Disappointment for Cork as they loose out to Clare at the All Ireland Hurling Final

A defiant Cork certainly rose to the challenge of returning to Croke Park to face the mighty Clare team once again following their draw just a few weeks prior. The first attempt was a thrilling match that certainly had both sets of fans at the edge of their seat. With the game finishing up as a draw – in what many would agree was a ‘fair’ result, the two teams were faced with the challenge of doing it all over again. Continue reading

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Fota – Treasure Hunt and Dog walk in aid of DAWG at Fota House and Gardens

From celebrating and remembering the summer to welcoming a worthy cause, yesterday on Fota Island, a very special family day out and event was held in aid of a worthy cause. Fota house and gardens teamed up with the Cork dog welfare charity DAWG (dog action welfare group) for a special charity event on Sunday 15th September.  The family and dog friendly (of course!) event was held from 12:30-4pm at Fota House and Gardens and featured a special dog walk as well as not one but two treasure hunts around the grand estate and gardens.

Visitors on the day took part in a range of dog and family friendly events within the majestic setting of the 18th century hunting lodge and scenic grounds. For dog lovers there was a dog walk held from 12-4pm. Taking roughly 30-40 minutes to complete, one started at the car park and on through to the gardens and celebrated arboretum taking in the majestic settings of the estate. For children there were treasure hunts through the gardens starting from 2pm to 3pm with prizes supplied by Maxi Zoo (one for age groups 4-8 and another for 8-12). Continue reading

Remembering one of the most memorable summers in years – Cork and beyond!

With schools and colleges opening their doors for the next influx of students back from the holidays this week and onto next week and September now upon us we can safely say that summer is finally over for many of us. And what a summer it has been, after year upon year of dull rain drenched summers that had us in usually jumping on the nearest flight to the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean whilst cursing our miserable weather and neglecting the many coastal delights and scenery close at hand to us at home, summer 2013 proved to be a welcome anomaly, predominantly dry and sunny allowing us to fully take in the many hidden gems locally.

Summer may be gone but we won’t forget the few weeks in July a record-breaking heatwave turned Ireland temporarily into the costa del sol, having us slathering on suncream, donning our shorts and beachwear and flocking to the nearest beaches up and down the country from the coastlines of east cork to Dublin and beyond. Aside from the good weather the many summer festivals up and down the country took on an extra glow and emphasis due to the Continue reading