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Former asylum seekers share Cork’s Person of the Month Award

A Middle Eastern couple who have built a new life for themselves in Ireland after moving from the direct provision system to running their own restaurant, have shared Cork’s Person of the Month Award. Read More

Asylum seekers turned foodie entrepreneurs are People of the Month

If proof were needed of the indomitable nature of the human spirit in the face of adversity, then husband and wife Izzeddeen and Eman Alkarajeh must surely be the living embodiment of that. Read More

Palestinian family named as ‘Cork Persons of the Month’

Izzeddeen and wife Eman Alkarajeh overcame the odds of moving to a new country, a new city, learning a new language and spending time in Direct Provision to build a very successful new life and business. Read More

Living Leeside: ‘I’ve never had a negative interaction here in Cork’

Roisin Burke meets a Palestinian couple who are running a cafe on George’s Quay after a change of career and country. Read More

Restaurant Review: Izz Cafe, 14 George’s Quay, Cork

In a time when such tales are sorely needed, Izz and Eman Alkarajeh’s story is inspiring and truly heartwarming. Read More

Meet the migrant chefs revolutionising Cork’s food scene

Izz Alkarajeh emerged from direct provision to open one of Cork’s most exciting new restaurants – Izz Cafe. Joe McNamee on our new migrant chefs, their respective cuisines and the impact on our native dishes. Read More

Izz Cafe at 15th position among the 22 essential Cork restaurants

A couple of years ago, Palestinian couple Izz and Eman Alkerajah and their children were entangled in Ireland’s asylum-seeker system when they began selling Eman’s traditional recipes from a tiny farmer’s market stall. Success was immediate and — asylum status now granted and full Irish citizenship in the pipeline Read More

Palestinian couple awarded Cork persons of the month

One of Cork’s greatest accolades has been bestowed upon a young Palestinian family who went from living in Direct Provision to building a new life and successful business here in Cork. Read More

Palestinian couple awarded Cork persons of the month

One of Cork’s greatest accolades has been bestowed upon a young Palestinian family who went from living in Direct Provision to building a new life and successful business here in Cork. Read More

Former asylum seekers win Cork Persons of the Month award

A Palestinian/Jordanian couple granted political asylum in Ireland have become the latest winners of a Cork Persons of the Month award. Read More

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A taste of Palestine: From Direct Provision to Darina Allen – the story behind a Cork restaurant that has diners queuing for more

Izz and Eman Alkarajeh were living in Direct Provision when their Middle Eastern ‘pizzas’ caught the eye of celebrity chef Darina Allen. Now diners in Cork are queueing up for seats in their city-centre café, writes Katy McGuinness. Read More

Bringing taste of Palestine to Cork

Encouraged by Darina Allen, a Palestinian couple have just opened a new cafe in Cork city. They tell SHAMIM MALEKMIAN about their venture, their specialist foods, and getting through Ireland’s Direct Provision system. Read More

The secret visit by Tom Doorley to Izz Cafe

Owners of Izz Cafe were embarrassed when they knew from social media about a critical visit to their restaurant. Embarrassment caused by being ignorant about one of the most famous food critiques in Ireland. Tom Doorley himself preferred the nature of the visit being unarranged. Read More

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