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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FREE Entry to Spike Island and Fort Mitchel

Cork County Council have revealed that there will no entry fee to Spike Island and Fort Mitchel this year. Visitors will only be charged for the ferry.

Ferry Schedule and information at time of publishing is as follows:

  • Price:  €8 per adult and €5 per child.
  • Additional ferry services will be available from April 14th (Sunday). Continue reading

Tufts University Chorale entertain the crowd at Fota House

Last Thursday night 10th January in the scenic and atmospheric grounds of Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens lovers of good music in East Cork were in for a treat with a night of chorale and classical music at the scenic grounds.

Beginning at 8pm, and with a complementary glass of wine at the interval, visitors to the concert were treated to a performance from Tufts University Chorale who had come all the way from America. The crowd who gathered to see the show were entertained by the group from Boston who performed several movements from the Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnette.

Along with the performances of the Tufts University Chorale, there was also a show from the local Carrigaline Choral Group who were there to support the Boston based visitors, with a performance of “Voci Nuove” directed by Colm O’Regan and Dan Twomey, the Tenor Soloist last seen on RTE’s “The Voice.” With top class music and voices being heard and in beautiful timely settings of Fota House, the event was a welcome night out for people to the area.

Christmas at Fota Wildlife Park

Christmas is just days away and there are many more events and opportunities to make the most out of the festive holiday getting in some last minute shopping and family events etc. And with only days left there is still of course one last chance of a visit to see Santa Claus and his grotto before Christmas day. On Fota Wildlife Park, here on Fota Island in East Cork, Santa is still available to take requests and welcome young guests right up until this Sunday 23rd December.

For the past few weeks from Friday November 23rd and ending this weekend on Sunday 23rd December Santa Claus along with his elves has turned the education complex in Fota Wildlife Park into his grotto. As well as Santas grotto, Fota have embraced the festive spirit with many features of the popular wildlife park complex such as the Red Tour Train all decked out for the festive season. Completing the festive mood is the savannah café which has been serving a particularly festive menu keeping in line with the holiday spirit. Continue reading

Government funding for new facility a welcome boost for Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park’s plans for a new indoor visitor and attraction and conservation centre facility received a major boost with Minister for Environment Phil Hogan on behalf of the Government granting them 200,000 euro. This funding awarded by Rural Development Programme and provided under the Encouragement of Tourism Activities scheme will be about a third of the projected 670,000 euros needed to setup the new facility.

The new indoor visitor and attraction and conservation centre facility is setup to help counterbalance the drop in visitor number to the wildlife park, based in Fota Island, caused by increased bad weather experienced these past few summers.  The new extension will also aid the park’s conservation work, helping to create additional learning opportunities for the public while providing an indoor viewing and entertainment area for tourists. Continue reading

Watford FC Manager Gianfranco Zola Video at Fota

Recently Watford FC were using the Fota Island Training Facility. In the video below Gianfranco Zola, Watford FC Manager, discusses this squads preparations for their pre-season friendly with Cork City FC. That game took place at Turners Cross in the city.

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Fota Island Golf Resort hosts the Bon Secours Annual Golf Classic

Whilst summer is over and we can now look back on what was an eventful summer so far and the many events around the east cork area. Back in July many well-known Irish sporting heroes were out in force in the Fota Island Golf Resort (Cork hotel) taking part in the Bon Secours Annual Golf Classic. The event, which was organised by the Golf Society at Bon Secours, was in aid of two great Cork causes, Cúnamh and Cork Cancer Research Centre and featured more than 150 golfers including Cork footballers Graham Canty, Daniel Goulding and Alan Quirke. 

Irish rugby legend Donal Lenihan and Cork GAA Doctor Con Murphy were also at hand in the golf classic which saw many sporting heroes from all playing field “link” up for their charity either Cúnamh and Cork Cancer Research Centre. Amongst the people there were Donna Roche, Stephen Sisk, Michael Griffin and Anthony McLoughlin from the Bon Secours Golf Society, as well Helen Gough from the charity Cúnamh, along with Helena Slattery and Laoise Cotter from Cork Cancer Research Centre, who all together hoped to raise €10,000 for both charities in aid of cancer research and cancer support services. Continue reading