The annual Cork Business Association awards take place tonight

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TONIGHT, at the 65th Annual Cork Business Association (CBA) President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony, 33 finalists in 11 categories will find out who will receive the accolades.

Over 37,000 votes from the public, along with a jury, helped choose the winning Cork businesses, who will be enjoyed and applauded at the Vienna Woods Hotel by their peers and members of the public.

In addition to the 11 public categories, there are three additional categories decided by a jury.

Bobby Kerr, Newstalk legend and entrepreneur, will be the MC of the evening.

Each year, Cork’s top hotel chefs work with award-winning local producers to create a ‘Taste of Cork’ menu in conjunction with CBA Director Claire Nash and the venue chosen for the event.

Guests will also hear newly elected ABC President Kevin Herlihy of Herlihy’s Centra Group talk about his plans for the city. Photo: Brian Lougheed

The chefs chosen for this year’s dinner are Shane O’Brien from Hayfield Manor, Chris O’Sullivan from Cork International Hotel, Kevin Brady from Trident Hotel Kinsale, Meeran Manzoor from Blue Haven in Kinsale and Aidan O’Driscoll from Cork’s Hotel from the woods of Vienna.

The nearly sold-out ABC President’s Dinner will help raise funds for the Irish Red Cross Crisis Appeal in Ukraine.

Guests will also hear newly elected ABC President Kevin Herlihy of Herlihy’s Centra Group talk about his plans for the city. Many activities will also be offered in the evening.

“This is our third year of Cork’s best and most talented chefs working together to present the Taste of Cork menu on Saturday,” Mr Herlihy said.

“It’s so great to see the hospitality industry coming together in Cork and making Cork’s finest produce.”

He said the awards “are a celebration of Cork business in general and the Cork business community which drives Cork’s economy”.

“It’s a celebration of employers and employees,” he said.

“The Cork Business Association has been Cork’s business voice for 65 years and we lobby on behalf of the business community. We help them on the ground, we work with key stakeholders in the city to keep it clean and safe, and we bring innovative ideas to council and other relevant bodies. »

The panel of judges for tonight’s awards includes Cork Mayor and Fianna Fáil Councilor Colm Kelleher, Moira Grassick from Peninsula Ireland, Mark Deveraux from JCD Group, Niamh Skally from Centra, Cork Visiting Leader Seamus Heaney, Dr Niall O’Keeffe of the local Cork City business office, Mr Herlihy, and Alan Healy of the Irish Examiner.

The awards – which are run in partnership with sponsors JCD, Centra and Peninsula, and media partner Irish Examiner – recognize the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working diligently across various business sectors in Cork City.

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