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October 01, 2018
  Cork, September 2018:  Many of Cork’s landmark buildings including City Hall, County Hall, Port of Cork, University College Cork, CIT’s City Centre Hub on Grand Parade, The Capitol and One Albert Quay among others, will be turning red this week to mark the launch of a new brand to promote all that is great about Cork.
The “We are Cork” brand will enhance marketing of the city and county nationally and internationally as a great place to live, work, invest, study, play, visit and succeed.

The initiative aims to support Cork as it’s poised to become the fastest growing region in Ireland in the next 20 years.  With €510 million in commercial development underway or recently completed in Cork, the region is home to the world’s largest technology company, Apple and 7 out of 10 of the world’s top 10 pharma companies.    With increased global movement of companies, and Brexit uncertainty, stakeholders in Cork have been working to promoting its economic and lifestyle merits with all the benefits of a metropolitan area as well as vast open spaces, scenery and extensive coastline. And notably Cork is poised become Europe’s second largest English speaking region.

As part of the initiative, which is a first in Ireland, the region’s stakeholders including Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Airport, Port of Cork, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, Ibec, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Failte Ireland and Visit Cork are backing the “We are Cork” brand.  As the umbrella brand for Cork, it is envisaged that “We are Cork” will come to represent and promote the region internationally, nationally and locally.   It will also be available for use by all businesses, organisations and interested parties in Cork. 

An Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD was on hand to launch the We are Cork brand, and said, “We Are Cork is a brilliant initiative to bring together under one banner everything that makes Cork great. The city and county is going to be the fastest growing part of the country for the next two decades and it is essential that campaigns like We Are Cork are initiated to make the most out of the business to be done.”

Speaking at the launch of “We are Cork”, Cork City Council Chief Executive and Chair of the “We Are Cork” Steering Committee Ann Doherty said, “Collaboration is the cornerstone of the “We are Cork” brand, which should be adopted widely in the coming weeks and months.  The brand has unilateral support from all major players in Cork, unifying Cork’s positioning and messaging to help us tell the Cork story cohesively overseas as well as at home.  With Brexit around the corner, it is vital to be prepared for the challenges and opportunities that this will inevitably bring. We are Cork is vital to our strategy to help realize the ambitious growth targets for our Region set by Government in Ireland 2040.”

Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey said: “We Are Cork is a brand under which we are united in showcasing the Cork region on a local, national and international stage. Cork is unique in terms of its offering, balancing significant urban growth with a quality of life across our rural, coastal and Island communities that is second to none.  Our highly talented workforce and low cost of doing business is a proven attraction but it is the quality of how we live that secures retention.  We Are Cork has incredible potential, we just need to live it now and into the future.”

With a population of over half a million people, Cork will see an investment of €200 million in public transport in the coming years and €214 million on roads in the next three years. New flights continue to bolster the region’s accessibility, with a number of direct flights to the USA and almost 15 flights daily to and from the UK.

Residential costs are 30% lower in Cork when compared to Dublin.  Cork has previously topped the Financial Times ‘European League for Foreign Direct Investment’ table and is currently home to 158 FDI companies located in the Region, including global leaders such as Dell EMC and Vmware, Pfizer, Eli Lilly among others.  Cork has also been voted the top small city for business friendliness and the 3rd friendliest location in the world, among with numerous accolades from travel, food, culture and arts.  It is against this proven track record that the region’s stakeholders have joined forces to bolster Cork’s thriving ecosystem and ensure a unified communications message of success from the region.

Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber added “Cork has everything to offer – a great place to live, work, study, invest and to succeed. As a long term advocate of the need for a strong place brand, we are excited to see not just the ‘We Are Cork’ brand launched here today but most importantly the collaborative approach that has been taken by all involved. Building on this we are calling on the people and businesses of Cork to support the brand and demonstrate the strong collective voice we have in the region as we work together to position Cork for prosperity.

For more information and to download a copy of the We are Cork brand, visit or follow #wearecork on social media.

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Yes… the largest Sculpture Exhibition in Ireland is now open at The Montenotte Hotel

By Ray Kelleher – Director of Sales & Marketing

A stunning Sculpture Exhibition has been installed at our hotel this week, here at The Montenotte Hotel, in the sunken Victorian Gardens and will be on-site for the next four weeks, in association with the prestigious amazing The Kildare Gallery.

In keeping with our company’s commitment to support Irish art and culture, 38 sculptures by 18 Irish artists, including Bob Quinn, Stephanie Hess and Donnacha Cahill have now adorned the gardens. The works range in themes, scale and materials including ceramic, bronze, bog oak and copper steel.

With so many events, including showcase events like Bloom, cancelled, our exhibition is now the largest outdoor exhibition of its kind in Ireland this year!

We now encourage as many locals and visitors as possible to visit the Sculpture Exhibition and wander around the wonder of these secret gardens, which were only recently rediscovered and restored to their former glory of 100 years ago.  Your body and mind will truly relax as you peruse the art, breathe in the aromatic scents of lavender, myrtle and rosemary, and listen to the soothing sounds of the water fountain.

You can also take in the spectacular views of the exhibition, Victorian Gardens and Cork city from a high from the recently refurbished Panorama Terrace. We just ask that you pop to the hotel reception and register your details to gain access.

For myself, I am only just with the hotel less than 2 weeks and there is no doubt that this is one of Ireland’s most instragrammable hotels and the sculpture exhibition enhances this.

We hosted a press call to launch the exhibition with the Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and the Lady Mayoress Stephanie this week and our General Manager Brian Bowler commented , “We are delighted to host such a magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in association with the Kildare Gallery, after a hugely successful inaugural event in 2019.  It’s part of our ongoing ethos to support Irish artists, and it has never been more important to do, as the arts community has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. To see these incredible sculptures against the backdrop of our re-discovered sunken Victorian gardens is a stunning sight to behold”.

It was also great to meet Ruth Liddle from the Kildare Gallery who is the curator of the exhibition. I feel my artistic knowledge has grown since I arrived at The Montenotte Hotel.

The Sculpture Exhibition will run until September 26th.  All of the pieces are available to purchase with The Kildare Gallery and for more information about visiting the exhibition see here

Ray Kelleher
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Montenotte Hotel

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~ Launch of our call and collect ‘Pure Cork Afternoon Tea’ ~
~ This special treat is perfect for cocooning loved ones and will support local producers and charity Our Hospital Heroes ~

Does lockdown have you pining for dainty finger sandwiches, fluffy scones and mouth-watering desserts? If you have a special occasion coming up, want to treat cocooning loved ones, or host a small socially distanced garden gathering when restrictions are eased, fear not, as Cork’s we have put Afternoon Tea back on the menu with the launch of a new call and collect service - available from Saturday 16th May! Orders will be taken from Friday 14th May. 

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This Saturday, on February 1st, I ventured down to Cork for a weekend break in the picturesque and beautifully modern, Montenotte Hotel.
As they say, January is the only month with twice as many days as the rest. Maybe it’s the post-Christmas, back to reality, dark at 4pm aspect, but January really does drag. The first day of Spring was the perfect time for a trip away. Matt drove and we arrived to check-in at 2pm, bringing the total journey time to just under 3 hours.

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the stay, please do let me know. I am always happy to answer!
All my foodie love,

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