Submitted on Friday, 13 February 2015

Cork Convention Bureau hosted its #CorkInDublin event at Powerscourt Townhouse this week to highlight all that Cork has to offer as a destination for international conferences, meetings and events, and to actively target companies and agencies in Dublin who have the potential to bring such business to Cork.

The guests that attended are responsible for bringing more than 100,000 international business tourism delegates into Ireland each year and included over 70 Professional Conference Organisers, Destination Management Companies, Event Management Companies and large corporations.  Minister Kathleen Lynch also attended the evening.

Cork Convention Bureau highlighted key new developments in the Cork region, including new conference venues, airline routes and tourism offerings.  The new 6,000 seater Cork Events Centre, which is scheduled to open in 2018, was very much highlighted on the night. A lot of international conferences that previously took place in Dublin are looking for a new Irish venue and the general consensus was that Cork will be ideal when the events centre is built.

Those attending the event got a true taste of Cork as they met with over 25 hotel, venue and activity providers in the Cork region, enjoyed a local artisan Cork menu, and met with some of Cork’s famous faces including fishmonger Pat O Connell whose iconic photo with Queen Elizabeth went worldwide!

Submitted on Wednesday, 11 February 2015

~ New UCC Finance Programme has huge international appeal ~

University College Cork’s new Finance master’s degree, MSc Asset Management, is proving to be hugely popular with international students and positions the recently established Cork University Business School (CUBS) as a global leader in finance education.

Launched by Caitriona MacGuinness, President of CFA Ireland and Senior Portfolio Manager at KBC Fund Management, the MSc Asset Management degree is recognised for its rigour and quality as a CFA Institute Recognised University Programme and a CAIA Academic Partner Programme. 

Commenting, Dr Mark Mulcahy, Programme Director, said, “UCC is one of only three universities in the UK and Ireland to achieve such top ranked global recognition for the quality of our finance programmes, one of which is Oxford University, which gives us huge international appeal and marketability.  We are also the only finance programme I Ireland with an Aircraft Leasing module reflecting the importance of this industry to the Irish economy”

“The MSc Asset Management goes one step further other finance programmes in that in addition to the rigorous curriculum, our students also study toward top tier professional finance qualifications during the year and receive academic credit for this study.  As a result of our relationship with the CFA Institute and CAIA, each year we have the opportunity to award several merit scholarships* to our students to cover the cost of studying for these exams.  UCC is the only university in the world to integrate professional finance qualifications of this calibre directly into its programmes in this fashion.”

Submitted on Tuesday, 10 February 2015

This year’s Gradam Ceoil TG4 concert, which takes place at Cork Opera House on 22 February, will feature an all-star line-up of traditional musicians who are in demand individually around the world.   Tickets are now on-sale, and selling quickly.

The event is not only returning to Cork for the first time in ten years, but it will also be broadcast live on TG4 for the very first time.

The concert will both educate and entertain and features an exciting ensemble of musicians …

·        Máirtín O Connor, Cathal Hayden, Jimmy Higgins & Brendan O Regan 

·        Máirtín O’ Connor, Donal Lunny, Zoe Conway

·        Ensemble Ériu

·        Bobby Gardiner, Lynda Gardiner, Carol Talty & Caoimhín Ó Fearghail

·        Liam O Flynn, Paddy Glackin, Mícheál O Súilleabháin, Neil Martin.

·        Róisín White 

·        Maitiú Ó Casaide agus The Bonnymen

·        Pulses of Tradition

Agus go leor eile….

Submitted on Monday, 19 January 2015

~ Q4 Cork Business Association ‘Business of the Year’ Award winner ~

Phelans Pharmacy, Medical and Mobility Supplies, has been announced as Q4 winners of the Cork Business Awards today by the Cork Business Association.

As a quarterly finalist, Phelans Pharmacy will be entered into the prestigious Cork Business Association ‘Business of the Year’ Awards, in its respective large and medium/small business category.  The overall award winner will be announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony in The Clarion Hotel on Saturday 24 January 2015.

Speaking at the Q4 presentation, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said, “The Cork Business of the Year Awards identify, honour and acknowledge businesses who have contributed to or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural or civic life in Cork City and I would like to sincerely congratulate Conor and Denise Phelan and all the staff at Phelans Pharmacy, Medical and Mobility Supplies across Cork for their continued efforts”. 

Discussing why the late-night Pharmacy and Medical and Mobility suppliers in particular stood out over the past few months, James O’Sullivan, said “Phelans Pharmacy has been an integral part of the Cork community since its inception in 1988, and with the introduction of the late-night pharmacy concept to Cork in 1991, they have really been at the fore of their industry in the Cork-market, tending, it seems, to every customer’s needs.  This has also been reflected in their mobility aids supply service which is both in-store and online.  Although they are in the medium/small business category, let there be no doubt that they are a force to be reckoned with!”

Submitted on Monday, 19 January 2015

~ Accounting Boot Camp for Transition Year Students at UCC ~

Transition year students interested in a career in accounting will be pleased to hear that University College Cork’s Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems is running their Accounting Boot Camp again this year, following the success of the inaugural event last year. 

The event is being held on Thursday 12th February, and limited places are still available. 

The Boot Camp aims to give Transition Year students an early insight into the daily life of an accounting student; they will sit in on lectures, learn about the various modules that are undertaken, and hear all about college social life!