From the 2nd to the 5th of October, Cork will dance to the tunes of one of the biggest Music Festivals in Ireland, the Cork Folk Festival.
Since 1979, the festival summons to the Rebel City some of the finest folk musicians of the country.
More than 50 music events in 30 different locations: get ready for concerts, gigs, shows and jam sessions in theatres, pubs, music venues and at the open-air stage on Grand Parade.
During the festival, the Crane Lane Theatre will host the second edition of the Noel Brazil Contemporary Song writing Competition, on the 3rd of October at 7pm.
Have you always dreamt about playing the pipe? On Saturday the Cork Pipers Club will give you some lessons. Check the details at this link.
Some of the events are free, while you’ll need a ticket to enter others.
For more info, to look up the program and check all the location, please visit the official website.
Dairygold is to create 115 new jobs thanks to a €117m investment in Mallow and Mitchelstown.
In fact, the abolition of milk quotas next year will trigger the greatest level of jobs creation within the Irish agri-food sector for a generation. That means that Ireland must have to benefit from this fact and has to make the most of this opportunity.
That explains why the two facilities in Mallow and Mitchelstown will bring 115 new Jobs to the county. Indeed this is excellent news after 150 news jobs were announced for the Mater Hospital in Mahon recently.
“Economists estimate that expansion which will follow the abolishment of milk quotas in 2015 could be worth €1.3bn per year to our economy, with the potential to create 15,000 additional jobs, from farm gate to dairy processors and spread throughout the counties,” said National Dairy Council Boss, Zoe Kavanagh.
A great opportunity for Ireland!
The opening of a new private hospital in Cork will create 150 new jobs. The hospital, which is located at City Gate in Mahon, has the most advanced medical technology in the country.
The jobs will be created over the next two years. Anna Fitzgerald, CEO of the project, said :"Of the 150 jobs, about 75 will be for nurses. The rest will be for doctors and medical professionals. The 90% will be aimed at postgraduates and the rest will support services such as cleaning “.
In total there will be 70 million euros invested in the new hospital, which will have a total of 23 different specialties. High technology is one of the main attractions of the hospital, as it will include, for example, a system of "recognition knees." With this system the doctors can open the doors to access the operating rooms with the knees rather than with their hands, so they will avoid having to re-sterilize their hands.
Come and enjoy Culture Night in Cork with hundreds of free events throughout Cork!
As each year in major cities and regions of Ireland a Culture Night takes place, which this year will take place on September 19th. More than 900 places have signed up to offer free events and live performances at the ninth edition. Last year the event gathered about 350,000 people. Will it exceed this number this year?
The organization of the Culture Night has worked to make it possible. More cities, more events, more visibility ... The museums, galleries, cultural centers, schools ... etc. They will open only for that night that assures entertainment, adventure and lots of culture!
Locals and visitors can enjoy the experience in 28 different locations spread throughout the Emerald Isle, a record for this event.
Cork will offer cultural activities during the day on Friday as the opening of the Cork Public Museum and a music concert by young Irish generations in the City Hall Concert Hall and in the Cork Opera House.
In the night you can see the stars in the Blackrock Castle Observatory, visit the Cork City Gaol, shopping at the English Market, ring the bells at St. Anne's Church or enter the National Sculpture Factory ... but there are many more !
For the "night owls", they can choose between watching a movie outdoors at a cinema session in Fitzgerald's Park, listening live music in many of the pubs in the city as The Oliver Plunkett, go to the Vanbrugh Quartet concert at City Hall or… many more events!
See all events in the festival's official website and keep in mind that some require reservations.
Ten new jobs will be created in Cork for the opening of a new Asian style restaurant.
Brian Casey and Prakash Sivakumar, owners of Fresco at University College Cork, are now ready to venture into a new project called Pho. This will be a street-style restaurant with a large range of offers of local craft beer and Asian cocktails.
Mr Casey said: “We are really excited and proud to be in a position to branch out with our new restaurant Pho through which up to 10 jobs will be created […] Fresco opened four years ago and we worked extremely hard to build and maintain its reputation for food excellence in the city so we will we endeavour to do the same with Pho”.
The opening is scheduled for Monday, September 15th on 12/13 Douglas Street. We wish the best of luck to these two entrepreneurs!
Several pubs in Cork are in the running to win an award for the best pubs of the year. In fact, a lot of Cork bars are among the finalists for the 2014 edition.
21 bars in Cork are part of the 98 finalists to win the awards in 21 different categories. The organisers said that the calibre of entries this year is very high which shows that that kind of premises in Cork are among the best in Ireland.
Please find below all pubs who are nominated and for which categories:
The Elm Tree: Bar Food of the Year, Munster Bar of the Year and Style Bar
McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar: Bar Food of the Year, Munster Bar of the Year, Best Modern Irish Cooking and Outstanding Customer Service
The Pepperstack Bistro: Best Modern Irish Cooking in a Bar, Munster Bar of the Year and Cocktail Bar of the Year
The Blue Haven: Bar of the Year
The New Yorker bar: Hotel Bar of the year
The Savoy: Nightclub of the Year
The Cornstore: Munster Bar of the Year
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.