As a PR consultant, I was very annoyed to receive the notice on an upcoming PR course for business owners. I have no objection at all to the course itself and I am happy to see that business owners are being given the opportunity to ‘Uncover the Secrets of PR’ (Perhaps they will run another course soon on how to ‘Uncover the Secrets of Making a Million.’ ). Those attending the course will also learn how they can generate PR for themselves and make enough money so that they can go one to hire one of the expensive PR firms – nice one!
What is irksome is the innuendo that all PR is excessively expensive and outside the budget of SME’s. As a service provider, you would be surprised how much PR expertise and free publicity some SME’s do get for €100 – the subsidized price of the course.
The benefit of experienced PR generates real value for businesses. Not all PR companies are expensive, there are many of us out there working hard, providing value and good customer care.
Visitors to Cobh enjoy a spring day on the Titanic Trail
The Titanic Trail guided walking tours take place throughout the year. However, during the winter months there are not soo many visitors to the town of Cobh so the tours are not so busy.
Local historian, Michael Martin, the creator of the tours is looking forward to a busy season in 2011. This weekend saw several visitors taking part in this fascinating historic tour that recounts the story of the ill fated HMS Titanic.
Plans are well underway for the 2nd Connect Event, which will take place on 31st March in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House. The event will be a business speed networking event, hosted by the River Lee Hotel on the Western Road and close to the Cork ARC Cancer Support House.
‘Connect – Linking Business & Charity’ is a unique initiative that was launched in the autumn of 2010. It provides a platform for interaction and communication between commercial interests and fundraising organisations, helping charities create a strong awareness of their cause, while businesses can support the charities and get something in return through effective business networking.
“We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause,” noted Gwenda Hughes, spokesperson for Connect. “Our team were delighted with the positive response to our first event last November. We have now decided to develop the concept further and include a much broader insight of the great work that our nominated charity, Cork ARC, provides for the City and County. On this occasion, should they wish, businesses attending the speed networking event will also have the opportunity to visit the Cork ARC Cancer Support House at the end of the proceedings.”
Cork ARC Cancer Support House provides emotional and practical support to people with cancer and their families. With one in three people diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime, almost every family will be touched by the disease at some time. Cork ARC has been designed as a safe and tranquil place in which people can talk in confidence or avail of a range of therapies designed to make a difference in their lives. Counselling, therapeutic massage, reflexology, stress management, art therapy, yoga and tai chi are a sample of the options open to visitors. All services are provided free of charge to patients and relatives and are supported solely through fundraising.
Other key team players of the upcoming Connect event include Margot Mulcahy, of MDMpr, Allan Cuthbert, of Financial Wellbeing and well known Cork photographer, Diane Cusack. “Registration for the speed networking is open to all businesses in Cork and there is no pre-requisite for membership,” noted Margot. “The evening activities will commence at 5.45 with open networking followed by a presentation from Cork ARC. Similar to our first event, five business cards will be drawn from the registration table, giving winners the opportunity for a one minute elevator pitch. The speed sessions will then take place for 40 minutes. Finally, after following up on business leads, anyone who would like a tour of the Cork ARC Cancer Support House will be taken on a short walk to view the facilities.”
Karen Colgan, Director of Development with Cork ARC, thanked ‘Connect’ for their interest and support, saying “Raising awareness of our services and reaching out to families affected by cancer is always our key priority. We are dependent on the goodwill and generosity of the people of Cork who have always been so supportive. This is a great opportunity to open the doors of ARC to the business community, introducing them to our services and giving insight into how we are helping people with cancer in our community.”
“The aim of Connect is to unite business and charity in a meaningful way,” noted Allan Cuthbert. “Connect works both online and offline and you can join the group on LinkedIn , follow our Blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.” Allan went on the note, “We would also like to specially thank, PJ Coogan, the well known Cork presenter and journalist, for all his help and support, and the River Lee Hotel, who are very generously hosting this event on the 31st March.”
Please include your name, business and full contact details. Registration will be managed on a FCFS basis.The fee for participation, which will be your donation to Cork ARC Cancer Support House, is just €20
Further details can be obtained from Margot Mulcahy, MDMpr or email firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 021 4812382/ 086 8045468
There has been great excitement in the East Cork village of Aghada since Brandy Ahern, MD of SavieCard, recently announced that SavieCard had been nominated for the regional final of the Social Entrepreneurship Award inthe Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards. SavieCard is a community card, which raises funds in local areas for sporting and community projects, supports and promotes local businesses while making significant savings on family expenditure.
The Munster finals took place this week at Thomond Park in Limerick. “We were absolutely delighted to be nominated for the regional finals,” said Brandy on returning from Limerick. “There are eight categories in the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards and theSocial Entrepreneurship Award is for businessesaddressing social based challenges. Not motivated by profit, the entrepreneurs involved in this category have a strong social conscience and are inspired by achieving wider community objectives.”
In today’s environment, the challenges facing fundraisers are significant and SavieCard has focused on addressing those needs. This community card gives back to its supporter’s by providing exclusive discounts and offers in all participating Irish businesses. It operates in a simple manner; SavieCard works with an organisation that wishes to raise money and helps them develop a strategic plan to help them reach their fundraising goals. The organisations then receive customized cards which they sell for €20 each. The fundraisers make €10 on every card sold, so if volunteers sell 1000 cards, the organization earns €10,000. SavieCard pays all costs including VAT and provides all promotional materials for the organisation. In addition, it guarantees that if the card is used properly, cardholders can save literally hundreds of euro in their favourite shops, restaurants and on products and services. The SavieCard means that the community is supporting local businesses, cardholders are saving money, and community organisations are receiving much-needed funding!
The Sirius Arts Centre just sent in news of a series of photographic exhibitions by both Irish and international Artists which they will be holding in association with a number of arts organisations.
These exhibitions are being brought together to celebrate the opening of ‘ALL MY LOVIN’ which opens in the Crawford Art Gallery on Thursday 3 of February at 6:00pm For a full list of exhibitions please the Sirius Arts Centre web site and click on the ‘All My Lovin’ Banner. Openings to include Prisoner of Damp Patches – works by April Gertler at Basement Project Space. Running now until 10 February 2011 Camden Quay, Cork
Stag and Deer Season Two present photographs by Maeve O’Neill Winthrop Arcade, Cork running now until Wednesday 9 February
7:00 Pat the Picket in the Camden Palace Hotel Photographs by Doug Dubois and the costumes and effects of Pat Allen 1953 – 2010Running until 25 February
To celebrate the creative energy of artists living and working in the Cork area Sirius Arts Centre is once again inviting artists to exhibit in a unique group exhibition. Admission is open to artists over the age of 18, working in a variety of materials, there is a submission charge of €10 per artist.
The AST Rehabilitation Clinic in Cork has just announced plans for a major international expansion into Saudi Arabia. Adrian and Suzanne Tanzer recently returned from the Middle East with the blueprint for this exciting new development. AST will be responsible for the establishment and management of a chain of state wide clinics for the Saudi Arabian rehabilitation programme. They will also be assisting with recruitment for physiotherapy and occupational personnel at the hospital ‘Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City,’ just north of Riyadh.
AST have formed a partnership with Mr Kussay Al-Rammah. Mr Al-Rammah has studied in the USA and is the former CEO of the medical division of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned national oil company and the largest oil corporation in the world. Oil companies in Saudi provide hospitals and medical facilities for their employees. He was previously responsible for all medical management, plus health and safety administration for the corporation. The medical infrastructure is only beginning to develop in Saudi Arabia and Kussay is a man with a vision to bring a first class health care system to the entire Arabian Peninsula.
The importance of an informative web site played a major role in this exciting development for AST. An email arrived in the inbox of info at astphysiotherapy.com last year from Kussay Al-Rammah with a business proposal. How many of us would have binned that mail as thrash?
Speaking on his return to Cork, Adrian Tanzer described how AST would be operating the new Saudi venture. “Initially, four treatment centres, catering for up to 300 patients per day, will be set up in different communities around the peninsula. These will be located in the provinces of Ad Damman in the Eastern Region, Riyadh in central Ar Riyad region, Jeddah in Makkah and Ha’il to the north.” Adrian went on to note, “With his well established connections in Saudi Arabia, our partner, Kussay Al-Rammah, will act as the liaison between AST and the relevant authorities, such as health boards and the planning authorities. Kussay’s role will be to source appropriate properties for the clinics and to obtain the necessary planning permissions, etc. AST, on the other hand, will be responsible for the recruitment and training of staff for the new clinics and the Humanitarian City. In partnership with Sven Conrad, MD of Secona Conrad GmbH, they will also be responsible for the design layout of the clinics the provision of all medical equipment.”
Adrian and Suzanne were overwhelmed by the friendliness of their new Saudi associates. The reality of their visit was not at all like what they had been told to expect. They really enjoyed being invited into the homes of their new friends and experienced traditional foods and the family culture of the region – an unusual gesture for Westerners in Saudi. Adrian’s enthusiasm for this development is contagious and he is adamant that concepts such as these should be embraced by other Irish businesses to expand abroad during these difficult times in Ireland.
As well as excursions to see the historical sites of Saudi with Mr. Al-Rammah, Adrian and Suzanne visited three rehabilitation clinics in Ad-Dammam, ranging from a private clinic, to semi private and to a public clinic. They were also invited by the Dr. Abdulaziz A. Al Shamekh, CEO of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City to visit the hospital complex. “Treatments at the Humanitarian City were at the same level of quality as in Europe,” noted Adrian. “This complex was stunning; it is a non-profit 400 bed hospital supported by the King, and at one million square metres, is the biggest private hospital in the world!” While at the complex, Adrian met the executive Director of Clinical Affairs, Abdullah H. Bin Zarah, Mazen H. Al- Humaidan and Engr. Hamad A. Aloumi, the Director of Support Services and Abdul Rahman. Humanitarian City will be one of the biggest referrals for the new AST Rehabilitation Clinics.
Work has already commenced on the project and AST have begun to recruit medical staff for both the new clinics and the Humanitarian City Hospital. Personnel will be recruited from Ireland, Europe and North America. In addition to pre-paid tickets, successful candidates will have free accommodation in the specially planned estates for Westerners in Riyadh. Adrian will be returning to Saudi in January to check out the premises for the first clinic which AST plan to open next March/April.
AST continue to provide rehabilitation and physiotherapy therapies at their clinic in Rushbrooke in Cobh and have now gained world wide recognition for their standards of excellence.
We are located on Wilmount Avenue, Carrignafoy in Cobh, County Cork. At one point of time, the property and the avenue was dominated by a Castle, known as Wilmount Castle.
The castle had two towers that were surmounted by 4 lions. We were told that these may have been cast by Edwin Henry Landseer, better known for his lions in Trafalgar Square. One of these lions still remains.
Recently, Anne McSweeney from Cobh completed some research on the castle that we would like to share:
“Ever since I was a child the ruins of Wilmount Castle held a fascination for me. I used to explore inside its walls with my friends and admire the beautiful stone lions and pick bunches of bluebells which grew abundantly there in the 1950’s and even later in the early sixties when my husband and I were courting.
I felt sad when the Castle was demolished in 1962 even though a very fine modern house Castlebeg was built on the site by the late Jack O’Gorman (father of Paddy O’Gorman of TV fame) and is now the property of the Mulcahy family.
Recently I came across some old photos of Cobh taken from the sea and lo and behold there was (my Castle) standing proudly in all its glory; lording it over the eastern side of the town, flag flapping in the breeze. I was curious to find out who built it and who lived in it and came up with the following info :
Wilmount Castle was built in 1852 for the Seymour family. Captain William Deane Seymour, a prosperous Shipping Agent, Town Commissioner and Consul to various countries and Justice of the Peace with many business interests, too numerous to mention, lived in the castle with his wife Catherine. A force to be reckoned with was W.D., as he was known locally.
He owned some steamships including Arran Castle and Fanny and also shared ownership of a sailing ship with his brother Henry Seymour. William Deane represented the Inman Line for many years in Cobh and was author of “Journal of a Voyage round the World” and “ A Tour in Syria and Palestine” etc.
Captain Seymour is also credited with the building of both Athenian Terrace and St. Maur’s Terrace
‘Connect’s’ first event on Thursday, 25th November – really did link business and charity in a meaningful way
The first Connect Event did exactly what it set out to do, which was to unite business and charity in a meaningful way to the mutual benefit of both. ‘Connect’ held its first business speed networking event on Thursday, 25th November, in aid of the Cork Simon Community, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island.
A cross section of Cork business representatives attended the event to contribute to the good cause, and importantly, to make new business connections. Well know Cork personality, PJ Coogan, was MC on the night and did a fantastic job of organising the agenda for the event. Following some informal networking, Katie Browne commenced the proceedings with a short talk on the on-going work, challenges and successes of Cork Simon. This was followed by two 60 second elevator pitches, one by Eamonn Leahy, of Expo Organizers, and the other from marketer Denis Finnegan. Finally the serious business of the night got underway with 45 minutes of speed networking. Thanks to PJ, everyone moved smoothly around the tables for their consecutive 3 minute meetings (although some were hard to move on!).
Organisers behind ‘Connect’ are Gwenda Hughes of Dragon Marketing, Margot Mulcahy, MD at MDMpr; Allan Cuthbert, MD at Financial Wellbeing; Odette Norman of Stormlight; and professional photographer, Diane Cusack. ‘Connect’ works both online and offline and you can join the group on LinkedIn (Connect, Linking Business & Charity), Facebook (Connect Cork) and follow us on Twitter. The group vision is to hold a number of events annually in support of a variety of charities. All proceeds raised on the night went directly to Cork Simon, the nominated charity for the first event.