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  • commercial-development

    Exciting new commercial developments in Cork

    One Albert Quay – Ireland’s smartest building, designed to Gold LEED standards – was completed and opened in February 2016 and is already at 100% occupancy, now home to Johnson Controls, PwC, Malwarebytes, Hortonworks, Ardmore Shipping, Arup and Investec.

    One Albert Quay – Ireland’s smartest building, designed to Gold LEED standards – was completed and opened in February 2016 and is already at 100% occupancy, now home to Johnson Controls, PwC, Malwarebytes, Hortonworks, Ardmore Shipping, Arup and Investec. A number of new commercial buildings are also due to come online in the future including:

     

    • The Capitol (€50 million office and retail development);
    • Navigation Square (310,000 sq. ft. office space in the heart of the city designed to Gold LEED standards)
    • City Gate Plaza (250,000 sq. ft. of Platinum LEED offices)
    • EPark data centre campus in Little Island (Construction of the first 10 MW Co-location Data Centre)
  • students

    Top Talent & Researchers

    University College Cork (UCC) was named Sunday Times Best University of the Year and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) was named Institute of Technology of the Year for 2016.  Cork now has approximately 35,000 registered third-level students between UCC and CIT, including international students from across 104 countries..

    University College Cork (UCC) was named Sunday Times Best University of the Year and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) was named Institute of Technology of the Year for 2016.  Cork now has approximately 35,000 registered third-level students between UCC and CIT, including international students from across 104 countries.

  • tourism

    A new tourism strategy for Cork

    Cobh has been listed as the second-best cruise destination in Western Europe by Cruise Critic, a leading cruise review site and online cruise community. In the British Isles and Western Europe category, Cobh ranked second.   Cork currently accounts for 17.

    Cobh has been listed as the second-best cruise destination in Western Europe by Cruise Critic, a leading cruise review site and online cruise community. In the British Isles and Western Europe category, Cobh ranked second.

     

    Cork currently accounts for 17.5% of all overseas visitors who come to Ireland. The Growing Tourism in Cork: A Collective Strategy  was launched in Jan 2016 and a project manager was appointed to drive a new initiative called ‘Visit Cork’ which has been established to promote and attract tourism to Cork. The new strategy aims to attract more than 500,000 extra tourists per year to Cork within the next five years, which will be worth an additional €214m annually to the local economy.

     

    Other positive developments in making Cork a more attractive location include:

     

    • Oliver Plunkett Street was awarded best street in UK and Ireland
    • Cobh voted second best cruise destination in Western Europe (September 2016) by cruisecritics.comfirst cruisers choice destination award.
    • 2016 is the first year that Cork has been awarded the Purple Flag Award which recognised Cork City as a location that offers a well-managed, diverse, entertaining and enjoyable evening and night out.
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Cork Airport,  August 2016.
Pic John Sheehan

    Cork Connected Globally

    Norwegian Air International have launched their transatlantic flights direct from Cork to Boston, with fares as low as €69! WOW Air are also commencing an all year round service operating 4 times a week to Reykjavik, with onward connections to eight destinations across the US and Canada, with starting fares as low as $163.00 (€149.00) each way.

    Norwegian Air International have launched their transatlantic flights direct from Cork to Boston, with fares as low as €69! WOW Air are also commencing an all year round service operating 4 times a week to Reykjavik, with onward connections to eight destinations across the US and Canada, with starting fares as low as $163.00 (€149.00) each way.

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Over 1,600 entrepreneurs, digital marketers, technology enthusiasts, students and those embarking on a digital journey are expected to attend Ireland’s second ever National Digital Week which will take place over the next 3 days in Skibbereen in the heart of West Cork. The event has been organised by the Ludgate Hub, Ireland's first rural digital hub and is supported by event partners AIB, Vodafone and Google.
Pictured at the event was Grainne Dwyer (CEO Ludgate Hub) & Callum Donnelly (Co-organiser National Digital Week).

Picture: Emma Jervis Photography

    Skibbereen’s Digital Hub

    A great 2016 success story for the region was the official launch of the Ludgate@Skibbereen digital hub, which has seen Skibbereen gain the title of a 1Gigabit community, and is transforming the way Ireland thinks about rural business communities.

    A great 2016 success story for the region was the official launch of the Ludgate@Skibbereen digital hub, which has seen Skibbereen gain the title of a 1Gigabit community, and is transforming the way Ireland thinks about rural business communities. National Digital Week (NDW) also returned to Skibbereen in 2016, and was a huge success, with world-class speakers from start-ups to industry leaders giving talks and participating in panel discussions on all things digital! #NDW16 in Numbers:

    · 13.7million tweet impressions

    · €450,000 seed fund

    · 1600 attendees

    · 84 speakers

    · 47 staff and volunteers

    · 8 live music events

    · 7 venues

    · 1 amazing week!

    · See more at www.digitalweek.ie

  • Startup Nations

    Cork supporting Startups

    In November, Cork hosted the Startup Nations Summit, which saw over 200 delegates from 50 countries meeting in Cork to exchange ideas and best practices on developing supportive entrepreneurship policies in their respective countries.

    In November, Cork hosted the Startup Nations Summit, which saw over 200 delegates from 50 countries meeting in Cork to exchange ideas and best practices on developing supportive entrepreneurship policies in their respective countries. This annual Summit (SNS) is the pinnacle event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – a collection of 30,000 events (with 10 million participants across the network of 160+ countries) worldwide. This was the first time that the Summit was hosted in a European location with previous locations including Ottawa (2012); Kuala Lumpur (2013); Seoul (2014); Monterrey (2015). The weekend of activities (17-20 November) comprised a wide selection of fringe events, with some of the headline activities including:

     

    Startup Island bootcamp on Spike Island (a former prison) and The Global Investor Challenge, which was won by Cork medical devices startup Skellig Surgical.

  • Positive news stories from 2016

    2016 was a busy year in Cork, with a host of announcements of further capital investments by a number of multinationals, as well as announcements of over 750 new jobs for the Cork region, by companies that include: Hortonworks, Amarenco Solar, Netigate, Abtran, Aspira, Eventbrite, Core HR, Zevas Communications, GE Healthcare, Teamwork.com and Cylance..

    2016 was a busy year in Cork, with a host of announcements of further capital investments by a number of multinationals, as well as announcements of over 750 new jobs for the Cork region, by companies that include: Hortonworks, Amarenco Solar, Netigate, Abtran, Aspira, Eventbrite, Core HR, Zevas Communications, GE Healthcare, Teamwork.com and Cylance.