Pictures: Organisers honoured as conferences brought almost €15m into Cork this year

At Cork Convention Bureau’s ‘Cork Conference Ambassador Awards’ on Thursday, four winners were recognised in particular for bringing significant conferences to Cork, around themes such as religion, sport, science, and agriculture and food
Pictures: Organisers honoured as conferences brought almost €15m into Cork this year

Conor Healy, Cork Chamber of Commerce; Evelyn O’Sullivan, Visit Cork; and Ray Kelleher of the Montenotte Hotel at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards on Thursday, hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Picture: Brian Lougheed

CONFERENCE organisers who brought almost €15m worth of business tourism to Cork this year have been honoured at an annual ceremony.

At Cork Convention Bureau’s ‘Cork Conference Ambassador Awards’ on Thursday, four winners were recognised in particular for bringing significant conferences to Cork, around themes such as religion, sport, science, and agriculture and food.

Over 40 business events, from symposiums to large international conferences and global summits, brought an estimated 9,000 delegates to Cork in 2022, worth an estimated €14.4 million to the local economy.

From left: Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council and her husband Jim Vaughan, Maria Melia, Department of Tourism and Paul Carty, Chairman of Failte Ireland pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Pic: Brian Lougheed
From left: Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council and her husband Jim Vaughan, Maria Melia, Department of Tourism and Paul Carty, Chairman of Failte Ireland pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Liam Maher and Alan Craughwell were recognised with the Sporting Conference Award, for bringing the high profile 2022 International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament & Conference to Musgrave Park.

Estimated to be worth €1.7 million to the local economy, the two events brought 1,100 players, 650 volunteers and 25,000 spectators to the city for a week in June, with 28 men’s and women’s teams from 15 nations taking part.

From left: Aaron Mansworth, MD Trigon Hotels with Helen Murphy (Cork Business Associaton), Kylie Basnett and Peter Loughnane of the Trigon Hotels pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Pic: Brian Lougheed
From left: Aaron Mansworth, MD Trigon Hotels with Helen Murphy (Cork Business Associaton), Kylie Basnett and Peter Loughnane of the Trigon Hotels pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Dr Jenny Butler, folklorist and lecturer in UCC’s Study of Religions Department, received the Association Conference Award for attracting over 550 attendees to Cork across two conferences, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism 2022 and the 20th European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) 2022.

Pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort Pic: Brian Lougheed
Pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort Pic: Brian Lougheed

Dr Niall Smith and Elizabeth Carroll Twomey from MTU were honoured with the Academic Conference Award, for bringing the three day European Science Engagement Association Annual Meeting (EUSEA) to the MTU’s Bishopstown Campus during the summer.

From left: Aaron Mansworth, Kylie Basnett and Peter Loughnane of the Trigon Hotels pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Pic: Brian Lougheed
From left: Aaron Mansworth, Kylie Basnett and Peter Loughnane of the Trigon Hotels pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort. Pic: Brian Lougheed

The Sector Recognition Award was given to Teagasc Moorepark Research Centre, which attracted over 1,000 delegates to events.

The awards were presented by Minister Simon Coveney, Minister Michael McGrath, the President of MTU Professor Maggie Cusack, and Teagasc Director Professor Frank O'Mara.

From left: Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council; Cllr. Deirdre O'Brien, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork and Ann Doherty, Chief Executive. see  corkconventionbureau.com. 
From left: Sharon Corcoran, Cork County Council; Cllr. Deirdre O'Brien, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork and Ann Doherty, Chief Executive. see  corkconventionbureau.com. 

Evelyn O’Sullivan, Manager at Cork Convention Bureau, says that Cork continues to be one of the most sought after destinations for business tourism.

From left: Minister Michael McGrath and his wife Sarah with Seamus Heaney and Evelyn O'Sulllivan of Visit Cork pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort.
From left: Minister Michael McGrath and his wife Sarah with Seamus Heaney and Evelyn O'Sulllivan of Visit Cork pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort.

“Cork excels at attracting international association conferences, especially in sectors such as Agriculture, STEM, Space and Maritime, so there is huge potential to target these sectors even further over the coming years, working closely with Fáilte Ireland, to grow Cork as a destination of choice for conference business."

Esther and Dr. Stephen Onakuse of UCC pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort on 1st December 2022.  
Esther and Dr. Stephen Onakuse of UCC pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort on 1st December 2022.  

Cork Conference Bureau is the business arm of Visit Cork, and works with people to attract and organise conferences in the Cork region.

From left: Talita Comunian, Daniela Freitas, Linda Giblin and Michael Callanan pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort on 1st December 2022.  Pic: Brian Lougheed
From left: Talita Comunian, Daniela Freitas, Linda Giblin and Michael Callanan pictured at the Cork Conference Ambassador Awards hosted by Cork Convention Bureau at Castlemartyr Resort on 1st December 2022.  Pic: Brian Lougheed

According to Failte Ireland, Cork continues to get the greatest share of conferences in Ireland outside of Dublin, representing approximately 20% of the regional value of events, and Cork Convention Bureau has confirmed that they already have €3.5 million worth of conference business in the pipeline for the next two years.

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