As we draw a close to 2012 and welcome in the New Year and the promise of the Gathering 2013, it is time to look back on a few fond memories. One, which may have fallen under the radar, was the wounded warriors visit to Ireland to take part in Golf Digests Winter Open to test the best of our best golf courses and as you can imagine the best best golf course Cork have to offer, whilst taking in scenic attractions and of course good old Irish hospitality.
The wounded warriors were a chosen group of twenty-five US soldiers injured in Iraq or Afghanistan who having taken up golf to help overcome their traumatic injuries were invited along with their families to come to Ireland to enjoy good competition, pristine golf courses and a once in a lifetime experience. This tour was organised by Golf Digest Irish Tours, a new Irish company specialising in high-end golfing holidays for the America, Canadian and Asian markets, and allowed the wounded warriors to take part in some competitive action in the Golf Digests Winter Open. Continue reading
A new baby giraffe was unveiled today at Fota Wildlide Park. The calf who was born the week before Christmas was named Cuileann, which is the Irish for Holly. She is the tenth calf by mother Roisin and is the third giraffe to be born at the park in the last five months, bringing the Giraffe herd at Fota Wildlife Park up to 11.
Roisin who is one of the oldest giraffes in the park, carried Cuileann for 15 months and like all giraffe mothers gave birth to Cuileann whilst standing successfully despite her mature age!
All giraffe’s at Fota Wildlife Park are Rothschild. This type is taller than any other sub species which makes it the tallest land animal in the world. Males of this kind can reach a height of 5.9m.
Reminder: Fota Wildlife Park is open throughout the Christmas period until 4.30pm each day. There are also special festive activities for kids at their Education complex every day until the 6th of January.
Christmas is just days away and there are many more events and opportunities to make the most out of the festive holiday getting in some last minute shopping and family events etc. And with only days left there is still of course one last chance of a visit to see Santa Claus and his grotto before Christmas day. On Fota Wildlife Park, here on Fota Island in East Cork, Santa is still available to take requests and welcome young guests right up until this Sunday 23rd December.
For the past few weeks from Friday November 23rd and ending this weekend on Sunday 23rd December Santa Claus along with his elves has turned the education complex in Fota Wildlife Park into his grotto. As well as Santas grotto, Fota have embraced the festive spirit with many features of the popular wildlife park complex such as the Red Tour Train all decked out for the festive season. Completing the festive mood is the savannah café which has been serving a particularly festive menu keeping in line with the holiday spirit. Continue reading
Take a look at this picture slideshow. The video consists of a series of images taken from the wildlife park here at Fota:
Fota Island is said to be snapped up for €20m by a Chinese investor. The deal should be signed, sealed and delivered this week between Nama (receiver) and a Beijing-based Reignwood Group. The 500-acre resort is said to fetch between €20m and €22m.