Shop ‘N’ Drop – Cork City’s Very Own Christmas Shopping Valet Service


Breakthrough Cancer Research is delighted to announce the commencement of Cork City’s very own Shop ‘N’ Drop Christmas Shopping Valet Service on Saturday 8th of December, located at 1/ 2 Cook Street (previously Specsavers), just off Patrick Street and opposite Opera Lane. The service will be donation driven, with all shopper donations going directly to fund the ongoing work and mission of medical research charity Breakthrough Cancer Research.

The Shop ‘N’ Drop service, which is led by Breakthrough Cancer Research and supported by the Cork City Centre Forum, will assist shoppers in navigating the Christmas rush. The Cook Street location will offer a friendly and secure service to shoppers, giving shoppers the opportunity to enjoy all the City has to offer during the festive season at their ease, and bag free. The service which will ask for a small donation from shoppers is the first of its kind in Cork City.

Commenting on this new initiative, Orla Dolan, Breakthrough Cancer Research CEO, “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 our Shop’n’Drop Pop-Up on Cook Street where we will be providing a safe place to leave all your heavy bags while you continue to soak up the atmosphere in Cork City Centre during this festive time. 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, launched to inspire and enable financial support for exceptional research into cancer in Ireland leading to more effective treatments for patients in Ireland and Internationally. Breakthrough focuses on funding world-class cancer research into poor prognosis cancers, which are poorly served by current treatment options, facilitating collaboration between scientists and clinicians across Ireland and internationally and translating 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 those 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