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.

Today FM and Newstalk open new studio in Cork


Today FM and Newstalk have announced the opening of a new studio in Cork.

The studio will be based at Republic of Work.

The stations, both part of Communicorp Media, will broadcast regularly from the purpose-built facility at 12 South Mall as part of a three-year deal.

A spokesperson said the studio will also facilitate podcast recording and production and allow local guest contributors to join radio panels and interviews.

In the coming weeks and months, presenters including Pat Kenny, Matt Cooper, Ian Dempsey, Ciara Kelly and Dermot and Dave will broadcast their shows from Leeside.


Live shows 

Kelly and Cooper will host shows from the Cork studio today, Thursday 24th January, before the official launch of the new facility.

Newstalk previously had a studio at Opera Lane in the city but this agreement ended a few years ago and since then the station has been using alternative facilities as needed.


Today FM has a weekly reach of 880,000 listeners, while Newstalk has a weekly reach of 769,000 listeners.

A three-month advertising campaign for Today FM's new Cork base will be unveiled next week, which will include a city-wide bus wrap and a campaign for commuters passing through Kent Station.

To celebrate, Today FM has launched a competition with a radio and digital advertising campaign worth €20,000 for local businesses up for grabs.

DC Cahalane, CEO of Republic of Work, said he is thrilled about the new partnership.

“We are delighted to partner with Today FM and Newstalk on this unique project, which will further add to the diversity of businesses operating in Republic of Work.

“Equally, it’s an opportunity to further showcase Cork to a national audience,” he said.

Newstalk’s Managing Editor Patricia Monahan said she is looking forward to branching out.

She commented: “Newstalk is delighted to have a base in Cork again, we look forward to hosting great Newstalk programmes from here and welcoming guests from the wider Cork community to our new quality studio at Republic of Work.”

Today FM CEO Keith McCormack also spoke about the importance of live radio.

He said in a statement this morning: “Today FM has always enjoyed a great relationship with our Cork audience and this new partnership with Republic of Work will allow us to super serve our listeners in Cork and the greater Munster region.

“It also gives us the opportunity to take our presenters and shows out of the studio and engage with our audience in a live setting. We’re looking forward to making Cork a home from home for Today FM”.


Source: The Journal and The Independent 

Cork Airport appoints new Head of Aviation Business Development

Brian Gallagher has been appointed as the new Head of Aviation Business Development at Cork Airport.

The new appointment comes as Cork Airport, Ireland’s second busiest and best connected international airport, enters its fourth year of consecutive growth, forecasting a 7% increase in passenger numbers for 2019.

Brian has more than seven years of experience working in aviation development across daa, with his most recent role as Airline Business Development Manager for Dublin Airport. His new role at Cork Airport will involve overseeing the continued development of partnerships with airlines, tourism partners and business stakeholders, to deliver continued route expansion and positive growth into the future.


Speaking on his new role at Cork Airport, Brian said:

“I am delighted to join the innovative and dedicated team at Cork Airport as Head of Aviation Business Development. I look forward to utilising my experience and knowledge of business development in the aviation industry to further strengthen route development at Cork Airport.”

Commenting on the new appointment, Managing Director at Cork Airport Niall MacCarthy said:

"We welcome Brian Gallagher as our new Head of Aviation Business Development. We have seen fantastic growth at Cork Airport with passenger numbers consistently on the rise over the last three years, and Brian’s expertise will only strengthen this success.

“Over 50 routes are now on offer from Cork Airport across the UK, continental Europe and the east coast of the USA, and we are committed to continue this growth throughout 2019.”

New City Centre Fund Launched

New placemaking fund launched to enhance Cork city centre for residents, visitors and business


Street art, greening projects, parklets, creative seating, atmospheric lighting and new unique events are just some of the projects which could be supported under the City Council’s new City Centre Placemaking Fund.


The aim of this initiative is to support projects which will enhance, improve, and enliven people’s experience of Cork city centre, increase footfall and support the local economy. Open to business network groups and community groups operating in Cork city centre, it also strives to encourage collaboration in specific streets and neighbourhoods.


Welcoming the fund, Lord Mayor, Cllr. Mick Finn said,

‘Our city centre continues to evolve with lots of new developments underway. As part of its city centre strategy, Cork City Council has been actively encouraging groups at a street or neighbourhood level to work collectively to enhance their area. We have several examples of this and we believe this is another tool to help support that process.’


With community-based participation at its centre, effective placemaking capitalises on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people's health, happiness, and well being.  It helps local communities to re-imagine everyday spaces.


Groups can apply for up to €10,000 for capital projects although many projects may cost much less. New events may also be eligible if considered unique and contribute significantly towards the fund’s objectives.


City Centre Co-ordinator Paul Mc Guirk said,

‘Creating a sense of place is key to a vibrant city centre. Things like murals, interesting events, planting, atmospheric lighting and creative seating make our public spaces more people friendly and attractive. We have several examples of these across the city centre and we are hoping this initiative will foster other ideas through local groups working together to creatively improve their area.  We are open to discussing any new project which enhances visitors or residents experience of the city centre.’




How to apply? 

Just click HERE to visit the Cork City Council website where you can download the form.


For enquiries or further information please email: or tel: 021 4924773.


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.