Shop N Drop -Cork City Centre's Christmas Shopping Valet Service


Breakthrough Cancer Research is delighted to announce that Cork city centre’s very own Shop ‘N’ Drop Christmas Shopping Valet Service will begin this Saturday.
Shoppers will be able to leave their shopping bags at the secure Shop ‘N’ Drop so they can enjoy all the city has to offer during the festive season -  bag free!

Located at 1/ 2 Cook Street (previously Specsavers), just off Patrick Street and opposite Opera Lane, the service, which will ask for a small donation from shoppers, is the first of its kind in Cork city centre. It is led by Breakthrough Cancer Research and supported by the Cork City Centre Forum. 

Orla Dolan, Breakthrough Cancer Research CEO said:  “We are delighted to work with the Cork City Centre Forum to lend Cork shoppers a hand this year with a special Shop’N’Drop service in aid of vital cancer research programmes happening right here in Cork. Cancer touches us all and your support helps us bring life-changing treatments from the laboratory to patients".
"If you are shopping in the city this Christmas, please do stop by and avail of our special shopping-bag minding service. We hope to see old and new friends at Cook Street where we will be providing a safe place to leave all your heavy bags. We would also like to thank Penneys for their support in providing the unit on Cook Street.”

Breakthrough Cancer Research is an Irish medical cancer research charity founded and based in Cork. It was launched to inspire and enable financial support for exceptional research into cancer in Ireland leading to more effective treatments for patients in this country and overseas. Breakthrough focuses on funding world-class cancer research into poor prognosis cancers, which are poorly served by current treatment options. It facilitates collaboration between scientists and clinicians across Ireland and internationally and translates lab discoveries into new effective treatments for cancer patients today, tomorrow and into the future. 

Raymond Kelleher, Chair of the Cork City Centre Forum, added: ‘The Shop ‘N’ Drop service will make the shopping experience even more enjoyable throughout the exciting run up to Christmas, giving shoppers the opportunity to enjoy the City’s Christmas atmosphere and activities minus the shopping bags. Now you can literally shop and drop, with zero hassle. In doing so, you will be supporting the fantastic work of Breakthrough Cancer Research dedicated in their work bringing forward more innovative and potentially life-saving cancer treatments. We are delighted to support the team in Breakthrough Cancer Research and urge shoppers to add their support, and avail of this really easy and convenient service.’

The Shop ‘N’ Drop service will open to shoppers on Saturday 8th December until Sunday December 23rd with the service open from 11-7pm Monday to Saturday catering to the busiest time of the day (lunchtime and after work). The Sunday service will open from 12 – 5pm.

This service is one of a number of gifts to City Centre visitors this Christmas being provided through collaboration between various stakeholders. It’s never been easier to visit the city centre with free parking for motorists who enter North Main Street or Paul Street car parks after 5p.m. Thursday to Saturday. The Black Ash Park and Ride has also extended opening hours until 10p.m. on the same days and there is a temporary park and ride in County Hall on Saturday and Sundays.  For more information re access please see