competition offering Family Pass to Fota Imagine

The information resource for parents to support their children throughout their school days,, are offering a fabulous Family Pass to Imagine at Fota Island Resort this Christmas.  This Christmas extravaganza promises to be a huge it with children and their parents once again following the huge success of a similar event entitled Fota Believe at the resort last year. The Family Pass offers 2 adults and 2 children the chance to experience this winter wonderland adjacent to the 5 Star Hotel in Cork throughout the festive season. To enter simply answer the short question at the website at:


Derval O’Rourke RNLI Reindeer Run at Fota House

Three time Olympian, Derval O’Rourke, has joined forces with the RNLI, to help launch the RNLI Reindeer Run, which raises funds for the charity that saves lives at sea. The popular event encourages people to have fun while supporting the RNLI in their work. This year the Reindeer Run will take place at Fota House and Gardens on Sunday 23 November.

There will be a 1km Santa “Saunter” and 5km and 10km routes for both runners and walkers.

The Cork event at Fota House is followed a week later by the Dublin RNLI Reindeer Run which takes place in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham on Sunday 30th November.


Fota’s red panda cub seeks the public’s help

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.

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Fota makes it to Wall Street

The Wall Street Journal yesterday chose to feature our local, and Cork’s Premier 5 Star Hotel, Fota Island Resort.

…Well not quite. In an article about the emergence of the Irish property market and wider economy, they featured an image of the Clubhouse at the resort as the main image for the article. If you haven’t seen it in all its splendour check it out here:

New Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park

Work has begun on a new Animal Care & Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park that will house native and globally endangered species.

The project is supported by a significant investment by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and will cost over €600,000 to develop onsite at Fota Wildlife Park

Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park Stephen Ryan believes that this new facility could also prove beneficial to other tourism businesses in the East Cork area; he said “the new facility will extend our visitor season into the winter months and assist hotels in Cork etc. with marketing the Cork destination for winter breaks”.

Fota Wildlife Park is currently the most visited tourist attraction in the South West with 377,000 visitors in 2012 and research taken at the park has indication that the park has an annual economic benefit in the region of €167m to the Cork area.

Grant support of €200,000 is being provided by SECAD.

Good news for Fota – 10 new Jobs at Fota Wildlife Park

Good news for the Fota area as Fota Wildlife park have announced they are to create 10 new jobs. This is due to the recent announcement of the park expansion that we informed our readers about a few weeks ago.

Just recently we received official news from the popular tourist attraction in Cork that the park has been given €600,000 to build an indoor animal care and conservation centre for endangered species.The project is expected to be completed by August of this years giving visitors the chance to see a wider range of exotic animals. Continue reading