Submitted on Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Fota Island Resort, host for the third time to Ireland’s most prestigious golfing event, the Irish Open, and Ray Cawley, the man with the enormous responsibility of being the Chief Marshal of the Irish Open this year, are actively seeking volunteers to take up approximately 350 volunteer Marshal roles at this year’s thrilling competition.

A former Cork Senior Footballer and Irish Senior Cup and Barton Shield golfer, this year’s Chief Marshal Ray Cawley is himself no stranger to the logistical challenges of organising large scale events, being an army officer turned events manager. He has previously organised major events such as The Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race to Cork, the Eurovision in Millstreet, the opening of Galway Bay Golf & Country Club with Christy O’Connor Senior Links Pro-Am and the Irish Homecoming Festival with the Irish Tourist Board and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Now he is bringing his expertise to bear on the luxuriant greens and challenging fairways of Fota Island Resort – and he is looking for help!

Volunteer Marshals, who must be at least 18 years of age, and have golf knowledge and experience, are being looked for static marshalling of all 18 holes at Fota Island Resort. They will also be required for mobile marshalling of the 18 holes, and to act as walking scorers and as score board carriers with each match on each of the 5 days, as well as manning the main score board in the Village and others throughout the course, manning communications, offices, driving course vehicles and various other logistical roles.

Submitted on Wednesday, 2 April 2014

~ Monday 7th April at the Cork Opera House ~

Cork businesses are invited to attend the Cork Business of the Year Awards, which will be presented by the Cork Business Association, at the Cork Opera House on Monday 7th April.

Now in its 10th year, the awards will honor businesses that excelled in 2013.  Those shortlisted for the overall awards include RTÉ Cork, Moran Silversprings Hotel, Debenhams, Welch Sports, the Bodega Bar and Restaurant, Daly Opticians, Heffernans Travel and Hilsers Jewellers, and the winners will be announced on stage in front of a full house.

The event will commence with a reception in the Blue Angel Bar at the Cork Opera House at 5pm for Cork Business Association members, where refreshments will be served.  This will be followed by VIP seats in the theatre for the awards announcement, followed by a fantastic line up of entertainment showcasing the highlights of the summer season ahead including Grease, artists, comedians and singers.

Submitted on Monday, 31 March 2014

Ireland’s largest independent drinks distributor, Barry & Fitzwilliam has been awarded the prestigious Gold Standard Award in the Deloitte Best Managed Company Awards in Dublin recently.  A winner of the Deloitte Best Managed company award in 2011, this subsequent award has been awarded to just 15 companies throughout Ireland, following four consecutive years of operating at the highest level of business performance.

The programme seeks to identify best managed companies through a valuation process that extends far beyond financial results and is unique in that it recognises the efforts of the entire organisation, not just one individual. The awards were presented by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD.

Submitted on Monday, 31 March 2014

A privately owned Dublin based coach operator; Swords Express, has received the accolade of “Passenger Transport Company of the Year” for the second year running at the 2014 Irish Logistics and Transport Awards. 

Now in its seventh year of operation, Swords Express has established itself as a key transport link between Swords and Dublin City Centre, with 90 daily departures and a 35 minute journey time to the city.  Swords Express continues to go from strength to strength, serving an ever growing base of satisfied customers, with well over half a million passengers carried in the past year alone. 

Owned and operated by Eirebus Ltd, Swords Express has shown robust growth in the past two years, doubling its customer base, employment levels and fleet size.  Receiving the prestigious accolade of Passenger Transport Company of the Year at the 2014 Irish Logistics and Transport Awards is the latest chapter in the remarkable success story of this Swords’ based transport company.

Submitted on Monday, 31 March 2014

Mater Private Cork to host a free evening on gut problems as part of a Public Lecture Series for the general public and healthcare workers

Mater Private Cork, the new 75-bed hospital located at City Gate, Mahon, Cork, is holding a free public talk on problems of the gut on Tuesday 8th April from 6pm at Rochestown Park Hotel.  This is in anticipation of World Digestive Health Day on May 29th, a global health campaign aimed at generating public awareness around the prevention and therapy of diseases and disorders which affect the digestive system.

‘Operation Gut Transformation’ is a must for anyone who is interested in learning more about the gut, digestive problems such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), gastric or colon cancers and appropriate nutrition and diet.

The event will be led by top consultant Gastroenterologist Dr. Barry O’Connor, whose talk ‘Scope it out’ will focus on gastric or colon cancers.  Dr. O’Connor will be joined by fellow consultant Gastroenterologist Dr. Liz Kenny who will speak on IBS Prevention and Care,  while their colleague Mr. Criostóir Ó Súilleabháin, General Surgeon, will focus his talk ‘It’s not always what it seems, surgical conditions that mimic IBS’.  Finally Nutritionist and Dietician Ms. Niamh O’Connor, who is also based at Mater Private Cork, will give insights into appropriate nutrition and diet with her talk ‘To eat is a necessity but to eat intelligently is an art’.