The Murphy’s Cork Oyster and Seafood Festival 2019, in association with Failte Ireland and “Taste the Island” will begin this week. This is the biggest ever Murphy’s Cork Oyster and Seafood Festival as 60 venues across the city are taking part.

The Festival is expected to provide a major economic boost to the local economy with hundreds of visitors expected from across Cork, Ireland and internationally. The Festival will take place from Friday 20th September until Sunday 22nd September.

One of the most hotly anticipated events this year is the second annual “All Ireland Oyster Shucking Competition”. In addition there will be music from Paddy Casey and The Frank and Walters.

Festival organiser, Sandra Murphy of Trigon Hotels said: “We are so excited that this week will see the start of the Murphy’s Cork Oyster and Seafood Festival. This is a very special festival for Cork and it is proving to be a huge success. We are especially excited this year that so many fantastic venues are taking part in the events over the weekend. It is a real team effort from Cork and it rivals some of the biggest festivals in Ireland. We cannot wait for this weekend and also for the years ahead as this festival grows.”

The festival is part of “Taste the Island”, which is a new initiative to promote the island of Ireland’s extensive catalogue of food and drink experiences to domestic and international visitors, creating opportunities for Irish businesses to attract higher numbers of visitors outside of the already busy summer months.

On Friday 20th September, festival-goers can enjoy “A Jameson Experience” with Head Cooper, Ger Buckley as well as “A History of Prosecco” masterclass. Throughout the weekend, the Guinness Book of Records fastest Oyster shucker, Paddy the Shucker and The Lazy Chef, Simon Lamont will be on hand.

On Saturday 21st September, the hugely popular and now sold out Cork Gourmet Trail will take place from 12 noon. The day will start with a drinks reception at the Metropole Hotel before taking off on a culinary tour of Cork’s best restaurants. Also that evening the Metropole will host a very special evening with music from the Frank and Walters.

Also as part of the festival, attendees can avail of  the specially constructed “OYSTER PEARL” package. Guest can enjoy all that The Murphy’s Cork Oyster Festival & Seafood festival has to offer at The Metropole hotel with two nights Bed & Breakfast and an arrangement of activities that will ensure a great week is to be had by all. The package costs from €348 for two people, and includes;

  • Opening night Drinks and Oyster reception along with a Jameson barrel masterclass with head cooper from the Jameson Distillery Ger Buckley

  • Dinner in The Met on Friday evening

  • Tickets to Paddy Casey Live on the Friday night 20th September

  • Exclusive Jameson & Oyster masterclass hosted by Patrick McMurray “ Shucker Paddy” at the Met at 7pm on Saturday

  • Ticket to The Frank & Walters Live on the Saturday night 21st September

  • Sunday, access to the All-Ireland Oyster Shucking Competition featuring International & National Championships with live entertainment from 2pm.

Tickets for all events are on sale on Eventbrite and more details on

The Metropole Hotel is part of the Trigon Hotel Group, which has 334 guest rooms across three hotels in Cork. The group comprises of the Cork International Hotel, The Metropole Hotel and the Cork Airport Hotel.