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Gala dinner to raise funds for the RNLI with celebrity chef dinner

Lifeboats News Release

The Metropole Hotel in Cork will host a very special fundraising Black Tie Gala Dinner in aid of the RNLI on Saturday 22nd September.

Dun Laoghaire crew members with celebrity chef Derry Clarke and a representative from the Cork Oyster Festival

Each dinner course will be prepared by a separate celebrity chef, which will add a special element to the evening.

The evening will begin with a sparkling drinks reception in the main lobby of the Metropole hotel at 7pm. Guests will then enjoy a gala banquet and then dance the night away to the Roaring Forties. Tickets for this wonderful event are €65 per person.

Aaron Mansworth, Group General Manager for Trigon Hotels said: “We are delighted to be hosting the gala dinner in aid of the RNLI, whose volunteers provide such a valuable service around our coast. The event is our small way of saying thank you.”

The RNLI Dinner will take place during the Cork Oyster and Seafood Festival which is running from Friday 21st September until Sunday 23rd September at the Metropole Hotel. Events include live music with The Cork City Samba Band and The Loungeman; free cookery demonstrations with Bord Bia and the All Ireland Oyster Shucking Competition which will also feature The Lazy Chef Simon Lamont.

Opening night, Friday 21st September, also happens to be Cork Culture night. A Flaming Oyster Stand will be in place selling oysters outside the front door of the Metropole with Simon Lamont ‘The Lazy Chef’ from TV3 and Wrights of London cooking oysters “as you have never seen before”. This will take place from 6pm to 8pm. The Cork City Samba Band will playing on MacCurtain Street from 6 to 7pm while Vienna Sings, a four piece opera group will be playing in the hotel lobby from 7 to 8pm. Tickets for the opening night are now on sale on Eventbrite for €10 which includes a pint of Murphy’s with two oysters.

On Saturday 22nd September, the 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.

Tickets for the festival and the RNLI Ball are currently on sale on Eventbrite at €75 per person for the Gourmet Trail and €65 per person for the Black Tie Gala Dinner. So visit

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. Some of the other events which took place at the hotels over the last 12 months include the Cork Craft Show and the Cork Chocolate Festival.


For more information please contact:

Jonathan Healy of Healy Communications, 0861743947,

For any specific event enquiries, call +353 21 4549890

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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