Barbara Brennan, Jane Brennan and Orla Fitzgerald star as Breda, Clara and Ada in the Gate Theatre revival of Enda Walsh’s ‘The New Electric Ballroom’ recently. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Cork city seeks to improve night-time offering

Cork City Council is hoping to boost night life in the city by appointing the first ever Night-time Economy Advisor.

It recently began advertising for the role which aims to strengthen the city’s vibrant night-time economy and broaden the appeal of the city's night-time offerings to visitors, families, and other groups. It’s taken a few years for the role to be advertised following a major report on the night-time economy which was published in 2021 and recommended a pilot of appointing night-time economy advisors in Cork, among other towns and cities.

Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media established the Night-Time Economy Taskforce on 30 July 2020. The report of this taskforce was published in September 2021.

The night-time economy advisor will play an integral role in working with and supporting key stakeholders across the city such as An Garda Síochána, culture and creativity teams, late night artists and promoters, residents associations, and Purple Flag groups among other key stakeholders to promote Cork’s vibrant night-time economy to both national and international visitors.

Minister Martin said: “It’s wonderful to see Cork city move forward with recruiting this important role and I am pleased that my department is supporting this position as part the recommendations of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce report. The role of the Night-Time Economy Advisor will be key to growing a more sustainable night-life for all, encouraging diversity, innovation, new partnerships and creativity. I look forward to seeing the outcome of this pilot and thanks to Cork City Council for their ambition in relation to growing the offering in Cork city.”

John Hayes, City Centre Coordinator for Cork City Council, said: “The council is looking forward to engaging a Night-time Economy Advisor. Currently the stakeholders in the night-time economy, including the City Council and Garda Síochána, work together in partnership to improve the offering and the addition of a Night-time Economy Advisor will strengthen and further develop these relationships, all to the benefit of Cork cities night-time offering.”

Kevin Hurley, President of the Cork Business Association feels that the engagement of a night-time economy advisor is a really positive development. “In Cork, we have a fabulous city with so much to offer during the daytime and into the night and the person that gets this job really has an opportunity to further build the reputation of Cork City as a place to visit and enjoy.”

This role is best suited to individuals with leadership and negotiation skills that have previously worked in roles such as communications, event management, cultural and creative project management, promotion/education and public engagement.

The night-time economy covers a range of sectors and stakeholders with a diverse offering across cultural activities, entertainment, hospitality, festivals, sport and retail. The newly pedestrianised streets along with the ongoing work by the city council in the city centre continue to enhance the city as an attractive place to live, work, study and visit. To learn more about the role visit