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‘Full Steam Ahead’ New Shipping Container Food Market, The Boatyard, launches in Cobh this weekend



Following months of planning and development, the highly anticipated official opening of Cork’s newest food market, The Boatyard, is set to take place this weekend, from Saturday, 30th of July. 

The new venture, owned and managed by Cobh resident Rob Coughlan, includes five independent food outlets offering a range of enticing options, including coffee, ice cream, fish and chips, rotisserie chicken and gourmet burgers, served out of revamped shipping containers.

To celebrate the grand opening, The Boatyard is planning an official launch event, with special promotions, music and family entertainment available throughout the weekend from 9am to 8pm each day. 

Ahead of the event, Rob Coughlan, Owner and Director of The Boatyard stated, “We can’t wait to welcome everyone to The Boatyard this weekend. It has taken months of careful planning, building and renovating, with all hands on deck to get us to this point. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone involved for all of their hard work and dedication over the past few months. At times I thought we might not ever get here – but we are here and we are ready!”

Rob continued, “The Boatyard brings something fresh to Cobh, where friends and family can relax, socialise and enjoy some top quality food in an ideal waterside location. We are delighted to offer something new that will hopefully bring a boost to the town and help attract more visitors and tourism locally. The response on social media has been phenomenal so far – we’ve had over 30k people following our journey before we had even opened! So we are very excited to see what’s next and have plenty of more plans to come.”

The idea for The Boatyard originated when Rob, co-owner of family run business Coughlan Fuels, was seeking a new location for a solid fuel depot and came across the site next to the Cross River Ferry in Cobh. Recognising the rising costs of solid fuel and likely decline in the industry over the next few years, Rob was inspired to diversify and create a container food market venture instead. 

With an initial investment of over €100k and employing 15 people, The Boatyard is already planning even further expansion and employment opportunities with potential for farmer’s markets, craft fairs, delivery services, apps and weatherproofing, on the near horizon. 

To find out more about The Boatyard and the range of food outlets available, visit their social media pages @theboatyardcobh on TikTok and Instagram. 

The five food containers at The Boatyard include: 

●     ROAST Coffee Cork – Cobh’s newest coffee container, with a convenient indoor seating area, serving speciality East Cork Drury Coffee, teas and locally made cakes and protein balls. 

●     Hansum – The second edition of the popular Cork Rotisserie Chicken outlet, owned by restaurateur Colin Ryan, serving a range of signature ciabattas, wraps, salads and sides made with the very best local and fresh ingredients. Soon to launch a new Breakfast Ciabatta exclusive to The Boatyard. 

●     HOOK’D – A brand new Fish and Chips concept, brought to you by Rob Coughlan and Colin Ryan of Hansum, bringing the freshest fish straight off the trawler from Union Hall in West Cork, daily to Cobh. 

●     Bunz – A new Gourmet Burger food container, created by top Cork chef’s Fergal Deasy and Paul O’Sullivan. Gourmet smashed beef patties made with the highest quality beef sourced from Cork’s finest farmers, topped with a variety of tasty ingredients. 

●     Mama Bears – Bringing a sweet touch to the market, Mama Bears, by Fergal Deasy and Paul O’Sullivan, offers a delicious choice of ice cream, healthy granola and Acai bowls, smoothies and crepes – something to suit all tastes.

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