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CBA honours the best of Cork

Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 3:24pm

Entities as diverse as the Crawford Art Gallery, the Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie, McCarthy Insurance Group and Guinness Cork Jazz Festival were among the winners at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards.

Held in Clayton Hotel Silversprings on Saturday 23 February, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, McCarthy Insurance Group and Michael O’Flynn won the most high-profile awards. The first two were named Cork Business of the Year, large and medium category respectively, while Michael O’Flynn won Champion of Cork Award.

This award was an idea of the recently departed James O’Sullivan and Owen O’Callaghan, who wanted to create an award to recognise an individual who over their lifetime has contributed not just to business but has left their mark on society in general.

Nine industry awards were also presented on the evening across a range of categories. The awards recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across varied sectors of business in Cork city and its environs.


The full list of winners were:

Best New Business, sponsored by LEO Cork City - Ichigo Ichie.

Best Tourism, Arts, or Event sponsored by IHF Cork - Crawford Art Gallery

Best Cork Professional Service, sponsored by ETC the Events Tourism & Communications Agency - Meitheal Design Partners

Best Cork Café, sponsored by The English Market - Café Velo

Best Cork Restaurant, sponsored by The English Market - Greene’s

Best Cork VFI Pub, sponsored by Vintners Federation Cork – Gallaghers

Best Cork Hotel, sponsored by Kings Laundry - Metropole Hotel Cork

Best Cork Family Business, sponsored by Musgrave - Hassett’s Bakery – the Hassett family

Best Cork Retail Business sponsored by Cork City Council - K O’Connell Fish Merchants

Cork Business of the Year (Large Category): sponsored by JCD - Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

Cork Business of the Year (Medium Category): sponsored by JCD - McCarthy Insurance Group

Champion of Cork Award: sponsored by CIT - Michael O’Flynn

Commenting on the winners, President of Cork Business Association Philip Gillivan said: “Our awards night is a celebration of the Cork business community who are driving our local community. It’s a celebration of businesses who go above and beyond, and it’s a celebration of employers, proud employees and ambassadors of our community.

“This year we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving finalists and winners. To be a finalist for these awards is a wonderful achievement in itself. I would also like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our award sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner, and a particular thanks to our extremely hard working and committed independent panel of judges, Mark Fitzharris AIB, Seamus Heaney Visit Cork, Adrienne Rodgers LEO Cork City, and Gerard O’Donovan CIT.”

Richard Evans of Greenes, together with adjoining sister venues Hotel Isaacs and Cask said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award which acknowledges the exceptional standards we are committed to providing at Greenes. Warmest congratulations to all of the team.”

Executive head chef Bryan McCarthy designs the local-ingredient menus at Greenes which honours the outstanding local, in-season and organic produce available in Cork. Bryan said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this award. Thanks to all our team who continually strive to push the boundaries at Greenes, and of course a huge thank you to our local suppliers for their incredible produce which make it all possible.”

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