Celebrity visitor arrives with the Celebrity Eclipse

Well known English Travel writer and TV personality, Simon Calder, recently stopped off  in Cobh on the cruise liner, Celebrity Eclipse, and took a tour of the town with Michael Martin on the Titanic Trail. Calder became travel editor for The Independent in 1994, and shortly afterwards began presenting for BBC 2‘s Travel Show until   1999.

Simon Calder ( in red shirt) on the Titanic Trail in Cobh

Simon Calder then contributed to several BBC 1 shows, including Perfect Holiday and Departure Lounge. Calder presented the final film in the last edition of the long-running Holiday programme in 2007. He continues to contribute to various BBC programmes, and regularly comments as an expert on travel issues for other radio and TV stations.

The Celebrity Eclipse spent the night of 30th May in Cobh and departed the following day to make room for the arrival of the Independence of the Seas.


Picture of the Celebrity Eclipse leaving Cork Harbour and the Independence of the Seas arriving in   Cobh

Guided walking tours of Spike Island to commence this weekend

Don’t miss out on The Number 3 of 64 attractions in Cork on Trip Advisor !

A Must when visiting Cork’ & ‘ The best of the best

Guided walking tours of Spike Island are resuming this weekend, Saturday, the 30th April. Tours will take place this Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May, and Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May. Tours Departing from Kennedy Pier in Cobh at 2 p.m.

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The  schedule for May is as follows:
Tours will take place every weekend on Saturday’s and Sunday’s departing from Kennedy Pier at 2 p.m.

With sufficient numbers, private tours may be booked by contacting Michael Martin:
From Overseas +353 21 4815211 From Ireland 021 4815211

Or contact Marine Transport: Tel.4811485 or 4815211
Email: spikeislandguidedwalkingtours@gmail.com

Speed networking event connects local business to Cork ARC Cancer Support House

A blend of diverse business representatives attended the recent speed networking event in aid of the Cork ARC Cancer Support House. This was the second ‘Connect – Linking Business and Charity’ event to take place since the Connect launch in November, 2010.

Cork ARC was delighted with the success of the evening, noting that it was also great fun and a very novel way of fundraising and networking. Hilary Sullivan commented that the response they received from the participants was fantastic. The aim of Connect is to unite business and charities in a personal and meaningful way so that fundraising organisations can share more knowledge of the work they do and create a greater awareness of their cause to local businesses.

The Connect Event really did open up everyone’s eyes on the great work that Cork ARC undertakes. Hilary gave an interesting presentation on the organisation, from its mission statement and acronym, right through to its everyday operations and needs. ARC stands for Aftercare, Research and Counselling, and the charity is: ‘A voluntary organisation established to provide a holistic centre in which people with cancer and their families can find emotional support and practical help.  Our aim is to provide therapies that complement the medical model, so as to make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer’

The Charity was set up in 2001 and is recognised by the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society. Referrals come from oncology units and GP’s, as well as by word of mouth. All therapies conform to best medical evidence based practice. These are complementary therapies, not alternative therapies. Visitors to Cork ARC Cancer Support House range from adults diagnosed with cancer, parents of children with cancer, adult family members and professionals working in the area. On average, there are 60 new contacts each month with over 4000 visits in 2010. Fifty percent of the visitors are patients and fifty percent are relatives of those diagnosed with cancer.

Cork ARC Cancer Support House provides all services free of charge and running costs are met by fundraising activities. The charity is totally dependent on the commitment of its volunteers and currently has over seventy volunteers working with them. All commence with eight week induction training, followed by ongoing monthly training.

Connect – Linking Business & Charity was delighted to be involved in such a worthy cause. Well know Cork personality, PJ Coogan, was MC on the night and the River Lee kindly sponsored the venue.  Organisers behind ‘Connect’ are Gwenda Hughes of Dragon Marketing, Margot Mulcahy, MD at MDMpr, Allan Cuthbert, MD at Financial Wellbeing and professional photographer, Diane Cusack.  ‘Connect’ works both online and offline and you can join the group on LinkedIn (Connect, Linking Business & Charity) and follow us on our blog or on Twitter. 

Prior to the business speed networking, a few lucky representatives from the local business sector   who attended the event were drawn for a one minute elevator pitch, these included: Architect, Cathal O’Boyle; Brid McAuliffe of  NuSkin; Marjo Alatalo, Forever Living and Kathy O’Dwyer of Career Training

There are several ways you can assist Cork ARC Cancer Support House: You can help create more awareness by telling people about it; perhaps you know someone who can lend their professional expertise (HR, PR, Health & Safety and IT); you could volunteer for half a day a week at the drop-in centre; come up with some fundraising ideas or just present a regular or once off donation.

For more information, please contact:  Cork ARC Cancer Support House, “Cliffdale”  5 O’Donovan Rossa Road,  (near the front gates of UCC on Western Road), Tel 021 4276688

Cobh to remember Titanic sinking

As the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic appears on the horizon the people of Ireland will remember those who died in the tragedy at a ceremony in Cobh on Sunday 10th April 2011.

Just one day short of ninety nine years after the Titanic called to Cobh on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York all of those who died when the ship sank will be remembered at a commemoration to be held in her last port of call.

One hundred and twenty three passengers boarded in Queenstown, what was at the time the largest and most luxurious ocean liner afloat. Three days later the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank with the loss of over 1500 lives, including 79 of those who boarded in Cobh.

The prayer, hymn and wreath laying ceremony at the Titanic Memorial in Cobh Town Centre will be followed by the ceremonial reading of the names of the 79 unfortunate Cobh passengers by schoolchildren from Cobh and the parish of Addergoole in Mayo. Fourteen men and women from Addergoole, in North Mayo, set sail from Queenstown for a new life in America. Eleven died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Rural Ireland resounds with tales of emigration, steeped in the traditions of letting go. The people of Addergoole will never let go of the memory of eleven neighbours and friends who disappeared with that ship of dreams and the Addergoole Titanic Society will have a large representation at the Cobh ceremony.

The Mayor of Cobh, Cllr. Finbarr O’Driscoll will place a wreath in the sea in honour of all those who lost their lives when the Titanic sank.

The ceremony in Cobh is organised by Cobh Tourism and will start at 3 pm from the Old Town Hall at Lynch’s Quay when a Colour Party from the Cobh Branch O.N.E. will lead a parade of representatives from Titanic and Historical Societies as well as Civic leaders and the schoolchildren involved in the ceremony. Musical honours will be provided by the Commodore Male Voice Choir and Cobh Confraternity Band. The proceedings will conclude with a bugler playing the Last Post and Reveille. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Further information on this year’s ceremony from:

Hendrick Verwey Tel. 087 2593850

As the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic appears on the horizon the people of Ireland will remember those who died in the tragedy at a ceremony in Cobh on Sunday 10th April 2011.

Just one day short of ninety nine years after the Titanic called to Cobh on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York all of those who died when the ship sank will be remembered at a commemoration to be held in her last port of call.

One hundred and twenty three passengers boarded in Queenstown, what was at the time the largest and most luxurious ocean liner afloat.

Three days later the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank with the loss of over 1500 lives, including 79 of those who boarded in Cobh.

The prayer, hymn and wreath laying ceremony at the Titanic Memorial in Cobh Town Centre will be followed by the ceremonial reading of the names of the 79 unfortunate Cobh passengers by schoolchildren from Cobh and the parish of Addergoole in Mayo. Fourteen men and women from Addergoole, in North Mayo, set sail from Queenstown for a new life in America. Eleven died in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

Rural Ireland resounds with tales of emigration, steeped in the traditions of letting go. The people of Addergoole will never let go of the memory of eleven neighbours and friends who disappeared with that ship of dreams and the Addergoole Titanic Society will have a large representation at the Cobh ceremony.

The Mayor of Cobh, Cllr. Finbarr O’Driscoll will place a wreath in the sea in honour of all those who lost their lives when the Titanic sank.

The ceremony in Cobh is organised by Cobh Tourism and will start at 3 pm from the Old Town Hall at Lynch’s Quay when a Colour Party from the Cobh Branch O.N.E. will lead a parade of representatives from Titanic and Historical Societies as well as Civic leaders and the schoolchildren involved in the ceremony. Musical honours will be provided by the Commodore Male Voice Choir and Cobh Confraternity Band. The proceedings will conclude with a bugler playing the Last Post and Reveille. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Daffodil Day and support for cancer services

Today, being Daffodil Day brings a great awareness of the huge requirements for support that the Irish Cancer Society needs in its fight against cancer.

The Irish Cancer Society is associated with many groups and charities that provide help and support for cancer patients and their families. Among these is the Cork ARC Cancer Support House – our nominated charity for the 2nd Connect Event – Linking Business to Charity.
Please  support this event – and also avail of a great opportunity to make new business connections.

Register now by sending you email contact details to: connectire@gmail.com or you can also email Margot at info@mdmpr.com

Details about the Connect initiative can be found on our web site here:

Connect - Cork ARC Cancer Support event
Invitation to Connect - Linking business to Cork ARC

Handling the media in a crisis

THE tragic events at Cork Airport in recent weeks has highlighted the need for companies in Cork to look inwards and ask how would they cope if they were to find themselves on the world stage following an unforseen accident or event.

“Handling the media in a crisis” workshop Tuesday March 29th 2011 –  6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Rochestown Park Hotel

Would their business be able to keep operating in such circumstances and more importantly do they have the tools and skills necessary to handle, cope and deal with the unwanted intrusion from the media, who are looking for every bit of information, picture, detail etc to fill their papers, tv programmes and radio shows?

Secondly, would their business be able to cope, survive and thrive, if suddenly they found that their premises was out of bounds, or if a fire caused severe damage to their IT equipment?

Would their company be able to get back operating within a 12 – 24 hour timeframe or would they be out of business for weeks?

These are valid questions and most companies do not have the answer, thinking such an event could not happen to them.

It could. Accidents, incidents, fraud, fire, acts of God happen all the time, but the scale and the size of these accidents, emergencies, crisis, is not important, the proceedure behind how to cope and deal with such event are.

Is your company ready for such a crisis?  Do you as an organisation practise to to handle the media in a crisis? Does your company have a back-up plan should your IT fail?  Where do you store all your IT equipment and back-up files?

Companies should give these issues serious consideration today.  New methods of operation should be introduced.  Handling a crisis should be practised.  Investent in terms of time, training and media management should be made.

With this in mind a two-hour presentation on business continuity in a crisis and handling the media in a crisis will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Tuesday March 29, starting at 6pm.

Two organisations who specialise in this type of training have come together to run this event.

In the workshop business continuity consultant Mick O’Regan of ABC Solutions provides an overview of business continuity in a crisis, while media consultant, John McHale of McMedia PR uses his many years of experience in journalism and broadcasting to provide customised media training courses, strategic media consulting and crisis support to all sized companies and he will outline the rules of media engagement in times of a crisis.

The price is €50 including VAT per person inclusive of VAT (3 for the price of 2 from the same company). This event is also open to members of the public.

As numbers are limited, companies are advised if they wish to attend to register their interest by contacting info@mcmedia.ie or abcsolutions.ie for further details.

Complimentary tea/coffee will be available on arrival, so come early and network with other attendees.

In this workshop Business Continuity consultant Mick O’Regan of ABC Solutions provides an overview of business continuity while Media consultant John McHale of McMedia PR outlines the rules of media engagement in times of crisis that you and your company need to be aware of and in a position to implement.

The best solution for an overgrown garden – McSpray!

Several years ago the local council requisitioned a major part of our property to lay a main sewer, traversing the entire front grass area (which is probably about half an acre in size). The work at the time was substantial -and so was the mess – with a 20 foot deep trench being dug all the way across. Our compensation was landscaping,  great! This did not even take into account the fact no planning would ever be possible now, on what could have been a prime location for 2 or 3 houses – all with a fantastic view of Cork Harbour.

The work commenced on the landscaping shortly afterwards. We knew little of plants at the time, so the impact of various shades of green seemed to be ok for novices. A couple of years down the road the truth began to reveal itself. Our view of the harbour was disappearing rapidly! Try as we might, we just could not keep up with the growth and the landscaped section soon became a jungle.

To the rescue – McSpray!

Through the BCG Midleton Network Group I had met Niall McCarthy, so I asked him if he would consider attacking the garden ‘I love destruction’ said Niall, “and I hate cucumbers!” So we came to an agreement and Niall set to work.

tree felling in Cobh
Niall McCarthy's crew at work
Tree felling experts
The monkey and the Eucalyptus
McSpray Landscaping
Everything nice a tidy again

Niall was very professional in the execution of his work, taking into account every possible aspect of the job on hand. He undertook the radical pruning of trees and shrubs, always ensuring that the aesthetics of the garden were not compromised. There was no destruction, although at   times I did wonder!

On finishing the job, everything was cleaned up and tidied – leaving no chaos. I would highly recommend Niall and his crew for any heavy work you may need to be undertaken in your garden. Niall provides a service that was both expert and good value.

To prove a point - shrubs DO come back to life, quickly!

March Events in Cobh

The line up for the Spring season in Cobh will include:

Titanic Trail Walking Tours

Daily at 11 a.m. commencing at the Commodore Hotel. Contact Michael Martin 021 4815211

17th March – The Cobh St.Patricks Day Parade
Starting at ‘TheBench’  at  3.30
Imagination, colour and a huge participation will make everyone feel positive  that the Parade will be the best seen in Cobh for many years!
The theme of this year’s Parade is therefore “Positivity” and aims to encourage everyone to face the future with optimism…..This is your chance to show how proud you are to be Irish!

17th March – St.Patricks Day Ceili at the Cobh GAA Hall
Fundraising event in aid of the Great Island Fiddlers (also appearing)
Music on the night my Kalamazoo
Starting at 7 p.m. Ticketes Adults €7  Students/Children €3

19th March – 2nd April – Photographic  Exhibition at the Old Courthouse Cobh
A tribute to the late Luke Cassidy, an avid photographer who also had a fine collection of photographs.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Admission Free

Sirius Arts Centre The Old Yacht Club. Tel. +353 21 481 3790

10th March – 3rd April OPEN HOUSE 4
A unique group exhibition Sirius once again ‘opens the house’ to Cork emerging and established artists. Opening Thursday 10 March 7:00pm

18th March TRIO – Reschedule of December Concert!
With Caroline Fraher, John Daly & Dominic Finn
An Irish Evening with Trio – this is a reschedule of the December Concert which was cancelled due to bad weather.  All tickets from the earlier concert will be honored and there are still tickets available for this new date.  Contact Sirius for more information!

25th March Stephen Leeson & Whiskey Still
Former lead singer with The Dublin City Ramblers launches his solo career .
8 p.m. Tickets €12

7th April – The Blue Snake in the Shape of Infinity – Works by Suzy O’Mullane
A collection of drawing, painting and mixed media developed over the past five years by this well-known Cork Artist. The Blue Snake in the Shape of Infinity is drawn from previous works by Mullane titled “The Colour of Love”Running until Sunday 8 May

Fota House, Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork

10th April – “Springtime” Concert
The Carrigaline Choral Group with Mary Hegarty, soprano
Time: 8.00 pm – Tickets €20.00 – Bookings Fota House 4815543

17th April – Fota House Plant & Garden Fair

A large selection of specialist Nurseries from all over Ireland will be selling rare Trees, Shrubs, Alpine, Herbaceous and Water Plants, etc., while Garden retailers will supply Garden Furniture, Pots, Sculptures, Ornaments and Tools.
Fota House and Gardens and world renowned Arboretum will be open all day.
Catering facilities available in Fota House and on site
This event is being organized in association with Marymount Hospice New Building Fund.
11.00 am – 4.00 pm – Admission €8 – Parking Free
Tel Fota House:+353 214815543

Fota House, Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork


Register now for Connect – Linking Business to Cork ARC Cancer Support

Plans are well under way for the 2nd Connect Event – Linking Business to Cork ARC Cancer Support. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make new business connections and learn all about the great facilities that the Cork ARC Cancer Support House provide for the people of Cork.

Full details can be found on the Connect Blog

Picture below (Diane Cusack) at the launch of the second Connect Event – Linking Business to Cork ARC Cancer Support:

The Launch of Connect - linking Business to Cork ARC Cancer Support House
Launching the Connect 2nd event - linking business to Cork ARC