On Saturday 23th August there is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Cork Heritage Open Day.
Created in 2005 when Cork was European Capital of Culture, this event allows access to buildings that are normally closed to the public. This year you will be able to see 40 buildings which open their doors for just one day including The Elysian, AIB Bank, Cork Savings Bank and Carpenter’s Hall. It aims to showcase the history of the city and people who made it.
For the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, a replica of a WW1 trench is being built for Cork Heritage Open Day in the Cork Public Museum in Fitzgerald Park. Several events will also be organised for children.
“This city is woven into itself in Cork, and the heritage here is one of the richest in the country. Places, people and stories, that’s what represents our heritage and in Cork, we have plenty of those, as can be seen on this special day,” said Theo Dorgan.
If you want more information, please visit Cork Heritage Open Day website.
Cork researchers under the spotlight
In order to keep the most talented and skilled researchers, the Ireland departments of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has decided to share out €23 million in funding.
Cork is fortunate to have a prestigious College – University College of Cork - and 8 of its researchers were awarded more than €4.5 million in support to their work. Programmes will support researchers and post-graduate students working on projects in areas such as renewable energy, immunology, arthritis treatment, microbiology, food science and nanoscience.
According to Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of SFI and chief scientific adviser to the Government, “These programmes are also an important factor in ensuring that Ireland can succeed in persuading top young scientific talent from abroad to base their research efforts here in Ireland."
In fact, the programs were made in order to help promising young researchers to create and develop impactful careers here in Ireland and in turn.
We wish a great success to these 8 researchers!
Have your car washed by Firefighters!
On Saturday, August 9, Firefighters of Cork will organise a charitable event called “Wash and Give”.
Between 8am and 8pm, you’ll be able to bring your car at Ballyvolane Fire Station and for only €10 Firefighters of the city will clean it!
All profits they’ll collect will be donated to the Cork Simon Community. This organization aims to fight homelessness, which is also a priority for Firefighters.
You’ll be able to admire the famous 1950 Fire Engine on display at the event and will also get the chance to throw soaking sponges at new recruits. Don’t miss this opportunity to laugh for a good cause!
If you want more information, please visit the Cork Simon Community Website.
The tax cut respect to the last year aims to relieve middle income earners.
Cork city (and county) is one of the areas that can afford to cut the amount of property tax that will be 15% lower.
A research by the ESRI (Economic and Social Research) shown that middle income earners had to pay more tax to maintain the social welfare.
Local authorities can legally cut or increase tax rates by 15% next year, whenever the proceeds of the property tax go directly to them.
Research professor for the ESRI, John Fitzgerald, explained that tax increase and decrease according to the governments’ decisions to protect those on low incomes who depend on the welfare system.
After that he added that this policy choice was different from all the others in the EU, where income inequality increased significantly as a result of the global financial crisis.
Meanwhile, the minister Simon Coveney admitted that the Government was doing wrong over the last six months and that the upcoming budget is a chance to do it better.
Have you already seen the pictures from Cork Photo Fringe 2014? If not, you have two weeks more.
It started on 1st July and will finish the 31st. The Cork Photo Fringe aims to showcase a variety of photographic series without thematic limitations. Open to all, the festival embraces freedom and the dynamic use of alternative spaces across Cork City. Photo-Ireland welcomes this initiative and hopes it becomes a regular feature in Cork every July.
As part of the Cork Photo Fringe 2014 the NSF is pleased to be hosting a photographic exhibition by Jed Niezgoda at the National Sculpture Factory. They will be hosting a ‘gathering’ on Thursday 24th July at 6:00 p.m. for all to come and view this work on site.
There is an exhibition at University College of Cork of not only pictures, but sculptures too of several artists, such as Louise Maher, Sanda Galina and Joan Alexander.
Jean Luc Morales exhibits his portraits at Cork Arts Theatre (at Carroll’s Quay) until 31st July.
Before the end of the summer a public rental bike rental scheme will start in Cork. Coca-Cola, the company in charge the program, will also take their black bikes with bright red accents to the cities of Galway and Limerick.
Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, said: “To counter that argument, you could also say it is more important to get more people out cycling to deal with the issue of obesity. There is a direct link between physical activity and a decrease in that”.
This initiative, which has already been launched in Dublin thanks to Coca-Cola Zero, aims to help people find a fun and healthy way to get around the city. Cork City will have 320 bicycles, 31 bike stations and 635 bike stands.
The registration fee for the program, which will have a pricing structure very similar to the Dublin Bike Scheme will charge a € 10 annual registration fee and this will take place closer to the launch date.
Last Monday, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney announced the creation of 260 new jobs in Clonakilty, Co.Cork.
SouthWestern is the company who decided to enlarge its workforce. The outsourcing and Human Resources company will create 100 jobs immediately, and the rest in the next two years.
Neil O'Leary, Chairman of SouthWestern showed enthusiasm for the announcement:
"We are very excited by SouthWestern’s growth prospects and by the opportunities which we believe will fuel further expansion for the company. […] Cork is developing as a hub for the outsourcing sector and we are delighted to play our part, through our expansion here in Little Island in strengthening its position in that regard".
If you are interested in working for SouthWestern, please check the job opportunities on their website.
A specially-called meeting of the city council took place earlier this week.
After the result of the Colliers Report, an inquiry lead by an international property expert that focuses on the dynamics and the health of the city centre, 31 members of the city council sat down to take some measures.
The report shows that 1 out of 8 city centre businesses are empty and that some of the buildings looks untidy. It seems that property owners have not taken control of their buildings and ensured they meet modern business requirements.
The report has been released in February and 250 000€ has already been used to implement some of the recommendations of the report, but concerns show that none of the key recommendations have been implemented yet.
This meeting was the occasion to formulate an action plan and to launch a fresh start in the city centre!
Cork Midsummer Festival has started on 19th June
The Festival, which brings artists from all over the world to the rebel city, will host various multi-disciplinary arts events all over the city.
Dance, music, theatre and visual arts are the main features of Cork Midsummer Festival. The festival is also an occasion to discover the many cultural venues Cork is dotted with, not only the many theatres of the city, but also its parks and gardens.
Every event has its own ticket price. Please check the official website for further information and for buying your tickets.
The festival is going to end on Monday 23th June.
The summer is here and it’s time to enjoy some walking among the Irish gardens.
From pet pigs to strange sculptures and boat trips, the West Cork gardens have a lot to offer.
The West Cork garden trail hosts some of the most beautiful garden of Ireland, and most of them will open their gates to visitors this month.
There are 16 gardens on the 2014 trail which will run from this Saturday over the next two weeks.
According to the spokeswoman Miriam Cotton “The trail season coincides with the height of the blooming season, it is the height of summer and the time the gardens are at their best”.
Check out their website to know more about it: http://www.westcorkgardentrail.com