Cllr. Barbara Murray, County Mayor and Cllr. John Buttimer, Lord Mayor of Cork, were joined at today’s official launch event by a host of celebrities with a proud Cork heritage. Cork Gathering Ambassador and the doyenne of Ballymaloe, Darina Allen; the Queen of England’s favourite fishmonger, Pat O’Connell; legendary Cork GAA star, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín; the first and only person to complete the Oceans7 Challenge, Stephen Redmond; and Cork’s current Rose of Tralee, Bríd Ryan, all joined in the fun whilst the melodic tones of Co. Cork soprano, Karen Long played.

The focus of the Irish Gathering in Cork during its comprehensive 12-month calendar of activities is ‘Rebel Week’, which was unveiled as a group of drummers led the celebrities through the Arrivals doors at Cork Airport to great fanfare this morning. This focal point of The Cork Gathering will showcase a week-long series of specially commissioned events running from October 14th-20th 2013. Among the diverse events scheduled for ‘Rebel Week’ include a commemoration of the birth of revolutionary leader and Cork’s first son, Michael Collins, on October 16th; a Cork Global Economic Forum; and a unique and novel ‘Cork Passport’ scheme where those wishing to get their hands on this coveted document must be willing to prove their Cork credentials.

Speaking at the launch, official Gathering Ambassador, Darina Allen, was clearly delighted to be involved in planning next year’s high profile events. “Looking at the schedule of events for next year, it’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to welcome friends, family and international visitors to the Rebel County. Although not born and bred in Cork myself, I consider myself an adopted daughter of this proud county and am honoured and humbled to have been chosen as an Ambassador for the Gathering Cork 2013”.

Commenting on The Gathering’s ‘Rebel Week’, Padraic O’Kane, CEO of (event promoters of ‘Rebel Week’) said “Rebel Week seeks to embody the spirit of The Gathering in an engaging and, above all, lasting way. We are striving to ensure that through its activities, the week becomes a catalyst for Cork’s economic rejuvenation in the short and longer-term. With a target of attracting 5,000 international visitors, the week is geared towards fostering a sense of inclusivity and ‘family’ among citizens, businesses and all sectors of Cork society that translates into civic and commercial renewal.”

For more information, or to apply for a Rebel Passport, visit



The venue team helped Fire kick off the festive season in style! An interior and exterior makeover saw this stunning dining room transform into a winter wonderland. Tasteful twinkle lights, beautiful baubles and towering Christmas trees completed the understated look.

On the food front tastebuds will be tempted with Fire’s new decadent seasonal menu. Featuring a selection of festive favourites, this is guaranteed to make mouths water!

A preview of the menu is below, along with snaps of the decor.

We advise all those interested in the unique Christmas dining experience at Fire to book now. Reserve your table by emailing or calling +353 1 6767 200.


  • Fire roasted parsnip and carrot soup with chestnut cream and parsnip crisps
  • Fire Char Grilled Slaney Valley Irish Lamb, marinated in spices, with a lime and coriander dip and mixed dressed leaves
  • Fire’s Wood Fired Jumbo Prawns stuffed with sautéed chorizo and lobster tail, cooked in olive oil and garlic butter, served with homemade brown soda bread


  • 10 oz Irish Hereford Prime Aged Rib-Eye Steak, delicately marbled, with an eye of fat for a full bodied flavour, served with chunky chips and tobacco onions, a baby rocket salad and brandy pepper sauce
  • Glin Valley Irish Turkey Roulade with sage and onion stuffing, on a bed of mashed potato finished with a meat jus, buttered brussels sprouts and port and venison chipolatas
  • Roast Monkfish Fillet served with creamy mash, buttered asparagus tips and hollandaise sauce


  • Homemade Guinness and Brandy Christmas Pudding with Glenisk clotted cream and Bushmill’s crème anglaise
  • Bûche de Noel, rolled light chocolate sponge with praline mascarpone filling, amarena cherries and lush chocolate sauce


Celebrations began at Fire this week after a two and a half year process saw permission being granted to Dublin’s popular Irish steakhouse Fire for a €2 million development project  that will see the creation of 30 new hospitality jobs bringing the workforce to 76 full-time employees when completed.

This investment demonstrates another positive sign of sustainable recovery within the Dublin hospitality industry. A new bar facility located on the ground floor – previously offices and storage – and a new dining area on the first floor will open in early September 2013. FIRE Restaurant & Venue will not be affected during the development works.

Fire Restaurant is located adjacent to Dublin’s historic Mansion House, in the building that was the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting hall (previously known as the Supper Room).
The magnificent original building was constructed at the end of the 19th Century, overlooking the Lord Mayor’s Garden. Throughout the course of the 20th century, various concrete extensions were added to the front of the structure and the garden also lost its original design.

“For the last three years, we (and our group of conservation specialists, engineering consultants and historic garden experts) have worked in close consultation with FIRE and Dublin City Council to sensitively design a new contemporary frontage to the building and to reinstate the Edwardian-style civic setting, which will bring back the former spirit of the Supper Room and Lord Mayor’s garden,” architect Sean Harrington said.

“Dublin City Council is delighted to be working in partnership with FIRE to deliver what will be a stunning new façade and a worthy architectural enhancement to the set-piece of the Mansion House. It will also deliver an enhanced and economically-sustainable restaurant offering that provides customers with additional comfort and protects Dublin City Council’s investment,” said John Tierney, Dublin City Manager.

“Transforming the underutilised ground floor of the building not only allows FIRE to give greater choice and comfort to customers, but also secures the long term viability of the overall business on Dawson Street which includes the Round Room Business & Event Centre,” said Padraic O’Kane, FIRE Restaurant & Venue.

Click here to watch a video preview of the new bar at Fire Restaurant Dublin.


Cork County and City Councils jointly, by way of Cultural Sponsorship have agreed to engage the team who created and developed the concept of “Rebel Week” to run from the 14th to the 20th of October 2013 as the flagship event for Cork as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013.  One of the primary objectives is to attract 5,000 international visitors to Cork for the weeklong list of events and activities.

The launch of Cork’s programme of events for the Irish Gathering in Cork 2013 is set to take place at Cork Airport in December. Over 220 spectacular Cork events are planned to take place across Cork City and County during 2013, welcoming friends and family home to the ‘Rebel County’ with Cork Rebel Week being the flagship event for the region. This focal point of The Cork Gathering will showcase a week-long series of specially commissioned events running from October 14th-20th 2013. Among the diverse events scheduled for ‘Rebel Week’ include a commemoration of the birth of revolutionary leader and Cork’s first son, Michael Collins, on October 16th; a Cork Global Economic Forum; and a unique and novel ‘Cork Passport’ scheme where those wishing to get their hands on this coveted document must be willing to prove their Cork credentials. Applications are welcome on the ‘Rebel Week’ website,

Significant investment has been made by our clients and stakeholders for Cork Rebel Week: Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Fáilte Ireland, IPB and Cork Airport, to ensure that Cork Rebel Week is the Gathering of all Gatherings in 2013!


The venue team completed the install of an innovative loyalty programme for Fire Restaurant, Dublin and successfully rolled it out for testing amongst a 200 strong focus group of clientele.

The loyalty programme for Fire Restaurant was designed by The concept takes customer rewards to a new level for restaurants in Dublin city centre. By synchronising five unrelated software programs, Fire has a 360 view of customer behaviour enabling it to better exceed customer expectations and reward customers individually based on what they want. Right from the first call, to entering the restaurant and post service, the customer’s journey is personalised.

The test phase for Fire Loyalty continues to be successful. The team plan to roll out the programme to a mass audience gradually over the course of 2013.

To find out more about Fire Gold – the unique loyalty programme exclusive to Fire Restaurant Dublin, click here. To sign up to Fire’s exclusive loyalty programme email

The Consultancy Team successfully guided the owners of a non-performing hospitality business in Bandon County Cork, to a superb new restaurant and wine bar concept. Despite reverting to the original name for the business, Chapel Steps now offers a unique dining and wine experience. Following a complete review of the business, which included both a competitor analysis and a customer survey, a new business plan was agreed which included a clear mission, vision and values of the new business.

Our team will continue to support the business of Chapel Steps as it grows and develops.

To keep track of their success, and for further information, visit: the Chapel Steps website. 

The Events Team had the honour of co-ordinating the overall event strategy and project management for the 28,000 travelling supporters and guests of Notre Dame. The project, concept to delivery, was worked on by our team for a eighteen month period in advance of the actual events from 29th August – 2nd September 2012.


Notre Dame A Welcome Home Weekend (The Pep-Rally!), The O2 Arena, Friday 31st August – 5:30pm – 11:00pm

  • Attended by 8,500 people, including the Taoiseach who addressed the audience.
  •  Hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan, guests included US actor Martin Short and President of Notre Dame University Father John Jenkins.
  • Musical performances by the University of Notre Dame Marching Band, Damien Dempsey, The High Kinds, Brian Kennedy, Liam O’Flynn, Anthony Kearns, Eimear Quinn and original dance piece created specifically for the event by Riverdance Collin Dunne.
  • Pre event hospitality for over 1400 guests.
  • Broadcast live by RTE and streamed live on youtube to a potential audience of 40 million people. – Sponsored by Glen Dimplex, The Gathering and Connect Ireland.
  • All ticket sale revenue generated was donated to local Irish Charities – Euro 125,000

Notre Dame Thanksgiving Mass, Dublin Castle, Saturday 1st September – 9:00am – 10:00am

  • Attended by 5,000 people
  • Streamed live by RTE player to the US
  • Televised by RTE
  • Presented by the Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Notre Dame Tailgate, Temple Bar, Saturday 1st September – 10:00am – 1:30pm

  • Attended by 25,000 Notre Dame Supporters
  • Featuring a parade and performance by the 200 piece Notre Dame Marching Band Parade
  • Creation of a Traditional Rural Irish Village created in the City
  • Sponsored by Coca Cola, Bord Bia and Temple Bar Traders

President’s Lunch, Aviva Stadium, Saturday 1st September – 11:00am – 2:00pm– Pre-game Corporate Event

  • Attended by 1,200
  • Including the Taoiseach, General Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Key political, academic and business figures from Ireland and the US.