Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition arrives in Cobh

Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition has moved to Cobh. Thanks to the Port of Cork, all through the month of August people visiting Cobh will be treated to some beautiful shots of Cork City and County. Thank you to all those who came along including some of the photographers, to help us to celebrate our exhibitions new home.

The exhibition is part of Cork Foundations Diaspora strategy in partnership with Cork County Council. The Foundation aims to strengthen the connection between people who have left Ireland. To mark the launch of the exhibition we hosted a reception last Tuesday 31st of July at Cobh Maritime.

Opening of Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition at Cobh Maritime Centre
Picture: Niamh Whitty/OSM Photo

Cork Foundation CEO Aine Collins says, We would like to thank Minister David Stanton and everyone at the Port of Cork for joining us on the day. We are very proud of the exhibition and we hope that those visiting our shores will enjoy it too.  

Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton says, “I am delighted to help support Cork Foundation in their endeavor to reinforce the connection of those who leave Ireland, to their Irish roots. This exhibition allows visitors to rediscover what they love about Cork.”


Woman of the Decade in Enterprise & Leadership Award

Jacqueline O’Donovan was presented with the ‘Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Leadership‘ award at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) Conference in Birmingham recently.

As MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, Jacqueline is one of the construction and demolition waste sectors’ most passionate pioneers of employee training, industry best practice and road safety. Under her steer, the family-run waste management business has gone from strength to strength and has 160 employees and a turnover of over £19m.  Jacqueline is recognised as a regular industry speaker, an innovator and a leading force in the industry, with several accolades including Outstanding Woman in Construction, Vitalise Business Woman of the Year and Institute of Directors’ Family Business Director of the Year.

She has been given the Freedom of the City of London and was honoured by Irish President with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award.  She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Couriers (IoC), as well as the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (CIHT).  Jacqueline is a chartered waste manager of the CIWM.


An associate of ALL Ladies League, the Women Economic Forum (WEF) is a global conference to foster empowering conversations and connections among women committed to foster constructive change in ALL walks of life. The vision of WEF is to inspire every woman to become a businesswoman.   WEF events are mega enablers of peer-exchange and learning in a diverse and interdisciplinary context and are a powerhouse for massive connections and networking across the globe. Events take place throughout the year and across the world, empowering women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence. WEF also welcomes men who support the cause of women’s leadership in All walks of life.

Jacqueline was a speaker at the recent WEF conference which took place in Birmingham with the theme of “Enhancing Women’s Economic Power” aiming to empower women to expand their business opportunities and increase global influence.  Dr Neslyn Watson-Druée CBE MBE FCGI FRCN UEC presented the award to Jacqueline at the end of her speech on the panel.

Jacqueline commented “To be perceived as a leading woman in business is an absolute honour and I’m grateful for this recognition.  What a lovely surprise to receive such a prestigious award”.



£250,000 raised at Ed Sheeran gig

Following on from the fund-raising event that featured performances and chat with Ed Sheeran, Dermot O’Leary and a host of Irish talent at the London Irish Centre (LIC), the amount raised has been announced.

£250,000 was the grand total from the night and the proceeds raised will help support the development of the LIC’s charitable services and re-imagining of the London Irish Centre’s historic premises. The event was part of the LICC’s wider fundraising campaign to help further develop its charitable services and refurbish its historic Camden-based building. O’Donovan Waste were a headline sponsor of the event demonstrating their ongoing commitment to support the Irish community in London.

The night itself was a fantastic success and was enjoyed by all and garnered interest from all the Irish Media including RTE and the Irish press in London. O’Donovan Waste held a prize draw for two tickets amongst their clients and the luck winner was Neil Sheehan from Rochford Construction.

Neil said “It was an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to see the biggest act in the music business today in a truly unique setting. My wife and I had a fantastic evening. O’Donovan have chosen a great charity to support, one that really helps any Irish men and women struggling to cope with the pressures of living in London. Thanks to all at O’Donovan Waste for the opportunity to see Ed Sheeran.”

Jacqueline O’Donovan said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have been a big part of this unique event. We are extremely proud of our Irish heritage and the London Irish Centre is a wonderful charity that we have a long association with. Supporting our Irish community here in London has never been more important.”

Other guests on the night included the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Laura Whitmore, Alan Carr and Courtney Cox. The full line-up of supporting artists included Annie Mac, Lisa Hannigan, Sara Cox and Stephen James Smith.


Cork Foundation’s Diaspora Photographic Exhibition moves to Cobh

Cork Foundations inaugural Diaspora Photographic Exhibition is on the move once more. Thanks to the Port of Cork, all through the month of August visitors to and from Cobh will be able to view the beautiful images of Cork that were submitted earlier in the year as part of our photographic competition. The three overall winners of the competition were presented with a prize at the Republic of Work on South Mall back in March.

The exhibition is part of Cork Foundations Diaspora strategy in partnership with Cork County Council. The Foundation wishes to strengthen the connection between those who have left Ireland and/or those who have Irish roots.

To mark the launch of the exhibition we are hosting a reception on Tuesday the 31st of July at Cobh Maritime at 3pm. Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality David Stanton as well as Chairperson and acting CEO of Cork Foundation Áine Collins will be in attendance.

Cork Foundation CEO Áine Collins says: ‘We would like to thank Sara Mackeown and everyone at the Port of Cork for allowing us to host our exhibition in Cobh Maritime for the month of August. The exhibition is a perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful talent of those who submitted their photographs and to reach out to the Cork Diaspora and share with visitors what Cork truly has to offer.’

Commercial Marketing Executive at the Port of Cork, Sara Mackeown said: ‘We are very excited to have the Diaspora Photographic Exhibition on display in Cobh Maritime. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our cruise passengers arriving into Cobh to view the photographs. Cobh Maritime offers free admission every day and we would encourage everyone to call and view the exhibition during August.


Rosalyn – A Cork Movie

Jack Cowhig, producer of short- horror film Rosalyn sat down with us to discuss his new film. We discussed his aspiration for the film and the challenges it has faced to date. He talked about some of his favourite things about Cork and the significant part that Cork has played in the production thus far.

Cowhig a Midleton native living in Dublin, has been working on the project since last October. He told us how the idea for the film initially came about. Rosalyn is a character-driven short horror which addresses pre-partum depression in an unconventional way using the horror genre. It is designed to spark a conversation and address issues relating to mental health. You don’t need to have experienced this yourself in order to see the film. Everyone can relate to the issue of mental health.

The film is set in rural Ireland which allows for the feeling of isolation to form as a demonic creature in the mind of the character Rose. Jack drew great emphasis on the importance of the farm setting during the interview and notes that Meelshane farm which the film is located on was an integral part of the films story line, “The Idea for the project came from the farm and what could be set on a farm, what kind of themes in Ireland people could relate to- with isolation being a big factor. The (Eighth Amendment) Referendum led to an increased interest in pregnancy and so the film tied both of these themes together”.

Jack goes into detail regarding the significance of the film being set in rural Cork, other than the fact that he himself grew up on a farm “The farm setting allows the audience to focus on one character, her journey and that one characters emotions in this setting. There are no distractions away from the story-line”. Though, he admits the films location also brought a number of challenges along with it “The biggest challenge to date in producing this film was bringing people together. There were Logistical problems with housing and feeding thirty crew members. As well as transporting crew and equipment from Dublin to Cork”.

Not only did Jack have a personal link to the film coming from a farming background, but so too did the Director, Olivia. “Our director Olivia’s sister had been pregnant, and she began to feel scared of pregnancy from seeing her sister go through it, it is a topic seldom talked about a glossed over subject, in Ireland we have a closed off idea when talking about our emotions. The ‘Monster’ of the film is her emotions, she is fighting with her emotions and thoughts. So, people can view a new way to look at it”.

Jack finds similarities in his film between the existing Australian horror film ‘The Babadook’ and hopes to share this with its viewers. Jack, a proud Cork native wants to use rural locations in Cork in order to promote more film making in Cork. Jack says his favourite thing about Cork is the people and that when he is home, he enjoys people watching in the English market and coming home to see his friends.


To date, the project has been largely funded by an Indiegogo campaign featured on-line. However, in order to complete the last phase of the project a further €1,500 needs to be raised. When asked whether there was any additional support the project needed aside from funding, Jack joked that “A Cork crew would have been nice” he added that people would “come to have a look at the movie and see how Cork has been used to make films”. Additional information on the project can be found through the projects Facebook Page, promotional teaser trailer or from the fundraising link featured above. Details of where funding will be allocated are also included. The target audience for this film is around the 18-25 age bracket, so a more mature audience is required.

If you wish to find out more information about the project or to donate, please visit or view the trailer on-line at Be sure to keep an eye out for Rosalyn which is hoping to be shown in the near future in Cork.




Ed Sheeran Wows Crowds At London Irish Centre

Ed Sheeran performed to an intimate crowd of 400 people at the London Irish Centre’s fundraising concert on the 20th of June last with O’Donovan Waste as a headline sponsor continuing their commitment to supporting the Irish community in London. DJ Annie Mac, Stephen James Smith, Lisa Hannigan and Sara Cox also performed at the event, attended by A-listers and celebrities including Courtney Cox, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Laura Whitmore, Alan Carr and Roisin Conaty. Proceeds raised on the night will help support the development of the LIC’s charitable services and reimagining of the London Irish Centre’s historic premises

Hot on the heels of the sell-out Wembley leg of his tour, Ed Sheeran delivered a rare, intimate performance at The London Irish Centre this evening. Headlining the London Irish Centre Charity (LICC)’s first event of its ‘An Evening with Dermot O’Leary’ programme, the night was hosted by the presenter Dermot O’Leary, who is a patron of the charity. The programme is part of the LICC’s wider fundraising campaign to help further develop its charitable services and refurbish its historic Camden-based building. O’Donovan Waste were proud and excited to be a headline sponsor of the event and this collaboration demonstrates their ongoing commitment to support the Irish community in London. VIPs and celebrities including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Laura Whitmore, Alan Carr and Courtney Cox, along with daughter Coco, all gathered at the charity’s historic Camden-based venue to show their support. The fundraising concert saw “Galway Girl” Singer and newest LICC patron Ed Sheeran perform to an intimate crowd of 400 people, coinciding with the closing of his four sold out concerts at Wembley Stadium.

With a full line-up of supporting artists such as Annie Mac, Lisa Hannigan, Sara Cox and Stephen James Smith, the evening offered concert-goers a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and the chance to partake in the charity’s mission of supporting vulnerable Irish communities in London. Pledges raised on the night will help the charity develop its work at providing community, care and culture at the heart of the Irish community in London. Lucky bidders received the chance to take home an exclusive prize; Ed Sheeran’s personal guitar which he performed with at Wembley, signed especially for this occasion. Ed Sheeran said, “My Irish heritage is something I’ve always been proud of, so this concert felt like a natural fit. I love what the London Irish Centre Charity do in terms of being at the heart of championing Irish culture and community in London, and their plans for the future are really exciting. I’m hoping that people like Dermot O’Leary, myself and others can help them get their voice heard.”

Dermot O’Leary said, “It’s a big honour for me to be patron of the London Irish Centre Charity. I’m very proud of my Irish heritage; my parents were part of the post war generation of immigrants who came to London to find a new life, so the London Irish community is one that is very close to my heart. I’m looking forward to helping the London Irish Centre both promote Irish culture and support vulnerable people by hosting more events like this one in the future.”Sean Kennedy, CEO, London Irish Centre, said, “At the London Irish Centre, we are deeply grateful to our patron Dermot O’Leary and our newest supporter, global superstar, Ed Sheeran for supporting our charitable work with the Irish in London.”

Jacqueline O’Donovan said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that our family-run company has been involved in making this unique event happen.  We are extremely proud of our Irish heritage and it is more important than ever to support our Irish community here in London.”

Gary Dunne, Director of Culture, London Irish Centre, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have put together this very special event. The London Irish Centre charity has been providing care, culture and community to the city’s huge Irish population for over 60 years, and this event gave us the opportunity to both raise essential funds and also announce exciting plans for the future. We are deeply grateful to Dermot and Ed Sheeran, two stars who remain closely connected to their Irish roots, for joining us on this journey.” The event is also generously supported by other sponsors including Saville AV, O’Donovan Waste Disposal and Tourism Ireland with support from Culture Ireland and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Cork Biz Tweet Up.

The June Edition of the Cork Business Tweetup was held on Wednesday last, the 30th of May in The Kingsley Hotel. The event is a Cork based Tweet Up and Networking event which aims to support and highlight the best of Cork Local Businesses in both an interactive and enjoyable environment. This month’s event was in aid of Cork Life Centre, the Directors of which were in attendance and both spoke on the night.

The event is the brainchild of Krystal Long and Joseph McNamara and was established at the beginning of 2018. Krystal and Joseph were inspired to set-up the event as they have gained a lot from Cork City through education, volunteering, training, work and mentoring. They both feel that Cork is part of who they are and believe in the importance of giving back. The event is all about “Putting a face to the tweet” and so the guest speakers on the night did exactly just that.

First speaker on the night was Sarah McSweeney, owner of DTMarketing. Sarah spoke about the importance of social media to small and medium enterprises and is a strong advocate for “Keeping it Local”, DTMarketing also offers Keep It Local TV which promotes local businesses across various social media platforms. Sarah was followed by a Soap-Box section, which showcased businesses in attendance on the night through a two-minute pitch of their product or service which was then raffled off at random. The next speaker was Evelyn Pepperrell who described as a “Fountain of knowledge when it comes to social media”. Evelyn discussed all things social media and the power of Twitter for networking and business; also discussed was the @StartUpHourIrl Twitter feed Evelyn hosts for Quickest Fox Marketing which takes place Monday nights from 8pm.

The final two speakers on the night were from The Cork Life Centre, based in Sundays Well. The Cork Life Centre is a voluntary organisation educational service catering for children between the ages of 12-18, the centre offers an alternative learning environment for young people who find themselves outside the mainstream educational system. The centre and its staff offer 1:1 tuition for state exams and put emphasis on student’s social education as much as their academic. Director Don O’Leary and Deputy Director Rachel Lucey each spoke passionately about the work the life centre does and the profound effect the centre has had on the Cork community. Don believes that “Working with young people in Cork is the best job he could ever have imagined”. The event provides an excellent opportunity for businesses in Cork and surrounding areas to meet mingle and connect with fellow Tweeters and to showcase their service or products.

Be sure to use the hashtag #CorkBizTweet at the next event!


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Built in Cork

Following its re-launch on March 14th, last Wednesday evening Republic of Work held the successful May edition of their ‘Built in Cork’ series. It was an evening of networking followed by relaxed conversation with fellow entrepreneurs. These events are ongoing and an opportunity for Cork entrepreneurs to meet like-minded people. The initiative focuses particularly on Cork and is designed to help build the next generation of great entrepreneurs. They are held monthly and features speakers from various different business backgrounds.

The event is chaired by DC Cahalane and takes place in the conference and events centre within the Republic of Work building. Speakers are asked to detail their successes and learning experiences that they have been through throughout their careers. The speakers on the night included Gillian Keating, partner in Ronan Daly Jermyn solicitors and co-founder of iWish an initiative designed to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM, Conor Lyden founder of TrustAp which uses Stripe’s platform to manage all its payments meaning they are secured to the highest possible level against any form of fraud. Lastly Gary O’Hanlon spoke about the food business as acting Culinary Director of Baxter Storey Ireland, the UK’s leading independent hospitality provider.

Each speaker gave details of their endeavours to date and stressed the positive effect that networking has had on each of their businesses, Conor Lyden of Trustap noted that “It might not be the person in the room but they might know someone who could help you” as well as Gary O’Hanlon who stressed that for him networking was everything when it came to building his business.

Each speaker also detailed their international experiences and how making connections abroad have been beneficial to their careers, as Gillian Keating stated “Irish people do have a very strong network across the world”. The event was an interesting and insightful evening for anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship and Corks entrepreneurial community.