Funding for Cork festivals supports local tourism – Buttimer

Tourism Info GraphicTuesday, 3rd March 2015

  • Funding for Cork festivals will continue to help support tourism and cultural activities in Cork
  • Failte Ireland has approved €47,000 for 15 festivals in Cork


Festivals are a very important part of the social and cultural fabric Cork, each year they help attract tourists to our city and county and are an opportunity for local residents to explore a wide variety of events.  The funding announced by Minister Ring will ensure that the 15 festivals that are sharing €47,000 will again be success in helping to support local tourism.

The festivals that will benefit from this funding include Cork Folk Festival, Cork Craft and Design and Ocean to City.  Each is a unique event that showcases a different aspect of Cork life.  When each festival is taking place our varied cultural and artistic heritage is put on show, attracting thousands of visitors and boosting business and tourism in both city and county.

Nationally over €500,000 has been approved by Fáilte Ireland for regional festivals and events taking place this year.    This will support 187 events and is in addition to almost €2.3 million which was already announced for 27 large national festivals throughout Ireland in 2015.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Tourism

New route shows potential for growth and expansion at Cork Airport – Buttimer

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

  • New destination from Cork Airport shows that clear potential for growth and expansion exists.
  • CSA Czech Airlines to begin twice weekly direct flights from Cork to Ibiza.

The decision by Czech Airlines to add twice weekly direct flights to a new destination is welcome news for Cork Airport.  It shows that clear potential for growth and expansion exists at Cork Airport.  In other positive developments at the airport further announcements are expected this year, the team at Cork Airport, led by Niall MacCarthy, deserve to be congratulated for their efforts in securing this new route.

While there has been a decline in passenger numbers at Cork Airport it remains our country’s second busiest airport.  Passengers flying from Cork Airport have a choice of 42 scheduled destinations, which will increase with the new announcement, this compares to only 29 destinations available from Shannon.  For people travelling to and from the South of the country Cork offers more routes and more options when it comes to fights.  This reality needs to be broadcast; the benefits of using Cork Airport need to marketed and promoted here at home and overseas.

We are all concerned about the future of the airport and we must work to put in place structures and supports that will enable the airport to be properly marketed and promoted.  We need a far-reaching plan to reverse the recent trend of falling passenger numbers, and all funding options should be considered.  An integrated and properly resourced tourism structure that focusses on growing inbound tourism is needed; this would be a great benefit to the efforts to market the airport.  This must involve clear accountability and targets, working with stakeholders such as the airport and hotels.  I have written to the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, requesting a meeting to discuss these issues that are critical to the future of Cork Airport.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Tourism, Transport

Cork would be an ideal venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup – Buttimer

Friday, 5th December 2014

  • Ireland launches bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
  • Bid being led by Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Cork is one of Ireland’s great sporting cities and would make an ideal venue for the Rugby World Cup.

Cork’s sporting and rugby pedigree is beyond question. And with the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Irish Independent Park (Musgrave Park), we would have ideal venues for Rugby World Cup games.

Cork frequently hosts high level sporting fixtures and cultural events and has a variety of excellent hotels. The southern capital would serve as a perfect launch pad to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.

Irish people are renowned for making visitors feel at home and I have no doubt that the people of Cork would provide a great welcome to Rugby World Cup visitors to the city.

Rugby fans from the six nations and the southern hemisphere love coming to Ireland. An Irish world cup would prove an extremely popular choice with rugby fans.

Hosting the Rugby World Cup would involve a significant investment for Ireland but it would be more than recouped through visitor numbers and the benefits of the global exposure of Ireland as a tourism and business destination.

I think the Irish bid for the Rugby World Cup is one that demands to be taken seriously. We have the facilities. The Governments north and south of the border are fully behind the bid and the GAA is on board.

The bid is being launched as Ireland sits at number three in the world rugby rankings. It would be great to see Ireland compete for the world cup on home soil.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, National Work, Sport, Tourism, Transport