IT’s almost impossible to book a hotel room in the city this weekend as Cork is a buzz with visitors.
The opening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will see people travel to Cork for this weekend’s matches and for the first time the city is playing host to Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan which expects to attract about 15,000 people, generating €3 million locally.
Alice Harrington, marketing manager at The Maldron can’t remember the last time the city was so busy.
The hotel’s 101 rooms are fully booked with 230 people staying this weekend.
She credits the Fleadh but has says bookings have increased since May.
"It’s booming because of all of the events and the projects going on in the city - with people working on The Capitol, the courthouse and Páirc Uí Chaoimh, in general I think that's creating a spin-off.
"It is really brilliant to see the city this busy again.
"We’re delighted, of course.’’ The Fleadh has drawn between 3,000 and 4,000 participants to compete in it’s singing, music and dancing competitions which culminate this weekend.
Damien O’Mahony, the event's vice chair said Oliver Plunkett Street will live music and dancing on the streets and there’s also ceilí, sean-nós and fidil workshops.
"It’s a real feast; you have singing, dancing, people playing instruments and it's really all about traditional culture in its fullest form,’ he said.
"The winners of the Munster Fleadh will compete in Clare next month at the All Ireland Fleadh. The All Ireland Fleadh is estimated to be worth about €50 million to the local economy and the counties that get it usually get it for two years.
"The Munster Fleadh, we hope, is a stepping stone to bringing the All Ireland Fleadh to Cork.’’ The Metropole 99 rooms are all booked.
"A lot of the Fleadh is happening in the Everyman so for that reason we are really busy.
"People are travelling from all over,’’sales manager Susan Lavelle said.
‘‘We love these things, when you work in a hotel that's want you want - the buzz and excitement and to be a part of something.
Ms Lavelle has noticed more spending and more staycations.
General Manager at The Ambassador Hotel Eoin Daly said the hotel is full to its 190 capacity and there’s a waiting list of 10 people.
"I don't think it’s any specific event that seems to be drawing them, it just seems to be Cork!
"We do an awful lot of packages - for Fota wildlife attraction and Brown Thomas shopping attractions.
"We have 70 rooms and they’re booked out; on a Friday and a Saturday that would be normal.’’