City businesses tickled pink with rave UK magazine review

City businesses tickled pink with rave UK magazine review
Pic: Gavin Browne

CORK traders are beaming from ear to ear after Marie Claire women’s magazine published a rave review of a weekend trip to the city.

The UK magazine, which reaches 6.2 million women every month, has just published the positive piece about a trip to the city and Kinsale during the Cork Guinness Jazz Weekend.

A writer called Trish Halpin made the trip and had nothing but good things to say about the various experiences she enjoyed while visiting the Rebel County.

Trish heavily endorsed the English Market which she described as “the best of Cork’s foodie scene” as well as the upstairs ‘FarmGate Café’ where she said, “the lunch menu will make your mouth water.” Staying at the River Lee Hotel, Trish was very complimentary about the quality of service she received and said: “it was the perfect location for exploring Cork city”.

President of Cork Business Association (CBA) Pat O’Connell, who is also a fishmonger in the English Market said it is great to see Cork featured so prominently online in a positive manner.

“The English Market is one of a kind and it can be the case that locals take it for granted sometimes so it is nice to get an outsider’s perspective on it.

“I think the English Market is very special and it is lovely to see it highlighted for its quaint qualities.

“I know it seems very easygoing and lighthearted in here, but there is a phenomenal amount of work put into the place every day by the traders and it is nice to get a bit of praise.” Mr O’Connell also said that big cities usually loses its charm, but Cork has held on steadfast to its character and that is a big pull.

“There is great banter and comradery across the city, the streets have a very special personality, a sense of humour, and we don’t pat ourselves on the back enough.” The Oval pub on South Main Street also got a special mention for its curtained entrance, candlelit tables and eclectic mix of posters hanging on the walls as decor.

Chief Executive of Cork Chamber Conor Healy said it was very positive to see such a review being written and said this review followed other recent complimentary write-ups about Ireland’s second city.

“This comes on the back of positive reviews in the New York Times and also Spike Island being named Europe’s leading tourist attraction.

“It also comes as there are a number of initiatives such as VisitCork and the Pure Cork brand bringing greater focus to Cork as a tourism destination.

“Cork has a lot to offer, both as a city and as a rural scenic destination.” Mr Healy said tourism has been on the up in the city and room occupancy was also up and it was important now to build on the momentum.

“It is important that we continue to invest in our city. We need to see the hotels that are being developed reach fruition in order to offer a wide range to visitors of business or leisure.”

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