Cork Biz

With 222 locations around the country SuperValu is a long established brand on the Irish grocery business landscape. Kinsale SuperValu’s owner Michael Smith speaks to Róisín Thornhill about what it’s like making a business work, whether in tourist–filled summer days or chilly, penny–pinching January.

Having transformed the previous Pearse Street...

Every Sunday morning an email entitled A Letter from Ireland arrives into 10,000 inboxes around the globe from the keyboard of Cork man Mike Collins. What started as a hobby has now become a fully–fledged business for Mike and his wife Carina, whose company Your Irish Heritage is based in Ireland’s leading business innovation centre; the Rubicon, in Bishopstown.

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Róisín Thornhill meets Cork–born oil magnate and newly minted author Gerry Murphy, the man behind Great Gas garages and a book explaining how it all went right.

Abu Dhabi, with its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed itself from a desert island best known for pearl harvesting into a...

An effective blend of the old and the new and one of Ireland’s most recognised - and respected - photography houses, Kinsale-based Giles Norman Photography has been a family concern for more than a quarter of a century.

While she might not have the same name recognition her husband has, Catherine Norman is one half of the renowned Cork photography brand “Giles Norman...

Róisín Thornhill managed to grab a few minutes with the exceptionally busy inventor of Elf On The Shelf, Carol Aebersold, on her recent trip to Cork and asked her about the origins of the newly-minted Christmas tradition.

On her recent whistle-stop tour of Ireland, The Cork News chatted with Carol Aebersold, the amiable creator of the latest award-winning Christmas...

At first glance you might not think that the universally popular TV series Game of Thrones and Fota Island Resort - just eight miles from Cork City and nestled on the cusp of east Cork - have anything in common but you’d be mistaken. Fota is currently hosting its Imagine Christmas experience, and I caught up with Fota Island’s director of marketing, Seamus Leahy, who explained the...

Róisín Thornhill takes a trip to CIT to visit the highly regarded Rubicon Centre, where some of Cork’s most promising business dreams become reality

Did you know that Ireland's leading business innovation hub is based here in Cork? Over 300 companies have graduated from Rubicon Centre business programmes in the past 16 years and have led to the creation of over 2,600...

Róisín Thornhill chats with one of the country’s most savvy businessmen about what it takes to get ahead in sales, why we’re not good at it, and how you can improve.

By his own admission, I am chatting to a very ‘chilled’ Gavin Duffy; he is in the plush environs of the Shelbourne Hotel avoiding the atrocious weather sweeping Dublin.

Duffy,...

Róisín Thornhill meets the Corkman behind Hozier's lauded Take Me To Church video and finds out what it takes to get ahead in the age of YouTube...

So you’re a young filmmaker who makes a video for an up-and-coming singer songwriter. Within a few months said singer songwriter blows up all over the world thanks, in no small part, to your video (19 million plus views...

Róisín Thornhill goes old school as she visits the Prince August Toy Soldier Factory in Kilnamartyra, one of a kind in Europe...

Halloween spending is set to soar to a record high of $7.4 billion in America this year; while the US leads the world in celebrating the spooky holiday in style, Halloween traditions in Ireland have moved far beyond humble...

Walk, on Paul Street, is a veritable temple to trendy, comfy, quality shoes. Lorcan MacMuiris grabs a few minutes with Holly and Fiona Breen to talk about what it's like to think on your feet.

"These women really, really, really like shoes" I think to myself not long after I sit down to talk business with them. I wonder if I'm being misogynist, but I'm sitting...

Shandon Travel is forty years old, and has brought generations of Corkonians around the world since the early 1970s. Lorcan MacMuiris talks to Michael Dorely about wanderlust, broadening the mind and new frontiers.

They say the world is getting smaller all the time. The internet, and before it television and telephones and even telegraphs, cinema and photography, have made the planet...

As the budget looms and business owners across Cork cross their fingers and hope for a minor miracle, Lorcan MacMuiris talks to Eamon Dwyer of City Life Wealth Advisors about what could, should, and might happen when Michael Noonan takes to his feet in the Dáil on the 14th

"Follow the money."

The vague-but-strengthening whiff of optimism in our...

Taking cues from Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, one of the 'next big things' in mobile apps is gestating right under our noses. Lorcan MacMuiris gets a little closer to Closr and finds out what all the fuss is about...

It's been a whirlwind of activity for Robin Deegan and Andrew Hobbs, the founders of Closr. Pushing themselves to get the app off the ground in time...

City Tiles And Bathrooms, by far Munster's largest showrooms for Quality Tiles and Bathrooms have firmly cemented their commitment to Cork with the opening of a brand new, ultra-modern superstore on the north side of the city. The newest branch of the 100% Irish-owned business can be found at North Point Business Park on Commons Road, Blackpool and houses the most expansive range of tiles, as...

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