Cork Biz

As Cork Craft Month 2014 gears up, Lorcan MacMuiris finds out about craft's mini-renaissance in Cork and why its blend of heritage and innovation strikes a chord with so many.

In the past few years lots of people have fallen by all sorts of waysides. Times have been very, very tough and it would be disingenuous to try to pretend otherwise. However, Cork people continue to have good...

Hearing loss can be a long, gradual process and often starts much younger than most people realise. As it's not typically painful, many people are not even aware that it's happening until the tell-tale signs become too obvious to ignore; signs like feeling left out in conversations, or being unable to hear music unless the volume is turned up too high for most people's comfort. Hearing loss...

Cork property owners have a problem which is unique in Ireland, and have faced blacklisting for years -- not just in Cork City but in County Cork too -- because of flooding and subsidence blackspots. If you're buying or selling a property built before 1985, you're likely to run into refusal after refusal as insurance companies follow a policy of blanket bans on Cork, refusing to provide full...

At Motivation Weight Management the emphasis isn’t on what you eat, but on why you eat it. Any diet and exercise regime can help you to lose weight, but in order to stay slim, fit and healthy your mind needs to do as much work as your body does. The empathic, professional, highly trained staff at Motivation will help you to tackle the root of your weight problem by working with you to...

Sakura Japanese Restaurant on MacCurtain Street in Cork is a haven for people who are serious about Japanese cuisine. Sushi chef Ariel has spent 15 years perfecting his art and uses the freshest locally-caught fish to prepare delicate, beautiful, mouth-watering sashimi and sushi for customers to appreciate in a relaxing atmosphere. Sakura also serves a wide range of traditional noodle and rice...

Lorcan MacMuiris spends a morning at Rocket Man HQ, the newest player on Cork’s fast-food circuit and one of few to cater exclusively to Cork's new taste-and-health conscious generation.

One of the major indicators that the country is gaining pace as it shuffles down the long road to recovery, quite apart from dry facts and figures or concrete examples such as new initiatives or...

The Fota Collection, which consists of Fota Island Resort and The Kingsley, and Jacques Restaurant have been announced as Q1 winners of the Cork Business Awards by the Cork Business Association.
As a quarterly finalist, both companies will be entered into the prestigious Cork Business Association ‘Business of the Year’ Awards, in their respective large and medium/small...

Cork’s newest hotel, The Kingsley, opened its doors this week. Lorcan MacMuiris takes the grand tour and sees how lessons from the past have shaped the present and future of the city’s latest landmark.

Cork’s Kingsley Hotel suffered extensively when the city flooded even more than usual in 2009, with six feet of water at ground level and utter ruin in the basement...

Cork Innovates will represent Ireland before the entire EU later this year, highlighting the organisation’s remarkable successes in supporting new businesses and new ideas in the region. Lorcan MacMuiris chats with chief executive Siobhán Finn about where we’ve come from and where we’re going…

 

Innovation is the core of enterprise or, to put...

Pictured launching Venoo Nightlife Social Networking App is James O'Keeffe (director of Venoo), Colm O'Sullivan (marketing team), Karen Barber (marketing team) Ciara O'Connor (marketing team) and Natalie Tobin (marketing and pro).

Futurephile Lorcan MacMuiris gets to grips with a brand new app that’s already making waves, allowing people to...

Setting up shop is never easy for a business novice, but the old Greenshield Stamps building on Washington Street has found new lease of life as funky office space aimed squarely at the startup market. Lorcan MacMuiris went to have a closer look…

Setting up a new business is a tough task. There’s a lot to think about. Paperwork, registration, the sacrifices that must be...

Cornelia Creedon, Charlie O’Leary and Osian Tam of The Pavilion Garden Centre/Charlie O Leary Pavilion/Bernie Falvey and her son Nathan, owners of Ballyseedy Garden Centre

At this time of year nature is in full swing in Ireland. The days are the longest they’ll be until the middle of next June again, there’s plenty of warm sunshine and, of course, the...

As a fan of the humble canapé, Lorcan MacMuiris is delighted to meet Bitesize’s Jason Colbert, the Midleton man who knows that when it comes to fine dining, small can also be beautiful...

 Jason Colbert is a busy man. He’s overseeing the final part of a long process to open up a shop on Main Street in Midleton and faces a month of refitting and refurbishment. He...

Eva Nagle breeds and shows Vendéen sheep, a pedigree breed which originated in France in the 19th century. Picture: Krzysztof Zielenski

Women are increasingly making their presence felt in Irish agriculture in terms of ownership, development and hard graft. Lorcan MacMuiris talks to two Cork farmers who are making their own paths through farming...

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The total number of vacant commercial premises in Cork increased from 10.3% to 11.4% between 2013 and 2014 according to new data published by GeoDirectory. 

For the first time the GeoDirectory report includes an analysis of commercial vacancy rates in a selection of Ireland’s main shopping centres in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny and Limerick.

According to the latest...

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