Highlighting the Ring of Cork as a noteworthy tourist region in the RDS

At the recent world holiday show in the RDS, it was all about highlighting the perfect holiday options that are available both here and worldwide for people looking to plan their next holiday. Mixing it up with representatives from major tourist areas around the world were local branches from our part of the country south and east cork, on hand to highlight to visitors the untapped tourist potential of the Ring of Cork.

When it comes to touring cork, West Cork may be the more famous for its scenic attractions, but the south and east cork is its overlooked equal in terms of scenery and cultural attractions. The Ring of Cork is a tourist region of east cork which includes our own Fota Island along with the neighboring areas of Youghal, Midleton, Cobh, Ballincollig and Carrigaline and has a huge range of scenic, cultural and family family delights to rival the west. Continue reading

Fota Island Resort voted ‘website of the week’

The Cork Independent has voted Fota Island Resort as the ‘website of the week’. The website for the Cork hotel was rated across a number of categories.

The results were as follows:

  • Appearance: 5/5
  • User-friendliness: 4/5
  • Usefulness: 5/5
  • Rating: 14/15

Well done to fotaisland.ie.

Fota preparing for proposed Asian Sanctuary

As Fota celebrates its 30th anniversary this year 2013, plans are afoot for a €6m expansion that will add almost 40% percent to its wildlife reserve area. The new extension an ambitious Asian sanctuary will see the park bring in tigers, lions and rhinos to add to its large selection of wildlife. Whilst the proposed new section should open in 2015, plans are already starting with planning permission for the 25-acre Asian-themed wildlife reserve already submitted. Later on in 2013 Fota will get its first two Sumatran tigers, a breeding pair, who will be the stars of the new project, arriving from zoos in France and Germany by September.

The wildlife park, a popular tourist destination in east Cork, is already noted worldwide for being a top breeding centre for endangered species, its cheetah programme in particular being ranked as one of the most successful in the world. Fota aims to transfer this success to the Sumatran tiger whose numbers have depleted in the last decade. Continue reading

Visayan Warty Pig

Amongst the many animals one will see on a visit to Fota Wildlife Park on Fota lsland in east Cork is the Visayan warty pig. The Visayan warty pig is a critically endangered member of the Suidae family, a species of wild pig endemic to the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines. Originally found on all six of the Philippine islands, due to habitat loss, food shortages and being hunted mercilessly for their meat and skin, today they can only be found on two, the islands of Negros and Panay.


Visayan warty pigs like most wild pigs have medium-sized, barrel-shaped bodies with short legs. They have short necks, longish heads and small eyes with prominent snouts ending in a disk-like nose, and tusks which are upturned lower canines. The males generally are much larger in size and weight than females with larger tusks and warts.

The three small facial warts located around the snout and a distinctive white stripe that runs across the bridge of the nose and along the jaw are their most distinctive features. Sparse bristles cover their bodies, dark gray or black in females and young males which turn silvery or light-brown in adult males. Both sexes sport a tuft of dark reddish-brown or black hair on the crown of their heads. The breeding males that exist on PanayIsland annually grow this tuft into a long mane from forehead to rump. Continue reading

Conference possibilities of Fota Island Resort

When it comes to organizing events or booking conferences for a large group of people there are many contributing factors play a part in ones decision. Not only does one need a hotel that will offer top class facilities and accommodation in a prime location but also one that will offer that little something extra. Located only 15 minutes from Cork city, on Fota Island, a private island just off cork city which boasts a stately home and arboretum and a world famous wildlife park, lies Fota Island Golf Resort Hotel. This luxury 5 star Cork hotel is situated on scenic grounds with world class championship golf facilities and superb views. Inside a range of ultra modern facilities such as a spa and fitness centre, function rooms, top class restaurants and bars offer visitors well earned leisure options on their visit. Continue reading