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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...

After recently being selected as a finalist at the national Social Media Awards, UCC has won the social media engagement award at the Social Media Awards.

The Social Media Awards, or ‘Sockies’ as they are affectionately known, are an annual initiative that seeks to reward best social media practice.

Following on from the 2013 Social Media Awards, where UCC was...

Fastnet Recruitment is to hold five open days in June dedicated to opportunities in the life sciences, agri-food and business service sectors.

The recruitment agency says its clients are seeking specialists in those areas who are prepared to “play at another level” and make progress in their careers, and their clients are seeking a number of qualified applicants for...

Lorcan MacMuiris makes the acquaintance of three of Cork’s newest, most distinctive bars as they get set for summer…

Signs that the economy is slowly clawing its way back to respectability have been becoming more numerous. Sure, the government and the CSO can provide dry facts and figures or mutter about “growth” and “green shoots” but that’s...

The National Off-License Association has launched a pre-budget submission aimed at easing the economic difficulties faced by independent off-licenses and supporting local communities, saying that up to six out of ten off-licenses in Ireland face closure in 2015 due to an inability to meet costs. Off-license owners say they will be forced to reduce staff numbers at the very least if there is...

Phil Ryan, Voodoo Rooms. Picture: Diane Cusack

Over 100 new jobs have been created in the past 12 months as part of a €2m investment in The Bróg Complex. The multi-million euro investment into the Oliver Plunkett Street project has allowed for the complete renovation of the famous Cork bar An Bróg, and the addition of a new bar, Barbarossa. Along with...

Adds Arshad; Non-Executive Director EPS, Denis Buckley; Contracts Director EPS, Patrick Buckley; Deputy Managing Director EPS, Katie Murphy; Marketing Coordinator EPS, Ambassador Charles Sheehan; Ambassador for the Irish Embassy in Greece and Aidan Scollard; RSM Farrell Grant Sparks

Cork-based EPS Group, a specialist wet infrastructure support services group, has...

Falling consumer debt is good news for retail and hospitality sectors, according to the latest figures from a leading business and credit risk analyst. In a new report, Vision-net.ie outlined the number of judgments awarded against consumers fell by a third, as average value of debts halved. In total 331 corporate and consumer judgments were awarded during April, totalling €19.3m. Of...

Steve Forde and Phil Ryan outside Voodoo / Heather Norveil outside BarBarossa and Steve Duggan Ritchie Treacy outside An Bróg. Pictures: Julia Healy

Lorcan MacMuiris takes a sentimental journey to see how a regular watering hole from almost 20 years ago has moved with the times…

An Bróg was a centre point for Cork tipplers for years, going...

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