One of the most beautiful islands off the Irish coast?

Fota Island was featured in a recent article by The Irish Post which listed it’s ten favourite islands off the Irish coast. With many of Ireland’s islands already popular tourist destinations in their own right such as the Aran Islands, there are a multitude of wonderful hidden and not-so-hidden gems to be discovered.

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Two new baby giraffes unveiled at Fota Wildlife Park

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.

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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

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

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

Highlighting the Ring of Cork as a noteworthy tourist region in the RDS

At the recent world holiday show in the RDS, it was all about highlighting the perfect holiday options that are available both here and worldwide for people looking to plan their next holiday. Mixing it up with representatives from major tourist areas around the world were local branches from our part of the country south and east cork, on hand to highlight to visitors the untapped tourist potential of the Ring of Cork.

When it comes to touring cork, West Cork may be the more famous for its scenic attractions, but the south and east cork is its overlooked equal in terms of scenery and cultural attractions. The Ring of Cork is a tourist region of east cork which includes our own Fota Island along with the neighboring areas of Youghal, Midleton, Cobh, Ballincollig and Carrigaline and has a huge range of scenic, cultural and family family delights to rival the west. Continue reading