It has been an eventful summer on Fota Island with so much happening including the introduction of The Asian Sanctuary at the Wildlife Park and, of course, the hosting of the Irish Open at the neighbouring Fota Island Cork Golf Club. However, one of the more significant events which was slightly overlooked was the birth of a red panda cub almost 3 months ago. The cute little redhead has being spotted on numerous occasions around the park with its mother Bonnie since the birth and has become a firm favourite with visitors to the Wildlife Park, Fota House and the 5 star Cork hotel and golf resort.
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.
A few summers ago we in 2012 we noted how the impromptu birth of a baby giraffe later named Aoibheann stole the spotlight from what was to be the first public appearance of another baby giraffe Casey to the adoring public.
In August 2012 resident Rothschild giraffe Blaithin presenting for the first time her three week old calf, Casey, looked set to be the star attraction for visitors to Fota Wildlife Parks African Savannah that is until another giraffe Sapphire decided to give birth to Aoibheann in front of the assorted crowds, somewhat stealing the limelight from the original stars Blaithin and Casey.
Switch to present day and the same two adult giraffes involved in that dramatic day, Blaithin and Sapphire, are mothers again both having recently unveiled their latest assorted offspring (born within days of each other) to the crowds at the Fota Island based wildlife park last week. And unlike last time there were no surprises for the visitors to the popular park with the calves a male and a female having been born to their respective mothers Blaithin and Sapphire within 2 days of each other in late January.
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.
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