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Green energy at Cork City Library

Few people walking below on Grand Parade know that above them a solar energy system provides green energy to the Central Library. There is a 36-panel array on the roof of Grand Parade Library and on a sunny autumn day, the system...
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It’s Cork Bike Week 2021!

A week-long celebration of cycling throughout Cork City and County. The dates of September 12th – 18th align with this year’s European Mobility Week and European Week of Sport. Cork Bike Week is an integral part of the overall National Bike Week...
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TFI Go app now available!

The TFI Go app allows you to buy tickets for public transport services in Ireland directly from your phone. Your ticket is downloaded to the app and can be used to travel straight away. No need for printing, just activate before each...
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KPMG Announces Five Year Partnership with UCC

▪ Expected growth in market demand for talented graduates to continue ▪ €600k in funding will be distributed over a five-year period ▪ KPMG will support a Research, Learning, and Teaching Fund KPMG recently announced a five-year partnership with University College Cork...
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Ireland’s biggest solar energy farm opens in Kinsale

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, recently opened the single largest Solar Farm in the Republic of Ireland. Developed in a joint venture by Eli Lilly and Company and Enerpower, the 16-acre facility will help power a significant proportion of the Lilly plant at...
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Plans for renewed Grand Parade Quarter revealed

Cork city centre’s historic medieval quarter will be at the heart of one of the most transformative and ambitious public realm renewal programmes ever undertaken in the city, beginning next year.   Cork City Council has released details of the first phase...
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Opening of Haulbowline Island Recreational Amenity

The Haulbowline Island Recreational Amenity in the heart of Cork Harbour was recently opened by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. In the...
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Entrepreneurship Award for Carbon Footprint Tracking App

Former UCC Students’ Union President wins €1,000 UCC Computer Science Entrepreneurship Award for Carbon Footprint Tracking App Ben Dunlea’s innovative thinking has led to the creation of an app which enables users to calculate their own carbon footprint arising from their daily...
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How Green are Ireland’s Cities?

Researchers at the MaREI Centre and Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork launch BIOPHILIC CITIES – a groundbreaking study that harnesses Google Street View imagery and artificial intelligence to measure urban greenspace and its impact on health and socioeconomics. In a...
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A new digital brochure to showcase the very best of West Cork

Fáilte Ireland has launched a new digital brochure to showcase the very best of West Cork. The digital brochure was developed by the West Cork Tourism Network (WCTN), a representative group which includes Fáilte Ireland, Cork County Council, Pure Cork and local tourism businesses. The link to the digital brochure will be available for local tourism businesses to...
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€120m green energy facility planned for Cork creating 85 jobs

Green Hydrogen produced by EI-H2 will significantly decarbonise Cork’s lower harbour Green energy company – EI-H2 – has announced plans for Ireland’s first Green Hydrogen facility. The new company intends to seek planning permission for a 50MW electrolysis plant in Aghada, County...
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UCC joins global fund to support next generation of Irish companies

€80M investment fund for next generation of global companies emanating from Ireland’s Universities cornerstoned by research and innovation UCC, TCD and UCD University College Cork, UCC today confirmed its involvement in the Atlantic Bridge University Fund II, the second university focused venture fund...
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€95m for ground-breaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Fund

Government invests in disruptive technologies in areas such as healthcare, food, factory safety, construction, industrial heating systems and maritime The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation...
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Publication of the Draft County Development Plan 2021

Cork County Council has today published the Draft Cork County Development Plan, 2021.  The Draft Plan has been prepared having regard to the ambitious population and employment targets set out in the National Planning Framework(NPF), the Southern Region Regional Spatial and Economic...
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Increased pedestrianisation of city centre streets begins

From Tuesday May 4, shoppers and visitors to be the city enjoy increased hours of pedestrianisation on Oliver Plunkett Street and connected streets. This pedestrianisation is aimed at making the city a safer, more inclusive and pleasant place for residents, shoppers &...
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UCC ranked as a global leader working towards a sustainable future

UCC has today been ranked 8th in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, placing it as Ireland’s leading university for its impact in working towards creating a sustainable future.  The evidence based THE Impact Rankings are the only global tables to assess universities against progress towards the 17...
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Funding awarded for projects that encourage interest in STEM

A project to unlock and showcase Ireland’s fossil heritage, a community led climate action project, research into the microbiome of Irish Travellers and turning our campus into a ‘living classroom’ are among the seven UCC research projects awarded funding through the Science Foundation...
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Expressions of Interest Sought for CLÁR Scheme 2021 in Cork County

Cork County Council are seeking expressions of interest for the CLÁR (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) Scheme 2021, recently launched by the Department of Rural and Community Development. This scheme makes provision for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas to promote sustainable development...
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County Cork set to mark St. Patrick’s Day

While there may be no physical parades taking place across Cork County this St Patricks Day, Cork County Council have announced details of a number of virtual St Patrick’s Day activities, including include the greening of many public buildings along with a...
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Growing Together Online – Spring Gardening Course for County Cork

This Spring Cork County Council is offering an online gardening course open to all residents, representatives of Tidy Towns groups, Residents Associations, Green Schools Coordinators and Community Groups in County Cork. The practical “hands-on” gardening course led by Horticulturist Aoife Munn will...
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Sustainable transport projects in Cork to receive €45m

The National Transport Authority has announced allocations totalling €45.39m for 80 sustainable transport projects in Cork City and County. Of the 80 projects in Cork, 39 are entirely new and will receive funding of over €18m. The others are existing projects for...
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Partner Search for EU Agritech Proposal

Tyndall have developed an advanced nanoelectrochemical and raman based sensor platform for detection of a wide variety of biomolecules and chemicals. These sensors can be applied to liquid media, e.g., serum, bio-fluids, beverages, tap water, rivers etc., and can provide rapid and...
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Cork County Represented at National Enterprise Awards 2021

Cork’s Darren O’Sullivan of Complete Calibrations Hoping for Glory at National Enterprise Awards 2021 County Cork business Complete Calibrations Ltd has been announced as a finalist for this year’s National Enterprise Awards.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, the awards take place virtually...
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Cork City’s Digital Strategy

Cork city’s first digital strategy has been published! Cork city’s first digital strategy, which includes an online citizen services portal, smart energy home testbed and extension of the city’s free public WiFi, has been published. The digital strategy aspires to support citizens...
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Smart Cork webinars: Innovation through Technology

The Cork Smart Gateway is bringing “Innovation through Technology” by hosting a webinar series on different type of technologies and its application in local authorities’ services and businesses. The objective is to enhance CSG’s work and the capacity of the councils and...
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Cork’s winners of Pride of Place community awards

The awards, hosted by Marty Morrissey, took place online due to the Covid pandemic with 6,000 people logging in from across Ireland to see community groups pick up gongs. Blarney Village took top spot in the Urban Neighbourhoods With a Population under...
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Tyndall celebrates its 100th H2020 European Research Funding Award

Tyndall National Institute’s newly published Annual Report highlights that Tyndall is leading the way in this competitive €80 billion European programme   Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has announced that Tyndall National Institute (Tyndall)...
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Paint Re-Use Scheme for Cork

Are you guilty of hoarding half empty tins of paint at home, those “just in case” tubs that you finally get around to dumping when they’ve dried up? Householders have traditionally brought their leftover paint to their local Civic Amenity Site for...
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Dell partners with CIT to fast-track AI projects

Tech company Dell is partnering with the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) on a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform that will help students and researchers build state-of-the-art technology. The new platform powered by a new supercomputer will allow researchers to gain real-time...
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Over 100 Community Enhancement Projects across Cork County

Cork County Council’s Local Community Development Committees (LCDC’s) for North, South and West Cork have this week announced their combined list of projects from across the county to be awarded funding from the Community Enhancement Programme 2020.  The total county wide allocation...
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Positive Ageing Online for Cork County

Cork County Council has launched a programme of creative, cultural and wellbeing tutorials and videos ‘Turning Over a New Leaf’ on its YouTube Channel. The ‘Turning Over a New Leaf’ programme was developed by the Council’s Culture Team working alongside its Age...
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Cork: The Intelligent City

Cork City Council with support from the Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology, has successfully secured a place in the European Commission’s new Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) programme. The ICC initiative brings together 126 cities to achieve intelligent, socially responsible...
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Accolade for Mallow Woodland in 2020 RDS Awards

  Cork County Council has received a Special Commendation Award in the 2020 RDS Community Woodlands Awards, part of the annual RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards celebrating and promoting the principles of climate-smart agriculture in Ireland. The Commendation was awarded for...
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New Playground and Community Campus for Carrigtwohill

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley has officially opened the new Carrigtwohill Playground and Community Campus, including a new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), a replacement for the old playground facility and upgrades to the carpark. Cork County Council...
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UCC enterprise-focused research projects to be funded

Seven UCC researchers are to receive funding and support for their enterprise-focused projects under an Irish Research Council initiative. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, this week announced an investment of €4.3 million in a...
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Cork Heritage Open Day Goes Virtual!

Cork Heritage Open Day which is organised by Cork City Council in partnership with the Heritage Council! It is a wonderful celebration of built heritage in the city and will take place on Saturday August 15th. This year due to the Covid...
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Cork County Council launches interactive tourism map

Cork County Council launches interactive tourism map featuring over 600 places to see and things to do in Cork County As communities begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, Cork County Council has created a unique, interactive ‘Rediscover Cork County’ map providing,...
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Cork City placed 5th in Europe for economic potential!

Cork City has been hailed the fifth overall best city in Europe for economic potential, according to the Financial Times FDI European Cities and Regions of Future 2020/2021 league   The influential publisher ranked Cork’s economic potential higher than a range of...
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A Week Full Of Awards!

Lord Mayor’s Cultural & Civic Awards This week, Cork City has recognised some of its civic, cultural and community leaders with the annual Lord Mayor’s Cultural & Civic Awards and a Community & Voluntary Recognition Ceremony.  With COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional awards ceremony...
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Cork City Council wins ISO 50001 for energy efficiency commitment

Cork City Council has achieved international certification for its commitment to energy efficiency within the organisation and therefore to reducing its carbon footprint. The international ISO 50001 standard outlines international best practice in energy management within an organisation. Cork City Council’s certification...
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Threads: A new virtual gallery project

An explosion of visual treats await Cork’s public this June as Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service launches ‘Threads’, a new online exhibition by artists Helen Condon, Elena Koyovenko and Mary Murphy. Recognising the importance of the arts Cork County Council...
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Public Lighting LED Retrofitting Programme

  A €140m programme to replace inefficient public lights has been implemented by Cork County Council as the lead local authority for the Southern region of Ireland. This programme will result in a major saving on energy bills for 24 local authorities....
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Insight worth €593m to Irish economy

Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics is worth €593m to the Irish economy according to a new report about the impact of the centre. The report which was commissioned to coincide with the launch of Insight’s second research phase found that...
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Launch of SIRO Gigabit Broadband Network in Cork

An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney TD has launched a new SIRO plan to provide Cork city with the best access to the most powerful broadband services in Ireland compared to other cities in the country. It...
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SEAI/ IEA Bioenergy Symposium

Registration is now open for the SEAI/ International Energy Agency Bioenergy Symposium on “Anaerobic Digestion in the Circular Economy” and a Gas Networks Ireland Causeway Workshop which will be held on the 6th September in UCC. Registration is free, with a deadline...
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Cork City Council to Drive Digital Transformation in Cork

Cork city’s future is digital as it has been selected to take part in a European challenge to ensure its strong economic and population growth is matched with a digital transformation. The European Commission’s Digital Cities Challenge is aimed at stimulating economic...
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Enhancing Cleanliness of Cork City through Graffiti Removal

Cork City Council together with the Cork Smart Gateway initiative have launched the €70,000 Small Business Research and Innovation (SBIR) Challenge with Enterprise Ireland. This seed fund challenge invites applicants to deliver innovative ways to prevent and mitigate against instances of graffiti across Cork...
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Bridge to Mass Challenge Cork

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur or early stage start-up in the Life Sciences, Medical Technology and/or Digital Health Sector, and looking to scale and connect with a global support system? Known as Bridge to MassChallenge Cork or B2MCCork, this is Cork County...
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Launch of Cork Open Data Dashboard – 15th Decemeber

The Cork Dashboard will be launch on Friday 15th December as part of the SFI-funded Building City Dashboards Project based in Maynooth University. The project is tasked with designing and building interactive and accessible webpages for use by citizens, businesses and local authorities...
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Launch of Cork Open Data Dashboard

We are launching the Cork Dashboard as part of the SFI-funded Building City Dashboards Project based in Maynooth University. The project is tasked with designing and building interactive and accessible webpages for use by citizens, businesses and local authorities to access real-time and...
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Nimbus Centre Business Breakfast 22nd September

The Nimbus Centre invites you and your colleagues to a business breakfast on Sept 22nd where experts will discuss the commercial realities of a post Brexit market place, and how technology innovation can progress your business. Speakers will also offer advice on...
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Conference: The Challenge of Smart Cities in Ireland

The Smart Cities Agenda recognises that cities, globally, are growing at a rapid rate which, in turn brings with it many challenges. These include traffic congestion, inadequate energy, lack of basic services, poor quality/insufficient housing stock, poor management of the environment, climate...
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Thalman health joins ESA BIC at Tyndall

Thalman Health has qualified for support and funding from the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) in Ireland. Led by Tyndall National Institute, the ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland consortium, which incorporates ESA BIC, launched last year to help start-ups...
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Nominations open for the Smart Technology Innovation Award

Cork Smart Gateway is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Smart Technology Innovation Award. The it@cork Leaders Awards is an annual event recognising the leading companies in Cork’s IT community. From global multinationals to schools and start-ups, the awards recognise those who have gone further...
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Launch of Open Data Strategy for 2017 – 2022

Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Open Government and eGovernment launched the publication of a national Open Data Strategy for 2017-2022 on July 14th. At the launch, Minister Donovan commented, “Openness and transparency is a key government priority. Opening up government data will...
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Cork Smart Gateway at EU Sustainable Energy Week

The Cork Smart Gateway was delighted to have the opportunity to represent Cork and the Growsmarter Project during EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) at the Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Office, Brussels in June 2017. This session featured representatives from nine Horizon...
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Cork’s Smart Ambition – Featured in Silicon Valley Global

The latest issue of Silicon Valley Global highlights the activities of the Cork Smart Gateway and discusses Cork’s Smart Agenda. Focusing in particular on the importance of citizen engagement  to progressing this agenda, the piece details a number of smart citizen engagement...
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Inaugural Oracle User Meetup in Cork

Cork is booming for cool Oracle projects and because of this the first ever Oracle User meetup in the Rebel city has been organised. The aim of this group is to build a community to share information about the most interesting Oracle...
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RebelBio Future conference, 9th February, UCC

The RebelBio Future conference (Formerly SynBioFuture) returns this February 9th 2017, with a line-up of influential speakers from the fields of synthetic biology, cellular agriculture, astrobiology, DNA storage and more. Looking forward and divining from the trends of today, the speakers and...
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Cork County Council Launches Online Engagement Portal

Cork County Council has launched a new online portal for customers to engage and interact with the local authority. The ‘Your Council’ system allows members of the public to access over 40 different online services with more expected to be added throughout...
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All Ireland Smart Cities Forum Launches

Advancing smart city programmes across Ireland is the focus of the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum, which was launched this week at the “Getting Smarter about Smart Cities” event in Cork, hosted by Minister for Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD, in conjunction...
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Tyndall Researcher’s Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Researchers at IPIC & the Tyndall National Institute have developed a technical step that could enable the use of quantum computers and have published details in the leading journal Nature Photonics. Conventional digital computing uses ‘on-off’ switches, but quantum computing looks to...
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And the Winner is …….. Vconnecta

The it@cork Leader’s Awards is an annual event recognising the leading companies in Cork’s IT community. From global multinationals to schools and start-ups, the awards recognise those who have gone further than most in the use of technology in their respective organisations and businesses. The Cork...
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Tyndall spinout InfiniLED bought by Facebook’s Oculus Rift

InfiniLED – a spinout company of the Tyndall Research Institute, has been acquired by US Virtual Reality company Oculus. The acquisition will see low-power LED technology developed in Ireland being applied to enhance performance in VR devices. Based on a breakthrough by Tyndall researcher...
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Health Innovation Hub Launched

September 2016:  The Health Innovation Hub Ireland is Ireland’s first national hub to directly improve treatment and care for patients. Government funding of €5 million for the establishment of the Hub which is led by UCc through the Department of Health and...
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CIT Students win prize for lifesaving innovation

Inspired by a double workplace tragedy, a team of eight students at CIT have developed an award winning innovation. The HydroFLOcean device has been developed to prevent workers from getting trapped underwater and drowning while working on a work platform. The new HydroFLOcean...
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ESA launchpad for Irish start-ups unveiled at Tyndall

Tyndall National Institute in Cork is the site of a European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre providing funding to start-ups with big ideas. Currently, the ESA Space Solutions Centre in Ireland is seeking entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for using space technology to...
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In the Media: ‘Building Ireland’s Smart Cities’

Sensors, streetlights, bike lanes and phone apps are just a part of what is becoming the new urban landscape. Pauline Riordan of Dublinked and Aidan O’Riordan of Cork City Council talk to the Council Journal about Smart Cities and how technology is...
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Ludgate Hub Officially Launches

On Friday, 29th July, the Ludgate hub Skibbereen was officially opened by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. The 1 Gigabit digital hub in Skibbereen, which originally served as the local cinema and then a bakery, has been...
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CIT hosts 30th Space Studies Programme in 2017

The International Space University Summer Space Programme (SSP17) will take place at Cork Institute of Technology from June 26th – August 25th 2017. Being awarded SSP17 represents a significant achievement for Ireland (this being the first time an SSP has been held...
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Google IOT Research award for CIT Lecturers

CIT Computing lecturers Dr Donna O’Shea and Dr Sean McSweeney have been selected by Google to participate in their Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Programme. This Google programme was sponsored by father of the Internet Vint Cerf (now Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist) and...
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CORK SMART GATEWAY LAUNCHES

PRESS RELEASE 5 May 2016 CORK SMART GATEWAY LAUNCHES New Collaborative Initiative to Drive Cork’s Smart Agenda for Citizens Cork, 5 May 2016: Creating a “smarter region” is the focus of a new collaborative initiative, Cork Smart Gateway, which launched this week. ...
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Launch of the Cork Smart Gateway

The Cork Smart Gateway is launching in Ireland’s smartest building, One Albert Quay on Wednesday, 4th May from 8:30am to 10:45am. Click here to register your attendance For more information contact claire_davis@corksmartgateway.ie.

Success for Cork Contactless Payment Pilot

Cork Cashes Out has been deemed a success. The project which was developed by the Cork City Centre Forum was designed to promote Cork city a cash-free zone. Recently released figures show that the number of contactless payments in the Cork City...
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