With port pilots, Navy patrols and pirates a-plundering, I had a fantastic time recording this weeks special sea episode of The Business in Cork. Myself and Richard Curran travelled from the Port of Cork to Castletownbere, hitching lifts on boats as we went.
“The Macarena is one tune you might well hear at one of the many carnivals taking place in towns and villages all over Ireland at this time of year. But the tune may well be overshadowed by the buzz of bumper cars, the whir of the candy floss machines, and the clatter of arcade games as the fun fair rolls into town. Our reporter Liam Geraghty caught up with the Pipers, one of Ireland’s oldest carnival families, in their home town of Kinsale.”
With the arrival of the UK pub chain Wetherspoons on these shores, a new era may have dawned for the Irish local. Is it a case of shape up or ship out for our native bars? I spoke to some publicans who aren’t about to call time on the trade, and are coming up with some innovative ways of attracting customers.
“Some good economic news emerged yesterday evening, when credit ratings agency Fitch, became the second firm to upgrade Irish debt to A minus. However, this week also saw the loss of 160 jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon. So, is the recovery really here? We took to the roads of Ireland to find out.”
I produced this report for The Business with Richard Curran.
“It seems that the stalwart of office attire – the old fashioned suit is making a comeback. From ultimate fighters like Conor McGregor to those wrestling with nine to five office environments it seems that everyone is fond of the three piece suit. We sent our own dapper dan Liam Geraghty out on streets of Cork and Dublin to find out more.”
“Tonnes and tonnes of fruit and vegetables never make it to the supermarket shelves because, we’re told, people only want to buy perfectly-shaped produce. Ultimately however, it means that we’re paying more for our weekly shopping. We sent our reporter Liam Gerraghty off to find out how Cork is highlighting this issue.”
“There is no doubt that technology companies are certainly on the up here, and one Cork company has spotted great potential for business in the thousands of new employees who come to Ireland from overseas each year. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more.”