Cork of the ‘cozy pubs’ named one of world’s friendliest cities

Condé Nast Traveller praises Cork’s pubs, beer gardens, restaurants and riverside ambience

Cork has been voted the third friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in their August 2018 poll. The City by the Lee fended off competition from rival Irish cities Dublin and Galway to land the third spot, with the travel magazine’s editors citing the city’s “picturesque, riverfront location” and “cozy pubs and beer gardens where you can enjoy the outdoors while sharing a table with friendly locals” as some of the elements contributing to its charm.

Galway is number five on the list, and Dublin is in eighth place.

Visitors to Cork are advised to call to the English Market for fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and poultry, as well as for a spot of people-watching from the balcony of the Farmgate Cafe.

The historic Shandon Quarter also gains their praise for the Cork Butter Museum and the iconic Shandon Bells, where visitors can ring out their own tunes over the city, with the editors expressing their sympathy with the Shandon residents on account of this.

They recommend visiting Cork establishments such as Market Lane, IdahoCafe, Paradiso, Les Gourmandises and Mutton Lane to soak up local flavour as well as colour.

Lord Mayor of Cork CllrMick Finn added, “It’s fantastic to see that global media is picking up on the friendliness of Corkonians and their innate curiosity about visitors, which makes Cork city a place of welcome.”

Head of tourism in Cork City CouncilJo Gazely said: “We’re delighted to see Cork City being voted in the top 10 Friendliest Cities in the World – Cork City is an exciting destination that is busy, vibrant and cosmopolitan.”

Cork ranks among cities such as Puebla in MexicoChiang Mai in ThailandQueenstown in New Zealand, Adelaide in Australia and Victoria in British ColumbiaCanada for its friendly, welcoming spirit.

It was beaten only by Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, which placed second, and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, which retained the top spot for the second year running.

Source: The Irish Times 

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…

 

GALA CONCERTS:

  • 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

 

OTHER

  • 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 www.corkchoral.ie 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. 

 

Events centre will get over the line

Cork people must keep faith in the events centre being delivered.

 

This was the message delivered by Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council, at an event this week on current Cork city developments.

A deal has been agreed in principle between the State, developers BAM and proposed operators Live Nation to provide the additional funding required for the project, but the deal is yet to be given the official go-ahead.

Speaking at the event in the Clayton Hotel, Ms Doherty said she was confident the project would get the green light, and urged people to be patient: “Enormous work has been carried out by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and others involved to hammer out a deal in relation to the events centre,” she said.

“I remain and have always said that I am confident we will get this over the line.”

Ms Doherty said it had been discussed heavily in the media, but maintained that it was important for people to keep focused on securing the project for Cork.

“It hasn’t been easy, it’s been discussed by every newspaper, radio show, social media feed. But we need to stay focused on the prize; Cork needs an events centre. We are a city of scale, and we need that landmark building in order to attract things to our city. So I think we all need to stick with it, because that’s how we’re going to make it happen.

 

Peter O’Meara, Savills; Eoin Kennedy of Zone Digital; Justine McCarthy, Cork Flower Studio representing Douglas Street Business Association and Aaron Mansworth, Chair of the IHF Cork Region at the ‘Cork City Centre Revitalisation – People, Place, Progress’ event. Photo: Brian Lougheed

 

The ‘Cork City Revitalisation: People, Place, Progress’ event highlighted ongoing and future Cork city developments as well as the revival of certain quarters like the South Parish and Victorian Quarters.

More than €700 million is currently being invested in Cork’s city centre by private and public sector organisations. The developments include a number of multi-functional sites encompassing retail, office, education, culture and tourism. 30 new sites in the city are in development or in the pipeline for development this year.

The event saw input from the CORE Partnership led by Cork Business Association, Cork City Council, Cork Chamber and more.

 

Credit: Ryan O’Neill, writing for the Cork Independent

 

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.”

 

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