About Us

Benchspace is a shared access workshop in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to local furniture makers, designers, and particularly to graduates and early career professionals.

Benchspace Opening Night October 6, 2017

By sharing the cost of equipment, rent and commercial rates, Benchspace significantly cuts the cost of starting a new fine furniture or woodworking business in Cork.

Our ambition is to create an incubation space for new creative businesses, thereby fostering employment and contributing to the cultural and economic fabric of the City.

Benchspace Cork is the first coworking workshop of its kind in Ireland, the project is inspired by similar successful projects in Holland, the UK and Australia. Such projects have turned post-industrial spaces into seed-beds for a new generation of creators, designers, and techies. Our space is in the former Ford factory in Cork which has a tangible heritage as a centre of commerce and production.

The Team

Brendan Corcoran

Brendan Corcoran

Resident Maker

After graduating from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Brendan Corcoran first worked in Cork, and then moved to Toronto to enhance his learning, working with well-known Canadian Makers.
His style combines long-established traditional construction techniques with modern contemporary minimalism. Using locally sourced, native hardwoods, he draws out the woods’ inherent beauty to compliment his designs.
Brendan’s work includes furniture, smaller pieces of cabinetry, jewellery boxes, chess boards, cutting boards etc. He also works on kitchens and commercial installations.
Always striving, Brendan is currently exploring custom knife making.

Sean Breen

Sean Breen

Director

Sean is from Cork and currently lectures in GMIT Letterfrack, the centre of excellence for furniture making in Ireland.

Tony Farrell

Tony Farrell

Director

Tony Farrell is a successful woodturner, his work has been exhibited internationally and is on sale both online and in retail. He is former engineering lecturer in CIT and current chair of Cork Craft & Design, a not for profit that assists craftspeople and designers to market their work through exhibitions, events and through their Shop in Douglas Mills in Cork.

Fergus Somers

Fergus Somers

Director

Fergus is a furniture design teacher in CSN in Cork, with an interest in 3D design and digital fabrication.

David Scannell

David Scannell

Benchspace Working Group

Thanks To

The following have given time, effort and advice since we started this project:

Aideen Quirke
Kim Morris
Cathy Bucannon
Dennis Barret
Orla Flynn
Mary McCarthy
Siubhán McCarthy
Des Cahill
Adrienne Rodgers
John Riordan
Ray Dennehy
Derek Coughlan
Joe Somers
Rory Drinan
Dermot Delaney
Tim Hegarty
Michael McFadden
Dave O’Flynn

Digisoft
Nicole Albersmann
Audrey Barrett
Linda Beirne
Lorna Bourke
Stephen Brazil
Sean Breen
Ailbhe Bruen
Des Bruen
Joe Bruen
David Butler
Eleanor Cahalane
Lorenzo Cammoranesi
Vicky Chan
Holcon Construction
Brendan Corcoran
Ursula Corcoran
Mark Coughlan
Steve Cox
Claire Cronin
Claire Davis
Colm Dawson
Mike Dawson
Denis Dennehy
Oisin Doyle
Rory Drinan
Brigid Farrell
Garrett Farrell
Robert Farrell
Naomi Fein
Anna Flanagan
Roisin Foley
Conor Gossage

Shane Goulding
Jonathan Harrington
Martina Holtby Conway
Aoife Houston
Hollie Kearns
Roger Kelleher
Kevin Kelly
Lisa Kelly
Jeremy Kiely
Billy Lee
Jan Lojack
Sharon Lojack
Jeremy Madden
Brian Mc Auliffe
John Mc Carthy
Julia Mc Carthy
Eoghan McCarthy
Josephine McCourt
Linda McCrann
Mick McElligott
Michael McFadden
Ronan McGrath
Raymond Murphy
Oliver Nash
Kellie Naughton
Jerry O Brien
John O’ Shea
Donal O Sullivan
Rory O’Brien
Ross O’Brien
Fergus O’Callaghan
Tom O’Donnell
Des O’Donoghue
Eoin O’Donovan

Eoghan O’Neill
Finbarr O’Regan
Jason O’Shaughnessy
Ita O’Sullivan
Avril Purcell
Patrick Reynolds
Ed Riordan
john riordan
Jeffrey Roe
David Scannell
Fergus Somers
Mike Spillane
Ronan Thompson
Michelle Toomey
Stephanie Tormey
Louise Walsh