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Presentation on the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Project
Dunkettle, N40 and N8 Works
Cork Chamber Welcomes Celtic Interconnector announcement for Cork
Cork County Council Part 8 Planning Applications: Little Island and Dunkettle
Subsidised Training
Google Analytics - 27th February
Practical Productivity - Microsoft Outlook - 16th February
February Business Breakfast
"Clock Out and Connect" at Griffith College Cork
Workshop: Addressing the Skills Needs arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit
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Second City Region Calls for Accelerated Investment


Ireland must acknowledge the value of investment in city regions of scale. This was the key message from Chamber President Bill O’Connell at Cork Chamber’s Annual Dinner attended by more than 1,000 business leaders in Cork City Hall last Friday evening. 


While highlighting Cork’s unique offering as a business location, Mr. O’Connell spoke of Cork’s future place within the Ireland 2040 plan and Government’s forthcoming capital investment programme: “Cork will be the fastest growing region in the country for the next two decades. We are ready for this challenge. But let me be clear. Government must be ready to allocate investment accordingly and acknowledge the potential of Ireland’s second city to substantially strengthen Ireland’s metropolitan profile.” 


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Recognising the Region’s Remarkable Business Success

Cork’s leading businesses were presented with the prestigious Cork Company of the Year Awards, at the Cork Chamber Annual Dinner on Friday night.  Winners were revealed amongst an audience of over 1,000 people, including leading industry and political figures.The awards run in association with Vodafone Ireland, involve a thorough four month judging process with an experienced mix of business professionals from across the business community. Thank you to the Irish Examiner our award media partners,  for great coverage throughout the awards. 

Winners include:

  • Cork Emerging Company of the Year 2018 was awarded to EviView.
  • Cork SME Company of the Year 2018 was won by Spearline. 
  • Cork Large Company of the Year 2018 was won by
  • Cork Corporate of the Year 2018 and Overall Cork Company of the Year 2018 was won by Boston Scientific

Read More on the winners HERE

Cork Company of the Year Awards 2018 judging panel:  John Higgins, EY & Chair of the judging panel; Bill O'Connell Cork Chamber President,  Leo O’Leary Vodafone Ireland; David Owens SolarWinds; Frank Walsh Enterprise Equity; Mary Power Westboro Partners,  Orla Rimmington Kernel Capital; Pat O’Flynn Solvotrin; Paul Hands Open Innovation Partners and Conor Healy Cork Chamber.

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Thank You

Thank you to the Annual Dinner task force, all our speakers, award finalists and our sponsors in making the Annual Dinner another fabulous event.   


  • Montenotte Hotel
  • BiznetCork Skillnet
  • Ballygowan
  • Irish Examiner
  • Kearys BMW
  • Maryborough Hotel & Spa
  • Páirc Uí Chaoimh
  • Snap Design & Print 
  • Springboard PR & Marketing 
  • Vodafone 

Annual Dinner Task Force:
 Paula Cogan (Chair),  Bill O'Connell, Barrie O' Connell,  David A.Power, Frank Boland, Maxine Hyde, Natasha Lynch, Holly MacIntosh, Barbara-Anne Richardson, Donna Miskell, Leigh Gillen and Conor Healy.



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Cork Chamber Annual Dinner Photo Gallery

Lots of great pictures from Friday night, check out the photo gallery from the Annual Dinner here. We hope you enjoyed the night!


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Workplace Mental Health Promotion - 21st February

Date: Wednesday 21st February 

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire

To book: click here




Spaces are limited and booking is essential.  


PSYCHED is an initiative of Cork Healthy Cities. This collaboration comprises of the Health Services Executive (Health Promotion and Improvement, Health Action Zone and Mental Health Psychology Service in Cork) Cork City Council, University College Cork and community workplace partners. We want workplaces to get PSYCHED about mental health and wellbeing!

We invite workplaces to get involved by sharing good practice, ideas and workplace initiatives that support the mental wellbeing of their staff.



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Presentation on the Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Project
Public Consultation Phase

Cork Chamber encourages members to attend a presentation of the scheme design proposals on Tuesday 13th February 2018.


For more detail and to attend please contact Thomas by email without delay as space is limited. The Landscape Architects engaged as part of the multi-disciplinary team designing the scheme will present the proposals to attendees.


Representatives of Cork City Council and the Landscape Architects will be available after the presentation to answer any questions or discuss any aspect of the project with attendees requiring further clarification.

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Dunkettle, N40 and N8 Works
An update from the City Council, County Council and TII

Site Investigation Works are well underway on the Dunkettle Interchange Site. The photograph attached shows ongoing Clearance Works near the Pfizer Plant south of the existing N25. Site Clearance Works have progressed slightly quicker than anticipated and we now hope to complete under this heading by the end of February 2018.


Over the next few weeks the Works will become increasingly visible to passing motorists. By the middle of next week, we expect to be clearing the traffic island at the Bury’s Bridge “left in/left out” Junction, east of the Dunkettle Roundabout.


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Cork Chamber Welcomes Celtic Interconnector announcement for Cork

Cork Chamber welcomed Monday’s announcement of the Celtic Interconnector project for Cork. This collaboration between Eirgrid and French counterpart Réseau de Transport d’Electricité involves the installation of a 600km cable between Ireland and France, which will connect to the grid at Knockraha Substation, East Cork.
Speaking at today’s briefing, Cork Chamber CEO, Conor Healy said, “We are delighted to welcome the Eirgrid team to Cork Chamber today. This project is significant at the national and regional level providing flexibility, security of supply and opportunity to import and export electricity once completed. Added to this, Ireland will now have a direct energy connection to mainland Europe if the UK leaves the EU.”

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Cork County Council Part 8 Planning Applications: Little Island and Dunkettle

Cork County Council has recently published applications for Part 8 Planning on the following projects, and which are currently receiving submission from interested parties. We would encourage you to review and make submissions as appropriate, or as Cork Chamber will be making submissions to these, please forward commentary for consideration as part of these to  

Michelle.  More Information can be found in the 'read more' section below. 


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February Business Breakfast
In Association with the Irish Examiner

Date: Thursday 15th February

Time: 7:30am – 9:30am

Venue: Imperial Hotel

Cost: €25 members / €50 non-members




All businesses have plenty of data at their fingertips, but learning how to analyse and utilise this data is a mystery to many of us. If you want to understand how you can find valuable insights in your data that can help to drive business growth then book your place for “Demystifying Data” now!
We are delighted to have Jason Burns from IBM who has spent several years working in the data and analytics arena and Yvonne Holmes who heads up the Business Performance and Analytics Team at AIB as our guest speakers. On the day we will also have some key case studies, who will bring their experience of data analytics to life and help you gain insight into how data can work for your business.


This event is in association with the Irish Examiner and will be held in partnership with the Chartered Accountants Cork Society.

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"Clock Out and Connect" at Griffith College Cork

Date: Tuesday 27th February

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Venue: Griffith College Cork

Cost: FREE for Cork Chamber members



Cork Chamber is delighted to invite you to an evening of “divine” networking at the chapel on the grounds of Griffith College Cork.  It’s time to continue the New Year’s Resolutions by coming along and raising your company profile at this event while taking in the stunning views of Cork City from the College’s hilltop location.

Griffith College Cork offers full and part-time third level, higher education degree and masters programmes in Law, Business, Media, Computing Science, Professional Accounting and Pharmaceutical Management. Griffith College Cork is located on a five-acre campus on the grounds of the former Marymount Hospice on Wellington Rd, Cork City.

Make your mark and meet at least 10 new people at this engaging and interactive event, you will not regret it!

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Workshop: Addressing the Skills Needs arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit

Date: Friday, 16th February*

Time: 1.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Venue: Imperial Hotel


The workshop’s main goals will be to discuss and validate the preliminary results of the study, and their potential impacts, through interactive sessions; and to brainstorm and suggest the potential measures to be taken in order to boost the availability of the relevant trade-related skillsets in Ireland. *Please note that the workshop is limited to 30 participants and registration is required before Friday, 2nd February.


Contact Alan Power to register. 


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Subsidised Training
Google Analytics - 27th February
€160 for Chamber Members!

One of the biggest challenges we have seen for businesses/website owners is not knowing where to begin when it comes to analytics. 

You find yourself looking at a mountain of data, and not knowing where to begin climbing.


After attending this Google Analytics workshop you’ll have:

  • A clear understanding of the important metrics to look for in a Google Analytics account
  • A demonstration of how you can set-up and use goals and funnels in your own account to assess visitor quality
  • Tips on how to produce better reports that contain actionable insights which you can use to power your business


Learn where to start here.

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Practical Productivity - Microsoft Outlook - 16th February
 €160 for Chamber Members!

Would you like to have an EMPTY INBOX at the end of each day?

Would you like to schedule realistic days and never have to worry about forgetting to do or follow-up on a piece of work?

Would you like to have an organised system that will help you work more effectively on a daily basis?


The Practical Productivity course will provide you a practical and workable solution to managing your workload and time more effectively in the work place!

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Member News
Latest Member News
  • Insurance and Aviation Disputes team joins Ronan Daly Jermyn in Dublin – read more
  • Semi-Annual SolarWinds Partner Summit event in Cork – read more
  • Irish Business Can Boost their Bottom Line by Tapping into Emotional Resource – read more
  • CUH Charity invites you to walk the Camino de Santiago for CUMH this June to help raise vital funds for the Neonatal Unit at CUMH – read more
  • Chambers Ireland welcomes establishment of new Working Group to examine USC-PRSI merge – read more
  • Video Workshop in Cork – read more
  • Break up with your traditional Valentine's Day plans with The Imperial’s Anti-Valentine’s Day offering – read more
  • Pieta House received a donation of €10,000 from PFH Technology Group – read more
  • Exporter’s Stories from Irish Chamber Network – read more
  • Food industry veteran Jim Corbett appointed Director of Food Institute UCC – read more
  • New Pan-European Institute to elevate the Procurement Profession for Growth – read more
  • Film In Cork announces details of 2018 Short Film Award – read more


You can share a press release to our website through the Member Information Centre (MIC), see on news on our website.

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Members Offers
Latest Member Offers
Member to Memeber offers
  • Madra Mór Productions: 15% off all services booked before April 30th 2018 - read more
  • DeepRed Productions: €300 for a website/social media/ or promotional video in September - read more
  • Grandons Toyota: Toyota Proace Van - Keeping your business on the Road! - read more
  • Lee Travel: France V Ireland | Six nations - read more
  • New Minds Digital Marketing College: 10 Week Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing - read more
  • ICS-Skills/Irish Computer Society: Member discount on GDPR Training - read more
  • Crotty Orthodontics:  Free Consultation - read more
  • Spiralli Business Solutions Ltd: 10% off Professional Web Consultancy Services - read more
  • Compass AFM: Free Consultation - Reduce your Facilities Management Expenditure - read more

Do business with fellow Cork Chamber members through sharing an offer. Offers can be submitted through the Member Information Centre (MIC) and all current offers are displayed on our website.

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Member Events
Upcoming Member Events
  • Triskel Christchurch: Fionnuala Moynihan:  Lunchtime concert series, until 8th June - read more
  • ProStrategy: Webinar: Plan, Budget, Forecast - Drive FP&A Efficiency for 2018 & Beyond, 8th Feb. - read more
  • Breakthrough Cancer Research: Valentine's Ball, 10th Feb. - read more
  • The Everyman: Off the Hook Presented by Glen Theatre Drama Group, 11th Feb. - read more
  • SIXT Leasing: in Association with Nissan Ireland - Driving for work Breakfast Briefing, 13th Feb.  - read more
  • Republic of Work: ROW Academy - Sales Essentials. 13th Feb. - read more
  • Crawford Art Gallery: For Better or Worse Valentine's Day Tour,  14th  Feb. - read more
  • Grant Thornton: Funding Advisory Services workshops, 20th Feb. - read more
  • IMI: Information Evening, 20th Feb. - read more
  • Geraldine O'Brien: Your Fastrack to Freedom, 20th Feb. - read more
  • IMI: Masterclass - Jonas Ridderstrale, 22nd Feb. - read more
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport President: Meet CILT President Helen Noble at the NMCI, 22nd Feb. - read more
  • The EverymanRoss Browne "Ballhopper" Live, 23rd Feb. - read more
  • The Cork Association for Autism: Light it up Blue Gala Ball, 14th April - read more
Promote an upcoming event through our Interactive Member Information Centre, all upcoming member events are listed on our website

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