The news was welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan who stated that the award is a reflection of the hard work put in by local businesses to ensure the city has an excellent nightlife scene.
"The award reaffirms that Cork is a destination not to be missed.
"There is great enthusiasm by all stakeholders in the city to want to continuously improve on what is currently on offer and achieving the Purple Flag status for a third time is a credit to those who work tirelessly to make the area appealing for an evening out," he said
"The fact that the assessors were extremely impressed with our arts and culture offering reinforces the recent EU Monitor report which for the second time assessed Cork city to be the most culturally vibrant medium-sized city in Europe," the Lord Mayor continued.
In November, independent assessors came to the city again to evaluate the area under a number of stringent criteria including the quality of the city centre's offering, ease of movement through the area and the level of partnership working.
One assessor commended the city for its diverse range of activities open to people in the evening time, stating:
"There was an exceptional vibrancy of all areas between the hours of 5pm and 8pm, notwithstanding the additional activity due to the festive season.
"The non-alcohol offer was also clearly popular, especially with young adults and teenagers."
The Lord Mayor also noted that the retention of the prestigious award is a testament to the collaborative efforts of several organisations.
"The businesses together with key stakeholders such as the Gardaí, Cork City Council, Cork Chamber and Cork Business Association continue to work hard to ensure that it remains a city comparable with the best," he said.