Commissioner Phil Hogan to address West Cork Forum

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Affairs will address the West Cork Forum entitled ‘The West Cork Paradox - Famine to Feast – Survival to Innovation’, as part of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival.

The annual forum focuses on the needs of West Cork as an entity, exploring ways in which the region can enhance its varied options, whether they emanate from food producers, tourism, IT or initiatives created by harnessing the myriad of resources available within. By encouraging the innovators who live in the area to work together to implement sound suggestions, the organisers of the Forum (A Taste of West Cork Food Festival) can further cement relations between the 41 towns, villages and eight islands that are part of their organisation and come up with new ideas to promote tourism and support the natural sustainability of the West Cork offering. 

Speakers at the forum, which will be held at Baltimore Sailing Club on the 8th September, include Professor John O'Halloran (Deputy President and Registrar University College Cork), Sean O’Driscoll (West Cork native and businessman), Helen Collins (Chair of the A Taste of West Cork Food Festival), Eamonn Sinnott (Intel Ireland General Manager), Tara McCarthy (CEO, Bord Bia), JP McMahon (Anair Restaurant, Galway), and the event is Chaired by Eoin McGonigal (Senior Counsel and former Chairman of the Irish Museum of Modern Art). The event is free of charge and welcomes all those interested in the future of West Cork.  “The title of the Forum – ‘Famine to Feast – Survival to Innovation’ – is very relevant to West Cork,” said Sean O’Driscoll, one of the speakers at the event and its main sponsor.  “My wife Rose and I are passionate about West Cork and all it has to offer, and the reference to famine and feast, survival to innovation, epitomises the ability of the people of this area to turn things around, to build ideas from scratch and to be innovative in quite an extraordinary way.” Sean added: “The award-winning A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is one of those initiatives, now in its 15th year, serving as a catalyst for growth and reaching out to national and international communities now in its quest to encourage increased tourism and innovation, and its resultant prosperity for the region.”