Is Ed Sheeran staying in Fota Island?

There are rumours of sightings but nobody seems to be able to produce photographic evidence.

Strong rumours emerged of Ed Sheeran being seen arriving at Fota Island Resort following the debut concert of his European tour at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Friday night. However the exact accommodation of the star is being kept a closely guarded secret.

Fota Island resort’s official response seems to be “no comment” adding fuel to the rumour mill but as one competitor said, that doesn’t mean he’s there, it just means they like the publicity the rumour has generated.

Unlike Michael Jackson’s well publicised stay at the old Jury’s Hotel in the city in 1988, it seems we’ll have to wait until he’s well and truly moved on before we know if he paid a visit to our beautiful island.


Business Woman of the Year Awards 2018 to Take Place at Fota

Fota Island with play host to this Year’s Network Cork Business Women of the Year Awards on Friday May 11 2018.

Network Cork winners will  go forward to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards which celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of members.  There are 6 categories in total and members can enter one category. This year, members were also allowed to additionally enter their business in the separate technology category ‘Best Use of Digital in your Business‘.

Tickets for the event can be booked on

The event will take place on the Island’s very own, and Cork’s best hotel, Fota Island Resort.

We wish the organisers, participants and winners the very best for a great night on Fota Island!!



Fota Island Resort in Top 3 Family Hotels in Ireland

The Irish Independent recently conducted a survey amongst their readers to choose the top 10 family hotels in the country. No surprise that our very own Fota Island Resort was ranked among the top 3 and the very best outside Wexford (who would want to go to Wexford anyway, when you could be in Cork 😉 )


The survey asked readers where they believed the service went above and beyond for their family visitors. Congrats to the team at the Fota Island Resort for making the top 3 and here’s to being ranked number 1 next year!!
The full list of the top 10 is here:

Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards

  1. Amber Springs, Gorey, Co Wexford
  2. Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare, Co Wexford
  3. Fota Island Resort, Co Cork
  4. Fitzgerald’s Woodlands, Adare, Co Limerick
  5. Quality Hotel, Clonakilty, Co Cork
  6. Newpark Hotel, Co Kilkenny
  7. Parknasilla, Sneem, Co Kerry
  8. Kenmare Bay Hotel, Kenmare, Co Kerry
  9. Hodson Bay Hotel, Co Roscommon
  10. Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co Cork
See other categories of awards here:

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits Fota Island

Fota Island Resort is playing host to a weekend political “think in” for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his party ahead of the resumption of the Dáil. Some of Ireland’s key government ministers and TD’s will be staying at one of the leading 5 star hotels in Ireland for their annual get together as they discuss and debate key issues before parliament recommences.

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Irish Open to come back to Fota?

Fota Island Resort, Cork’s premier 5 Star Hotel and Golf Course has emerged as a strong contender to host the June 2014 Irish Open Golf Tournament.

The 5-Star resort previously hosted the Irish Open in 2001, when it was won by Colin Montgomerie, and 2002, when Dane Soren Hansen was crowned champion. The event was sponsored by Local brand Murphy’s Irish Stout on both occasions.

The 2014 Irish Open will be played from June 19-22 directly after the US Open. Last year’s venue, Carton House in County Kildare, is also said to be in the running to stage a repeat of the 2013 tournament which was won by Paul Casey.

East Cork Early Music Festival 2013

The East Cork Early Music Festival which is a small music festival, ran from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th October and as usual it was a wonderful success. The small music festival with a difference prides itself on bringing period instrumental music from a bygone era back to popularity. To do this they go through live performances utilising many of Cork and East Corks best known historical settings. Music from the Medieval, Renaissance and the Baroque periods was enjoyed by patrons. Fota and East Cork received a boost in visitors thanks to the festival with many of the Cork hotels and restaurants enjoying an increase in trade.

The first festival was in 2003 the festival has had many memorable performances in some of the stunning and well known venues including St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Fota House and Cloyne Cathedral, as well as the recently completed Curtis Auditorium in the Cork School of Music. Over the years the likes of Emma Kirkby, The Palladian Ensemble, Barthold and Wieland Kuijken, Quintessential, James Bowman, The London Handel Players, Rachel Brown, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Bob van Asperen. Continue reading