Watford FC Manager Gianfranco Zola Video at Fota

Recently Watford FC were using the Fota Island Training Facility. In the video below Gianfranco Zola, Watford FC Manager, discusses this squads preparations for their pre-season friendly with Cork City FC. That game took place at Turners Cross in the city.

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Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning Hits Fota House

Tomorrow (Thursday September 20th) Fota House will play their part in the Biggest Coffee Morning to ever hit Ireland. From 10am to 1pm tomorrow all funds raised will go to Marymount Hospice.

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning is now in its 20th year and is the main fundraiser for hospice services nationwide. The coffee mornings are sponsored by Beweley’s. Patrons will be asked to donate €2 asked for every cup of coffee.

Fota House is open everyday from 10am to 5pm (Monday-Saturday) and 11am-5pm (Sunday). Please keep in mind that the last guided tour of Fota House departs at 3.30pm. For more information call 021 481 5543  or email on info@fotahouse.com. For hotels near Cork contact us on 021 488 3700.

Fota Island Golf Resort hosts the Bon Secours Annual Golf Classic

Whilst summer is over and we can now look back on what was an eventful summer so far and the many events around the east cork area. Back in July many well-known Irish sporting heroes were out in force in the Fota Island Golf Resort (Cork hotel) taking part in the Bon Secours Annual Golf Classic. The event, which was organised by the Golf Society at Bon Secours, was in aid of two great Cork causes, Cúnamh and Cork Cancer Research Centre and featured more than 150 golfers including Cork footballers Graham Canty, Daniel Goulding and Alan Quirke. 

Irish rugby legend Donal Lenihan and Cork GAA Doctor Con Murphy were also at hand in the golf classic which saw many sporting heroes from all playing field “link” up for their charity either Cúnamh and Cork Cancer Research Centre. Amongst the people there were Donna Roche, Stephen Sisk, Michael Griffin and Anthony McLoughlin from the Bon Secours Golf Society, as well Helen Gough from the charity Cúnamh, along with Helena Slattery and Laoise Cotter from Cork Cancer Research Centre, who all together hoped to raise €10,000 for both charities in aid of cancer research and cancer support services. Continue reading

New babies at Fota Wildlife Park have been named

In the past few posts we mentioned how the Fota island based wildlife park has recently experienced a baby boom with 2 baby giraffes and a special lemur being born in the past few weeks. The naming of the three new babies has garnered special interest over the past few weeks as fans of the wildlife park based in Fota Island were encouraged to take part in the naming process.

The Wildlife Park had recently been encouraging its numerous fans and members to suggest names through its website, facebook and twitter pages. After hundreds of suggestions and debate the names of the three new arrivals have finally been chosen and revealed to the public, with two of the three being named in honour of the former fota island park staff member Padraic Casey who tragically lost his life whilst attempting to swim the English Channel for charity in July 21st. Mr Casey was a member of the park’s education team providing informative tours and talks for the public and schoolchildren. One of the baby giraffes and the rare baby lemur were the recipients chosen in his honour. Continue reading

Baby Giraffe Video Clip

As we mentioned last week, Friday 10th august was a special week for visitors to Fota Island Wildlife Park with the appearance of not one but two baby giraffes. On what was one of the busiest days for the park, over 4,000 visitors showed up to see Blaithin and her three week old baby giraffe make its first debut, but instead were treated to a rare sighting of the live birth of a baby giraffe as well.
A live birth of any wild animal is rare indeed, never mind a giraffe, and its things like these unexpected arrivals that add an extra dimension to family visits to the wildlife park which always mixes educational with entertainment values. Whilst we all mightn’t have seen it, thankfully with smartphones and new technology such momentous events are happily recorded and uploaded for future viewing.

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