pulls off best party in town

Friday 13th wasn’t so unlucky for and her loyal following at the meticulously planned launch night in Cork city. A wedding theme as you might expect, but I’m not sure anyone expected the bride and groom to turn up in a Bentley!

The perfect venue was the Cork Vision Centre on North Main Street, found and organised by Ireland’s money saving venue finder And it took a big crowd (over 200 people) to fill the vast openness. Included were over 40 wedding couples and wedding suppliers, including a magical magician, a red hot band and (ahem, excuse my bias) Ireland’s best wedding wine specialists, who were supplying the curiously scrumptious vino.

The Champagne reception and pink and blue wedding cupcakes were a great touch, but the real star of the show was one of Cork’s brightest young entrepreneurs. Ciara Crossan, founder of, enthused with her energy and all-round loveliness. And I’m told it was 7am before she hit the hay. Go Ciara!

Ciara has succeeded is making the one-stop-shop for engaged couples who are venue hunting for their big day. Simply choose your wedding date and the county in Ireland where you want to get married, and get back an interactive listing of hotels with availability on your preferred wedding date. You can then filter the results based on guest capacity or price and send an enquiry to the venue to arrange a viewing of the property at a suitable time. Couples will save their precious time, and the best thing is the service is free to use.

While multi-national companies get up and go at the first sign of a better deal elsewhere, it’ll be the home-grown enterprises who’ll continue to form the backbone of the Irish economy. It’s brilliant to see the likes of Ciara coming on the scene with her quirky, innovative and service-driven attitude, and it’s smart concepts like that will see us through the tough times and beyond.

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