Clonakilty pudding, Barry's Tea and Murphy's Stout on menu as Cork gets new airport lounge


Ireland’s first Aspire airport business lounge will have an Irish-themed menu, it was revealed at its official opening at Cork Airport. Operated by Swissport, investment in the lounge at Ireland’s second fastest growing international airport will total €500,000 over four years. 

The lounge features ‘Best of Irish’ additions on the menu. The complimentary breakfast includes Clonakilty black and white pudding; while Irish stew is a dinner option. The all-day cheeseboard showcases Cashel blue cheese along with Irish soda bread and Ballymaloe relish. The drinks menu includes St Patrick’s Gin, distilled less than 10km from the airport; Jameson Irish Whiskey; Murphy’s Irish Stout; draught Heineken; Tipperary Irish Water; and Barry’s Tea, all sourced locally.

Clive Power, Head of Finance, Commercial and IT at Cork airport; Cllr Ian Dohle, deputising for the County Mayor; Cllr Tom O’Driscoll, deputising for the Lord Mayor of Cork; Tony Tully, COO Swissport; Grainne Good, Manager, Aspire, Cork; Sean Weston, Global Vice-President, Aspire Lounges; and Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director, Cork Airport at the official opening. Photo: Brian Lougheed

 Lighter menu choices are also available with soups and salads, and drink options include complimentary premium brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, speciality teas and coffees. 

The new lounge, which can hold upwards of 80 guests, is open to all travellers, irrespective of airline or class of travel, and is the 31st Aspire Lounge to open globally. The new space is also accessible to Priority Pass, Diners Club and DragonPass cardholders, along with guests of certain airlines.

Complimentary food, tailored to different parts of the day, along with drinks and newspapers are available, and there is a range of dedicated zones for business, dining and relaxing. Facilities include tableside charging and above all, a comfortable, relaxing environment. Passengers can pre-book at for a fee of €24.99 or pay €28 on the day at the lounge.  

Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said: We are delighted Swissport has opened its first Irish Aspire Lounge here at Cork Airport. This gives everyone travelling through the airport, whether it’s for business or leisure, the chance to relax or work in comfort, and enjoy some great food and drink sourced from our region.

“More than 2.4 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport this year and it is important for us to be able to provide the best possible customer service, giving all our guests the opportunity for a productive and first class start to their journey every time.”

Shaun Weston, Vice President of Global Lounges stated: “This new showcase lounge is now one of 31 Aspire lounges located in airports around the globe, including Amsterdam Schiphol, London Heathrow, Calgary and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airports. We have implemented a Guaranteed Delay Cover, which means that if a flight is delayed, and you have booked directly with us, you can remain in the lounge until your flight is ready to board.”

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