Castle Cafe In The Community
As a local, independently owned restaurant group, we understand the value of community. We’ve partnered and supported a number of community groups, individuals and others.
Conrad Howard (Market Lane) left, with Meitheal Mara's Marie Drew and Bill Scobie (boat-builder)
Meitheal Mara is a community boatyard in the heart of the city. We have helped Meitheal Mara purchase a kit boat and have an ongoing support programme to ensure that their good work continues.
More info in this article on corkbilly.commeithealmara.ie
Cork Institute of Technology
We were delighted in 2018 to be the first company to launch a yearly scholarship for Hospitality Students who attend in our local college, CIT. This has continued in 2019 with Nigel Cotter being our latest worthy winner from a field of very impressive candidates.
See this article on corkbilly.com for more informationcit.ie
Love the Lee
We are active supporters of this group who are campaigning for a better city.savecorkcity.org
Aishling Moore, Elbow Lane Restaurant with Mark Riordan, Hive Mind
Hive Mind allows individuals and companies to make positive ecological moves in preserving honey bee populations whilst gaining a bounty of organic honey in the process. Based in Myrtleville, our restaurant group sources all of our honey from this initiative.
See this article on fft.ie for more info.hivemind.ie
Pieta House Amber Flag
We received a Pieta House Amber Flag in 2018. The Pieta House Amber Flag initiative is in its fourth year and around 600 flags have been awarded to date. The initiative recognises the efforts of participants to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental well-being.
Cork Healthy Cities’ Psyched Award
In May 2018 we were the recipients of an inaugural ‘Cork Healthy Cities’ Psyched Award. This award focuses solely on the business community’s efforts in employee wellness and mental health in the workplace.corkhealthycities.com/psyched/
Creating a business that delivered a very positive colleague experience was at the top of the agenda for us, when in 2007, we first opened the doors of Market Lane restaurant in Cork city centre, as was the customer experience we were determined to create.
Grown.ie, an Irish company from whom we have begun to purchase uniforms for our restaurants. Grown only use fabrics and processes which are kind to the environment and plant a tree for each garment that is purchased. The fact that they are fire fighting surfers simply seals the deal. More from grown.iewww.grown.ie
Practically Helping Local Charities
We are proud to support our colleagues in their desire to give something back to the community and the charities contained therein. Our restaurant group provides a paid day off for colleagues who would like to volunteer for a charity of their choice on that day. If your charity needs some volunteers for an upcoming event, please email us and we’ll spread the word.