus Regional) have also commenced operation out of Cork Airport.

€1 Million investment in 18th Century Cork Country House Hotel

Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Country House Hotel, a Cork-owned business, has announced a major €1 million investment that is near completion.

The Fitzgerald family along with Michael Magner, who bought the hotel in 2006 and renamed it ‘The Vienna Woods Country House Hotel’, have lovingly and painstakingly restored much of the original protected features of the building over the years, and the Hotel recently underwent its most dramatic makeover to date.

The extensive renovations will give the property a fresh look, whilst also embracing the heritage and character of the historic 18th century house, The aim is to reposition the already thriving 4-star hotel as a deluxe country house, bringing a fresh offering to Cork’s ever- expanding needs as a travel and business destination. The country house will also appeal to those looking for an Ireland’s Ancient East Experience.

The transformation has been undertaken on a phased basis to minimise disruption to guests and is scheduled to conclude this month.

And the winners are…..

Cork International Choral Festival 2018

Competition Results



The Cork International Choral Festival came to a climactic penultimate close with its Awards Ceremony at 5.15 pm on Sunday 22 April 2018 in Cork City Hall. Following a hugely successful Festival, the Jury results were finally announced for all sections of the Festival’s varied and prestigious categories. International and national choirs from near and far waited nervously for the announcements.

Conductor Bernie Sherlock led this year’s Big Sing in Cork City Hall on Saturday 21 April. Photo. Jed Niezgoda


The following are the results for all categories:


Fleischmann International Trophy Competition Prize Winners

1st Prize

Adolf Fredrik Church’s Chamber Choir, SWEDEN

Conductor: Christoffer Holgersson



2nd Prize

DIT Chamber Choir, IRELAND

Conductor: Bernie Sherlock

89.58 %


3rd Prize

Male Choir Valkia, FINLAND

Conductor: Saara Aittakumpu



International Awards 

Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy

Donated by Chris Mahon

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

Awarded to:

Haga Motettkör, SWEDEN

Conductor:  Ulrike Heider

For the performance of: Herr, Wenn Trübsal Da Ist by Gottfried August Homilius


Schuman/Europe Trophy

In memory of Moira Pyne (1916 – 2009)

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

Awarded to:

Lautitia Chamber Choir, HUNGARY

Conductor:  József Nemes

For the performance of: Vivamus Atque Amemus by Ramiro Real


Heinrich Schütz Perpetual Trophy

In memory of Hans Waldemar Rosen

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

Awarded to:

DIT Chamber Choir, IRELAND

Conductor: Bernie  Sherlock

For the Performance of:  Verleih uns Frieden


The McCurtain and McSwiney Memorial Trophy

Donated by the Cork Council of Trade Unions

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

Awarded to:

Conductor: Chistoffer Holgersson

Choir: Adolf Fredrik Church’s Chamber Choir, SWEDEN



PEACE Trophy

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

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

Awarded to:

The Magnificent AK47
Conductor:  Chris Samuel



Ireland’s Choir of the Year

Ireland’s Choir of the Year


Recipient of The Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy

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

1st Prize

DIT Chamber Choir, Dublin

Conductor:  Bernie Sherlock



2nd Prize

Cuore, Dublin

Conductor: Amy Ryan



3rd Prize

UCC Choral Society, Cork

Conductor: David O’Keeffe




National Adult Competitions


National Competition for Chamber Choirs

1st Prize

Cór Lae Nua, Cork

Conductor:  Nicholas McMurray




National Competition for Male Voice Choirs

1st Prize

Testostertones, Co Galway

Conductor: Peter Mannion



2nd Prize

Portadown Male Voice Choir, Co Down

Conductor: Gordon Speers




National Competition for Mixed Voice Choirs

1st Prize

Cuore, Dublin

Conductor:  Amy Ryan



2nd Prize

UCC Singers, Cork

Conductor:  David O’Keeffe




National Competition for Female Choirs

1st Prize

The Voices, Cork

Conductor:  Mary Pedder-Daly



2nd Prize

Sonata Singers, Louth

Conductor:  Siobhan Seberry




National Competition for Youth Choirs

1st Prize

Codetta Youth Choir, Derry

Conductor: Dónal Doherty




National Competition for Light, Jazz and Popular Music

1st Prize

Gorey Choral Group, Wexford

Conductor: Eithne Corrigan



2nd Prize

Douglas Harmonia Singers, Cork

Conductor: Lorna Moore



3rd Prize

Millicent Singers, Kildare

Conductor: Alan Kelly




National Competition for Church Music

1st Prize

Codetta Youth Choir, Derry

Conductor: Dónal Doherty



2nd Prize

Dolce, Dublin

Conductor: Deirdre Ní Chaomhánaigh




Special Awards – National Adult and Youth Competitions

Ireland’s Choir of the Year 


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

Awarded to:

DIT Chamber Choir Dublin

Conductor:  Bernie Sherlock


Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Ui Laoghaire 
Donated by Cór Cois Laoi

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

Awarded to:

DIT Chamber Choir

Conductor:  Bernie Sherlock

For the performance of: Scél Lemm Dúibh  by Criostóir Ó Loingsigh


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

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

Awarded to:

Cuore , Dublin

Conductor:  Amy Ryan

For the performance of: Regina Coeli  by Rhona Clarke in Ireland’s Choir of the Year Competition


The John Mannion Trophy

Donated by the family of John Mannion

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

Awarded to:

Choir:  Cuore, Co. Dublin

Conductor:  Amy Ryan


For the performance of: Sagastipean  by Javier Busto in The National Open Competition for Mixed Voice Choirs  


Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition


The Seán Ó Riada Trophy

Awarded to Composer, Donal Sarsfield, for his work A Grain in the Balance



National Competitions for Schools

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

1st Prize

St. Brigid’s National School, Castleknock, Dublin

Conductor: Niamh Williams



2nd Prize

St. Vincent’s Convent Primary School, Cork

Conductor: Betty Fitzgerald




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

1st Prize

Ursuline Singers, Thurles, Tipperary

Conductor: Joan Butler



2nd Prize

Presentation Secondary School Choir, Ballyphehane, Cork

Conductor: Anne Dunphy




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

1st Prize

Cashel Community School, Tipperary

Conductor:  John Murray



2nd Prize

Newtown School Chamber Choir, Co. Waterford

Conductor: Fearghal Ó Conchubhair




Special Awards – National Competitions for Schools

School Choir of the Festival

and the Recipient of The John Cunningham Trophy.

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

Awarded to:

Ursuline Singers, Thurles, Tipperary

Conductor:  Joan Butler



The Association of Irish Choirs Trophy

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

For the performance of:  Can you hear me?   by Bob Chilcottin the National Competition for Schools: Section 1: Primary Schools

Awarded to:  St. Brigid’s National School, Castleknock, Co. Dublin

Conductor:  Niamh Williams



The Irish Federation of Musicians & Associated Professions Trophy

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

Awarded to:

De la Salle Senior Choir, Waterford

Conductor:  Ben Hanlon


For the performance of: Preab san Ól by Ben Hanlon in the National Competition for Schools: Section 2: Post Primary Equal Voice.



The Association of Irish Choirs Bursary for Conductors

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

Awarded to:

Sinead Rodger

Conductor of Oatlands College Senior Choir, Co. Dublin


“Park the St Patrick’s St car ban and give us back our city.”

We would like to thank all concerned business owners, local representatives and media who turned out in such huge numbers for last nights vital meeting at the Imperial Hotel to seek reversal of the recent traffic restrictions. Thank you too to Eoin English for writing this greatly detailed piece for today’s Irish Examiner.


Philip Gillivan (CBA President) and Lawrence Owens (CEO) welcoming traders to yesterday evening’s City Centre Traders Meeting at the Imperial Hotel, Cork. Picture: David Keane.


Park the St Patrick’s St car ban and give us back our city.

That was the strong message from some 200 angry Cork city centre traders last night who voted unanimously to support calls for the controversial three-week-old afternoon car ban on the city’s main street to be abandoned.

They agreed to pack the public gallery in City Hall next Monday for a council meeting which will be asked to discuss a motion calling for the ban to be scrapped. They threatened to picket some of the 250 free multi-storey parking spaces availed of by city council staff unless the decision is reversed.

About 50 people said they were prepared to withhold their commercial rates unless the council abandons the initiative.

And they vowed to push an overwhelmingly positive message to customers that despite the 3pm to 6.30pm car ban on the city’s main street, the city is alive and open for business.

The moves were agreed during a Cork Business Association (CBA) organised meeting of traders in the Imperial Hotel at which speaker after speaker slated the new traffic system.

The ban was introduced by the city council on March 27, creating a time-regulated bus lane from 3pm to 6.30pm, in a bid to improve bus journey times.

It is one part of a wider city centre movement strategy, agreed in 2012.

Bus Éireann says the car ban has reduced journey times on two key suburban routes — in one case by almost 30%. However, city centre traders say the move has decimated afternoon trade.

CBA president Philip Gillivan said customers have been confused by the new traffic system and have opted to stay away.

He said traders are fearful, frustrated and angry.

“The council needs to step back and reverse the changes and give traders breathing space,” he said.

CBA chief executive Lawrence Owens said the reversal of the scheme is now the only option.

“We’ve been too nice for too long. Now is the time to be focused. Unity can bring a lot. Let’s work together on this to get this decision reversed,” Mr Owens said.

The CBA has circulated some 2,000 questionnaires to survey city centre traders on the impact of the car ban.

The results will be presented to city council chief executive Ann Doherty early next week.

It is understood that Ms Doherty has cancelled plans to travel to San Francisco as part of a civic delegation next week, opting to remain in Cork to deal with controversy sparked by the traffic plan.

Meanwhile, the Cork Choral Festival was officially opened last night.

It is poised to inject up to €12m into the local economy.

It will feature hundreds of of competitors from all over the world participating in choral performances at several venues across the city, as well as on-street performances every day right across the weekend.

‘People think city has shut down’

A section of the large attendance of Cork City business owners at a meeting in the Imperial Hotel yesterday, organised by the Cork Business Association to discuss the afternoon traffic restrictions on St Patrick St. Pictures: David Keane


Traders in Cork City have united behind efforts to get the afternoon car ban on St Patrick St scrapped.

Some 200 business owners last night attended one of the single largest meetings of city centre traders in recent years and vented their anger at City Hall over the new traffic management system introduced on March 27.

They said afternoon trade has slumped and they agreed a series of measures in a bid to ramp up pressure on city bosses, who have appealed for the new system to be given three months to bed in and be assessed.

Trader after trader who spoke last night said the car ban has hit footfall and turnover, generally by between 29% and 40%, and in extreme cases by up to 70%, and they just can’t afford to wait that long.

John Conlon, the manager of Merchant’s Quay car park, revealed that while in 2006, 818,000 cars parked in the car park, the figure slumped to 564,000 last year. He said there was a 7% drop in car park usage in the week after Easter this year, compared to the same period last year.

President of Cork Business Association (CBA) Philip Gillivan said the car ban was a tipping point, coming after a three-week bus strike last year, lane closures of St Patrick St for 11 weeks last summer, and two major storms.

“Retail and hospitality were already fragile,” he said.

English Market fishmonger Pat O’Connell said he has spent his life promoting the city’s positives but the time has now come to speak out about the impact of the car ban.

“I think traders were prepared to give this traffic movement strategy a chance, but the public has decided enough is enough, and that they just don’t need the hassle,” he said. “When your income is down by up to 40% and you see your staff twiddling their thumbs, you have to speak up.

“It’s time for sensible people to sit down and come up with a logical solution. What I’m hearing from my customers at my counter is town is just too much trouble.

“A city without people is a graveyard. This is really, really serious. No business can take a 40% hit over three months to prove a point. The signs are there.”

Richard Jacob, the co-owner of Idaho Cafe on Caroline St, said he was tired of traders being accused of being negative about the new traffic system.

“We have a room full of people who love our city. The negativity came from City Hall the day they put gardaí on the street and shut down our city. They must change the decision.”

Restaurateur Michael Ryan, who runs the Cornstore and Coqbull, said his early-bird trade is down.

“Everything that’s been done is being done retrospectively. It’s firefighting. They are not listening to people on the ground. If we treated our customers the way they are treating us, we’d have no business,” he said.


John Grace, of Grace’s Fried Chicken, said the city has been “on its knees” for a decade, trying to compete against online shopping and suburban shopping centres and their free parking.

“This is the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said. “They have free parking in the suburbs. Something needs to be done to rebalance that. We needed parking initiatives long before.

“The city council is being propped up by traders but the rates model is broken. They can’t keep bleeding traders when the city centre no longer has the monopoly.”

Michael Reidy, of Le Chateau, whose family has been involved in the pub trade in the city since 1933, said the car ban has sucked the atmosphere from St Patrick St and he called for the positives to be promoted.

Pam O’Regan, of Gentleman’s Quarter, said if people want peace and quiet, they can go to the countryside. “We can’t afford to wait three months. At 3pm, it’s eerie. People think the city centre has shut down,” she said.

Carole Horgan, who runs a business in Winthrop Arcade, said the city is now like Thomond Park without the supporters.

“They have taken the spontaneity out of retail. We have to let our customers, who are our supporters, back in,” she said.

Butcher John Boylan, who chairs the English Market Traders’ Association, said people should be reminded that the city is still alive. “We must let customers know that it is a great city,” he said.

Solicitor Kevin Nagle suggested a picket on the city council’s free car park spaces unless it scraps the car ban.

“We should picket their car park until they realise what it’s like to survive in the city. They will form a completely different view of what it’s like in the real world,” he said.

Sheila O’Brien, of Scoozis restaurant, said her staff are now worried about their jobs. “We depend on local people. Tourists come and go, but we need our local people. We don’t have a business without local people,” she said.

Kevin Herlihy, who runs Centra stores on Oliver Plunkett St and Grand Parade, said he couldn’t understand how five gardaí can be deployed to police the car ban, when he had to wait two-and-a-half hours for a garda to arrive last year after a robbery in one of his shops.

Fine Gael councillor Des Cahill told the meeting it is never the intention of city council to make things worse, but added: “If the consequences have had a bad effect, we may need to move back.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Ken O’Flynn, who has tabled a motion calling for the car ban to be suspended, warned that the city will die unless something is done soon.

“This cannot continue because people will be out of business in the next few weeks. I know of businesses that can’t pay staff next Friday,” he said.

“We now need to take the shame, accept that we’ve done wrong, and fix the situation, and fix it as quickly as possible.”